DIRTY WORK

Field and Stream - - CAMPFIRE -

A quick look at South Florida’s wa­ter prob­lems: First, agri­cul­tural runoff flows into the Kis­sim­mee, then trav­els south into Lake Okee­chobee, where it builds up. Dur­ing rainy years, rather than let ex­cess Lake O wa­ter re­plen­ish the Ever­glades Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion Area and the Ever­glades, the wa­ter is dis­charged west down the Caloosa­hatchee and east down the St. Lu­cie, to pro­tect the farms within the Ever­glades Agri­cul­tural Area from flood­ing, a to­tal dis­rup­tion of its nat­u­ral course. The pro­posed flow way will help clean the wa­ter as it runs south out of Lake O and makes its way to Florida Bay. —JR Sul­li­van

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