Originally published by Jaclyn Lopez of the Center for Biological Diversity on April 22, 2019

Five conservation groups urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today to expedite efforts to curb releases of toxic, nutrient-rich waters from Lake Okeechobee that help drive catastrophic algal blooms.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Calusa Waterkeeper, Bullsugar, Save the Manatee Club and the Sierra Club filed comments today on the Army Corps’ plan to revise its management of Lake Okeechobee. The Corps intends to follow its current plan until at least 2022.

The toxic releases harm protected marine species like sea turtles and Florida manatees and trigger harmful algae blooms that limit use of waterways, cripple local economies and endanger human health.

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