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Rep. Mast speaks about Lake Okeechobee water releases and management

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Posted at 1:57 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 13:57:58-05

STUART, Fla. – U.S. Representative Brian Mast is calling on the Corps of Engineers to change its water management.

The Florida Congressman spoke about Lake Okeechobee levels Tuesday in Stuart.

He wants the Army Corps to change its schedule for water releases from the lake, which determines when discharges will happen.

The Army Corps recently announced that it will change its strategy for 2020, opting to hold more water on the lake this winter.

Representative Mast says this will increase the likelihood of discharges over the summer.

The City of Stuart is also considering filing a lawsuit against the Army Corps for how it plans to handle water management.