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New Podcast Explores the History of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan

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A new podcast series produced by WMFE in Orlando, in partnership with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, explores the history of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, or CERP, which was signed into law 20 years ago in the final days of the Clinton Administration. The podcast, called DRAINED, delves into the controversy around one of the most ambitious environmental restoration efforts ever undertaken.

The now $17 billion restoration plan remains one of the world’s most robust efforts at ecological restoration, but it has been consistently underfunded and behind-schedule, and some of the environmental problems it was meant to address continue to this day.

DRAINED is reported and hosted by WMFE environmental reporter, Amy Green, and edited by Trevor Aaronson and Matthew Peddie. We’re presenting the first episode today, called “A river runs dry.”

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.