Letter to Governor Rick Scott
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
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.
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.
of Florida voters
amended the state constitution
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,
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.