Palmetto Bay, Fla. (June 19) – Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Everglades Foundation, has issued the following statement in reaction to the passage today by the U.S. House of Representatives of H.R. 2740, a bundle of multiple spending bills that includes Energy and Water Development appropriations for FY20 including $200 million for Everglades restoration:
“The House of Representatives today responded to the suffocation of America’s Everglades with all the urgency it deserves. At long last, the bill sets aside all the dollars needed to meet the federal share of restoration costs for the coming year, including getting the Everglades Reservoir off the ground and driving toward near-term completion of important projects such as Kissimmee River and Picayune Strand. The sooner we can complete key restoration projects, the sooner we can reduce the discharges of polluted water to our coasts and restore the flow of clean freshwater south to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay.
“I thank our Florida Congressional delegation and the full House for including funding of Everglades restoration in this bill.”
The House approved the legislation by a vote of 226 to 203.
The measure now moves to the U.S. Senate.