The White House announced Tuesday its approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ request to seek approval from Congress for the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir approved by the Florida Legislature in Senate Bill 10 (2017).

Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who championed the project and shepherded it through the Legislature released the following statement when he got the news:

“I want to first thank the White House, Governor Scott, and Senator Rubio for today’s milestone announcement …” Negron said. “This reservoir is an indispensable component to finally eliminating the harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee that are polluting our estuaries and waterways. I look forward to securing the federal funds to match Florida’s approved budget for this project. There is no reason we cannot begin the initial permitting and engineering for the reservoir within the next few months. This is an emergency; time is of the essence.”    

For more information on Senate Bill 10 and the Everglades Agricultural Area Southern Reservoir, click here.

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