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Water managers to hold meeting on Southern Reservoir Project Thursday night

Posted at 5:40 AM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 06:50:01-04

A meeting Thursday night in Stuart will allow the public to weigh in on a plan water managers believe would cut back on harmful Lake Okeechobee water releases.

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Dubbed the Southern Reservoir project, the plan would create a place to move water south of the lake instead of east and west.

The Army Corps of Engineers released a report on the environmental impact of the plan and will talk about it at the public meeting scheduled at the Blake Library in Stuart from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be a formal presentation and a time for public comment.

The Army Corps and South Florida Water Management District will both be there to answer questions.

The hope is that moving the water south will cut those water releases that contribute to the green algae showing up in our waterways.

Also Thursday, the Army Corps said it will dial back the intensity of the water releases through the weekend.