Florida Senate Passes Everglades Bill

State would use 31,000 acres of state-owned land for Lake Okeechobee discharges

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The Coastal Conservation Association of Florida commended the Florida Senate for passing SB-10, which moves to the Florida House before it becomes a law.Dave Lewis / davelewisfishing.com

The Florida Senate last week passed SB-10, which will use 31,000 acres of state-owned land in the Everglades Agricultural Area as storage of Lake Okeechobee discharges.

In a press release, the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida praised the senators passing the bill, which now goes to the Florida House. The CCA stressed the importance of continuing Florida Everglades restoration projects similar to this one.

The CCA said the land focused on with these bill is referred to as Parcels A-1 and A-2, and the bill also would direct the purchase or exchange of 3,700 acres of land between Parcel A-2 and Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6 and and allows the state to purchase more property to treat the water before it is discharged into the Everglades.