The Everglades Law Center is a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to preserving the natural landscape of Florida. We advocate, negotiate, and when necessary, litigate to protect Florida's special places.
In order to restore the Everglades ecosystem, the state and federal governments must acquire lands to be used for water storage and conveyance. Everglades Law Center attorneys work in partnership with other non-profit members of the Everglades Coalition to advocate for storage and restoration. Additionally, we work with state and federal agencies to ensure that current and planned Everglades restoration projects are implemented to the best possible benefit of wildlife and natural systems.
Wetlands & Water Resource Protection
Wetlands are a major part of the South Florida Ecosystem. Yet, despite the federal and state "No Net Loss" mandate in the late 1980s, wetland loss continues to be a major issue facing south Florida. ELC attorneys have significant experience as litigators and advocates in advancing wetlands protections. Our practice includes challenging the issuance of major dredge and fill projects under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and environmental resource permits under state law, which could undermine Everglades restoration objectives. ELC also works with its clients and partners in advancing legislative and regulatory improvements to federal and state wetland permitting policies.
Challenging the Expansion of Turkey Point
For more than six years, the Everglades Law Center has been challenging Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) plans to expand the Turkey Point nuclear facility. This facility sits between two national parks and expanding it would pose significant threats to local wetland and groundwater resources – not to mention being extremely ill advised in the face of climate change and sea-level rise.
In April, FPL was sought an expedited ruling allowing them to use injection wells to dispose of polluted wastewater at its two new reactors. In light of our arguments, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) denied FPL’s motion. While the ASLB has not yet ruled on the adequacy of the NRC’s environmental review of the wells, this case is ongoing and is scheduled to move to an evidentiary hearing in early 2017.