By David P. Reiner, II President, Friends of the Everglades
On Monday, December 11, 2006, a Federal District Court ruled in favor of Friends of the Everglades, finding that the South Florida Water Management District was a point source discharger of pollution through the S-2 S-3 pump stations into Lake Okeechobee in violation of the Federal Clean Water Act.
This is an important step in bringing Federal environmental oversight to South Florida and the Everglades. Absent such oversight, the state will continue to backslide on its commitments to protect the Everglades and the entire South Florida eco-system.
The SFWMD is likely to appeal and we still have three more related Federal cases so your continued support is appreciated.