OP-ED: Reservoir critical to Everglades restoration

Naples Daily News, Eric Eikenberg

Former Gov. Reuben Askew once joked that if Florida doesn’t stop wasting the precious freshwater we are flushing out to sea, it will become “the world’s first and only desert which gets 60 inches of annual rainfall.”

Restoring the natural southerly flow of the freshwater we are squandering is the most ambitious environmental reconstruction ever undertaken. Sixteen years ago, the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) identified 68 separate projects that together will take decades to complete and require federal and state investments of billions of dollars.

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