Toxic water: State House Speaker tours Indian River Lagoon to learn about toxic water situation

STUART, Fla. - Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Will Weatherford toured the Treasure Coast with State Senator Joe Negron Monday to learn about the toxic water situation.

"I was frankly astonished to see that the Federal Government turns the spicket on prematurely. I was surprised how little control we have as a state and as a community," Weathford said.

A newly finalized State Senate report says it will cost about 220 million dollars in state funding to ease the Lake Okeechobee discharges.

"I think it is too early to say in the month of November what we will be doing next March or April, but I can say that we are aware of the problem. We know the problem doesn't get solved without some resources," Weatherford said.

In addition to walking the Stuart Riverwalk, Weatherford also participated in a roundtable discussion, took an aerial tour of the area, and visited the Stuart Locks.

Captain Don Voss, who has been rallying for the Indian River Lagoon, says visits like this are important.

"I think we are making a difference. I think they are taking us seriously. It is important that he came here to see what is really going on," Voss said.

State Senator Joe Negron publicly thanked Weatherford for already allocating three million dollars to help with temporary solutions to the discharges.

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