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Scientists at Odds over a $150 Million Lake Hancock Project
Southwest Florida Water Management District is proceeding toward building a $150 million project to raise the level of Lake Hancock and to build a marsh to filter its algae-choked water, in a bid to restore a minimum flow to the dried upper Peace River.

Environmental scientists are at odds over the value of the project which some believe does nothing to clean up the pollution or restore aquifer levels which have dropped 50 feet since the 1950’s. Lake Hancock has become chocked with algae because people dumped raw sewage, agricultural runoff and waste clay slime from phosphate mining into it before environmental awareness prompted reforms.

 
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