Hastings and Diaz-Balart Introduce the Everglades for the Next Generation Act
Today, Congressmen Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, introduced the Everglades for the Next Generation Act. The bill is the House Companion to legislation that was introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), which authorizes Central Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects and gives the Army Corps of Engineers the flexibility it needs to continue the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem. Please see the attached copy of the legislation.
“When the water level in Lake Okeechobee gets too high, we either risk flooding or release the water and kill the rivers: that’s an impossible choice we shouldn’t have to make. That’s one of the reasons it’s important to get more Everglades restoration projects moving as soon as possible. There’s simply too much at stake to wait around for Congress to pass another water bill,” said Senator Bill Nelson.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.