"White House Tees Up Historic $1B Everglades Funding"

"The Biden administration today [Wednesday] announced it will spend an unprecedented $1 billion from a recently passed infrastructure package to restore and protect South Florida’s sprawling Everglades.

The move is part of the White House’s larger effort to elevate the Army Corps of Engineers’ work to ease supply chain constraints, upgrade the nation’s ports and waterways, and combat storm destruction and flooding as climate change accelerates, all while addressing environmental justice and helping coastal communities.

The Biden administration announced it has sent $14 billion in newly appropriated funds, the bulk of which stems from the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package President Biden signed last fall, to pay for more than 500 projects tied to the nation’s ports and waterways across all 50 states.

The move drew immediate bipartisan praise from members with projects in their region, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who celebrated the inclusion of $5 million to harden sea walls near San Francisco from rising seas and earthquakes."

Hannah Northey reports for E&E News January 19, 2022.

Source: E&E News, 01/21/2022