WINK News: Long-awaited EAA Reservoir construction begins as step forward for cleaner water

May 1, 2020

Published by WINK TV, May 1, 2020
Reporter: Stephanie Byrne

More water is now headed from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee estuary.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says pulse releases will resume Saturday morning.

This comes as work begins on the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir project, which will eventually clean and store water from Lake Okeechobee, hopefully leading to cleaner rivers.

Revered as the liquid heart of Florida, the Everglades is another step closer to restoration.

Chairman of the South Florida Water Management District governing board Chauncey Goss says it has been a long time coming.

Construction started this week on one component of the EAA Reservoir project, the stormwater treatment area.

Co-founder and exec. director for Captains for Clean Water Daniel Andrews says, “This is just one half of that project. There’s a reservoir and the STA.”

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