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Everglades legislation in works amid finger-pointing over phosphorus discharges

The Everglades restoration plan approved by federal officials in 2012 is leading toward changes in the Florida law dealing with the famed "River of Grass," key legislators said Thursday.

The restoration plan also led to finger-pointing Thursday among environmentalists and sugar farmers over who is to blame for continued high phosphorus levels in Lake Okechobee and water runoff from farming areas into the Everglades. The phosphorus fuels the growth of cattails that overtake open water and native sawgrass marshes.

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