Don’t Forget to thank your/our governor,
Governor Rich Scott
the next time you wish to take a boat ride
in central/south Florida
and/or end up with the Zika Virus after your visit!
The Everglades Trust
In the face of overwhelming proof that our waterways are under siege
and on the verge of collapse,
you would think your government could be trusted.
But you would be wrong.
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
Owned by Governor Rick Scott!
recently promoted a
“Myth vs Fact” sheet.
Maybe you received it.
This State agency continues to deny and deflect responsibility.
You deserve better.
What you will get from the Everglades Trust are the facts and the truth.
The Governor and Florida Department of Environmental Protection
provide daily control over the actions of the SFWMD Governing Board and staff.
Since 2010, shortly after they agreed to sell the land,
US Sugar has been lobbying Florida government to not go through with the deal – a written binding contract. They spent nearly 11 million dollars on campaign contributions in 2014 alone.
In 2014, 75% of Florida voters amended the state constitution again.
This time, to pass the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment, which: “Funds the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire, restore, improve, and manage conservation lands… including the Everglades.”
The SFWMD is responsible for managing and protecting water resources of South Florida by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.
Despite overwhelming evidence and independent scientific support from more than 200 scientists for additional storage south of Lake Okeechobee, the SFWMD has consistently refused to meaningfully consider any additional options for storage south of Lake Okeechobee.
The one CERP project that will provide the most relief to the northern coastal communities, the Everglades and Florida Bay (The Keys) is the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir. Without additional storage in the EAA, the Everglades will not be restored, Florida Bay will continue to suffer from a lack of fresh water, and the coastal communities will continue to receive harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges.
No more excuses. Just fix it.
This is a horrific symptom of years of water mismanagement that we are seeing play out in our waterways and oceans throughout South Florida today. Here is the solution: Buy the land in the EAA. Build the reservoir. Restore the flow of CLEAN freshwater into our Everglades and get it down to a starving Florida Bay.
The Everglades Trust
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