Having been influential in passage of the 2017 Senate Bill 10 in Tallahassee, Captains for Clean Water rallied 20 fishing captains and anglers to go to Washington to push our efforts forward.
Florida Senate Bill 10 authorized and funded the state’s portion of EAA Reservoir project (roughly $800 million). The EAA Reservoir project will store and filter Lake Okeechobee water through marshes so it can be sent to Florida Bay (where it is needed) instead of being discharged to the rivers.
Why is the authorization and funding important? Costs of the EAA Reservoir project are split 50/50 between state and federal government. To proceed, we must have authorization and funding from the federal government.
The result? Leaders in Congress have committed to getting the EAA Reservoir in the 2018 WRDA Bill to authorize the reservoir. The bill is expected to go to the House of Representatives later this month. Last week, the Army Corps of Engineers signed off on the project, and sent it to the Office of Management and Budget for the first step of the funding process. In the coming months, Captains for Clean Water will be working with our partner organizations to ensure the everything stays on track in Washington so the EAA Reservoir is authorized and funded.
Thank You to Our Friends…
And, we’d like to send a BIG THANK YOU to the Everglades Foundation for hosting the Everglades Summit along with the captains and anglers that joined us!