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Northern Everglades Watershed Protection Plan meeting to be held June 26

Lake Okeechobee (Photo courtesy US Army Corps of Engineers)

The South Florida Water Management District will host a public meeting June 26 at 2 p.m. to discuss the Northern Everglades Watershed Protection Plan. This initial workshop meeting is part of the process to update the plans for the Lake Okeechobee Watershed and the watersheds and estuaries for the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

Input is sought from the public and stakeholders on the planning process for water quality improvements in the northern Everglades. According to the district, the watershed protection plans will identify projects, activities and programs to improve the quality, quantity, timing and distribution of water in the northern Everglades to support basin management action plans adopted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to achieve total maximum daily loads for the Lake Okeechobee watershed and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee river watersheds and estuaries.

SFWMD will conduct the meeting online due to Covid-19. The public can watch and participate in the meeting using Zoom, a free online meeting tool. To register for the meeting, visit www.SFWMD.gov/meetings or click here for more information.

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