Palmetto Bay, Fla. – The Everglades Foundation (The Foundation) today applauded the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation for voting favorably on Senate Bill 10, sponsored by State Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island). SB 10 would expedite a critical Everglades restoration project to reduce harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and send water south into the Everglades and Florida Bay.
“On behalf of The Foundation, I applaud the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation for voting favorably on SB 10,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Foundation. “This legislation would expedite water storage south of Lake Okeechobee to store, clean and send water into the Everglades and Florida Bay.”
“Floridians from all over the state grasp the importance of this water storage reservoir and their support of this legislation has been immense,” said Eikenberg. “This reservoir will drastically reduce the amount of discharges to the east and west, finally giving us an option to send Lake Okeechobee water south and solving a water crisis that is a concern to those that live in all corners of the state.”
“As this legislation progresses, The Foundation will continue to advocate for this solution to our state’s water crisis,” said Eikenberg. “We look forward to working with the members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources, as well as the bill sponsor, Senator Bradley, and Senate President Joe Negron, to hopefully see this much-needed project pass its next committee stop.”