Diaz-Balart Supports Legislation to Invest in Everglades Funding, Water Infrastructure
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the passage of S.612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act.
“I am pleased the House passed this legislation that is vital to our water infrastructure. This bill includes the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, containing several provisions that positively impact our Southern Florida waterways and Everglades National Park. By investing in our nation’s ports, dams, and drinking water services, we are not only helping the local economy, but also the families across the country that rely on having easy access to safe drinking water. The legislation also focuses on reducing the backlog of projects the Army Corps of Engineers have, saving taxpayer dollars and allowing the most important and necessary projects to be prioritized.
“I congratulate Chairman Shuster on the passage of this bill, and I look forward to continue working with him to preserve Florida’s natural treasure for future generations.”
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016 includes the following items that directly impact South Florida:
- $976 million for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), a part of the Central Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)
- $308 million for Picayune Strand restoration project water flow upgrades
- $220 million for Port Everglades dredging