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An amendment to Senate Bill 10 filed today allows the use of state-owned lands for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir. When adopted by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, the amendment will meet the goals of EAA water storage and conveyance by directing state agencies to reconfigure existing projects to treat and store more water. Funding comes from voter-approved Amendment 1 (2014), which dedicated funds for water and land conservation including Everglades restoration.
“The amendment creates a path forward to fund and build the reservoirs that are critical to ending the tragic discharges to our coastal waters while sending more water south to the Everglades and Florida Bay. Audubon encourages all Senators to vote for this good bill,” said Eric Draper, executive director, Audubon Florida.