On Earth Day Publix announced that it is contributing $2 million to restore wetlands in the Everglades, with $1.2 million of those funds earmarked to support 500 acres of the marsh and prairie restoration at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
"Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is the heart of the Western Everglades," said Lisa Korte, PhD. "By restoring these 500 acres, we will continue to improve habitat for species like the Wood Stork, while holding and cleaning water that downstream communities like Naples and Bonita Springs rely on.”
These funds will help restore wetland habitats within the Sanctuary so that they better clean nutrient pollution from our groundwater and watershed, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in our community, hold floodwaters during severe weather events, and provide habitat to a myriad of wildlife species that call these wetlands home.
“In Florida, our quality of life and prosperity depend upon a healthy environment,” explained Julie Wraithmell, Executive Director of Audubon Florida, at the announcement event held in Lakeland.
Read the Publix press release.