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

November 19th, 2020
SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Chauncey Goss, DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein and Environmental Leaders Visit Florida Bay to Discuss Everglades Restoration
November 9th, 2020
Senator Keith Perry, DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein and Environmental Leaders Tour Critical Land Conservation Projects in the Suwannee Valley
October 19th, 2020
Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein Visit Red Hills Conservation Florida Forever Project
October 4th, 2020
Governor DeSantis Announces Preparation for Algal Bloom Mitigation Following Announcement by Corps of Releases from Lake Okeechobee
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.