Water-Related News

USDA Purchases $100 Million in Everglades Development Rights

Millions for Everglades may help out Caloosahatchee River

The federal government will spend $100 million to acquire property to restore wetlands on 24,000 acres of agricultural land in the Everglades that could eventually help the quality of the Caloosahatchee River.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday, August 11, announced the plan that would help wetland restoration in Hendry, Glades, Highlands and Okeechobee counties. The Caloosahatchee snakes its way through Glades and Hendry before reaching Lee County and the Gulf of Mexico.

The Department of Agriculture will buy development rights from ranchers. Easements typically allow private landholders to continue owning and using property in exchange for giving up development rights. ...