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Everglades restoration project ground breaking planned in LaBelle Friday

Posted at 8:17 AM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 09:09:25-04

HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. -- Governor Ron DeSantis will break ground on a major project on Lake Okeechobee Friday.

It's the final component of a major Everglades restoration project in LaBelle.

We anticipate it'll have something to do with a reservoir. Completing it has been a major focus of the governor's comprehensive $360 million Everglades Restoration Plan.

This is expected to be a game changing announcement for Southwest Florida, which has been plagued by harmful algae blooms in the past.

The governor's 20+ Everglades restoration projects, which also include building the EAA Reservoir, will create more effective ways to store hundreds-of-thousands acre-feet of water.

These projects are also targeted at constructing a stormwater treatment area and removing hundreds-of-thousands of pounds of phosphorus.

The overall goal is to send clean water south to the Everglades. And for us in Southwest Florida, that'll lower our risk of seeing damaging discharges that lead to toxic algae blooms.

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