The Everglades Foundation released the following statement on May 24, 2022, attributable to its CEO Eric Eikenberg, regarding the announcement by the Biden administration to expedite the construction of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir.
“Let’s go! We have been waiting for over 22 years for this morning’s news out of Washington to construct and expedite the EAA Reservoir. U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz has stepped up to help secure the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee—the primary project needed to reduce harmful toxic discharges to the coastal estuaries while increasing the flows of clean freshwater south to the Everglades. The project is essential to the restoration of America’s Everglades.
Everglades restoration is the world’s largest ecosystem restoration project and serves as an example of the climate and economic benefits of restoring natural ecosystems. The Everglades Foundation has been laser-focused on securing the necessary water storage and treatment south of Lake Okeechobee to supply clean freshwater for America’s Everglades.
We applaud today’s announcement by the Biden administration to expedite construction of the EAA reservoir. This approach and funding will expedite the completion of this vital project.”