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President Trump says he'll push for $200 million for Everglades work

Roseate Spoonbills walk by the water in the Florida Everglades after the South Florida Water Management District announced it may reduce the size of the deal it had announced earlier in the year with U.S. Sugar on August 5, 2010 in the Everglades National Park, Florida. The original proposal, announced in 2008, was to buy all of the U.S. Sugar Corporations assets and use the land to replenish the Everglades, letting water from Lake Okeechobee run its natural route. The plan now because of state budget cut backs is to buy 26,800 acres and retain a 10-year option to buy the rest of the land. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Posted at 6:01 AM, May 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 12:17:11-04

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MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump says his administration will seek $200 million for federal work on watershed restoration in the Everglades this year.

That's more than triple the $63 million Trump requested in a budget proposal in March, and the new figure would be more in line with what Florida's governor and lawmakers have said is necessary annually.

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Trump tweeted Monday that his administration "will be fighting for $200 million" and that "Congress needs to help us complete the world's largest intergovernmental watershed restoration project ASAP!"

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers serves as the lead federal agency for restoring the Everglades from damage due to development and hurricanes over the past decades. It does planning, design and construction in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District.