"Florida, Federal Officials Reach Deal for Everglades Restoration"

"Water managers and the White House signed a crucial contract Thursday that promises a much-needed infusion of federal dollars for the Everglades.

The agreement ends years of dispute over splitting up a ballooning restoration bill, which is expected to top $22 billion, and clears the way to quickly -- and finally -- begin long-stalled construction work.

The 'master agreement' details how the South Florida Water Management District and the Army Corps of Engineers will share costs and duties for 68 projects Congress approved in 2000 to restore the natural flow of the River of Grass."

Curtis Morgan reports for McClatchy Newspapers August 13, 2009.

Friday, August 14, 2009