Environmentalists vs. farmers: Dueling reports complicate Florida reservoir debate

Building a sprawling South Florida reservoir to stop pollution from sliming up the coasts and to deliver more water to ailing marshes in the Everglades could generate 39,000 jobs and a $20 billion bump in real estate values, according to an Everglades Foundation report released Tuesday.

While it has been in the works for months, the report comes just days after the conservative Madison Institute claimed the opposite: that building a reservoir will instead cost the state more than 4,000 jobs and about $695 million.

The dueling reports are sure to fuel the bitter fight over building the 60,000-acre reservoir on farm land that is currently used largely for growing sugar south of Lake Okeechobee.

LINK (via: The Miami Herald)

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