Vice President Biden Tours Everglades National Park, Pledges Continued Help On Restoration Plan
Vice President Joe Biden toured Everglades National Park on Monday with Sen. Bill Nelson in an appearance that mixed politics with preservation.
After touring the "river of grass" by airboat, the vice president made an appearance with the senator, who is up for re-election this fall, and touted the Obama administration's efforts to move forward the massive, and expensive, restoration of the Everglades.
More than a decade ago the Clinton administration promised to embark on an expansive, and expensive, plan to restore the Everglades. That project was seen as a way to restore, preserve, and protect the South Florida ecosystem while providing for other water-related needs of the region, including water supply and flood protection. With an estimated total cost of $10.7 billion to the federal government and $11.8 billion to the state of Florida, the initiative is the largest hydrologic restoration project in U.S. history.