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 the next 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 will be 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

February 10th, 2020
Governor DeSantis Commends President Donald Trump for Historic Everglades Restoration Funding Request

Governor Ron DeSantis commended President Donald Trump for including $250 million for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER) in his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year 2021. This comes after Governor DeSantis recently sent a letter to President Trump requesting that he include $250 million in his request to Congress to build on last year’s $200 million in federal Everglades restoration funding.

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Letter to President Donald Trump
February 10th, 2020
Governor DeSantis Commends President Donald Trump for Historic Everglades Restoration Funding Request

Governor Ron DeSantis commended President Donald Trump for including $250 million for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER) in his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year 2021. This comes after Governor DeSantis recently sent a letter to President Trump requesting that he include $250 million in his request to Congress to build on last year’s $200 million in federal Everglades restoration funding.

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Letter to President Donald Trump
January 30th, 2020
Governor Ron DeSantis Joins DEP, FWC and Other Partners to Kickoff Launch of Florida’s Coral Reef Campaign

Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein, FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton and other partners to kickoff 100 Yards of Hope and announce a new initiative to promote awareness and protection of Florida’s Coral Reef ecosystem.

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Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein, FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton and other partners to kickoff 100 Yards of Hope and announce a new initiative to promote awareness and protection of Florida’s Coral Reef ecosystem.
January 30th, 2020
Governor Ron DeSantis Joins DEP, FWC and Other Partners to Kickoff Launch of Florida’s Coral Reef Campaign

Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein, FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton and other partners to kickoff 100 Yards of Hope and announce a new initiative to promote awareness and protection of Florida’s Coral Reef ecosystem.

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Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein, FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton and other partners to kickoff 100 Yards of Hope and announce a new initiative to promote awareness and protection of Florida’s Coral Reef ecosystem.
January 15th, 2020
Governor DeSantis Announces Agreement for Acquisition of 20,000 Acres of Critical Everglades Wetlands

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has reached an agreement with Kanter Real Estate LLC., that will allow for the purchase of 20,000 acres of critical wetlands in Water Conservation Area 3 (WCA 3) within the Everglades Protection Area located in Broward County. This acquisition would represent the largest wetland acquisition in a decade.

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Kanter Real Estate Announcement
January 15th, 2020
Governor DeSantis Announces Agreement for Acquisition of 20,000 Acres of Critical Everglades Wetlands

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has reached an agreement with Kanter Real Estate LLC., that will allow for the purchase of 20,000 acres of critical wetlands in Water Conservation Area 3 (WCA 3) within the Everglades Protection Area located in Broward County. This acquisition would represent the largest wetland acquisition in a decade.

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Kanter Real Estate Announcement
Water Quality Status
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is collaborating with other key agencies to monitor and report on water conditions, starting with some areas at greatest risk, to keep you informed on water quality and what you can do.