Funding resolved for 2 Everglades projects

Published On: May 01 2014 10:54:25 AM EDT
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -

State and federal authorities have resolved a funding stalemate over two delayed Everglades restoration projects.

One project includes a series of detention basins that will help replenish Everglades National Park. The other would allow water managers to store water in the Kissimmee River Basin rather than flushing it east and west of Lake Okeechobee.

Both were authorized years ago and are largely complete, but the work stalled as officials disputed funding and land issues.

South Florida Water Management District Director Blake Guillory said Wednesday that the agreement Florida and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will allow officials to finish both projects.

The projects are not part of the Central Everglades Planning Project, another restoration plan still awaiting a federal funding resolution.

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