Golden Gate Estates (SGGE) Hydrologic Restoration
recently learned that the Corps has decided not to recommend the inclusion of
the Southern Golden Gate Estates Hydrologic Restoration Project in the Water
Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2002. This
is a great disappointment to us, particularly since we were looking forward to
pointing out this Project as an early success for Everglades restoration in our
may not realize that support for restoration in this area is somewhat lacking.
Many people feel that we are being excluded from restoration efforts, yet
we still have to pay for them. When the people of Southwest Florida learn of a
further delay in a project that was going to specifically benefit us, it will
create a negative response, something the whole restoration effort does not
need. Everyone knows costs are past
the $8 billion mark and that millions have already been spent in planning.
We need to “turn dirt” and have something to point to as an
accomplishment, or at least a work in progress.
Noel Andress, Chair
Southwest Florida Watershed Council
The mission of the Southwest Florida Watershed Council is to protect, conserve, manage and/or
restore the land and water resources of the Caloosahatchee and Big Cypress Watersheds through participation and cooperation of all stakeholders in consensus building, planning, and decision making to meet the
economic, natural and cultural needs for this and succeeding generations.
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