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The Everglades Trust is a nonprofit organization working solely on Everglades issues. It partners with other environmental groups, state and federal officials, citizens and taxpayers to force polluters to stop damaging these vital environmental resources, to pay their fair share for restoration, and to overcome their well-heeled lobbying efforts to disrupt and delay the restoration process.

Through grassroots support and a network of citizen action teams, the Trust, for more than a decade, has been fighting, for government action and adequate funding for restoration.
Highlights of the Trust’s accomplishments:

  • Has been instrumental in getting the new Obama Administration to give priority to the Everglades. The President’s FY 2010 budget includes $215 million for the Corps of Engineers’ Everglades work and $64 million for the Department of the Interior’s Everglades work
  • The Trust worked for enactment of WRDA 2007 and was a major factor in getting many environmental groups to support the enactment. Thus, the Trust was influential in mobilizing considerable environmental support for the the passage of WRDA.
  • The WRDA 2007 became law and the first three major CERP projects were authorized.
  • The Corps Everglades budget for FY 2010 is $92 million more than what was funded in FY 2009!
  • The Everglades Trust was involved in getting legislative direction on current and future phases of bridging along the Tamiami Trial.
  • When the President proposed the American Recover and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Stimulus legislation), the Trust worked with the Florida Congressional Delegation and the Administration to identify Everglades projects for Stimulus funding.
  • The announced list of projects for Stimulus Funding included some $103 million in Corps funding for some eight Everglades projects. In addition some $10 million in operation and maintenance funding was provided for several Corps Everglades projects.
  • Organized a “mini-summit” of all federal and state agencies in September 1992 to “jump start” restoration.
  • Served as catalyst for a General Accounting Office (GAO) economic report on the value of the Everglades (1995).
  • Played a key role in the formulation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan known as CERP (1992-1996).
  • Helped organize several Congressional subcommittee hearings in Florida (1995, 2000).
  • Was the driving force in the passage of Restoring the Everglades, an American Legacy Act (REAL), the implementing legislation for CERP, in the U.S. Senate (vote: 81/1 on 9/25/2000) and the U.S. House (vote: 394/14 on 10/19/2000.) The bill was signed by the President in December 2000.
  • Persuaded Florida officials, in 2001, to commit $2 billion over ten years to CERP restoration.
  • Killed plans for a commercial airport at Homestead Air Base (2001).
  • Ensured adoption of the scientifically sound water quality phosphorus standard of 10 parts per billion by the State of Florida (2003).
  • Secured more than $2billion in federal funding for Everglades CERP.
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5 responses to this post.

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    • The Trust has been extremely successful in moving the Everglades Restoration forward and should be commended for this effort.

      Has the Trust asked what is being done to address the Environmental issues associated with all the CERP projects. Minority communities are being impacted by these projects. The Corps’ Jacksonville District website indicates that a program was initiated in 2001-2006 to address environmental justice and shows Mr. Wiener Cadet as the Environmental and Economic Equity Program manager . However, there is no information to indicate if anything has been done since 2006. What is the status of the Corps EEE program? Has it died? Environmental justice issues associated with each CERP project needs to be addressed by the Corps to be in compliance with Federal Laws.

      The Trust should ask questions to the Corps as to the status of their EEE program and whether or not the Corps is in compliance with the Law.

      Reply

      • Mr Lee we are submitting an inquiry to the corps re: the EEE program> As to the environmental issues attendant to CERP they are multiple and there really no answer which covers all except on a project by project basis. We will advise as quickly as we receive a response.

  2. Hi, nice to meet you !

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