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1997-24 Designation of Everglades River of Grass as an American Heritage River RESOLUTION NO. 97.24 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA, SUPPORTING THE DESIGNATION OF THE EVERGLADES RIVER OF GRASS AS AN AMERICAN HERITAGE RIVER; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE WHEREAS, the Everglades, a unique River of Grass, is like no other ecosystem in the world; and WHEREAS, the Everglades River of Grass is a World Heritage Site, provides habitat for 56 endangered or threatened species, and is a crown jewel of the United Nations' Man in the Biosphere Program; and WHEREAS, the Everglades River of Grass flows through sawgrass marshes, pine forested islands, mangroves, wet prairies, and low lying coastal waters from the Kissimmee River, southward through Florida Bay, to America's only coral reef; and WHEREAS, Broward County is a county in South Florida with approximately 1.4 million people who depend upon the Everglades River of Grass for a healthy environment and economy; and WHEREAS, in Broward County, the Everglades River of Grass encompasses over two-thirds of the county; and WHEREAS, Broward County residents depend upon the Everglades River of Grass to replenish the Biscayne Aquifer, the sole source of drinking water for over five million people in South Florida; and WHEREAS, the Everglades River of Grass attracts millions of tourists to South Florida bringing over $16 billion in direct economic benefits and providing Broward County residents and tourists with recreational and ecotourism benefits, such as fishing, boating, and bird-watching; and WHEREAS, the Everglades River of Grass is the lifeblood of South Florida's river systems, including the Miami River, the Kissimmee River, the Caloosahatchee River, S1. Lucie River, Shark River Slough, Taylor Slough, and the New River, Broward County's major fresh water river system; and WHEREAS, the Everglades River of Grass has been declared to be the nation's most threatened ecosystem; and RESOLUTION NO. 97-24 PAGE 2 WHEREAS, the Governor's Commission for a Sustainable South Florida has determined that restoring the Everglades River of Grass is essential for the economic and environmental sustainability of.five million residents of South Florida; and WHEREAS, President Clinton and the United States Congress support restoring the Everglades River of Grass through the most ambitious ecosystem restoration initiative in the world; and WHEREAS, the American Heritage Rivers designation will bestow upon the Everglades River of Grass a special recognition that will build support for its restoration; and WHEREAS, the American Heritage Rivers initiative would serve to recognize the Everglades River of Grass in the 50th anniversary of its National Park designation. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA: Section 1. That the City of Parkland supports the designation of the Everglades River of Grass as an American Heritage River. Section 2. The City of Parkland requests President Clinton and the Commission on Environmental Quality to designate the Everglades River of Grass as an American Heritage River. Section 3. The City Manager is authorized to send a copy of this, resolution to the President of the United States and each member of the Broward Congressional Delegation. Section 4. That this Resolution shall become In full force and effect immediately upon its passage and adoption. PASSED AND ADOPTED THIS 13 DAY OF AUGUST , 1997. CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA SALP~.~ ATTEST: ~ ~-4 _ .......A_~ ~ SUSAN ARMSTRONG, C. . . CITY CLERK A COpy OF RESOLUTION NO. 97-24 WAS SENT TO EACH MEMBER, OF BROWARD DELEGATION (LIST ATTACHED) AS ~L TO PRESIDENT CLINTON CITY OF PARKLAND 6500 PARKSIDE DRIVE PARKLAND, FL 33067 (954) 753-5040 FAX (954) 341-5161 August 18, 1997 The Horiorable William 1. Clinton President of the United States 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: Attached is a copy of Resolution No. 97-24 that was unanimously passed by the Parkland City Commission on August 13, 1997 requesting that you designate the Everglades River of Grass as an "American Heritage River." Thank you for considering our request to bestow upon the River of Grass a special . recognition that will help to transform the Everglades River of Grass from the most endangered ecosystem in America to the premier example of the world's most successful ecosystem restoration initiative in history. Sincerely, Helen Lynott, C.M.C. 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