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GOOD NEWS: Everglades Restoration

Progress Report: Momentum builds in Florida Senate On February 7, the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation voted unanimously in support of SB10 — Senate President Joe Negron’s plan to purchase land in the Everglades Agricultural Area to construct a reservoir south of Lake O.

A ray of hope: Key component of Everglades Restoration given priority in bill now before Florida Senate

Republican Senator Rob Bradley recently introduced legislation (SB10) directing the South Florida Water Management District to purchase land from willing sellers south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). The bill further authorizes the issuance of bonds to raise more than $1 billion dollars to that end, financed by Legacy Florida and Amendment 1 funds.

Lake water storage south of Lake Okeechobee in the EAA is essential to reducing discharges (which threaten public health, aquatic life and tourism) into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers; essential to restoring clean water flow to the Everglades and Florida Bay; and essential to protecting the drinking water for 8 million Floridians and countless visitors.

A favorable vote is not assured.

SB10 will be reviewed by a number of committees before going to the full Senate for a vote, and a companion bill must also be introduced in the House. Let your legislators know you support Lake water storage south of Lake Okeechobee. Our drinking water supply, public health and the future of our estuaries depend upon it.

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Urge your representatives to support Water Storage South of Lake O!

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