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EVERGLADES
 
​AGRICULTURAL AREA

The Crown Jewel of Everglades Restoration

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THE IMPACT OF AMERICA'S EVERGLADES 

The largest environmenntal restoration project in history
 

The essential Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir has been prioritized by the state of Florida. Construction on this project began a year ahead of schedule. Completion of the EAA Reservoir, together with other projects, will reduce algae-causing discharges from Lake Okeechobee by more than half. It will  also provide freshwater desperately needed by America’s Everglades.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SEND WATER SOUTH?

Project is one of the 68 components of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The project was originally scheduled to be completed in 2005 and built on property in the EAA known as the “Talisman” land. This land was later divided into compartments known as “A-1” and “A-2”. When U.S. Sugar contracted to sell its land in 2008, the South Florida Water Management District decided to build a water quality project on A-1 with the understanding that a reservoir would be built on land acquired from U.S. Sugar located closer to Lake Okeechobee. As the U.S. Sugar purchase was scaled down, land for a reservoir was not acquired and the project was not built. Work on the EAA Reservoir project is not scheduled to begin again until 2021. Senate Bill 10/House Bill 761 seek to find a location and advance the schedule so that the project will no longer be delayed.  

EVERGLADES AGRICULTURE AREA

This land was later divided into compartments known as “A-1” and “A-2”. When U.S. Sugar contracted to sell its land in 2008, the South Florida Water Management District decided to build a water quality project on A-1 with the understanding that a reservoir would be built on land acquired from U.S.

EVERGLADES AGRICULTURE AREA

This land was later divided into compartments known as “A-1” and “A-2”. When U.S. Sugar contracted to sell its land in 2008, the South Florida Water Management District decided to build a water quality project on A-1 with the understanding that a reservoir would be built on land acquired from U.S.

EVERGLADES AGRICULTURE AREA

As the U.S. Sugar purchase was scaled down, land for a reservoir was not acquired and the project was not built. Work on the EAA Reservoir project is not scheduled to begin again until 2021. Senate Bill 10/House Bill 761 seek to find a location and advance the schedule so that the project will no longer be delayed.  

EVERGLADES AGRICULTURE AREA

As the U.S. Sugar purchase was scaled down, land for a reservoir was not acquired and the project was not built. Work on the EAA Reservoir project is not scheduled to begin again until 2021. Senate Bill 10/House Bill 761 seek to find a location and advance the schedule so that the project will no longer be delayed.  

THE IMPACT OF AMERICA'S EVERGLADES 

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CERP

LARGEST RESTORATION PROJECT IN HISTORY

The Everglades is composed of a variety of habitats that play essential roles in absorbing and retaining carbon. These habitats require freshwater to remain healthy and functional. By increasing flows of freshwater, restoration will help conserve these unique habitats and prevent the release of carbon to the atmosphere.

The carbon and greenhouse emissions equivalencies, per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the carbon already sequestered in three integral Everglades habitats.

 
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LAKE OKEECHOBEE

  • 19.9-24.1 MILLION HOMES' energy use for one year, or

  • 189.9-230.3 BILLION POUNDS of coal burned.

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A1

( water conservation areas )

  • 670.7 BILLION POUNDS of coal burned, or

  • 131.5 MILLION PASSENGER VEHICLES driven for one year.

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A2

( water conservation areas )

  • 670.7 BILLION POUNDS of coal burned, or

  • 131.5 MILLION PASSENGER VEHICLES driven for one year.

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