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Court Approves Modified Consent Decree

The state had moved the court in United States v. South Florida Water Management District (S.D. Fla. 1992) to modify the 1992 consent decree following the enactment of the Everglades Forever Act. The court grants the state’s request in an April 27, 2001 Omnibus Order. The new timeline mirrors the timeline established in the 1994 Everglades Forever Act, including the deadline for compliance with the 10 ppb phosphorus water quality standard at the end of 2006. The modified consent decree remains in effect and under the jurisdiction of the court. A special master is appointed to oversee compliance with the consent decree.

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