Letter to Governor Rick Scott


Letter to Governor Rick Scott

Click here to read the news release accompanying the Everglades Trust letter to Governor Rick Scott on July 6


Everglades Trust Says:

No More Excuses


In the face of overwhelming proof that our waterways are under siege

and on the verge of collapse,

you would think

your government

could be trusted.

But you would be wrong.

The South Florida Water Management District


recently promoted a

“Myth vs Fact”


Maybe you received it.

This State agency continues to deny

and deflect responsibility.

You deserve better.

What you will get from the Everglades Trust

are the facts and the truth.


The Governor and Florida Department of Environmental Protection

provide daily control over the actions of the SFWMD

Governing Board and staff.


Since 2010,

shortly after they agreed to sell the land,

US Sugar has been lobbying Florida government

to not go through with the deal

a written binding contract.

They spent nearly

11 million dollars

on campaign contributions

in 2014 alone.


In 2014,


of Florida voters

amended the state constitution


This time,

to pass the Florida Water


Land Conservation Amendment,


Funds the Land Acquisition Trust Fund

to acquire, restore, improve, and manage conservation lands…

including the Everglades.”


The SFWMD is responsible for managing and protecting water resources of South Florida

by balancing and improving flood control,

water supply,

water quality

and natural systems.


Despite overwhelming evidence


independent scientific support from more than 200 scientists for additional storage south of Lake Okeechobee,

the SFWMD has consistently refused to meaningfully consider any additional options for storage south of Lake Okeechobee.


The one CERP project that will provide the most relief to the northern coastal communities,

the Everglades and Florida Bay (The Keys)

is the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir.

Without additional storage in the EAA, the Everglades will not be restored,

Florida Bay will continue to suffer from a lack of fresh water,

and the coastal communities

will continue to receive harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges.

No more excuses.

Just fix it.

This is a horrific symptom of years of water mismanagement

that we are seeing play out in our waterways

and oceans throughout South Florida today.

Here is the solution:

Buy the land in the EAA.

Build the reservoir.

Restore the flow of CLEAN freshwater into our Everglades

and get it down to a starving Florida Bay.



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