Plan pitched to remove septic systems near Lake Okeechobee
Image via NASA Earth Observatory.

Lake Okeechobee
The budget request includes $50 million to make it happen.

Rural communities near Lake Okeechobee would get $50 million to help remove old and failing septic tanks and connect properties to sewer systems, under a budget request filed Thursday by Senate Agriculture Chairman Wauchula Republican Ben Albritton.

The request would involve establishing a grant program to provide money to “fiscally constrained” communities in Okeechobee, Glades and Hendry counties that border tributaries feeding into Lake Okeechobee.

The request said reducing pollutants and such things as nitrogen and phosphorus from entering tributaries, Lake Okeechobee and other water bodies “protects the environment, fish, wildlife & state water resources.”

The request is filed for consideration during the 2020 legislative session, which starts Jan. 14. It is among more than 770 separate proposals, totaling $1.14 billion, that have been filed in the Senate.


Republished with permission of The News Service of Florida.

News Service Of Florida

The News Service of Florida provides journalists, lobbyists, government officials and other civic leaders with comprehensive, objective information about the activities of state government year-round.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Renzo Downey, Rick Flagg, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Jesse Scheckner, Scott Powers, Andrew Wilson, and Kelly Hayes.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704