WFSU News Team
Fri July 13, 2012
Obama administration pledges $80 million more for Everglades restoration
The Obama administration has announced it will send $80 million in additional funding to help in Everglades restoration. This comes a day after a federal judge Okayed a multimillion dollar cleanup project that could resolve 20 years of costly lawsuits.
The same judge, who was once critical of state officials for failing to enforce the Clean Water Act, agreed Thursday to allow an $880 million clean-up effort that will jump-start projects that have been bogged down in years of legal disputes. Charles Lee with the Audubon of Florida applauds the ruling.
“Given the fact, we now have the federal government and state government both taking the same position as to what should be built in terms of the government owned structures to clean up the water."
Meanwhile the Obama administration pledged Friday to add $80 million in funds for land easement programs on farms and ranches. Officials say it will help restore 23,000 acres of wetlands in the Everglades system.