Alternative uses for released Lake Okeechobee water

BY ANDY REID STAFF WRITER

Sun Sentinel
The costly consequence of South Florida flood control can be measured in the “What ifs?” that follow rainwater drained out to sea after the usual summer rainstorm.

What if instead of draining away about 2 billion gallons of water a day, there were better ways to put that water to use?

For example, sending more Lake Okeechobee water south where it once naturally flowed could replenish the parched Everglades and also boost South Florida drinking water supplies.

Instead this year, just to get ready for the summer rainy season, nearly 200 billion gallons of Lake Okeechobee water was drained to the east and west coasts to ease the strain on the erosion-prone dike that protects South Florida from flooding.

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