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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 25, 2017) - State Senator Rob Bradley was presented with Audubon’s Champion of the Everglades Award at the Audubon Assembly in St. Augustine on October 25 for his leadership in Everglades conservation. Senator Bradley addressed Florida’s largest conservation gathering and spoke to the ecological importance of the Everglades.
“I am extremely honored to be recognized by Audubon Florida,” said Senator Bradley. “The ecological importance of the Florida Everglades reaches far beyond our state. I’m proud to have sponsored the legislation that will reduce harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee and will allow for a large volume of water to be cleaned, stored and moved south into the Everglades and Florida Bay.”
Audubon is Florida’s oldest and largest conservation organization and presents the Champion of the Everglades Award each year to a person who has gone above and beyond to protect Florida’s water and wildlife in the River of Grass. Previous award recipients include Nathaniel Reed, Senator Bob Graham, and Governor Jeb Bush. Senator Bradley was the sponsor of Senate Bill 10 (2017)- considered the most important Everglades legislation in a decade.
"Senator Bradley's leadership on behalf of the Everglades proves his dedication to protecting Florida's land and water resources," said Julie Hill-Gabriel, Audubon Florida's deputy director. "He secured support in the Florida Legislature for the biggest legislative victory for Florida's environment in 2017. We applaud Senator Bradley and are glad to name him as this year's Champion of the Everglades."
Click here for photo. Caption: Senator Rob Bradley accepting Audubon Florida's Champion of the Everglades Award. Left to right: Audubon Florida Executive Director Eric Draper; State Senator Rob Bradley; Audubon Florida Deputy Director Julie Hill-Gabriel.
For more than a century, Audubon has encouraged people to take care of the places that make Florida special. Using science to guide our priorities and birdlife to measure ecosystem health, Audubon advocates for the protection of land, water, and wildlife. Audubon is Florida’s most influential conservation organization and conducts extensive work to protect the Everglades and coastal bird habitats. We manage sanctuaries covering thousands of acres along with two popular nature centers. Audubon promotes stewardship and appreciation of public land and water so people experience and cherish Florida’s natural beauty and wildlife.