Environmental groups, Stuart to request EPA to intervene in clean water efforts

The biggest takeaway from Thursday's Rivers Coalition meeting was an announcement that five environmental groups and the city of Stuart will submit a formal request to the Environmental Protection Agency asking them to intervene in Florida’s water management efforts.

All this just one day before the new Lake Okeechobee water management plan is officially submitted for review. The new plan is called Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM).

“It’s going to help us a lot," Mark Perry, Rivers Coalition president and Florida Oceanographic Society CEO, said. “We’re now operating under a new schedule, which will provide zero discharges to this estuary, only minimal or non-harmful discharges to the other, and sending that water south where it needs to go.”

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