limits for WRDA 1996 critical projects and for three WRDA 1999 authorized pilot projects.

2008

The State of Florida announces that it will begin negotiations to acquire 187,000 acres of farmland in the EAA from the U.S. Sugar Corporation for $1.75 billion for the purpose of restoration, and a negotiated proposal to acquire the land for $1.34 billion is approved by the South Florida Water Management District’s governing board.

2009

The South Florida Water Management District’s governing board approves a revised plan to purchase 73,000 acres of farmland in the EAA from the U.S. Sugar Corporation for $536 million, with options to purchase the remaining 107,000 acres within the next 10 years.

Federal and state parties enter into a “master agreement” detailing how the costs and duties will be shared for 68 projects that Congress approved in 2000, beginning with the reclamation of 55,000 acres in the Picayune Strand.

2010

The South Florida Water Management District’s governing board approves a revised plan to purchase 26,800 acres of land for approximately $197 million, while retaining the option to acquire over 153,000 additional acres over the next ten years.

SOURCES: SFERTF (2006); http://everglades.fiu.edu/reclaim/timeline/index.htm; http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/24/AR2008062401140.html.



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