Florida Officials Discuss Hurricane Wilma Recovery
Florida's NRCS State Conservationist, T. Niles Glasgow, met with NRCS employees and state, local and federal officials in Clewiston, Florida last week to discuss a unified approach to recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Wilma. Hurricane Wilma entered the state as a Category 3 storm in southwest Florida south of Naples and exited in Palm Beach County. NRCS, Farm Service Agency and Rural Development leadership presented their program delivery to the group, which included producers and commodity groups.
Officials from the water control districts expressed interest in theEmergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program to restore canals and waterways damaged by Hurricane Wilma.
Florida NRCS has received $1 million for critical EWP work in the southern part of the state. Counties effected most by the hurricane include Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Martin, Glades and Hendry.
Florida Program Contact
Jesse Wilson, State Conservation Engineer, 352-338-9557
Bob Stobaugh, Public Affairs Specialist, (352) 338-9565