Everglades Restoration. Who is Contributing?
EAA farmers have made a larger contribution towards Everglades restoration than any other group on record.
Over the past two decades farmers have paid $250 million in special taxes + $200 million in research and in cleaning the water heading south to the Everglades.
By implementing BMP’s (Best Management Practices), which are science-based, practical measures that producers take to reduce the amount of pollutants entering our water resources, farmers have been able to drastically improve water quality while maintaining agricultural production.
Examples of BMPs include refined stormwater management practices, onsite farm erosion controls, and more precise fertilizer application methods.
Today, 95 percent of the water in the Everglades is meeting the stringent federal water quality standards of 10 parts per billion. EAA farmers have reduced phosphorus through best management practices by an annual average of 56 percent over the last twenty years and have far exceeded state-mandated goals.
This drastic reduction of phosphorous entering the Everglades is testament that BMP’s used by farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area are working.