Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

WRRDA is an Achievement for Florida’s Infrastructure, Ecosystem, and Economy

May 20, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014.

“Today’s passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act is an achievement for Florida, its waterways, ports, and ecosystem. H.R. 3080 restores and protects natural treasures like Everglades National Park, while creating jobs, cutting red tape, strengthening our nation’s infrastructure, and improving America’s competitiveness in the global economy. Florida’s waterways and ports are responsible for over 119,000 jobs and contribute $23.2 billion to the state’s economy, making the projects specific to our state vital. WRRDA includes funding for the continuation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan in Western Broward and Hendry Counties and directs the Army Corps to expedite the completion of the Port Everglades feasibility study.

“I’d like to once again thank Chairman Shuster for his leadership on securing a successful conference report and getting this bill passed. I greatly appreciate his willingness to work with me on issues crucial to Florida and the 25th district.”

Among the key projects authorized in this bill, the following are specific to Southern Florida:

  • Florida Central and Southern Florida Project, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Project, Hendry County
  • Central and Southern Florida Project, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, C-111 Spreader Canal Western
  • Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetland, Florida
  • Central and Southern Florida Project, Broward County Water Preserve