The first project of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was dedicated on Friday. The C-111 Spreader Canal Western Project was the first project completed in the restoration plan.
"The canal is a key component to restoring fresh water flows in the Everglades," U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., said in a statement.
The congressman authored H.R. 3785 in 2004, which allowed a land swap between the State of Florida and Everglades National Park to build the canal, whose purpose is to restore freshwater flows, preserve clean water for the park and maintain flood controls for eastern Florida.
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Diaz-Balart is co-chairman of the Everglades Caucus. The caucus is intended to keep House members aware of issues related to the Everglades, a vast subtropical wetlands in South Florida.
"Florida is blessed to have a natural treasure like the Everglades, and we have an obligation to preserve it for future generations," said Diaz-Balart.
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