Federal bill covers some Everglades work



A widely anticipated federal waterworks bill will include some Everglades restoration — but not what environmentalists most wanted.

The bipartisan bill published Tuesday, which almost guarantees passage by Congress, authorizes about $271 million to bring freshwater to Biscayne Bay and modify the C-111 canal to send water to the southeastern Everglades. A third project costing $627 million would capture polluted Lake Okeechobee water to keep it from fouling the Caloosahatchee River.

Environmentalists had hoped the bill would include the Central Everglades Planning Project but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took issue with a local cost-sharing resolution last month.

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