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Governer Rick Scott Commits to Fixing Water Flow in Everglades With New Bridge

Governer Rick Scott Commits to Fixing Water Flow in Everglades With New Bridge

Posted by Wild Florida on Aug 31, 2013 12:48:50 PM

Here are at Wild Florida, we definitely put a lot of work and passion into offering the best air boat rides in Florida, but we also have a lot of passion about preserving what’s great about Florida: the wildlife and the Everglades. Recently, scientists have identified the need to reduce water flow in order to repair the damaged eco-system that over seven million Floridians depend on for water. The Tamiami Trail bridge currently restricts water flow from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades.

A total of $90 million over the next three years will be allocated to the Department of Transportation to build a new bridge. The project will deconstruct a section of the berm that Tamiami Trail road is currently built on, and replace with the new bridge so that water can restore flow. The re-routed water will help to restore and repair the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries who have been suffering.

According the Miami Herald blog, The Everglades Foundation CEO, Eric Eikenberg, said in a statement that Scott "stands out as an environmental leader" with this announcement and the $880 million Water Quality Plan which they said are "two of the most difficult and contentious issues in the protection and restoration of America’s Everglades."

“This $90 million investment will be a huge step forward in our efforts to restore water quality throughout South Florida,'' Scott said in a statement. "Every drop of water that we can send South and keep out of the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries is a win for Florida families. My message to families being impacted is that we will not give up on you. We are putting forward strategies each and every day to address the water quality issues that are impacting families in our state.”

Wild Florida supports any effort to help preserve the Everglades. We will continue to provide the best air boat rides in Florida throughout the headwaters of the Everglades. We also feature several other attractions to keep you and your family busy throughout the day. Learn more about booking air boat rides in Florida by visiting http://wildfloridairboats.com.


Topics: Everglades, Kissimmee Chain Of Lakes, Airboat Tours