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Florida passes bill to combat blue-green algae blooms

Posted at 4:59 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 16:59:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature is attempting to rein in the blue-green algae blooms that have hurt tourism and wildlife.

The House voted unanimously Wednesday to send a bill to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that seeks to reduce nutrients flowing into the state's waterways and groundwater.

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The bill is a priority for DeSantis and includes recommendations from a task force formed to address the algae problem that's plagued the state in recent years.

The bill addresses septic tanks, wastewater treatment, stormwater runoff, farm fertilizers and more.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill two weeks ago.