Statement by NPCA Biscayne Restoration Program Analyst Kahlil Kettering
“We are pleased to see phase one of the C-111 Spreader Canal project completed today, which continues the momentum for restoring America’s Everglades, benefiting Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. Phase one of the C-111 canal project is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, and the newly constructed features will prevent drainage of Everglades National Park by increasing fresh water flows through Taylor Slough, which will revitalize Florida Bay.
“We applaud the South Florida Water Management District for expediting the construction of this project, however, more needs to be done. Congress must authorize this project through the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) so that the federal government can provide funding and fulfill its obligation to meet half of the cost as agreed upon through the federal-state partnership.
“Time is of the essence and we need to move forward with planning for phase two of the C-111 Spreader Canal project. Phase two will provide most of the envisioned benefits for restoring natural salinity patterns through Everglades wetlands and habitat for wildlife, ultimately revitalizing Florida Bay and Biscayne National Park.”
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