Everglades restoration projects provide a three-fold benefit of creating immediate construction jobs; restoring ecosystem benefits that are a driver of Florida’s tourism, real estate, and recreation-based economy; and creating resiliency and sustainability of our water infrastructure that provides long-lasting community benefits such as water supply and flood protection.
Past studies of ecological restoration work in the United States have shown its total economic impact to our economy to be more than $24 billion and more than 221,000 jobs. What’s more, it is estimated that ecological restoration projects generate as many at thirty-three jobs per $1 million invested. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicate that projects that comprise the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) would generate approximately nineteen jobs per $1 million invested. The requested $2.5 billion stimulus investment would create 47,000 jobs over the life of the investment.