White House budget office approves Lake O reservoir project

The White House just gave the green light to build a second reservoir which could reduce the need for Lake Okeechobee discharges.

The White House Office of Management and Budget approved the EAA Reservoir Project, Gov. Rick Scott announced in a tweet Tuesday.

The second storage reservoir would be built south of Lake O and could store up to 80 billion gallons of water, meaning the Army Corps wouldn’t have to send as much water into SWFL waterways, according to the South Florida Water Management District.

The project will now be submitted to Congress.

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Reporter:Andrea Henderson
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