U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson files bill to buy land south of ‘Lake O’

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WASHINGTON- Congressman Curt Clawson has introduced a piece of legislation asking the federal government to buy the land south of Lake Okeechobee in an effort to reduce the massive water releases.

The Everglades Land Acquisition Act would set aside $500 million for the Department of the Interior to purchase the land, according to a press release from Clawson’s office.

“The Governor, the South Florida Water Management District, and the Army Corps of Engineers have taken admirable emergency actions during the current crisis to move water south to the Everglades,” Clawson said, “while those projects continue we must break ground on the long-term solution: more water flowing south into the Everglades and Florida Bay.”

Clawson adds, “my hope is that elected officials at the federal, state and local level can build on what they started and join this path forward to move water south to protect our way of life in Florida for generations to come.”


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