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Rubio, Nelson, Mast Secure Deal for Federal Authorization of EAA Storage Reservoir in Water Infrastructure Bill

Sep 10, 2018 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL), U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (FL) and U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) teamed up to write language authorizing the EAA Storage Reservoir, to be built south of Lake Okeechobee, which is included in the compromise version of the Water Resources Development Act unveiled today. 

“The EAA Storage Reservoir is a critical part of the plan to reduce harmful discharges to the east and west coasts of Florida and restore America’s Everglades,” the three lawmakers said. “Working together, we’ve secured authorization of this reservoir in the compromise version of the Water Resources Development Act. Both the House and Senate must act now to pass this bill, and once the reservoir is authorized, we are committed to working together to secure funding to get it designed and built as quickly as possible.”

The text of the Water Resources Development Act is available here. Senate and House leaders—including Rubio, Nelson and Mast—negotiated this version of the bill based on a measure that previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives and the version awaiting action in the U.S. Senate. Votes in both chambers are expected this month.