Restoration Priority:


Florida's waters are in crisis. Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys are starved for clean, freshwater while the northern Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries are inundated with polluted Lake Okeechobee overflows that have caused toxic algae blooms. We must store, treat, and send water south for the benefit of Florida's environment, economy, and quality of life.

The Everglades Coalition supports SB10 in the Florida Senate (sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley) and HB761 in the Florida House of Representatives (sponsored by Rep. Thad Altman), which are supported by Senate President Joe Negron to SEND CLEAN WATER SOUTH by purchasing land south of Lake Okeechobee for water storage and to plan the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir project as outlined in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) in 2000.  

More Information about Sending Water South 

  • EVCO Press Release Supporting SB10 in the Florida Senate to acquire 60,000 acres of lake south of Lake Okeechobee and begin planning the EAA Reservoir Project. 

  • Text of SB10 from Florida Senator Rob Bradley 

  • Everglades Foundation analysis of ecological benefits of water storage north vs. south of Lake Okeechobee -- PDF HERE

  • National Parks Conservation Association Fact Sheet to Support SB10 -- PDF HERE