Murphy-Backed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Delivers $1.1 Billion in Everglades Restoration Funding
WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide $1.1 billion in funding to restore and revitalize the Everglades, the largest single federal investment in Everglades restoration in history. The funding will improve the supply and quality of drinking water, strengthen the area’s resilience to climate change, and enhance Florida’s tourism economy. The funding comes after a years-long push by Murphy and other members of the Florida congressional delegation to protect and preserve the Everglades, including a letter they sent in December urging the Biden Administration to allocate these funds in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. “Climate change poses an existential threat to Florida and we must take proactive steps to protect our beloved natural treasures before it’s too late,” said Murphy. “The Everglades is an iconic part of our state’s environment, providing drinking water to over 8 million Floridians, bolstering our local tourism economy, and serving as a home to hundreds of animal species, many of whom are endangered. This historic funding will not only restore and revitalize this vital ecosystem for generations to come, but it will also be a huge step forward to combat climate change in the Sunshine State.” This $1.1 billion in funding for Everglades restoration is part of a total of $11.6 billion in Army Corps of Engineers construction projects included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Murphy successfully fought to get passed last year. Restoring the Everglades supports inland and coastal flood protection, recreation, habitat and ecosystem protection, human and ecological resilience, and drinking water security. This funding would be supplemented by $350 million set aside for Everglades restoration in the Fiscal Year 2022 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which is pending before Congress. For more information on Army Corps of Engineers projects and programs in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, click here.