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Updated: 05/04/2016 06:22:06PM

State sending some Okeechobee water south to Everglades

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Turbid, chocolate-colored waters from Lake Okeechobee have plagued the Caloosahatchee River and other waterways.

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Florida is doing something many said couldn’t be done: Releasing water from Lake Okeechobee to Everglades National Park in order to alleviate record flooding conditions during the dry season.

The releases, allowed under emergency conditions, will allow water south of the lake to flow toward the park, which should mean less water flowing through the Caloosahatchee River and its estuary. Lake Okeechobee water, in turn, can be sent south where it’s needed the most.

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