Reservoir support sought in Martin County
By George Andreassi
Martin County commissioners should lobby
state water managers to seek bids for the construction of the $500 million
reservoir and stormwater treatment area along the
C-44 Canal that is expected to improve the water quality in the St. Lucie
message was delivered to the County Commission on Tuesday by Melissa Meeker, a
Martin County resident who serves on the
governing board of the South Florida Water Management District.
Meeker encouraged commissioners to attend the Dec. 12
governing board workshop on how the district can pay for all the projects that
are planned to improve the water quality in Lake
Okeechobee, the Everglades, and the St.
Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.
really comes down to money and priorities," Meeker said.
of Florida's west coast have been lobbying
hard for projects that would improve the water quality in the Caloosahatchee River, which runs from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico, Meeker said.
a result, Martin County commissioners voted to send letters
to Gov. Charlie Crist and the state's legislative
leaders, asking them to encourage the water management district to go forward
with the C-44 reservoir and storm water treatment area, and related projects.
were originally slated to be go out in June, but that
was delayed because of a lack of money and uncertainty about how much property
tax reform would reduce the district's income, Meeker said. The new goal is to
issue the bids in January.
Martin County has contributed $28 million for
the land needed for the project and a groundbreaking ceremony has been held,
said County Attorney Stephen Fry.
think some folks here would feel like there's been a breach of faith by the
district for failing to proceed with that project in a timely manner," Fry