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Everglades Forever Act's Anniversary: More than $2 Billion Invested in 25 Years

May 3, 2019 - 7:30pm
The Florida Everglades
The Florida Everglades

Friday marked the 25th anniversary of a groundbreaking environmental law known as the Everglades Forever Act, one of the most significant in the history of the nation, let alone the state of Florida. The act has governed the restoration of water quality in Florida's Everglades since Lawton Chiles was governor in 1994.

"We are still working hard every day to restore and protect the Everglades and we still have a lot of work to do," said South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board Chairman Chauncey Goss. "But as we observe the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Everglades Forever Act, it offers an opportunity to look back on the tremendous progress we have made in saving this unique ecosystem and to focus our efforts for the future." 

The Everglades Forever Act directed state agencies like SFWMD to implement source controls such as Best Management Practices (BMPs), treatment technologies such as Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) and regulatory programs to reduce nutrient levels and ensure that water bound for the Everglades Protection Area, including the three water conservation areas and Everglades National Park, met stringent water quality standards. 

Since the passage of the Everglades Forever Act and other plans that aim to restore the Everglades, Florida has invested more than $2.8 billion in Everglades water quality. To fulfill the vision of the Everglades Forever Act, 57,000 acres of STAs were built and BMPs developed and enforced on agricultural operations in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) south of Lake Okeechobee. Following later state plans that aimed to increase the restoration of Everglades water quality, SFWMD is adding another 6,500 acres of STAs and is building shallow storage basins that can store up to 116,000 acre-feet of water to improve the performance of STAs. 

The combined actions taken by SFWMD and other state and federal partners following the passage of the Everglades Forever Act have resulted in about 90 percent of the water in the Everglades Protection Area now achieving the stringent water quality standard of 10 parts per billion or less of phosphorus that was established through the Everglades Forever Act. 

"The Everglades Forever Act was a major first step forward restoring the Everglades and we have seen that step pay off through improved water quality," Goss said. "Now through the leadership of Gov. Ron DeSantis and following the input of the public we serve, we must plan and take the next steps to fully restore the quality, quantity, distribution and timing of Everglades water and protect our environment for future generations." 


ALL THAT TAX MONEY,... and we still have uncontrollable varieties of Boa Constrictor snakes decimating Everglades wildlife..."threatening" adjacent human population areas... Soon it will be like Southeast Asian countries where these predatory 'monsters' consume humans whole..!

Too bad you're a panhandler, without specific scientific experience with the Everglades . . . . and certainly not aware of the actual restoration priorities in the everglades . . . . . . . besides not even being aware of the differences between members of the family Pythonidae that are creating the majority of the "snake" problem in the everglades, and the family Boidae that are also present but not yet the problem that pythons are creating . . . . . . oh, and if you're going to again challenge my everglades scientific credentials (you, with your Nobel Prize - remember that arrogant response), first try answering this everglades relevant question . . . . . . what's the scientific two-part Latin name for a non-obligate marine submerged monocot halophyte that occurs in Florida . . . . . . can't do that . . . . . . I can, as I'm an actual scientist . . . . . . once again, you've displayed you know nothing . . . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . . .

And the answer is: "PATHETIC. . . .BORE"

Glad to see you're still promoting your ignorance . . . . . apparently, you don't even know your own name . . . . . . sad . . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . .

Two billion $ and not much to show for it but toxic algae. The State has screwed this one up on purpose.

The Coalition for Property Rights recently released a publication, Everglades Restoration. It describes Everglades history and current status with recommendations for the future. To see, please visit:

The 1993 state law was passed to settle a 1988 lawsuit filed by federal agencies against the state for polluting the Everglades from the Everglades Agricultural Area. While progress has been made the pollution limitations of the state law (and federal court settlement agreement) continue not to be met. —- In 1994, after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Protection Act was amended to delay penalties for polluters, she demanded that Gov. Lawton Chiles remove her name. He did. Now the law is known simply as the Everglades Forever Act. Source:,amp.html

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