September 26, 2016

Senator Bill Nelson 
United States Senate
716 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Re:  S. 2848

Dear Senator Nelson,

On behalf of CCA Florida’s 16,000 members and CCA’s nationwide membership of over 125,000, I wanted to thank you for your leadership and proactive support of the Central Everglades Planning Project funding in the Water Resources Development Act of 2016.  We now look forward to the House of Representatives acting on this important legislation.

As you know, CEPP projects will eventually help provide relief to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuary systems, and will play a key role in the delivery of greater volumes of clean water to the Water Conservation Areas (WCA’s) and to northern Everglades National Park.   CEPP projects will also help restore important habitat throughout the central Everglades system. CCA Florida has long prioritized CEPP projects within the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan framework, especially since they involve land the State of Florida already owns.  We also continue to back the completion of all CERP Foundation projects and support other crucial CERP components, especially those which will provide further relief to our estuaries and Florida Bay.  We appreciate your on-going advocacy for authorization and funding for each of these elements of Everglades and estuary restoration.


As Florida’s leading fisheries and marine conservation organization, CCA Florida looks forward to continuing our work with you, other elected officials, state, and federal agency leaders involved in the management of our critical water, fishery, and marine resources.  We want to insure Florida remains “The Fishing Capital of the World.”


Paul Giordano
Chairman, CCA Florida