Everglades projects see progress during conference

Published: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 6:38 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 6:38 a.m.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Everglades advocates and restoration agencies say they see progress ahead for several projects despite a decade of delays.

Ten years ago was the landmark state-federal agreement to restore the Everglades. Environmentalists wanted to revive flows to parched Everglades National Park, manage suburban growth to protect wetlands and water, among other projects.

Although those goals seem years away, environmentalists spent the weekend professing they've gained their momentum after much delays, lawsuits and red tape.

The Obama administration said some $600 million of federal stimulus and budget cash would be pumped into Glades projects. The White House sent five aides to the 25th annual Everglades Coalition conference, which ended Sunday in Palm Beach Gardens.

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