Response of The Everglades Foundation’s CEO Eric Eikenberg to the President’s FY 2021 Budget Request for $250M for Everglades Restoration
“We want to thank President Trump for listening to the bipartisan Florida Congressional delegation and the more than 40,000 people who contacted the White House expressing their love of America’s Everglades, their desire to solve Florida’s water crisis and their strong support for Everglades restoration. Today’s reported announcement is a victory for each and every one of them.
“This $250 million — a $50 million increase over this year’s funding — is the minimum investment needed for the next fiscal year to restore America’s Everglades for future generations, reduce polluted water discharges from Lake Okeechobee to Florida’s coastal communities, and help ensure clean drinking water for more than 8 million Floridians. It is also a necessary first step in a ramp-up of future investments needed that will allow construction to be completed on the ambitious schedule advanced by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. We look forward to working with our Florida Congressional delegation and our friends in both Houses to persuade Congress to approve the President’s request.”
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