After seven weeks as executive director of the South Florida Water Management District, Blake Guillory admits he still has a lot to learn about the agency that he says spends “$760,000 every day — 365 days a year.”
However, one thing Guillory has learned is that the district should not take control over the water level in Lake Okeechobee — a controversial task now handled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Since May the corps has dumped billions of gallons from the lake into the St. Lucie Estuary and Caloosahatchee River, contributing to an environmental crisis that killed oysters, sea grasses and left the water so polluted that health officials warned against touching it.
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