CREATED Nov. 2, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov. 2, 2013
FT. MYERS, Fla. - Elected Officials have proposed building reservoirs to help alleviate Lake O problems, but is that the best solution?
That's something Coordinator for the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition Ray Judah addressed Saturday at the Lee County League of Women Voters meeting.
"Elected official would indicate that the issues are being resolved, problem solved, but that's not the case," Judah said.
Judah said he doesn't have much faith in what Washington has proposed to help clean our water.
"All these projects that are supposedly going to restore the Everglades and alleviate the mass releases from Lake O, are really very minor and inconsequential," Judah said.
Projects like WRDA, the Water Resources Development Act, would build reservoirs for the excess water. But Judah said when it comes to the reservoirs, the math doesn't add up.
"That reservoir will only store 170,000 acre feet of water, well 2.6 million acre feet of water went to tide on both the East and West Coast," Judah said.
That's why Judah and other environmentalists are pushing for what's called Plan Six, buying more land in the Everglades Agricultural Area to store and clean water before conveying it south.
"So we can get the water from the lake to flow how it did historically to the Everglades National Park," Judah said.