CAPITOL SOUP: Mast Introduces Bill to Expedite Federal Planning For Southern Water Storage

Capitol Soup: Written by Capitol Soup. May 8, 2017.

Following the recent passage of S.B. 10 by the Florida Legislature, U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today unveiled the Everglades FIRST (Flow Increases Rely on Storage and Treatment) Act.  The bill will expedite the federal timeline for the completion of reports that are required before Everglades restoration projects, including the S.B. 10 southern reservoir, can move forward.

“We cannot afford to wait another eight to ten years to begin construction on a southern reservoir.  Every summer with toxic algal blooms means more businesses are forced to close, more people lose their jobs and more children get sick,” Rep. Mast said. “Now that the Florida legislature has passed S.B. 10, the federal government needs to step up and do its part to get this project done as quickly as possible.”

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