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The Biden $1 billion Everglades plan: What will it pay for?

Weston Everglades Project
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The C-11 impoundment in Weston will hold and clean water that currently carries fertilizer and other pollutants into the Everglades.

A prominent feature of the $1.1 billion in Everglades funding recently announced by the Biden administration will show up in southwestern Broward County.

An above-ground water-storage area and hundreds of acres of marsh will be constructed at the edge of Weston to hold and treat water washing off southern Broward County’s lawns and streets. Currently that water, laden with fertilizers and chemicals, flows through a canal into the Everglades, where it degrades wetlands, ruining habitat for fish, alligators and wading birds.

“It’s going to be a wildlife refuge,” said Steve Davis, chief science officer for the Everglades Foundation. “It’s going to look like wetland. It’s going to attract birds; it’s going to support fish. I think it would be a nice place to go birdwatching.”

Read more from our news partner at The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.