Tuesday, June 11, 2013

An Everglades opportunity - going going, gone?

You’d be crazy to pass up a chance to secure hundreds of millions of federal dollars to restore the Everglades? But that’s just what South Florida water managers could end up doing if they don’t vote for a landmark federal restoration plan by next month.

After more than a half-century of carving up the central Everglades, the Feds have a ready-to-go plan to dismantle much of the infrastructure that has caused so much damage. The infamous Miami Canal and lamentable L-67 levees that have blocked the flow of water through the Everglades for decades will be breached so water can flow south underneath a planned 2.6 mile bridge over Tamiami Trail.

This is a complex subject, so we've turned it into dialog:

Uncle Sam: I have a plan to save the Everglades. Want me to do it?
Freddy the Alligator (water district's mascot) : Hmmm, let me think about it.
Uncle Sam: No seriously, the plan’s ready, but if you don’t act now we may have to wait another seven years. All I need is your tooth signature.
Freddy the Alligator: But I’m so comfortable where I am.
Uncle Sam: Where you are? You’re dying, man. This is the only thing that’ll save you. Do you really want to turn this down? This opportunity doesn’t come by every day. You’ve got a month to decide.

Can you help Freddy make the right decision?

A) Send an Email!

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board must vote at their July meeting to become the “local sponsor” or the Everglades restoration plan could
sink into the sawgrass.

1)      Copy and paste the emails of the Governing Board members in an email.

2)      Copy and Paste this into the subject line: Don't pass up this opportunity to save the Everglades!

3)      Copy and paste this text :

Dear SFWMD Governing Board member:

We urgently ask you to release the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) Project Implementation Report (PIR) for public review this month and vote to become the local sponsor at your July meeting.  This is a unique opportunity that must not be missed. The survival of the Everglades is in your hands.



B) Speak out at the South Florida Water Management District's next meeting on June 13 in Key Biscayne!

When: Thursday, June, 13. Arrive between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Where: Key Biscayne Village Council Chambers, 560 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL 33149
What: Fill out a comment card. Ask the SFWMD Governing Board to officially approve the Central Everglades project by voting to be the “local sponsor” at their next meeting.  Failing to do so could push back restoration plans by almost a decade, eliminate the opportunity for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding and permanently imperil the Everglades.
Full meeting info: www.sfwmd.org

For more information contact, Jonathan Ullman, 305-860-9888, jonathan.ullman@sierraclub.org

The Central Everglades Restoration Plan - Source: http://www.evergladesplan.org/
-- Jonathan Ullman, South Florida/Everglades Senior Organizer