Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Commend Governor Scott for securing funding toward an $880 million long-term Everglades restoration plan
Recently the Governor of Florida signed a bill into law that would provide $32 million annually toward an $880 million long-term Everglades restoration project. The funding will go toward improving water quality in the Everglades after decades of damage. Thank the governor for taking steps toward recovery of the state’s wetlands by signing the petition below.
Damage from agricultural runoff and development have deteriorated the Everglades for decades. The restoration project will set guidelines for restoring water quality by removing phosphorus and other pollutants from the water flowing into and through the Everglades. The water quality plan is partly funded by a $32 million appropriation by the Florida government and a per-acre tax on farmers in the Everglades agricultural area.
“I was proud to work with state, local and federal officials to create the $880 million Everglades Restoration Plan, which will ensure we’re doing what it takes to protect and properly manage our nation’s most delicate natural treasure,” Scott said in a news release.
The plan is to improve water quality and flow through the Everglades by adding thousands of acres of water treatment areas, improve reservoirs that regulate flows of treated water back into the Everglades and other engineering projects that would help improve the quality of water entering and flowing through the Everglades. Commend Governor Scott for ensuring funding for Everglades restoration.
Dear Governor Rick Scott,
Thank you for signing into law HB 7065, which will provide much-needed funding to improve water quality in the Everglades. The $880 million Everglades Restoration Plan is an outstanding example of Florida’s commitment to its environment, and I hope it will lead the way to making the Florida ecosystem a priority in coming years.
Ensuring good water quality and flow will help undo years of damage to the Everglades due to pollution from agriculture and development. This new law is the beginning of a wonderful effort to restore the Everglades, and I hope that you will continue to fight to maintain and protect the wetlands from continued threats to their sustainability.
It is my hope that this initial investment will help secure a sustainable future for Florida’s ecosystem, and help preserve the wetlands for future generations.
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