Environmental Defense Fund releases study on EPA cuts: Florida greatly affected

Posted at 5:51 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 18:59:42-04

Florida water could get a whole lot dirtier if the President's budget goes through, according to a study by the Environmental Defense Fund. That group claims potential cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency will impact the state's beaches, lakes, and rivers.

Thursday a no swimming advisory was lifted at four Palm Beach County Beaches after bacteria was found in the water earlier this week.

EDF says this could be a common occurrence should the cuts go through.

Julie Dick says $600 million from the federal government has helped keep the waters clean over the past five years.

"So we have sort of a double whammy here. We won't know as well, but also the water quality itself is at risk of getting much worse," said Dick.

She says it's important to let our local leaders know about this.

This fall, Congress is expected to take up the budget.

U.S. Congressman Brian Mast has this response to this specific issue.

"It's not how many taxpayer dollars you can go out there and spend on the issue for anybody else that would be the worst barometer for anybody working in the federal government," said Mast.

Mast says he will always keep Florida's waters in the back of his mind.