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Everglades Foundation to Come Back Tuesday with Its Own Reservoir Economic Study

Bruce Ritchie of Politico reported Monday  the Everglades Foundation will release its own study Tuesday on the economic benefits of building a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

The study comes in response to the release last week of James Madison Institute's report, "Sticker Shock," which shows the proposal would cost Florida's economy $695 million a year and 4,148 jobs, and wouldn't solve the problem it was created to solve.

Amy Baker
Ultimately, lawmakers might need the counsel of state economist Amy Baker -- the official  third party -- to analyze what Senate Bill 10's passage would mean to the towns, cities, jobs and agriculture principally affected, and to Florida's economy as a whole.

Senate President Joe Negron proposed in August a 50-50 partnership, the state and federal government to share the $2.4 billion cost of a 60,000-acre reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area. The idea is to divert discharges from Lake Okeechobee so they don't send damaging fresh water into rivers east and west of the lake. 

Negron and Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg don't accept the JMI study. They say it hasn't considered the loss in particular to tourism that algae blooms cause.

Negron's proposal, Senate Bill 10, passed its first committee stop on Feb. 7 unanimously, but several committee members said they want a closer look at the real cost of the project. 

At the moment, the plan looks to be going nowhere in the House. Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-North Fort Myers, chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, told reporters SB 10 is up against "a real challenge." The governor and many in the House oppose bonding for the state's share and plunging the state in debt. That's separate from the other losses the JMI story enumerates.


We have to stop pollution of Lake O from leaking septic tanks as well as sewage being dumped into the water system by large entertainment parks. All that crap flows south right into the Lake

Another piece of cooked research from them? The first one was bad science and what is this going to be... more data manipulation?!

The Everglades Foundation has never directly uttered the words "the EAA Reservoir will reduce blue green algae blooms" because it won't. They imply that through tricky "weasel wording" but they never actually say it. The blue green algae blooms occur because of the CONCENTRATION of nitrogen and phosphorus in the water. This concentration goes up when it rains per tons of SFWMD data. The blooms are not affected by the volume of the water going into the Saint Lucie. So cutting the volume of water flowing out using the EAA reservoir will not reduce blue green algae blooms. I look forward to seeing how the Everglades Foundation weasel words its way around that point. Much more data on this point can be obtained at

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