Palm Beach County farmers exceed water quality requirements but activists say more can be done

Farmers in the sprawling Everglades Agricultural Area in western Palm Beach County exceeded water quality standards last year, but some farm critics say the phosphorus baseline the EAA is measured against was initially set too low.

The Florida Oceanographic Society released a report this year that noted “an overwhelming amount of the water in the stormwater treatment areas originates from privately held corporate agriculture south of Lake Okeechobee.”

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