For Immediate Release:
In a staggering failure of duty and responsibility, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today made the incomprehensible decision to postpone its approval of the vital Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). This delay means Congress will be unable to act on CEPP for years.
Ignoring last summer’s environmental and economic destruction, caused by the Corps of Engineers dumping of billions of gallons of polluted water into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers and estuaries, the Corps is showing callous disregard for the people and businesses affected by their actions.
CEPP is a vital part of the effort to ease the burden on these citizens. Only CEPP stores, cleans and then moves water south. This significantly reduces the dumping of polluted water east and west into the rivers and estuaries.
The Corps has known for more than a year that they needed to act in time to allow Congress to add CEPP to the current Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). Members of Florida’s Congressional delegation, staff from the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Governor Rick Scott’s administration, the South Florida Water Management District and community leaders have for many months been urging the Corps to do its duty and get the job done.
Once again, the Corps is bogged down in its own bureaucracy, stumbling past important deadlines, showing an unwillingness to be creative, and determined to follow a trail of red tape that leads to public frustration.
The blame for this failure – and future damage to the environment and economy – now is squarely on the epaulets of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Brian E. Crowley
ImMEDIAcy Public Relations