A lawsuit by the Natural Resources Defense Council has stopped construction of an $800 million restoration project in the Florida Everglades, pending mediation next month with state officials and the Army Corps of Engineers. The 26-square-mile reservoir is designed to limit water flow from the Everglades that could cause widespread algae blooms along the coast, but the Defense Council wants guarantees that reclaimed water will be used to help the Everglades, not developers and sugar growers.

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