For Immediate Release
October 23rd, 2018
Statement from The Everglades Foundation CEO as Reservoir Bill Becomes Law:
“Let’s Get It Built – In Four Years, Not Ten”
“If the Army Corps of Engineers Can Repair the Mosul Dam in One Year,
This Critical Florida Reservoir Should Not Take Another Decade,” Says Eikenberg
Palmetto Bay, Fla. — The CEO of The Everglades Foundation, Eric Eikenberg, has issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s signing of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which includes federal authorization of the 16,000-acre Everglades Reservoir:
“The Everglades Reservoir project is now the law of the land – almost two decades late. Let’s get it built – in four years, not ten or fifteen. Florida’s estuaries, coastlines and America’s Everglades are imperiled, and the people of Florida cannot afford to wait.
“If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can repair the Mosul Dam in Iraq in one year, this critical Florida reservoir should not take another decade.
“It now falls on Congress to appropriate the $200 million annually that is needed to construct the reservoir and move other critical Everglades restoration projects forward quickly. Be assured, the people of Florida will be watching.”
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About The Everglades Foundation
The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to leading efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem. Since its founding in 1993 by a group of local outdoor enthusiasts, the Foundation has become a respected and important advocate for the sustainability of one of the world’s most unique ecosystems.
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