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Federal Bill Contains $1 Billion For Everglades Restoration

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A bipartisan federal resources bill includes $1 billion for Everglades restoration projects.

Congress is likely to pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act next week.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said the bill authorizes money for four Everglades projects that would direct freshwater into Biscayne Bay and the southeastern Everglades. They also would store polluted water from Lake Okeechobee to keep it from flowing into the Caloosahatchee River.

However, the bill does not include the Central Everglades Planning Project. That plan would redirect more water south of Lake Okeechobee into the central Everglades and south into Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. It’s still being reviewed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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