Options to Reduce High Volume Freshwater Flows to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Move More Water from Lake Okeechobee to the Southern Everglades

This study was completed by The University of Florida Water Institute in March 2015. The study concluded we need more water storage across the state.

This excerpt tells us that increased dynamic storage and treatment south of Lake Okeechobee would be significantly more beneficial to the estuaries than existing projects.

“…the ROG (River of Grass) planning process demonstrated that there are several possible options involving combinations of deep and shallow storage, and wet- and dry- flow-ways, coupled with STAs and enhanced conveyance that could provide significant benefit both for the estuaries and the Everglades, far beyond the benefits provided by the Kissimmee River Restoration (KRR), IRL-S, C-43, Restoration Strategies and CEPP projects. Achieving substantial reduction in lake-triggered discharges to the estuaries and substantial improvement toward the dry season Everglades demand target will require additional land between the lake and the EPA (Everglades Protection Area)…”

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