The Army Corps of Engineers and South Florida Water Management District have broken ground on the EAA Reservoir, a critical Everglades restoration project.
This from Captains for Clean Water:
A major step forward for Everglades restoration took place yesterday with the groundbreaking of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir, a critical project needed to reduce harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges to the coasts and send water south to the Everglades where it’s needed.
“Our community of supporters across the country is celebrating this momentous occasion,” said Capt. Daniel Andrews, Executive Director of Captains For Clean Water. “Following Governor DeSantis’ bold leadership to expedite the STA, we applaud the Army Corps’ diligence to break ground on the EAA Reservoir—the keystone project of the largest ecosystem restoration project in the world. Countless groups and individuals work tirelessly to drive Everglades restoration forward, and today, our efforts are rewarded as we get to celebrate this shared win for clean water and America’s Everglades.”
This project is considered the “crown jewel” of Everglades restoration and will provide the greatest relief to the most affected areas. Construction is estimated to be complete by 2030.
“This project is truly a game changer for the Everglades.”, said Col. James Booth, Commander, Jacksonville District. “We will be able to capture, store, treat and release lake water to the central and southern Everglades instead of losing it to tide or having to send it to the estuaries.”
The groundbreaking ceremony was buzzing with energy and applause as many stakeholders came together to celebrate this long-awaited milestone.