Spending approved to curb Lake O releases
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TALAHASEE - Florida is going to spend nearly $3 million on steps to reduce water releases from Lake Okeechobee.
The legislative budget commission approved the spending proposal Thursday.
The legislative panel agreed to spend $2.77 million on several projects.
Part of the money will go to pump stations to divert water south of the lake to reduce the need to discharge water to adjacent water bodies.
Releases from Lake Okeechobee this year have been blamed for pollution and fish kills in the St. Lucie Estuary and Caloosahatchee River.