EVERGLADES RESTORATION

Corps moves up review of Everglades restoration

 

jstaletovich@MiamiHerald.com

A $1.9 billion plan to move the chronically delayed Everglades restoration forward will be reconsidered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers later this month.

The Corps surprised supporters in April when its Civil Works Review Board failed to sign off on the Central Everglades Planning Project, potentially missing a critical window to win authorization from Congress.

The Corps took issue with how the South Florida Water Management District worded a resolution agreeing to cover half the cost and said it needed until June to review it. The decision was roundly condemned, from Gov. Rick Scott to environmental groups.

On Tuesday, Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy told a district board the Corps would reconsider the plan May 23, said Caroline McLaughlin, a policy analyst for the National Parks Conservation Association, who was at the meeting.

The Corps could not be reached for comment.

But even with the earlier review, supporters say there still may not be enough time.

“It’s going to take some creative accounting, so to speak,” said Water Resources Advisory Commission member Adam Gelber, who also attended the meeting.

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