Diaz-Balart Supports Everglades Restoration, Flood Mitigation in Appropriations Committee Vote
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, released the following statement after the Committee approved the fiscal year 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill.
“The Everglades is the heart of the Sunshine State's ecosystem, and we must do everything we can to preserve it for future generations. This bill fully funds the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration, which includes projects from the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The legislation also provides an increase for the continued work on the Herbert Hoover Dike. Not only will these projects sustain the Everglades and the tourism it supports, but it will also protect Floridians' access to clean drinking water and mitigate against future floods. As Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, I have worked tirelessly with my colleagues to ensure every dollar possible goes towards continued restoration efforts. I am pleased to have supported this legislation in Committee, and look forward to working with Chairman Frelinghuysen and Subcommittee Chairman Simpson on its passage when it is considered on the House floor.”
As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Diaz-Balart worked with his colleagues to secure the following funding in the fiscal year 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill.
- $67.5 million for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (which includes projects from the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP)
- $96 million for Herbert Hoover Dike
- $50 million for Donor/Energy transfer ports, such as Port Miami, build needed infrastructure improvements
- $200 million for flood and storm damage reduction
- Funding to support continued maintenance and improvements of Florida’s waterways
- $50 million for inland waterways
- $60 million for small, remote, or subsistence navigation
- $32.9 million for navigation maintenance