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For Immediate Release:
October 12, 2012
Media Contact:
Rosa Quiroz

Commissioner Rebeca Sosa sponsors resolution supporting the planning project for the restoration of the central Everglades

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa sponsored a resolution adopted by the Board of County Commissioners during an October 2012 meeting, supporting the completion of a Project Implementation Report (PIR) by the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) by May 2013, which address key obstacles to freshwater flows and implement meaningful ecological and economic benefits by restoring America's Everglades.

The Greater Everglades Ecosystem is a globally endangered habitat which is essential to the proper functioning of the Biscayne Aquifer, the primary source of drinking water for the residents of Miami-Dade County. The ecosystem has continued to decline in the face of restoration delays and an expedited solution is needed to increase the quality, quantity, timing and distribution of freshwater flows into the central Everglades, Everglades National Park, and Florida and Biscayne Bays. Increased deliveries of water south of Lake Okeechobee will reduce damaging discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries.

The goal of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) is to significantly reduce planning times and deliver a finalized plan for several essential restoration projects within 18 months.  Full support and funding by the State of Florida and the U.S. Congress is needed to implement this project that will protect regional water supply, create much needed jobs and strengthen the local economy.

For more information on this resolution, please contact Commissioner Sosa's office at 305-267-6377.