Advocates for south Florida recreational fishing are cheering the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir project, which the South Florida Water Management District voted to submit to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.
The reservoir plan is known as the Central Everglades Planning Project and its being supported by Keep Florida Fishing, an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association.
“We appreciate Governor Rick Scott and Senator Joe Negron’s strong and unwavering voices on behalf of Florida’s environment, said Kellie Ralston, ASA’s fishing policy director, in a statement. “We commend SFWMD executive director Ernie Marks and the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board and staff for their hard work, tireless efforts and overall leadership of this Everglades restoration project, along with DEP secretary Noah Valenstein and the Department of Environmental Protection for their steadfast support.”
She continued, “The 240,000 acre-feet EAA Reservoir, when combined with other projects, will provide significant relief for our coastal estuaries, and this is an important component to restore water flow to the south Everglades. The collective projects are expected to exceed the average annual flow goal of the Comprehensive Everglades Plan by sending 370,000 acre-feet of water to the Everglades.”
Ralston said that Keep Florida Fishing will remain committed to working on the next steps in the process.