Tempers rise in the Everglades; Ohio dredging costs to rise

It’s no secret the algae blooms that turn waterways into guacamole on portions of Florida’s east and west coasts emanate from harmful discharges coming out of Lake Okeechobee. In another part of the country, deadlines for prohibiting open-lake dumping of dredge materials is approaching in Ohio. Both these issues will impact local marinas and boat dealers, not to mention having a potentially negative effect on boating in those parts of the country.

First, the good news for Florida’s boating scene is that Congress finally authorized building a reservoir that experts contend will contain and reduce harmful discharges that cause serious algae problems. Boaters, anglers, environmentalists, land owners, waterfront businesses and others were celebrating the positive end to what has been a long and contentious battle over the years for lawmakers and environmentalists seeking to reduce the harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee. But is the celebration premature?

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