NEWS-PRESS: Trump’s budget would eliminate Everglades water testing program

News-Press: Written by Ledyard King. April 12, 2017.

WASHINGTON - A system that tracks the health of the Everglades is among the environmental programs President Trump wants to abolish.

For more than 20 years, the little-known South Florida Geographic Initiative has been monitoring the threat of phosphorous, mercury and other damaging nutrients seeping into the ecologically fragile region — sometimes with dramatic results.

The data it collected for the Environmental Protection Agency and Florida agencies was key to a massive court-ordered settlement in 2012 to protect the River of Grass from encroaching pollution.

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