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Ken Salazar Picks Shannon Estenoz to Lead Federal Everglades Restoration Efforts

On Tuesday, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar named Shannon Estenoz of the South Florida Water Management District to be director of Everglades Restoration Initiatives, replacing Terrence Rock Salt, who was promoted to principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army handling civil works issues.

Shannon brings to this position more than a decade of experience, leadership and passion for Everglades restoration, said Salazar. With her vast knowledge of Everglades issues and long involvement in South Florida water management issues, she is the right person to keep the federal and state partnership moving ahead to achieve our restoration goals.

I am pleased that Shannon is joining our team, said assistant secretary of the interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Tom Strickland, whom Estenoz will report to. Her experience on the South Florida Water Management District governing board gives her a unique perspective to understand the challenges facing the state and federal partners as we move forward to restore the Everglades. Shannons pragmatic approach to problem-solving will be invaluable as we fashion win-win solutions to benefit the environment and economy of South Florida.

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