The Everglades Foundation (The Foundation) today supported the passage of Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), relating to water resources, from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources. With the addition of the strike-all amendment, by Senator Bradley, SB 10 includes a statewide approach to water resources, not only addressing water issues with Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers with expediting of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir, but also providing the means to address water issues in all corners of the state.
“A water crisis anywhere in Florida is a water crisis everywhere in Florida,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Foundation. “Water problems are not exclusive to Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. We’re seeing water issues statewide from Florida Bay and Everglades all the way up to the St. John’s River and Apalachicola Bay.”
“As this legislation continues to move, we look forward to working with Chairman Bradley, President Negron and other concerned lawmakers in both chambers to craft legislation that will ensure we protect our most vital resource – water,” concluded Eikenberg.
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