Governor Rick Scott Declares State of Emergency in Lee, Martin & St. Lucie Counties. Via Creative Commons, Kristina Hernandez.
Governor Rick Scott Declares State of Emergency in Lee, Martin & St. Lucie Counties. Via Creative Commons, Kristina Hernandez.

Governor Scott Declares State Of Emergency In Lee, Martin And St. Lucie Counties

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Lake Okeechobee & Florida Everglades Water System, Courtesy Of SCCF.

Governor Rick Scott Declares State of Emergency in Lee, Martin And St. Lucie Counties.

The Department Of Environmental Protection issued the following news release at 3:42 PM/E today.

Rick Scott Executive Order. Governor Rick Scott Declares State of Emergency in Lee, Martin & St. Lucie Counties.

Rick Scott Executive Order. Governor Rick Scott Declares State of Emergency in Lee, Martin & St. Lucie Counties.

“TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed Executive Order 16-59which declares a State of Emergency in Lee, Martin and St. Lucie counties following heavy rainfall which has resulted in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers frequently discharging water from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries.

This is a result of inadequate funding by the federal government. Governor Scott also today called on the Obama Administration to fully fund the more than $800 million in needed repairs to the federally operated Herbert Hoover Dike which would safely hold water to prevent these discharges. To date, the State of Florida has invested $880 million more than the federal government is required to provide for clean water to the Everglades. To view the Executive Order, click HERE.

Governor Rick Scott said, “The negative effects of flood waters and harm to wildlife we are currently witnessing in these counties is only the beginning if the President doesn’t fund the more than $800 million in needed repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike. Our communities are in imminent danger of

Sanibel Red Tide, Sierra Club Opposes Back Pumping Into Lake Okeechobee. Photo Courtesy Of Sierra Club.

Sanibel Red Tide, Sierra Club Opposes Back Pumping Into Lake Okeechobee. Photo Courtesy Of Sierra Club.

prolonged flooding and environmental devastation if the dike is ever compromised. Not only is the well-being and health of our families at risk if the Obama Administration doesn’t immediately begin funding repairs to their federally operated dike, but our housing market, tourism industry and agricultural community will fail if the dike is not repaired and properly maintained.

“We need President Obama to get engaged immediately on this issue and fully fund the needed repairs to their dike so massive U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ discharges are no longer needed. With heavy rainfall and record discharges, we have no choice but to declare a State of Emergency in these counties today and hope President Obama will pay attention to this crisis.”

The State of Florida has invested nearly $2 billion in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and $1.8 billion in providing clean water to the Everglades. Governor Scott’s 2016-2017 Florida First budget includes an additional $5 billion dollars over the next 20 years to substantially complete the CERP and ensure that clean water is sent to the Everglades.

Since the CERP was passed in 1999, the State of Florida has invested $880 million more than the federal government on implementing the 50/50 cost-share plan. This funding, in addition to the $800 million needed for the Herbert Hoover Dike repairs plus the $5 billion contained in Governor Scott’s Florida First budget, means the federal government needs to invest $6.7 billion to keep up with Florida’s commitment to the greater Everglades ecosystem over the next 20 years. President Obama only asked for $155.5 million next year, less than half of what the federal government should be investing annually.”


One thought on “Governor Scott Declares State Of Emergency In Lee, Martin And St. Lucie Counties

  1. Kev says:

    How about making the sugar companies who actually polluted the water pay for it??? Oh yeah because Rick Scott is in their pocket.

  2. janisL says:

    Sorry, Herr Scott– you and Jeb irresponsibly allowed big sugar and Ag to POLLUTE lake O with their filth runoff– now YOU can pay to clean your own mess up, not the fedgov!!

  3. Rick Drewes says:

    He caused it !!!!!!

  4. Old Salt says:

    He’s full of cr@p this is his problem, caused by him and his big sugar buddies..

  5. Peter says:

    Crap !! Gov Scott tries to blame the Feds for water discharge from Lake O, because he says we need a better dike. The truth is Gov. Scott has not taken a leadership role in fulfilling the voters overwhelming choice to buy land south of the lake to restore natural flows.

  6. Thomas says:

    What’s all the fuss about? I don’t understand why so many are upset. It’s not rocket science. This is exactly what most of the public voted for. Yes you did!
    It isn’t the release of lake O water that’s the problem. The problem, folks, is THE WATER IS POLLUTED, and the problem will exist until lake O is not polluted. Storing polluted water in a reservoir just makes a polluted reservoir. The solution is to STOP THE POLLUTION, at the source.
    And the problem is not just economic or technical: it’s political corruption. The polluted river is a PERFECT example of why elections matter. The politicians we have in office like the pollution. They did nothing to prevent it, and they are doing nothing to fix it. They got paid to let it happen and are being paid to continue letting it happen, so, they don’t care what you think. Nothing will be done until they are out of office. Kakistocray.
    Next time you look in the mirror ask yourself, why did I vote for this? YES… you did!

    PS: All the mayors along the river are also culpable. Not a one of them has proposed a resolution condemning the Citizens United decision. Why is that important? Because, that’s the source of corruption…which is the source of the pollution. Their only response is to get it out of our immediate environment.

  7. Brad Watson, Miami says:

    Why not have Senator Marco Rubio bring it up in Congress? Oh ya, he hasn’t been there in a year.

  8. David Tillery says:

    It’s aweful that after decades of purposeful destruction made by republican governors to help Big Sugar, that now they are blaming it as a natural disaster to flip the bill to the federal government. Sounds hust like Flint Mi don’t it? Wake up. Our entire water supply nationally is being poisoned by Koch Bros. & the GOP. They are playing the long game of government control of our soon to be limited clean water. Here’s the locations across the country…Tennessee, Colorado, Southern California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia. If that XL pipeline was built and broke it would have been the biggest blow yet to our largest underground national water supply. WAKE UP!!!!!

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