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Friday, July 12, 2024

Governor’s proposed legislation to battle algae that poses real threat to Sunshine State

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced proposed legislation for the 2020 legislative session that will expedite water quality improvements throughout Florida.

The legislation incorporates recommendations of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force, which the governor created shortly after taking office to aid the Department of Environmental Protection  in protecting, conserving and managing the state’s natural resources.

The governor made the announcement Wednesday following a tour of the Loxahatchee River District, where he was joined by DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein and Chief Science Officer Dr. Tom Frazier,as well as other environmental stakeholders from across the state.

Algae blooms are posing real dangers in Florida.

“The health of our state depends on the health and quality of our water,” said DeSantis. “That is why I am proposing legislation to expedite the improvement of our water quality throughout Florida. These comprehensive proposals, recommended by the Blue-Green Algae Task Force, will greatly aid the Department of Environmental Protection in our mission to enhance the quality of our state’s most precious natural resource.”

The proposed legislation furthers the directives outlined in DeSantis’ Executive Order 19-12 and is based on the recommendations of The Blue-Green Algae Task Force. The Blue-Green Algae Task Force, through its discussion and deliberations, provides guidance and specific, science-based recommendations with the goal of expediting improvements and restoration of Florida’s water bodies that have been adversely affected by blue-green algae blooms.

The Blue-Green Algae Task Force received input from a variety of stakeholders and identified runoff from agricultural lands, onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems, sanitary sewer overflows, and stormwater runoff as some of the significant sources of nutrient pollution and made recommendations to improve the state’s policies and programs to achieve targeted nutrient reductions and protect public health.

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