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February 08, 2019
PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY ON TOXIC DISCHARGES
 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers currently determines when to discharge water to the east and west of Lake Okeechobee using a document called the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS). This outdated and harmful regulation schedule is based on data from 2008 and causes serious damage to our community through frequent discharges of toxic water. As you know, these discharges threaten our community's health, environment and economy.

Last year, I wrote a law forcing them to update the discharge schedule. My goal in passing this bill was to reduce the frequency of discharges. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun the process of revising this schedule and is currently soliciting public comments until March 31, 2019.

Members of the public are invited to provide scoping comments, including the identification of issues with the current regulation schedule for Lake Okeechobee, what aspects need to be changed, and how those issues and changes should be implemented and evaluated. 

As your representative in Congress, it is my goal to help you ensure that your voice is included in this process. Therefore, I am asking that you share your comments with me so that I can continue to advocate on your behalf. If you've seen the impacts of toxic blooms and harmful discharges, please share your story with me here:

https://mast.house.gov/lors

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