TC Palm: Written by Staff. January 10th, 2019.
Expediting Everglades restoration is the aim of a U.S. House bill filed Thursday.
Currently, such projects must be authorized en masse through the Water Resources Development Act that Congress approves periodically, but this new bill would allow projects to be authorized more quickly and on a case-by-case basis.
The bill would approve shovel-ready projects already approved as part of the 2000 Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, also known as CERP.
U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, filed the bill. Other Florida lawmakers have filed similar bills for several years, but they all stalled.