The South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Water Resources Analysis Coalition (WRAC) didn’t shy away from controversy Thursday — in fact, members steered headlong into it, discussing steps the District board took involving the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir.

 The fact-finding panel, which acts as a forum to facilitate greater participation in water resources issues in South Florida, addressed what they called misinformation spread by special interest groups about the storage project and a lease on land for the project that was required by state law.
 
“The mission of this coalition is simply to get down to the basic facts of South Florida’s most pressing water resource issues and bring them to light through public participation,” said SFWMD Governing Board Member and WRAC Facilitator Brandon Tucker. “Discussions like the one we had today are important to provide stakeholders and interested parties with answers to their questions and the correct facts about this Board’s commitment to expediting the EAA project while fulfilling state law.”
 
The lease discussed at the WRAC forum was approved by the SFWMD Governing Board on Nov. 8. The 16,000-acre lease meets the letter and intent of state law while also liberating 560 acres. The District is using these

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