Nothing is more important than safe, clean water. The Florida Everglades provides 1 in 3 Floridians with clean, fresh drinking water. But that water supply is at risk, and so is the drinking water of millions of Floridians.
That’s why, last November, 75 percent of Floridians voted for Amendment 1 – setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars to buy land that would help save the Everglades and protect our drinking water supply, providing clean fresh water for generations to come.
Experts and citizens alike agree. The Florida legislature did not obey the constitution and adequately fund the projects that would protect our natural resources and drinking water supply -- projects like buying land south of Lake Okeechobee to build a reservoir that would store and clean water before sending it south to the Everglades.
Florida voters said yes to providing the Legislature with the funding necessary to save the Florida Everglades and our drinking water, but Florida legislators and Governor Rick Scott refused to listen to the will of Floridians during the 2015 legislative session.
Now, as we prepare for 2016, we are calling on the Florida Legislature, Governor Scott and the South Florida Water Management District to develop a long-term plan for water storage south of Lake Okeechobee.