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SCCF presents priorities to legislative delegation

By SCCF - | Sep 4, 2021


Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Environmental Policy Director James Evans presented the organization’s 2022 legislative priorities at the annual Southwest Florida Legislative Delegation meeting on Aug. 18 at Florida SouthWestern State College.

The SCCF is focused on nine key priorities affecting Everglades restoration, environmental conservation, harmful algal blooms, water quality, and home rule.

Evans urged strong support for Everglades restoration and full funding of the C-43 West Basin Reservoir and Water Quality Treatment Component for the reservoir. The SCCF reported that the C-43 Reservoir and water quality treatment component are essential for restoring clean freshwater flows to the Caloosahatchee estuary.

Evans also expressed the critical need for prioritizing funding for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project. The EAA Reservoir is crucial for reducing the harmful high-volume discharges to the Caloosahatchee and rehydrating the Everglades, the SCCF reported.

The state legislative sessions rotate annual start dates between January in election years and March in non-election years. The 2022 session will begin on Jan. 11, with committee meetings taking place from now through November.

For the complete list of the SCCF’s 2022 legislative priorities, visit http://www.sccf.org/downloadable-files/611d2b3897c2a0a920cf11d4.pdf.