This week, Florida’s two U.S. senators–Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott–wrote to Michael Connor, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, prior to the Army Corps Engineers finalizing their supplemental work plan for Fiscal Years 2022 through 2024, to ensure that “all proposed and ongoing projects in Florida receive full and fair consideration of their value to local communities, our state, and our nation.”
This includes maintaining historic progress towards the restoration of Florida’s Everglades through projects like the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) and Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir through strong investment, the approval of continuing contract clause authority, and the expeditious delivery of the CEPP North Validation Report. Specifically, the Senators urge the Army Corps “to allocate no less than $1.5 billion in supplemental construction funding” for Everglades restoration.
The project support list also includes a critical ecosystem restoration and flood control project in Puerto Rico known as the Caño Martín Peña project, which aims to improve water quality, restore the watershed’s ecosystem, and address serious public health and safety issues in afflicted neighborhoods in San Juan.
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