Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Rooney Funding Requests for Everglades Restoration Approved

Apr 20, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, applauded the 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that passed the committee yesterday which includes funding for Everglades restoration, water infrastructure and energy security projects in Florida.

Notably, the bill includes $106 million in funding that Rooney requested for Everglades Restoration projects. Since joining the Appropriations Committee in 2013, Rooney has secured a total of $225 million for the Herbert Hoover Dike and $299 million for everglades restoration programs north and south of Lake Okeechobee.

“This and the other infrastructure projects funded by this bill are critical to keeping Florida beautiful and maintaining our state’s economic growth,” Rooney said. “Getting this funding now will help save money in the long run, because restoring historical water flows to the everglades system – both north and south of Lake Okeechobee - is the most cost-effective way to reduce the impacts of these surprisingly wet seasons. While we can’t control the weather, being able to limit excessive discharges will produce positive outcomes for all the surrounding communities and the estuaries.”

Funding requests submitted by Rooney that were accepted in the final 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations bill include:

  • $106 million for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration for the Everglades in Florida.
  • $49.5 million for the Herbert Hoover Dike
  • $2.7 million for the Okeechobee Waterway, which runs through Lake Okeechobee. The project includes navigation locks at Ortona, Moore Haven and St. Lucie
  • $175 million for Flood and Storm Damage Reduction and Flood Control
  • $8 million for Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration

For the full text of the draft bill please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-114hr-sc-ap-fy2017-energywater-subcommitteedraft.pdf