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The Southwest Florida legislature is working to stop harmful emissions that cause blue-green algae in our canals. They want Lake Okeechobee to run without water forever.

The water flowing from Lake Okeechobee has a big impact on the Kaluzahatchi River, from stinking blue-green algae to muddy brown water like coffee.

A spokesman for Brian Mast says he wants to clarify everything. On Wednesday, he unveiled the Northern Estuaries Recovery Plan Act, aimed at stopping discharges from Lake O into coastal estuaries.

“Make sure all discharges are eliminated. All the harmful emissions from Caloosahatchee and the list could go on and on, ”said Republican spokesman Brian Mast.

The plan is to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build more infrastructure.

“Indeed, the only way to reduce discharges in the east and west is to build more storage facilities, and it will take a long time,” said Calusa Water Guardian John Cassani.

Touch and Bridge agree that restoring our ecosystems and stopping pollution can happen with the right steps.

“The problem with this is that it is so contaminated with nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen that it causes algae to bloom, so we need fresh water and a dry season to maintain salinity in the mouth. But with that comes polluted water and nutrients, ”Kasani said.

If the Bridge bill is passed, the Corps must submit to Congress an offensive plan within three years.

“May I be damned if you are going to poison our backyard and every member of our community will do the same, in my opinion, because who are we to allow the government to otherwise poison us or poison our children or poison our backyard,” – said Mast.

In the past, the Army Corps has stated that some releases are needed to balance the lake, protect the neighboring community and feed our mouths.

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