Keep Florida Fishing Thanks Florida Congressman Brian Mast for Introduction of Bill Expediting Everglades Restoration Projects

Bill Co-Sponsors Include Six U.S. Representatives from Florida

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) – Keep Florida Fishing, an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association, praised the unveiling of a bill by U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18) that will expedite the federal timeline for the completion of reports required before Everglades restoration projects can move forward. Bill co-sponsors include U.S. Reps. Francis Rooney (FL-19), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Bill Posey (FL-8), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), John Rutherford (FL-4) and Claudia Tenney (NY-22). The press release announcing the federal legislation is shown below.

The Everglades FIRST (Flow Increases Rely on Storage and Treatment) Act instructs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to accelerate completion of required reports and construction for the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir, Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project, Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project and the Western Everglades Restoration Project.

“The Everglades FIRST Act underscores the importance of streamlining the federal process to speed up restoration and reduce harmful releases to coastal estuaries. Thank you to Congressman Brian Mast and to the co-sponsors of this important legislation for making restoration a federal priority and recognizing that the time for action is now,” said Kellie Ralston, Florida Fishery Policy Director of the American Sportfishing Association.

Keep Florida Fishing represents the interests of the recreational fishing community. Florida is the “Fishing Capital of the World,” with more than 3 million anglers who generate $9.6 billion in economic impact, support more than 128,000 jobs and contribute $53.3 million to Florida conservation efforts through license fees and special taxes on motor boat fuel and equipment.

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