Water Quality Issues
Critical federal legislation which contains important funding for Everglades restoration projects continues to makes its way through this session of Congress. CCA Florida continues to support authorization and funding for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). Federal funding for CEPP is included in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016. CCA members will recall CCA's communique from April of this year on this same legislation, and may also recall receiving a recent email explaining CEPP on August 4, 2016.
The fall Congressional session will be rather brief due to this year's election. Therefore, it is vital that CCA members contact their elected officials immediately urging their support for CEPP. Please call, write, or email Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, along with your Congressional representative. Mailing addresses, phone numbers, and websites of Senators Rubio and Nelson are listed below for your reference, as is a sample email/letter. The easiest way to contact them is through their website and via email, but we encourage our members to write, email, and call their offices either in Florida or Washington, D.C.
To identify your U.S. Congressional Representative, please use the following link:

Senator Bill Nelson
United States Senate
716 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Fax: 202-228-2183
Senator Marco Rubio
United States Senate
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041

Dear Senator/Congressman _____________,

I fully support federal authorization of and funding for the Central Everglades Planning Project which is included in the Water Resources Development Act of 2016. These projects will help bring critical relief to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuary systems, and will also facilitate conveyance and treatment of water south of Lake Okeechobee into the Everglades system.

As a member of CCA Florida, I actively support these measures and other CERP projects, all of which play important roles in Everglades restoration, estuary relief, and habitat recovery in Florida Bay. The vitality of our fisheries and marine environment is at stake.

Thank you.

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