Rally planned in West Palm Beach urging Lake Okeechobee discharges to stop

Posted at 6:46 AM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 06:56:53-04

With algae hitting Palm Beach County, there’s a group meeting Thursday to promote the spread of clean water.

Citizens for Clean Water will hold a rally Thursday afternoon in West Palm Beach. They will meet at Longboards Restaurant on Clematis Street and will walk down to Centennial Park at 6 p.m.

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At the park they plan to talk about the need for a permanent solution to water discharges at Lake Okeechobee. The lake is seeing major algae blooms and discharges from the lake are releasing the algae into Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties.

Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen.Bill Nelson are pushing to pass the Everglades Planning Project which sends more water south and stores more water in basins north of the lake.

Citizens for Clean Water is a non-profit 501c3 public charity dedicated to raising awareness, educating the public about Florida’s ecosystem and explaining why clean flowing water is crucial for every aspect of life in Florida.

The same group held a peaceful protest Saturday in Martin County which drew about 3,500 participants.  Protesters lined up on the beach to spell out "Buy The Land."