The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) passed in the Senate this week! This brings the EAA Reservoir one step closer to being realized. And brings a small ray of hope for Florida Bay preservation. The reservoir is a key component in moving fresh water from Lake Okeechobee to the Florida Bay during prolonged dry seasons.
The passage of WRDA authorizes projects to be built, but doesn’t appropriate money for them. The $1.6 billion EAA project will be cost-shared between the state and the feds, and it will be up to citizens to get involved in the conversation to demand our elected officials press for appropriations.
President Trump is expected to approve WRDA in the ensuing weeks. Thereafter, post mid-term elections, we can begin a rallying cry to bring home the money!