Governor Rick Scott today attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the L-8 Flow Equalization Basin, a major restoration project completed as part of the Governor’s $880 million Everglades water quality plan. Since Governor Scott has been in office, more than $1.8 billion has been invested by the State of Florida in restoring the Everglades.
To continue protecting Florida’s world-class beaches, award-winning and nationally acclaimed state parks, renowned springs and iconic Everglades, Governor Scott’s Securing Florida’s Future budget proposes more than $3.8 billion, including a record $355 million for the following Everglades restoration related projects:
- $32 million in recurring state funding that is part of the Governor’s $880 million Everglades water quality plan;
- $173.8 million for Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects, including the C-43 Reservoir and land acquisition required to move additional projects forward;
- $36 million for dispersed water management and public private partnerships to provide additional water storage;
- $64 million to the South Florida Water Management District for the EAA Reservoir (Senate Bill 10); and
- $50 million to accelerate repairs to the federally-operated Herbert Hoover Dike.