U.S. Rep. Brian Mast want President Donald Trump to add the Everglades to his infrastructure priority list.

Mast, a Republican from Palm City, took the floor of Congress Thursday to urge Trump to create an “Everglades Restoration Infrastructure Taskforce” and secure full funding to accelerate projects to completion.

“The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan is the most ambitious ecosystem restoration ever attempted, and represents the ultimate infrastructure package for Florida,” Mast said. “But many critical projects—designed to end harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges and algal blooms into my community—are far behind where they should be and becoming far more costly by the delay in full funding.

Mast pointed out that Trump “has touted his record of building world-class projects ahead of schedule and under budget,” and challenged him to do so with the Everglades restoration.

Mast’s Florida’s Congressional District 18 includes some of the hardest hit coastal areas by last summer’s Algae blooms.

“Mr. Speaker, my constituents have waited long enough to realize the massive benefits of Everglades restoration,” he concluded. “Now let’s seize this moment and put this president and this Congress to work to finish the job.”

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