The Support the EAA Reservoir Project Coalition’s mission is simple: Help solve Florida’s water crisis by storing more water in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA).
Unfortunately, in May 2015, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board voted not to purchase the U.S. Sugar land to construct a deep-water reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). This action is certainly disappointing to those who have supported executing the U.S. Sugar land buy to build a badly-needed reservoir to send the water south of Lake Okeechobee.
The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) specifically calls for an above-ground reservoir within the EAA. A reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee is essential to protecting the Everglades and an integral part of CERP. The decision by SFWMD does not change that. The need for this critical project remains the same.
BENEFITS OF SUPPORTING THE EAA RESERVOIR PROJECT
By identifying and buying a parcel of land south of the lake to build an EAA reservoir as contemplated by CERP, we can alleviate and ease the current water crisis in Florida, and make a good investment in our state’s future by providing the following specific benefits:
- Recharge the aquifer that provides the water supply for more than 8 million Floridians and the tourists that visit the state
- Reduce toxic algae that kills off wildlife, hurts local businesses and poses a danger to public health and safety
- Avert a catastrophic breach of the Herbert Hoover Dike
- Reduce the volume of polluted water in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and estuaries
- Prevent hundreds of millions of dollars in potential home value loss
- Qualify for cost sharing with the federal government as part of CERP