Governor Rick Scott will be on the Treasure Coast next week to tour the St. Lucie Estuary.  This as concerns over toxic algae and high levels of bacteria continue to grow. 

Scott will be joined by state Senator Joe Negron as they assess the impact of water being released from Lake Okeechobee.

The announcement came hours after the South Florida Water Management District's Board gave preliminary approval to a plan that would allow some water from the lake to be released to the South and into the Everglades, rather than East into the estuary. 

Here's more on the Central Everglades Planning Project:

The South Florida Water Management District Board of Governors tentatively approved a draft plan Thursday for the Central Everglades Planning Project. The approval sets in motion a process designed to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project included in the federal Water Resources Development Act that Congress is considering.

The $1.8 billion project would send about 65.2 billion gallons of Lake Okeechobee water south each year rather than east toward the St. Lucie Estuary and west to the Caloosahatchee Estuary.

The project would use land south of the lake that's already in public hands. It is scheduled to take at least 10 years to complete.

Copyright: AP/Joel Malkin and WPTV contributed

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