Yesterday, Vice President Biden visited one of our nation’s most magnificent natural treasures – the Everglades. Joined by two long-time champions for the Everglades, Senator Bill Nelson and Congressman Alcee Hastings, he took an airboat tour in Everglades National Park and then delivered remarks to highlight our Administration’s unprecedented investment in restoring this ecosystem.
Everglades restoration is one of the Administration’s top environmental priorities because these efforts benefit the environment, economy, and communities across South Florida. Restoration ensures that this iconic landscape will be here for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. It will build Florida’s economy, as every year over four million visitors from across the world are attracted to National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges in the region. And restoration will replenish the Everglades’ aquifers that serve as the primary source of water for almost one-third of Florida’s population.