A lake in need
of life support
Lake Okeechobee is not healthy. As nature was reshaped early in the last century to make way for agriculture and development, the natural flow of water into and out of the lake was disrupted. Runoff from farms and subdivisions was full of phosphorus and other chemicals. Construction of the Herbert Hoover Dike greatly shrank shoreline marsh areas. Levees and drainage canals constrained the flow south into the Everglades. State oicials say if they buy out U.S. Sugar and restore the flow to the Everglades, the water coming from Lake Okeechobee will need a real scrubbing. They plan on doing just that with the use of filtering cells. Here is how one of many will work:
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