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Actually not sent to Florida Bay since the Park (Everglades National Park) is under a consent decree to not allow waters into the Park that aren't relatively nutrient free (and they'd have to go through the Park to get down to Florida Bay).... This whole water thing is very complex - and whenever one of the parties cries foul - they all end up in federal court over it. That includes the state (and its agencies), the federal government, the indian tribes, and the NGO's (Florida Wildlife Federation, Audubon, and more...). Each has their own interests - and lawyers....When they "drain the lake" it doesn't go south much at all - it goes to the east down the St. Lucie and to the west down the Caloosahatchee rivers - where it thoroughly messes up the water quality on both sides of our state....
Oh and I forgot to mention, one of the major things we know is an issue with the waters being discharged around the state is nutrient pollution. And what do you think all of these aquatic plants do in the water... remove nutrients. So when we spray and kill acres of plants (native or invasive) were are removing the lakes and swamps ability to do this. Additionally, when these plants die they sink and decay creating more nutrient wastes...
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