Bill to Create Reservoir South of Okeechobee Passes Florida House!


Governor Scott’s signature can make the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee a reality.
Graphic via the Everglades Foundation

For more than a year, we have been beating the drum about the need to come up with a solution for the water problems of South Florida. Too much tainted water from Lake Okeechobee is being diverted down the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers, leading to big problems on both coasts. Last month, the Florida Senate passed an important bill that would fund the creation of a reservoir south of Okeechobee to store much of this excess water and relieve pressure on the rivers and their estuaries.

Yesterday, the Florida House Passed the bill, as well, which means that we are one signature away from making this project a reality. Here’s a brief video made by Orvis CEO Perk Perkins soon after he heard the news.

This successful campaign has been driven, in part, by intense pressure from groups such as Bullsugar.org, Captains for Clean Water, and The Everglades Foundation. Equally important, perhaps, has been the vocal grassroots campaign so visible on social media, which has led to thousands of phone calls, emails, and letters to legislators. We’re almost across the finish line!

But there are still ways that you can help:

  1. Visit the Orvis Commitment Everglades page to learn how Orvis will match your donation to help fund the important work of the Everglades Foundation.
  2. Visit the Everglades Foundation to learn how you can get involved on the ground.
  3. Sign the #NowOrNeverglades Declaration

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