In South Florida, a Polluted Bubble Ready to Burst

Lizette Alvarez, reporting for the New York Times:

On wind-whipped days when rain pounds this part of South Florida, people are quickly reminded that Lake Okeechobee, with its vulnerable dike and polluted waters, has become a giant environmental problem far beyond its banks.

We changed the hydrology with little understanding of the long-term consequences. The lack of humility in the engineering of nature often catches up to us.