Sept. 12, 2018

SFWMD Unveils New Website Tracking Federal Authorization and Funding of the EAA Storage Reservoir Project
Website increases public access to information and status of
Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir authorization, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan funding levels
 
Click on the image to access SFWMD's tracking website with information, such as a timeline for authorization of the EAA Storage Reservoir and a comparison of how much the state and federal governments have invested in restoration projects.

West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) unveiled a new website to help the public track the status of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir Project and how much the state and federal governments have invested in major projects to restore Florida's Everglades.
 
The Restoration and Cost Sharing tracking website gives the public detailed information on how much the state and federal governments have invested in critical components of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) to restore Florida's Everglades.
 
SFWMD and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have an agreement to share the costs of implementing CERP between the state and federal governments, equally. In total, the state has invested nearly $2.3 billion to finish CERP since 2000 and the federal government has invested about $1.4 billion. Florida has also dedicated recurring funding for the Everglades through the Legacy Florida bill and Senate Bill 10, both signed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
 
The Restoration and Cost Sharing tracking website also gives the public an in-depth timeline tracking the process for authorization and funding of the proposed EAA Storage Reservoir. When completed, this reservoir would store 240,000 acre-feet of water south of Lake Okeechobee to reduce releases to the coastal estuaries and increase the flow of clean water to the Everglades.
 
SFWMD submitted a proposal for the EAA Storage Reservoir Project for federal approval and cost sharing earlier this year. That proposal has been submitted to Congress by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. The U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are expected to consider a bill that includes the EAA Storage Reservoir later this month.
 
The Restoration and Cost Sharing tracking website is just the latest online platform created by SFWMD to further public access to information. The District has also recently created the SFWMD TV YouTube channel for informational videos, the Open Data Portal website for public access to the District's geospatial data and the Managing High Water website that provides public access to information on steps being taken to address the current high water emergency situation.
 
Visit SFWMD's website at www.sfwmd.gov
Media Contact: 
Randy Smith  |   rrsmith@sfwmd.gov    |  Office: 561-682-2800  |  Cell: 561-389-3386
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.

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