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Senate budget subcommittee chair says Indian River Lagoon spending should be 'science based'

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard displays some Indian River Lagoon water during a Capitol news conference Wednesday, as Rep. Gayle Harrell, left, and Rep. Debbie Mayfield listen. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

The chairman of a Senate budget committee said Wednesday that any state spending for projects to help Indian River Lagoon should be "based on science" and produce "reliable, verifiable and predictable" results

The 156-mile-long lagoon along the Atlantic Coast has seen die-offs of manatees, dolphins and pelicans along with 47,000 acres of seagrass. The waterway has been plagued by algae blooms and last summer, discharges from Lake Okeechobee contributed to a "brown tide" of water flowing into lagoon and St. Lucie estuary.

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