Friday’s Landowner Q&A Forum to highlight land acquisition process

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will be hosting a public meeting on the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project on Friday, Oct. 6, in Okeechobee.

Friday’s meeting is a question and answer forum for landowners in the project’s potential footprint. As the SFWMD and its federal partner, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, narrow down the tentative project plan components and locations, the purpose of this event is to explain how the land acquisition process works, provide a timeline of pertinent milestones and answer landowners’ questions.

Landowners were previously notified by mail and invited to participate and provide input at this public forum.

Part of the overall joint federal-state Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project will restore more natural water flows into the lake and improve its health, as well as that of the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries and surrounding wetlands. The project planning area would facilitate reservoirs, aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) wells and wetland enhancement features.

For more information about the project and planning process, visit

Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project Public Meeting

What: Landowner question and answer forum
Who: Conducted by the SFWMD
When: Friday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon
Where: SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center, 3800 NW 16th Blvd., Suite A, Okeechobee

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