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Statement from Eric Eikenberg, Everglades Foundation CEO

In the history of Everglades restoration, Governor Rick Scott stands out as an environmental leader with his announcement today of his plan to spend $90 million over three years to complete the next phase of critical bridging of Tamiami Trail.

This announcement, combined with Governor Scott’s $880 million Water Quality Plan, means the governor has successfully tackled two of the most difficult and contentious issues in the protection and restoration of America’s Everglades.

For those living near the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers, this bridging of Tamiami Trail is an important project that will allow water to move south from Lake Okeechobee, easing the burden on those rivers.

Governor Scott deserves enormous praise for his willingness to listen, to act, and to make America’s Everglades – the drinking water for 7 million Floridians – one of the top priorities of his administration.


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