The American state of Florida has reached a deal with a real estate company to buy 20,000 acres of the Everglades to protect from oil drilling. Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will permit purchasing 20,000 acres of critical wetlands for $16.5 million.
Wetlands, one of the most important systems in the Everglades ecosystem, are located in the Water Conservation Area 3 (WCA 3) within the Everglades Protection Area in Broward County. The governor said that this acquisition will be the most important wetland purchase in a decade.
DeSantis said: “One of my administration’s top environmental priorities has been expediting Everglade’s restoration. Today we take another step in the right direction by reaching this agreement between DEP and Kanter Real Estate that will allow for the purchase of 20,000 acres of critical wetlands. This significant purchase will permanently save these lands from oil drilling. I’m proud of our progress, but I also recognize this is just the beginning. I will continue to fight every day for the Everglades and Florida’s environment.”
The Chairman of the South Florida Water Management District, Chauncey Goss believes the wetlands are critical to the Everglades’ health. He said: “Now we can guarantee that there will be no oil and gas drilling on 20,000 acres in the heart of the Everglades. Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis, 2020 is already starting out as a banner year for Everglades restoration.”
There were a lot of people who were impressed and encouraged by the Governor’s quick response that protects the Everglades. “We applaud Governor DeSantis for his quick action in protecting these lands. This is another demonstration of their commitment to the restoration of the United States Everglades and that we have now achieved more for the Florida environment, “said the CEO of The Everglades Foundation, Eric Eikenberg. He strongly supports the Governor’s request for funds held at the $ 625 million levels for the Everglades, clean water and springs. Frequent financing is essential to advance and achieve key Everglades restoration projects. For example, one of these projects at the Everglades reservoir will send approximately 120 billion gallons of clean, freshwater to Florida Bay and Everglades National Park.
This video below shows the beautiful wildlife and nature in the Everglades that Florida is protecting against damage.