Area environmentalists have been pushing for years to send Lake Okeechobee water releases south toward the Everglades and away from the Indian River Lagoon.
A project to do just that is a step closer.
The U-S Army Corps of Engineers released a revised final report for the Central Everglades Planning Project – or “CEEP” Friday.
It has been filed into the Federal Registry, the first step in moving the project forward.
According to the Army Corps “the goal of CEPP is to capture water lost to tide and re-direct the water flow south to restore the central and southern Everglades ecosystem and Florida Bay.”
The 386 page report will now be open for the public and state agencies to review for 30 days.
During that time public input and comments will be accepted and reviewed to be included in the final report which is due this fall.