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LBC OKs spending to divert Okeechobee discharges

The Joint Legislative Budget Commission on Thursday approved a $2.7 million budget amendment that will help divert about one-third of the Lake Okeechobee water now flowing into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

Water is being discharged to reduce the possibility of the dike around the lake being breached, but that nutrient-rich water is flowing into estuaries where it is choking aquatic life.

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