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Site work begins for Everglades water treatment project

6,500-acre project located south of Lake Okeechobee
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 10:27 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 10:39:25-04

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.