TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have announced site work has started on a project meant to purify water in the Florida Everglades.
Gov. Ron DeSantis says the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project recently received the required federal permit.
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The South Florida Water Management District is now working on the project site for a 6,500-acre stormwater treatment wetland south of Lake Okeechobee.
The South Florida Water Management District has executed a $1.3 million contract for this first phase of the project’s stormwater treatment area.
The entire project is expected to cost more than $1.8 billion. After the initial site preparation, the district will begin construction of canals and berms.