Water Quality Is A Top Priority For Florida

That’s why, less than 48 hours after being sworn in, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order outlining his bold vision to achieve more now for Florida’s environment. The Executive Order directs strategic action with a focus on accountability, transparency and collaboration and includes a proposed $2.5 billion investment over four years.

Statewide Efforts

Governor DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to convene meetings of two task forces, focused on freshwater and saltwater algal blooms, respectively, to immediately address these critical water quality issues.

 

Blue-Green Algae Task Force

Governor DeSantis took a major step forward in combating Blue-Green Algae within Florida through the creation of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force along with the appointment of its five members. The Blue-Green Algae Task Force plays an important role in protecting Florida’s water and water-related resources. Each of the Task Force members is a nationally recognized and well-respected scholar. Their collective scientific expertise and input figures prominently in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s efforts to improve water quality throughout the state.

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Red Tide Task Force

Under Governor Ron DeSantis’ leadership the Red Tide Task Force, also  known as the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Task Force, was re-organized and received funding for the first time in more than 15 years. Coordination of the Red Tide Task Force and its activities is carried out by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Red Tide Task Force will focus on the causes of red tide and seek to provide mitigation solutions, identify research needs, and evaluate other actions intended to address impacts from red tide along with other saltwater based algal blooms.

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Timeline

May 10th, 2021
Governor DeSantis Urges Army Corps to Reduce Harmful Discharges to Northern Estuaries in New Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual
Governor DeSantis Urges Army Corps to Reduce Harmful Discharges
May 10th, 2021
Governor DeSantis Urges Army Corps to Reduce Harmful Discharges to Northern Estuaries in New Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual
Governor DeSantis Urges Army Corps to Reduce Harmful Discharges
April 22nd, 2021
Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Major Milestone to Advance EAA Reservoir Project
March 31st, 2021
Dr. Mark Rains Appointed as Florida's Next Chief Science Officer
photo of Dr. Mark Rains
March 31st, 2021
Dr. Mark Rains Appointed as Florida's Next Chief Science Officer
photo of Dr. Mark Rains
January 11th, 2021
Governor DeSantis and DEP Celebrate Anniversary of Landmark Executive Order Advancing Water Quality and Everglades Restoration
Governor Announcing Bold Vision Budget
January 11th, 2021
Governor DeSantis and DEP Celebrate Anniversary of Landmark Executive Order Advancing Water Quality and Everglades Restoration
Governor Announcing Bold Vision Budget
Piney Point Updates
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