News-Press: Written by Potor Goss. April 3, 2017.
As an active Member of the Florida Congressional Delegation when the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) was negotiated, authorized and passed in 2000, I read with dismay the recent public comments by state Rep. Matthew Caldwell, R-North Fort Myers, that pursuing a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee would “disrupt Everglades progress.”
As I recall, there was a reservoir component in the EAA envisioned by CERP and it was one of the first projects authorized by Congress in 2000. Governor Jeb Bush identified a southern reservoir as one of the most important Everglades projects in 2004 as part of his Acceler8 plan. What I don’t understand is this false narrative that proclaims storage south of the Lake to be something just dreamed up by environmentalists with nothing better to do. The reservoir plan has been around longer than some of its critics.
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