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'Scant progress' for Everglades restoration



693883 Eight years after being unveiled, the $10-billion Everglades restoration program is “making only scant progress toward achieving its goals,” because it has been bogged down in bureaucratic red tape, according to a report released this morning by an arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

And as long as the project remains stalled, the report says, the cost will continue to rise even as the River of Grass that it’s supposed to rescue continues to decline.

If the restoration project doesn’t start moving soon, there could be “rapid and deleterious changes that might be very difficult or impossible to reverse,” the report from the National Research Council states. “To do nothing is, in fact, to do harm.” To read more, click here. [Everglades photo from South Florida Water Management District]

-- Craig Pittman, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:51am]


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