Trump joins Scott in push for speedy repair of Lake O dike

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump is doubling down on efforts to repair the Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee.

Trump sent a memo instructing federal Director of Office Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney to fast-track work on the dike, parts of which date to the 1930s. The project has been a major focus of Gov. Rick Scott, a close political ally of the president.

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Scott tweeted a thank-you to Trump along with a statement from the White House late Thursday.

“The federally operated Herbert Hoover Dike is in desperate need of repair,” Scott said. “Since I have taken office, it has been one of my top priorities to protect Florida families and our environment by getting this critical project completed.”

Trump pledged in April to accelerate work on the dike so it could be done by 2022. Thursday’s memo didn’t make mention of a timeline.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cites the need to protect the dike for frequent water releases from the lake into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie river estuaries. Those releases have been blamed for brown, murky water and toxic algae on the coasts.

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