South Florida leaders discuss Water Issues

South Florida leaders discuss Water Issues

Leaders from Palm Beach, Broward, Miami Dade and Martin Counties met to discuss the State’s water issues and the toxic waterways of the Treasure Coast, to find solidarity on the problems plaguing the entire state. Martin County Commissioner John Haddox organized the forum to have an open dialogue before they all go to the Florida League of Cities next month.

It’s not just our water issues. It is the issue of salt water intrusion down south.

The group met in Stuart where the problem is toxic algae, which forced leaders to extend the state of emergency for a sixth consecutive week. To the south, the issue surrounding Lake Okeechobee and the ocean is the drinking water and salinity in the aquifers, as well as not enough water reaching the Everglades.

Leaders will also work to come to a consensus on a strategy to ask for state and federal funding for major projects. The meeting comes as scientists say a new algae bloom is about to break out in the St Lucie river, just days after the first algae bloom died off and had started flowing out to sea.

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