DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. speaks to a joint meeting of House committees on Jan. 24 as Greg Munson of DEP, Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg and Philip Parsons of the Florida Sugar Cane Growers League listen. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.
The Everglades Foundation has beefed up its lobbying team in advance of a legislative session that is expected to include debate over who pays for Everglades restoration.
Gov. Rick Scott in 2012 won federal approval of an $880 million plan to build additional stormwater filter marshes and reservoirs to reduce phosphorus pollution. How to pay for the plan remains an issue of debate between environmentalists and sugar farmers.
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