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Florida leaders introduce bill to fight invasive species to Everglades restoration

Posted at 5:30 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 11:25:09-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott introduced a new bill targeting invasive animal and plant species that threaten Everglades restoration.

The Suppressing Looming Invasive Threats Harming Everglades Restoration (SLITHER) Act calls for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force to develop technology that identifies, targets, and eliminates invasive species.

“Everglades restoration is critically important to the State of Florida,” Rubio said. “The SLITHER Act will allow the federal, state, tribal, and local partners on the Task Force to collaborate and innovate in new ways, as we identify and eliminate invasive species that threaten the effective restoration of South Florida’s ecosystem".

Rubio also says that the bill will also make it easier "to measure the progress of state and federal investment in Everglades restoration".