Land acquisition under deal will help restore water flow and quality
“By unanimous approval, the South Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board last night approved a River of Grass land deal in the Everglades Agriculture Area to restore water flow back to Everglades National Park. The board has made a prudent investment in water quality that will make restoration possible.
“The River of Grass deal will acquire 26,800 acres of agricultural land essential to increase storage, improve water quality, and relieve damaging water releases to the Caloosahatchee and St Lucie Rivers. Acquiring this land, from a willing seller, will secure key tracts of land at the lowest possible cost.
“We applaud the South Florida Water Management District’s efforts to overcome a shifting financial climate to protect the natural environment vital to South Florida’s economic growth. This cash acquisition eliminates risks associated with financing while preserving the future option to acquire additional lands from U.S. Sugar in the Everglades Agricultural Area.
“Last week, the United Nations relisted Everglades National Park as an endangered world heritage site, and now Florida has proven it is equally committed to preserving America’s Everglades for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.”
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