Regarding the protests over releases from Lake Okeechobee and whether the Army Corps of Engineers or the sugar industry is to blame, the Herbert Hoover Dike was not built to help farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area. The dike was built to prevent another mass killing of Floridians by storm surges coming off Lake Okeechobee, as happened in 1926 and 1928.
Now, let’s discuss another truth that is never told. Where is the pollution of Lake Okeechobee coming from? At another presentation on the status of Everglades restoration three years ago in Clewiston, a statement was made by an expert on the restoration plan. He said that pollution in Lake Okeechobee had little to do with the sugar cane industry. He said simply that the water into Lake Okeechobee comes from the north, not from the south.
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