In South Florida, Lake Okeechobee a Polluted Bubble Ready to Burst

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Tue September 10, 2013

In South Florida, Lake Okeechobee a Polluted Bubble Ready to Burst

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Beginning in May, huge downpours ushered in the most significant threat in almost a decade to the bulging lake and its 80-year-old earthen dike, a turn of events with far-reaching consequences. The summer rains set off a chain reaction that devastated three major estuaries far to the east and west, distressing residents, alarming state and federal officials and prompting calls for remedial action.
CLEWISTON, Fla. - On wind-whipped days when rain pounds this part of South Florida, people are quickly reminded that Lake Okeechobee, with its vulnerable dike and polluted waters, has become a giant environmental problem far beyond its banks.