Everglades restoration and South Florida’s water supply needs are the focus of a two-day summit involving state and federal leaders converging this week on Tallahassee.
Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam are among the featured government officials expected to attend the event, organized by the Everglades Foundation environmental group.
Foundation backer and golf great Jack Nicklaus is also scheduled to attend.
After a year where South Florida struggled through one of its worst droughts on record, the Everglades Water Supply Summit seeks to emphasis the link between Everglades restoration and South Florida’s water needs.
The Everglades provides much of South Florida’s drinking water, which makes boosting efforts to replenish water supplies in Florida’s famed River of Grass more than just an environmental concern, according to the foundation.
Everglades advocates are trying to jump start the multi-billion-dollar effort to store more of the stormwater now drained out to sea for flood control and to build treatment areas so the water can be cleaned of pollutants and redirected to the Everglades.
The water supply summit is being held at the Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center, at 555 W. Pensacola St., Tallahassee, FL.Copyright © 2015, CT Now