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Progress Being Made On Everglades Restoration Projects

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CBS4's Eliott Rodriguez shares what Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a Tuesday morning press conference about Everglades restoration projects.

Video Transcript

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: New at 6:00, preserving and maintaining the wildlife in the Florida Everglades. Tonight, an update on one of the reconstruction projects underway to help ensure that happens in the River of Grass. Governor Ron DeSantis was in town today to share where things stand. Governor Ron DeSantis stopping in South Florida today to highlight progress on Everglades restoration.

RON DESANTIS: This is really an important milestone. We're highlighting this project to remove over five miles of roadbed from the old Tamiami Trail. What that will do is that'll improve the volume of water flowing south through the Everglades and support reducing harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee to Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: The governor says the project is just one of many restoration efforts underway right now in the Everglades. This one expected to help bring cleaner water throughout the area for the wildlife.

RON DESANTIS: But we think that all of the Central Everglades Planning Project will help deliver additional clean water from Lake O south to Water Conservation Area 3, Everglades National Park, as well as Florida Bay.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: Among the projects is a roadbed removal of the old Tamiami Trail. It's expected to bring billions of gallons of water flowing south that was once restricted. The governor says the project is a huge step forward in preserving the ecosystem of the Everglades and a positive sign of what's to come.

RON DESANTIS: It's billions and billions of gallons of water that's going to go down. And so they tell me that this project is expected to be completed by January. So we'll hold you to that and make sure that we continue working hard to be able to get that done. But all in all, we continue to make progress. We set a lot of ambitious goals. We're meeting those goals. We're exceeding those goals, in many respects. And we've been able to get strong support from the legislature over the first two years and now into year three.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: Such important work. The Tamiami Trail Project and other Everglades restoration projects were highlighted in the governor's Achieving More Now for Florida's Environment executive order, which was created to reform the state's environmental and water policies.