Join SCCF on Wednesday, February 24th, for a panel discussion on the benefits of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir project. SCCF, in partnership with the Everglades Foundation, are hosting this annual discussion with the focus on the EAA as a keystone project of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP).
The program will be moderated by SCCF CEO Ryan Orgera, Ph.D.
The EAA Reservoir was one of the original CERP projects conditionally authorized by Congress in the Water Resources Development Act of 2000.
A vital component of Everglades restoration, it is the only project that will provide the dual benefits of reducing damaging discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries and restoring freshwater flows to the Everglades and Florida Bay. The project will reduce the damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the estuaries by more than 55% and almost double freshwater flows south to the central Everglades.
The EAA Reservoir has had a long history filled with uncertainty and mired in litigation, politics, and the state’s plan to acquire U.S. Sugar’s lands and assets. It wasn’t until 2018, when the coastal communities of the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries were devastated by harmful algal blooms, including blue-green algae and red tide, that the State of Florida made the project a top priority.
On January 10, 2019, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-12, Achieving More Now for Florida’s Environment. Among the Governor’s top priorities for reducing the damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the coastal estuaries was a plan to accelerate the construction of the EAA Reservoir.
As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Everglades restoration, the project is finally moving forward. The South Florida Water Management District recently broke ground on the stormwater treatment area for the project and we are finally starting to see progress on construction. Meanwhile, some Florida lawmakers are raising concerns about funding for the EAA Reservoir citing budget shortfalls related to the COVID-19 pandemic to justify halting the project.
Join us to learn more about this critical Everglades restoration project and the benefits it will provide to the Everglades and coastal communities and how we can keep this project moving forward.
This is a free, virtual event that will be presented via Zoom. It will also be archived on SCCF's YouTube Channel for viewing anytime after the event.Register