"This is a stunning development," said Earthjustice attorney David Guest, who has spent decades working to protect and restore Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. "The scientists have always said that this is one of the most important things we could do to solve the Everglades' problems."
In his press conference today, Governor Crist said US Sugar began negotiating to sell the land seven months ago, after the South Florida Water Management District board voted to stop the damaging practice of backpumping dirty farm runoff into Lake Okeechobee. That board vote followed a court win by Earthjustice, representing the Florida Wildlife Federation, when a federal judge ruled that the practice violated the Clean Water Act.
The flow way is the only solution to the myriad problems facing the Everglades and its restoration. It will:
After a century of diking and draining in the name of "progress," the River of Grass will once again be able to flow more naturally, and water quality will be improved.
"Governor Crist has shown real and lasting environmental leadership today," Guest said. "We applaud Charlie Crist for his bold leadership."
David Guest, Earthjustice, (850) 681-0031