Who is paying for Everglades Restoration?
Florida is paying the full cost of water quality improvements required by the state under the Everglades Forever Act (EFA), as well as splitting the cost to implement the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) 50-50 with the federal government.
To date, Florida has invested $1.8 billion to improve water quality under the Everglades Forever Act, and $2.4 billion to implement CERP.
The EFA water quality improvements funding is the sole responsibility of Florida. To date, Florida has invested $1.8 billion to clean up pollution in the Everglades.
The South Florida Water Management District, DEP, other agencies, and the agricultural community share the cost of implementing the ECP, the Long-Term Plan, and other EFA-related activities. Funding sources designated for all of these EFA-related activities include 1/10 mill (0.0894 mill in FY2009) ad valorem tax, agricultural privilege taxes, state land funds, federal funds, excess revenues from Alligator Alley tolls, other environmental mitigation funds, and any additional funds that become available.
Since 1994, net revenues received have totaled $862.3 million. In FY2008, net revenues totaled $88.1 million (unaudited), of which $82.2 million was received from ad valorem and agricultural privilege tax collections, and the remaining $5.9 million came from the other above-listed sources.
Under the 50-50 state federal partnership for the CERP, Florida is responsible for 50 percent of the cost to implement the $13.4 billion, multi-decade plan. The federal government is responsible for paying the other half. To date, Florida has invested $2.4 billion to implement CERP.
Who is paying for Lake Okeechobee Restoration?
The Florida Legislature in 2007 expanded the Lake Okeechobee Protection Act to include protection and restoration of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries. Through the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program, Florida will set aside land, construct treatment wetlands and identify the water storage areas needed to improve the quality, timing and distribution of water flowing into Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. The state has already committed $250 million to the Northern Everglades initiative, with a commitment of $100 million for future years.
Last updated: January 26, 2011