A year ago, South Florida had too little water. These days, South Florida has too much water. Worse, South Florida also is saturated with water politics.
Because Lake Okeechobee levels are so high and the dike is so shaky, the South Florida Water Management District and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are dumping polluted lake water into the St. Lucie River to the east and the Caloosahatchee River to the west. In the St. Lucie estuary, pollution levels are at near-record highs. The water around Stuart’s Roosevelt Bridge is brown.
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