WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. government says more money is coming to help with wetland restoration in the Florida Everglades.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Florida officials were in West Palm Beach for Thursday's announcement. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will use $100 million to acquire permanent easements from eligible landowners and assist with wetland restoration on nearly 24,000 acres of agricultural land in the Northern Everglades Watershed.
The plan is to reduce the amount of surface water leaving the land, slowing water runoff and the concentration of nutrients entering the public water management system and ultimately Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades.
USDA plans to purchase these permanent easements from eligible private landowners, and assist with wetland restoration, in Glades, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee counties.