Congressman Francis Rooney’s statement on funding for Herbert Hoover Dike repairs
Washington, DC – Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement regarding Herbert Hoover Dike-related provisions in the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.
Congressman Rooney stated, “It is encouraging to see an increase in funding for Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation from $82 million last year to $96 million this year. While there remains much work toward Lake Okeechobee Watershed Everglades restoration, this is a step in the right direction.”
The Lake Okeechobee watershed and Everglades have far-ranging impact on the entire State of Florida and the country, but especially in Southeast and Southwest Florida, where 55% of all real estate in the state is affected - 2 trillion dollars of economic impact across 164 cities and 16 counties. CERP was enacted in 2000 and includes 68 projects.
Congressman Rooney has previously welcomed Energy and Water Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson on a visit to the Everglades; other Members of Congress who have toured the Everglades with Congressman Rooney are House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment Ken Calvert. In addition, Congressman Rooney has sent a letter to President Trump, co-signed by every member of the Florida Congressional delegation, that called on the President to support Everglades Restoration projects in his fiscal year 2018 Budget. He has also authored a letter to the Interior and Environment Appropriations Committee requesting funding for Everglades projects. Congressman Rooney is a member of the Everglades Caucus and the Estuary Caucus.
Currently, Congressman Rooney is working to set up meetings with the Secretary of the Army and with the Office of Management and Budget to discuss the importance of expediting Herbert Hoover Dike repairs and Everglades restoration for the State of Florida.