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Joint Legislative Budget Commission Approves $2.7 Million for Estuaries

posted on September 13, 2013 in Lake Okeechobee,Water Issues

LO water in the Atlantic 2013The Joint Legislative Budget Commission met on September 12, 2013 and approved a $2.7 million budget amendment that would allow the South Florida Water Management District to move forward with short term projects to help reduce harmful discharges into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

Mary Jean Yon, Audubon’s Legislative Director, presented a letter of support for these operational changes and emergency water storage on public and private lands to improve the water management in the Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin. Audubon’s endorsement was warmly received by Senator Joe Negron (R-Palm City) who co-chairs the Legislative Budget Commission and also chairs the Senate Select Committee on the Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin.

Audubon continues to work closely with the Select Committee to promote and implement water management and water quality solutions for the Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin. Click here for more info.

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