Federal shutdown puts Everglades project at risk

Published On: Oct 07 2013 08:24:42 AM EDT

National Park Service

Everglades National Park was established as a national park in 1947 and consists of nearly 2,400 square miles. Often referred to as a swamp, the Everglades' biggest water sources, approximately 60 inches of rain per year and overflow from Lake Okeechobee, help make it a southwestwardly flowing river running through the third largest national park in the lower 48 states.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -

An official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the federal government shutdown is jeopardizing efforts to get an Everglades restoration project into a funding bill by the end of the year.

If the project doesn't make it into the pending bill -- the Water Resources Development Act -- it could wait up to seven years for Congress to authorize it in a similar bill.

Lt. Col. Thomas Greco told The Palm Beach Post that several federal agencies whose input is required have not responded because of the shutdown.

The public comment period for the Central Everglades Planning Project ends Oct. 15. The corps then has 30 days to review those comments and make a final report that the South Florida Water Management District must then approve.

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