Belle Glade, Fla. – EAA Farmers, a coalition of family farmers and farming businesses in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), celebrate the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) announcement today that farmers in the EAA achieved water-quality goals for the Everglades with a 66% phosphorus reduction in Water Year 2022, more than two times better than the goal.
“For more than 25 years, EAA farmers have sent clean water to the Everglades as part of our Best Management Practices program,” said Eric Hopkins of Hundley Farms. “There’s a reason why farmers in the EAA play a leading role in integrating environmentally sustainable practices in our farming; it’s because our land is our legacy and we must preserve it with great care, so that we can continue to feed families for generations to come.”
This significant accomplishment by EAA farmers was announced today at the SFWMD governing board meeting.
“Restoring America’s Everglades involves all stakeholders who live, work and play in the South Florida Region. As part of this overall effort, the SFWMD supports the implementation of the EAA Best Management Practice (BMP) Program,” said SFWMD in a letter to EAA landowners.