Scott to pitch feds on Everglades plan
Gov. Rick Scott is in Washington D.C. this morning meeting asking Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for sign-off on a new state plan to meet water quality standards for the Everglades. The meeting comes just days after a federal judge ruled Florida was not doing enough to protect the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in the Everglades from runoff polluted with too much phosphorus.
Scott is joined by state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard and South Florida Water Management District Director Mellisa Meeker.
"Gov. Scott believes it's important to partner with the EPA so that Florida can navigate a practical path to Everglades restoration," Scott spokesman Brian Burgess said.
Details of Scott's plan have not been provided. It sounds like Scott will not seek changes to any restoration goals, instead he'll ask for leeway on how the state reaches those goals. Scott will also offer the state's help for a federal project in the Central Everglades related to water flow.
After Scott spent much of his campaign and first few months in office bashing President Barack Obama, he's been on the charm offensive with the Obama Administration reaching out to Salazar, Attorney General Eric Holder and Obama chief of staff Bill Daley.