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MIAMI (AP) - Engineers say initial success on a tiny urban section of the massive Everglades restoration plan could provide important lessons for the larger project

The Miami Heraldreported Saturday a mini project at the Miami Deering Estate shows what could happen if the more than $10.5 billion Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan is ever funded.

Engineer Jorge Jaramillo says the pace of change is impressive. In a few months, sawgrass and other native plants have returned. Springs are bubbling. The trick has been pumping enough water through with submerged electrical pumps.

Still environmentalists are frustrated the restoration is happening in fits and starts. They want to fast-track bundled project. Both chambers of Congress approved bills to help pay for restoration in Central Florida but have yet to reconcile the proposals.

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