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U.S. Senate passes Bill to Protect Everglades
Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, September 15, the U.S. Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a win for South Florida residents and wildlife.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) quickly hailed the victory: "I welcome the Senate’s passage of the Water Resources Development Act, a bill of critical importance to the State of Florida. The Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), a subdivision of the high-impact Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and a component of WRDA, will help increase fresh water flows through the Everglades and into Florida Bay, will support our drinking water reservoirs and improve Florida Bay’s ecosystem, which is currently under great stress."
Rep. Curbelo further notes, "[The bill] is important [to] Florida’s environment and [its] economy, especially in the Florida Keys. I commend the Senate [for its] passage of WRDA and look forward to the House considering [this] bill in the coming weeks, which also includes robust funding for CEPP.”
Rep. Curbelo has made Everglades restoration a major priority in his work in Congress. As a Member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, he has advocated directly to Chairman Bill Shuster on the benefits of the Central Everglades Planning Project and was successful in securing funds for CEPP in the Committee-approved WRDA bill. To ensure funding continues for Everglades restoration Rep. Curbelo plans to proactively work with Chairman Shuster in calling on House Leadership to bring WRDA to the House Floor for a vote as soon as possible.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster