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Statement on Amendment to Senate Bill 2508

Eric Eikenberg and Captains for Clean Water in Tallahassee speaking on SB 2508.

February 17, 2022 - This statement is attributable to The Everglades Foundation's CEO Eric Eikenberg, regarding Senate Bill 2508.

“The Everglades Foundation thanks the Florida Senate for hearing the concerns from people all across Florida, in addition to the ones who have traveled to Tallahassee multiple times over the last couple weeks.

“The amendment to Senate Bill 2508 removes language to which The Everglades Foundation and countless Floridians voiced strong opposition.

“The construction of the EAA Reservoir, south of Lake Okeechobee, remains a priority of the state of Florida. The balanced Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual remains balanced and on track to provide water benefits to all users, including substantial water flowing south to the Everglades and Florida Bay.

“A few issues remain, but having heard the assurances from senators on the Senate floor today, we believe those issues will be addressed and resolved during the budget conference process.

“We also want to thank Governor Ron DeSantis for his unwavering support for the Everglades and being a strong champion on these issues.”

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