TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (970 WFLA/AP)- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is challenging President Barack Obama to tour parts of the state that are being damaged by water being released from Lake Okeechobee.
Scott sent a two-page letter to Obama late Tuesday that invited him and his administration to see how ``federal shortcomings'' have affected families in the regions near the lake.
The U.S. Army Corps of engineers releases water from the lake to reduce pressure on the aging Herbert Hoover Dike. parts of the earthen dike date back to the 1930s.
Critics say polluted freshwater from the lake has ravaged the ecosystems of the Caloosahatchee river and the St. Lucie Estuary.