State Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Plantation) is voicing concerns about the integrity of the Herbert Hoover Dike around the waters of Lake Okeechobee in Florida. The representative is attending today’s meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin that’s taking place in Stuart.
Representative Edwards offered the following statement:
“The current derelict condition of Herbert Hoover Dike in South Florida is a national environmental crisis. For the protection of South Florida’s residents and environment, I believe more federal funding is needed now to improve the dike’s structural integrity. The dike’s importance to our region is as important now as it was when it was constructed following the destructive hurricanes of 1928 and 1932. As a Florida native whose family has farmed in the Northern Everglades for more than four decades, I understand this issue very well and hope to see positive and prompt action from state and national leaders.”
Representative Edwards serves on the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee. She serves Florida House District 98 in Broward County.
CONTACT: Office of Representative Edwards