EAA reservoir land involved in lawsuit

SOUTH FLORIDA — Land designated for the future Everglades Agricultural (EAA) reservoir is once again involved in a lawsuit. Florida Wildlife Federation Inc. has filed a legal challenge to the South Florida Water Management Governing Board’s decision to lease most of the land for sugar farming for at least two years. The SFWMD Governing Board […]

Reservoir plan faces ‘speed bumps’ and potential ‘brick wall’

OKEECHOBEE — The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir plan proposed by Florida Senate Bill 10 in 2016 has been approved by Congress and President Donald Trump. It awaits a federal funding appropriation. At the Nov. 8 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, SFWMD General Counsel Brian Accardo said there are other […]

Work begins on EAA reservoir project

OKEECHOBEE — On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the South Florida Water Management District began work on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir, as heavy equipment began clearing 560 acres of sugar cane. “We are moving at lightning speed while fulfilling all the requirements of state law because we know how important this project is to the […]

Land slated for EAA reservoir leased for farming

OKEECHOBEE — The South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Governing Board voted Nov. 8 to approve an eight-year lease with Florida Crystals on 16,150 acres of state land in the footprint of the future site of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir. After 20 months, SFWMD can terminate the lease with four months’ notice, if […]

Corps to resume releases from Lake Okeechobee on Friday

With Lake Okeechobee approaching 14.5 feet, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will resume water releases this weekend as part of its continued efforts to manage flood risk throughout south Florida. The discharges are scheduled to resume Friday (July 13). The target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary is a 14-day average of […]

Funding approved for dike repairs; EAA reservoir added to Water Resources Development Act

BELLE GLADE — Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings stopped by the Belle Glade Marina on Thursday to announce that federal funding has been approved to speed repairs to Herbert Hoover Dike, and that the federal share of funding for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir will be in this year’s Water Resources […]

Federal funding for EAA reservoir could be delayed

OKEECHOBEE — Plans for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee could face funding delays. While the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Civil Works) R.D. James found the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir plan feasible, the review assessment submitted to the Office of Management and Budget also placed some conditions for implementation. “I have determined that […]

EAA storage reservoir plan to send clean water to the Everglades

ORLANDO — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) at its Governing Board meeting Thursday unveiled a cost-effective alternative that optimizes the benefits of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir. SFWMD’s team of modelers, professional engineers, scientists, planners and water managers worked to optimize the two best buy alternatives presented to the SFWMD Governing […]

EAA reservoir has been in the plans since 2000

OKEECHOBEE — A reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee has been part of the Everglades restoration plan from the beginning. See graphics below. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) was authorized by Congress in 2000, including 68 projects to “restore, preserve, and protect the south Florida ecosystem while providing for other water-related needs of the region, […]

Legislature to consider EAA reservoir options

A Jan. 9 report to the Florida Legislature from the South Florida Water Management District lists two “best buy” options for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir required as part of Senate Bill 10. SB 10 was signed into law on May 9, 2017 by Governor Rick Scott. “Since its passage, SFWMD’s staff of professional […]