Date: August 12th, 2020
Journalist: Max Chesnes
STUART — On a hot summer morning, as the St. Lucie River flowed and an egret quietly waded in the background, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast stationed himself behind a podium.
Beside him Wednesday stood local environmental champions from the nonprofits Friends of the Everglades and Captains for Clean Water.
Mast announced his proposed legislation to prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from discharging Lake Okeechobee water containing toxic algal blooms with 8 parts per billion microcystin or more to the St. Lucie estuary and Indian River Lagoon.