MIAMI — Government efforts to restore the ecological health of Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries are under fire from Florida environmental groups.
The projects on the table are well-intentioned, say several organizations. But the astronomical costs and unrealistic projections won’t restore wetlands and conserve water resources, and are nothing more than a waste of taxpayer money and resources, an environmental group says.
The restoration of the Florida Everglades is part of the multi-billion dollar project — the Water Resources Development and Reform Act — approved by Congress in 2000 to improve, conserve and develop U.S. rivers and harbors.
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