12-year, $880M plan to restore Everglades unveiled

WEST PALM BEACH — Nearly a quarter-century of fighting over the restoration of the ecologically fragile Everglades could be nearing an end.

A 12-year, $880 million blueprint to improve water quality was unveiled Monday by the South Florida Water Management District, the lead state agency on Everglades restoration.

It takes pieces of plans proposed last year by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Protection, all an effort to settle lawsuits dating back to 1988.

The latest proposal would create five stormwater treatment areas covering 57,000 acres in an effort to filter phosphorous from the water.

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