Everglades Roundtable Brings Urgency, Collaboration to Forefront
Talks kicked off the U.S. House Resources and Environment Subcommittee’s work to establish a blueprint for the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, which authorizes spending on water resource projects such as navigation, flood control and water supply for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sitting on the subcommittee, and in attendance for the roundtable, were U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who serves as vice chair, and U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano, of California, who serves as subcommittee chairwoman.
WRDA legislation provides funding for a two-year period and was last authorized in 2018. With 2020 around the corner, Napolitano noted that enacting WRDA for another two years demonstrates commitment to water resources in Florida and throughout the country. Napolitano’s first visit to Islamorada ended with an airboat tour of the Everglades.