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2007-08-10 09:04:00

By Andy Reid, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Aug. 10--Rebuffing Big Sugar's water pleas, water managers on Thursday refused to use Lake Okeechobee to store polluted stormwater that growers wanted to tap for drought-strained crops. The South Florida Water Management District governing board decided environmental concerns outweighed the benefits of "back-pumping," which redirects water draining off agricultural land back into the lake to store for irrigation, also washing in fertilizers and...

2007-06-05 18:00:21

The drought in southern Florida has led to a major archaeological find on the bottom of Lake Okeechobee -- pieces of pottery, conch jewelry and human bone. Researchers say the number of known-but-unexplored settlement sites on the lake bottom has increased from three to more than 20 during the drought. But there also are signs looters have been at work, leaving deep holes in the mud. I literally stay up at night wondering whether people are out on the lake looting it, Chris Davenport, the...

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2007-05-18 10:36:37

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The fairways here are flecked, the greens mottled brown. PGA National doesn't look like a marquee golf course under the most severe water restrictions in South Florida history. "We'll talk to people about it in the pro shop when they check in and say, 'You might notice things are a little bit browner today.'" said Joel Paige, managing director at the course. South Florida is in an 18-month drought, and signs of the problem are everywhere - from the links to the...

2006-05-02 18:08:56

By Michael Peltier TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Even a weak hurricane can overwhelm the leaky and crumbling dike around Florida's massive Lake Okeechobee, putting more than 40,000 people in "imminent danger," state officials said on Tuesday. With hurricane season less than a month away, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed restoration of the dike, while the state scrambles to protect against what the governor said was a one-in-six chance the dike...

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2005-04-30 10:10:00

LAKE OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) -- Lake Okeechobee was in trouble before last year's hurricanes churned up a thick layer of pollution from the bottom, turning the water the color of day-old coffee. But the worst may be yet to come. "What you're going to find this summer is this lake is going to turn just as green and just as slimy as anything you've seen in a science fiction movie," Mayor J.P. Sasser said, sitting in a cottage that overlooks the murky lake. "When that starts, no one will get on...


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snash
  • To talk saucily.
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This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.