The state of Florida is purchasing more than 20,000 acres of wetlands in the Everglades in order to protect it from oil drilling.

By: Good News Network –
Jan 20, 2020

Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reached an agreement that will allow the purchase of 20,000 acres of critical wetlands in Water Conservation Area 3 (WCA 3) within the Everglades Protection Area located in Broward County for $16.5 million.

According to Republican governor, this acquisition will represent the largest wetland acquisition in decade.

“One of my administration’s top environmental priorities has been expediting Everglades restoration,” said Governor DeSantis. “Today we take another step in right direction by reaching this agreement between DEP and Kanter Real Estate that will allow the purchase of 20,000 acres of critical wetlands.

“This significant purchase will permanently save these lands from oil drilling,” he added. “I’m proud of our progress, but also recognize this beginning. I will continue to fight every day for the Everglades and Florida’s environment.”

The property, which is located in heart of Everglades in WCA 3, is part of Everglades Protection Area—one the most important wetland systems in Everglades ecosystem.

With this acquisition, there will be nearly 600,000 acres of wetlands in WCA 3 will permanently protected in public ownership for restoration and recreation.

“Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis, 2020 is already starting out as banner year for Everglades restoration,” said South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Chairman Chauncey Goss. “These wetlands are critical to health of Everglades and can guarantee will no oil and gas drilling on 20,000 acres in heart of Everglades.”

The Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg add: “We applaud Governor DeSantis for his swift action in protecting these lands. This is demonstration of his commitment to restoring America’s Everglades and ensuring that we achieve more now for Florida’s environment.

“We also stand in strong support the Governor’s request for sustained funding at $625 million level annually for Everglades, springs, and clean water. Recurring funding is critical to expediting and completing key Everglades restoration projects like the Everglades reservoir that will send an average of 120 billion gallons of clean freshwater south to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay, reducing unwanted discharges to East and West coasts.”

Reprinted from Gov. Ron DeSantis’s Press Office

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