Reservoir Bill Refinements will Move Water South Faster

The Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg today issued the following statement in response to amendments to Senate Bill 10, sponsored by State Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), prior to tomorrow’s Senate Appropriations Committee meeting.

“President Negron’s amendment moves us closer than ever before to our goals of greater water storage south of Lake Okeechobee, massive reductions of algae-causing discharges and improvements in the quality of water entering the Everglades and Florida Bay. It fulfills our objectives of moving more water south, and by prioritizing the use of land already owned by the state, it reduces the need for bonding.

“We are pleased that the legislation will compel the South Florida Water Management District to prioritize storage south of Lake Okeechobee — something that we have urged for years.

“The amendment will also provide an additional $100 million to expedite the reservoir and existing projects already underway.”

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