Residents react to Senate approving Everglades restoration plan

Posted at 7:10 PM, Sep 15, 2016

Glades residents and city leaders react to Senate approving Everglades restoration plan.

Reverend Patricia Wallace has fond memories spending 62 years in Pahokee. "I picked beans, I've cut celery, I've packed corn."

But she's worried about the 1.9 billion dollar Everglades restoration plan. She doesn't have issue with the plans to reduce harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee sending more water south, instead of east. She worries more land could be bought up to store water.

"We have to use what we have wisely, make sure it's sufficient to handle the water that's going out and not take from agriculture."

Pahokee leaders worry as well. Over the years three sugar mills shut down after land was bought up, workers lost their jobs.

Deputy City Manager Tammy Jackson-Moore said, "The Glades has given away more than 100 thousand acres of farm land, to make sure we have a healthy Everglades."

The Glades is aiming to preserve their way of life.

"I think the biggest issue is that we capture that water north of the lake store it there, treat it before it actually comes south to the lake," said Tammy Jackson-Moore.