WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today led 12 of his Florida colleagues in calling on President Joe Biden to fund the EAA Reservoir, which is the most important Everglades restoration project because it will allow more water to flow south and drastically reduce toxic discharges to the estuaries.  President Biden has touted his infrastructure bill as “once-in-a-generation,” but the bill failed to provide even one dollar of funding for the EAA Reservoir, leaving the future of this project’s funding in doubt. 

“We were greatly disappointed by the exclusion in funding for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir in that bill. This project is the most critical component of CERP because it will allow more water to be sent south into the Everglades and drastically reduce toxic discharges to Florida’s east and west coasts.” the Members wrote in the letter. “In fact, the EAA Reservoir’s completion date has now been pushed back from 2028 to 2030, and without IIJA funding or ample FY23 funding, it will certainly slip farther behind schedule.  Your FY23 budget request is, therefore, an opportunity to right this wrong by requesting robust overall funding for Everglades restoration, including sufficient funding to restore the EAA reservoir to its original completion date.”

The letter was also signed by Representatives Mario Diaz Balart (FL-25), Scott Franklin (FL-15), Bill Posey (FL-8), Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27), John Rutherford (FL-4), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Carlos Gimenez (FL-26), Byron Donalds (FL-19), Dan Webster (FL-11), Neal Dunn (FL-2), Greg Steube (FL-17) and Michael Waltz (FL-6).  

Full text of the letter is attached and available here.


Rep. Mast has been advocating for the inclusion of EAA Reservoir funding in the infrastructure bill since President Biden took office: