Dec 22 2020

At Mast’s Urging, Congress Delivers Historic Funding For Everglades Restoration

2021 Appropriations Package Passes House, Includes Record-Setting $250 Million For South Florida Ecosystem Restoration | Increase Would Ensure Army Corps is Operating At Full Capacity Toward Construction of EAA Southern Storage Reservoir, Other Everglades Restoration Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the FY2021 budget, which includes $250 million in funding for Everglades restoration:

“This is a historic vote for Everglades restoration and stopping harmful discharges,” Rep. Mast said. “This record-setting funding is exactly what we need to accelerate restoration projects and send more water south where Mother Nature intended it to go!”

In 2019, Rep. Mast convinced the White House and Congress to pass an appropriations package with $200 million in funding for Everglades restoration. Earlier this year, Rep. Mast sent a letter to President Trump urging his Administration to request $250 million for Everglades funding in his budget. This year’s budget, which includes the additional $50 million, builds on Rep. Mast’s track record of success and brings the total to a record-setting $250 million. A full timeline of Rep. Mast’s efforts to secure Everglades funding during the 116th Congress is available here.

This appropriations bill has also passed the Senate and is expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump in the coming days.