Diaz-Balart Supports Southern Florida Funding for Water Infrastructure and Everglades Restoration
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018.
“The Water Resources Development Act provides stability and certainty for America’s waterways and infrastructure. This stability is critical to Southern Florida, where we depend on the Everglades and other sources for clean drinking water. As Transportation Appropriations Chairman, I am proud to support further investment in America’s infrastructure and appreciate the work this bill does in furthering that commitment to our waterways. WRDA includes extensive funding to allow Collier and Miami-Dade Counties to upgrade their water reuse supply and water interconnectivity infrastructure. Additionally, a provision was included to ensure Lake Okeechobee's water levels coincide with the expedited completion of the Herbert Hoover Dike, reducing the risk of flooding in the surrounding Hendry County communities. The bill authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help localities and states with flooding mitigation, a vital provision as we begin the 2018 Hurricane Season. The legislation also advances continued restoration of the Everglades, which impacts the livelihood of the ecosystem and the strength of our local economy.
“I congratulate Speaker Ryan and Chairman Shuster on the passage of this legislation that will secure our access to clean drinking water and preserve the Everglades for future generations.”