We will fight to restore the Everglades and we will never quit. We won’t be cowed and we won’t let the foot draggers stand in our way."

– Governor Ron DeSantis

A new Governor defends America's Everglades with a bold vision

"For Florida, the quality of our water and environmental surroundings are foundational to our prosperity as a state – it doesn’t just drive tourism; it affects property values, anchors many local economies and is central to our quality of life. The water is part and parcel of Florida’s DNA. Protecting it is the smart thing to do; it’s also the right thing to do.

I will lead the efforts to save our waterways. We will fight toxic blue-green algae, we will fight discharges from Lake Okeechobee, we will fight red tide, we will fight for our fishermen, we will fight for our beaches, we will fight to restore our Everglades and we will never ever quit, we won’t be cowed and we won’t let the foot-draggers stand in our way."
- Governor Ron DeSantis

On January 8, 2019, after being sworn in as the 46th Governor of Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis outlined his priorities highlighting the importance of Florida's environment and Everglades restoration and vowing to prioritize them for all Floridians. On January 10, just two days after being sworn in as Governor, DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-12, a sweeping executive order outlining a blueprint of his environmental plan focused on Everglades restoration and rebuilding the infrastructure of Florida's environmental oversight. Read more

A key component of CERP

The heart of Everglades restoration is reconnecting Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades so ample water can be stored, get cleansed and released to flow south again into the Everglades and Florida Bay. 

As called for in the Central Everglades Restoration Plan or, CERP, the Everglades needs an above-ground reservoir directly south of Lake Okeechobee located in the 500,000 acres of sugar cane fields that make up the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). This Everglades reservoir is the most important project we can construct and implement to significantly reduce the amount of freshwater that is currently being discharged east and west.

The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir

Everglades Trust supports the 200-plus Everglades scientists who believe that increased storage, treatment, and conveyance of water south of Lake Okeechobee is essential to stop the damaging discharges to the coastal estuaries; to restore the flow of clean, freshwater to Everglades National Park, Florida Bay and the Florida Keys; to improve the health of Lake Okeechobee; and to protect the drinking water for 8 million Floridians living in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The critical dollars to build these project are available from both the federal government and the state of Florida. Everglades restoration is funded annually by the United States Congress via direct appropriation to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Interior. 

But for years, Florida has not consistently received the levels of federal funding necessary to ensure Everglades Restoration is successful. Finally, due to the tireless work of activists, citizens and politicians alike, Congress enacted $200M for Everglades restoration in the 2019 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Using these funds and Amendment 1 funds, we must expedite construction of the reservoir south of the lake without delay, before development in the EAA or other uncertainties condemn our waters to irrevocable destruction. Read more