Letters to the Editor

South Florida has very real water troubles ahead

The July 17 article, Water table is lowest in 100 years, announced that the water table in Miami-Dade’s Biscayne Aquifer had hit a 100-year low. Lake Okeechobee fell below 12 feet.

This spring, water managers were dumping Lake Okeechobee water on the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries.

Toxic green slime accompanied the discharges.

The South Florida drought was already in full swing, but they had no way to clean the water and send it south.

Last week, South Florida Water Management District Board member James Moran criticized the Corps of Engineers for not allowing the water management district to pump the lake even lower to move water south.

He called the corps’ environmental concerns “an overreach of the sovereign rights of Florida.”

State officials love to blame the corps for everything, but it is the sovereign state of Florida that got us into this mess.

The state asked the corps to build the plumbing system that over-drained the Everglades.

The state fought long and hard against federal water quality standards.

Now they are asking the corps to over-drain Lake Okeechobee. Why not?

Extremely low lake levels affect more than snail kites.

They kill the marshes that make it a living lake. Dead plants with dead roots won’t hold together the mud and muck that has accumulated.

When you kill the environment to get more water, you end up with less water and you end up with very dirty water.

This is the same James Moran who lectured a crowded meeting room in May.

The crowd was there to ask the SFWMD Board to buy land and send the water south.

Moran said that was impossible and unnecessary, “And I don’t know why you claim it will save the Dade County water supply. They get their water from wells.”

He finally seems to have figured out that Miami-Dade's wells are in aquifers that are recharged by water flowing south from Lake Okeechobee.

Too late.

Maggy Reno Hurchalla, Miami