MURPHY HAILS GROUNDBREAKING OF C-44 INDIAN RIVER LAGOON SOUTH RESERVOIR

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 20, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) joined Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy and other federal, state, and local officials to mark a major milestone in Everglades restoration efforts to benefit Treasure Coast waterways at a groundbreaking ceremony for the reservoir component of the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) project. With a storage capacity of 16 billion gallons, this 3,400-acre reservoir is the largest component of the C-44 Indian River Lagoon South project, which once completed will reduce harm to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon by providing water storage and treatment areas.

“Continued progress to improve water quality throughout the entire system can only be achieved through collaboration across all agencies, levels of government, and the community. So while today’s groundbreaking of this vital reservoir is a major milestone, we also know that our work is not done in the fight to protect our waterways,” said Rep. Murphy. “Together, we will see the C-44 Indian River Lagoon South project and other vital Everglades restoration efforts come to completion, providing the relief our local waterways so desperately need after being inundated by toxic discharges for decades.”

“The Obama Administration has already invested $2.2 billion in the restoration of the Everglades and today marks yet another groundbreaking on a project that will restore the most biologically diverse estuarine system? in the United States,” said Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.  “We will save this system and preserve it for future generations.”

Background:
The St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon are vital to the Treasure Coast, and their health and well-being has been one of Congressman Murphy’s top priorities.  As a native Floridian, he has focused on protecting our environment and the role it plays in our future, our economy, and our entire way of life.  Since his first days in office, Congressman Murphy has been a vocal advocate for both long-term and short-term solutions to improve the health of local waterways, including the C-44 Indian River Lagoon South project.

Murphy C-44 Advocacy in the 114th Congress:

Murphy C-44 Advocacy in the 113th Congress:

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