On the 46th annual Earth Day the next phase of Tamiami Trail bridging is celebrated by the Everglades Foundation. In 2013 the building of a one-mile bridge was completed by the State of Florida, the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The next stage of the project involves the removal of barriers so that water flow to Florida Bay and the Everglades is not impeded.
As CEO of Everglades Foundation, Eric Eikenberg says, “Today’s groundbreaking on the next 2.6 miles of bridging along the Tamiami Trail shows significant progress toward sending water south into the Everglades and Florida Bay”.
He goes on to say, “The next phase of Everglades restoration is to reconnect Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, allowing lake water to flow south under these newly constructed bridges to reduce the billions of gallons of fresh water wasted annually and prevent occurrences of ‘zombie grass‘ in Florida Bay.
We appreciate the leadership of our state and federal partners to advance this important project and look forward to continue working together to implement long-term solutions necessary to send water south and restore America’s Everglades”.
Acting as a dam, the Trail prevents water from flowing into the Everglades National Park. The amount of water that can flow south of the Tamiami Trail increases upon the completion of the 2.6 mile bridge.
Gov. Scott in August of 2013 showed support to the $180 million initiative by the National Park Service with a commitment of $90 million.
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