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New Coalition Could Mean 10.5 Billion Dollar Restoration to Florida Everglades

December 8, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In a move that could bring billions of dollars to Florida, four of the state's environmental groups joined forces with nearly 30 other organizations this week to form the "America's Great Waters Coalition." Their goal is to protect, preserve and restore the nine largest water ecosystems in the country, including the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and the Florida Everglades.

The coalition is seeking $10.5 billion for Everglades restoration alone, to combat what Malia Hale, director of national restoration and water resources for the National Wildlife Federation, calls "urgent threats" to the ecosystem and the six million people living nearby.

"This is for cleaning up toxic hot spots, invasive species prevention, water quality issues, and in the Everglades there are many engineering components.""

Although Hale says that while restoration efforts in many regions are making progress, cooperation improves things for everyone.

"Instead of us trying to go it alone, region by region, trying to get funding, it's time for us to start working together."

Hale says the coalition, including the Everglades Law Center, the Gulf Restoration Network, and the Florida Wildlife Federation, is urging lawmakers to protect people, wildlife and the economy by making cleaning up America's great waters a national priority.

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Gina Presson , Public News Service - FL