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Gov. DeSantis outlines environmental protection plan during stop in Fort Lauderdale

Posted: 10:21 AM, Jan 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-29 23:52:41Z
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis outlined his environmental protection plan on Tuesday during a visit to South Florida.

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He revealed his proposed $625 environmental budget at Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale.

The proposed budget includes:

  • $360 million for Everglades restoration
  • $150 million for targeted water quality improvements
  • $50 million to restore Florida’s world-renowned springs
  • $25 million to improve water quality and combat harmful algal blooms
  • $10.8 million to increase water quality monitoring and support the blue-green algae task force
  • $4.2 million to establish the Center for Red Tide Research
  • $1 million to study long-term health impacts of red tide and blue-green algae
  • $40 million for alternative water supply development

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"When people throughout the state of Florida see that we need to take these actions to support enhanced water quality and build the infrastructure we need, I think it's something that really resonates throughout the state," said Gov. DeSantis, who called this a historic commitment. "I'm hoping we get a groundswell of support in the Legislature to be able to push this through."

The Governor also nominated "Alligator" Ron Bergeron, a wildlife conservationist, to the South Florida Water Management District Board.

Earlier on Tuesday during a stop in Naples, he nominated Chauncey Goss to the board. Goss is a council member on Sanibel on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Earlier this month, Gov. DeSantis called for the South Florida Water Management District board to resign during a visit to Stuart.

When the Governor took office in early January, he said the environment was a top priority for him.

"We will fight for our beaches, we will fight discharges, we will fight red tide, we will fight toxic blue-green algae blooms," Gov. DeSantis at his inauguration. "If our environment is threatened, I will move to protect it."

Since he was sworn in on Jan. 8, Gov. DeSantis has made the following announcements: