A Message from Sandy Moret
Last week, Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 10 into law, clearing the way for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to store, clean and properly convey freshwater. The historic occasion was the culmination of an extended effort by thousands of organizations, companies and individuals and was led through the Florida Legislature by Senator Joe Negron. I extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who played a part in pushing this legislation through. It marks an important step in the fight to restore the Everglades. Days later, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast introduced federal legislation to help expedite the process.

Despite this significant progress, we must remain vigilant to ensure that this legislation is implemented in a timely manner, and that the many other planned components to restore the Everglades are also put in place. Strong forces still oppose our progress, and we must continue to fight them at every turn and present a united front as the Now or Neverglades coalition, currently 60,500 strong.

This moment could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of each and every one of you. Thank you for your support of the Now or Neverglades coalition, and for your continued work to help us save the Everglades.


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In The News

Gov.  Rick Scott  signed legislation Tuesday pledging $800 million in bonds toward Senate President  Joe Negron 's signature project - a $1.5 billion plan to restore Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades by building a reservoir south of the lake.

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast is hoping his Everglades FIRST Act will get the Army Corps of Engineers moving on reports that must be completed before projects to increase water storage around Lake Okeechobee can get underway. 

Source: TC Palm 

Cautious praise for the compromise passage of Senate Bill 10 is deserved. Celebration would be foolish.

The fractured Florida Legislature has agreed to fund a deep reservoir for holding polluted discharges from Lake Okeechobee, with the aim of sparing coastal communities from tourism-killing algae blooms and fish kills.

The $1.6 billion reservoir won't be as big as the one sought by Senate President Joe Negron, but it would be big enough to make a difference. And it's way better than nothing, which is what lawmakers in the House were poised to do.

Source:  TC Palm
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