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Big Sugar strikes again on Everglades Reservoir

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In August of 2021, three industrial sugar entities filed a federal lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the use of a critical planned Everglades restoration project: the EAA Reservoir.

This past July, Big Sugar proxies filed an official “friend of the court” brief (amicus brief) in support of the plaintiff’s claims. When that amicus brief was accepted by the case judge, it established on-the-record support from external entities in favor of the Sugar Industry’s argument.

That’s when we and a handful of other organizations recognized a need to provide support to the Army Corps’ defense. So, on Sep. 7th, 2022, we joined seven other organizations, including The Everglades Foundation, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), and the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association, in a joint amicus brief filed by the Everglades Law Center.

Read more about the lawsuit, Sugar’s claims, and what this could mean for Everglades restoration.

Read full news release HERE

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