A plan to move runoff water away from the St. Lucie Estuary is a step closer to reality.
The South Florida Water Management District approved the plan to move Lake Okeechobee runoff to the south.
That would prevent a repeat of last year's situation when the polluted runoff caused toxic water conditions in the St. Lucie Estuary.
It's now up to the Army Corps of Engineers to approve the final plan and Congress to pledge money for the more than one-billion dollar project.
Supporters hope that happens this year. They say the runoff water is hurting the environment.
"It's important this water remains clean for all the species and the fish and the turtles that come to the shore. it's just important we keep it clean,” said project supporter Don Voss.
Under the plan, the water would not start moving south for another fifteen years.
The district says decisions need to be made now to get the area ready for the project.