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Brian Mast’s Local Water Protection Act Gains Momentum on Capitol Hill

At the end of last month, Mast paired with U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn. to unveil the “Local Water Protection Act” which “increases grant funding for state and local governments to decrease water pollutants…”

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At the end of last month, Mast paired with U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn. to unveil the “Local Water Protection Act” which “increases grant funding for state and local governments to decrease water pollutants..."

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast’s, R-Fla., bill focusing on cutting down on water pollution is picking up steam on Capitol Hill.

At the end of last month, Mast paired with U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., to unveil the “Local Water Protection Act” which “increases grant funding for state and local governments to decrease water pollutants, including addressing toxic agricultural runoff, septic to sewer conversions, legacy pollutants, impacts from dams, effects of channelization of waterbodies and other forms of pollution.”

The legislation reauthorizes the EPA’s Section 319 Grant Program, which, as Mast’s office noted, “addresses nonpoint source pollution through state-run nonpoint pollution management programs and related technical assistance.” The bill also more than doubles funds for Section 319, moving it from $70 million a year to $200 million for Fiscal Years 2020 through 2024.

“Under Section 319, states, territories and tribes receive grant money that supports a wide variety of activities including technical assistance, financial assistance, education, training, technology transfer, demonstration projects and monitoring to assess the success of specific nonpoint source implementation projects,” Mast’s office noted.

When he brought out the bill, Mast said that water problems in the Sunshine State–including toxic algae–prompted his support of the bill.

Mast got his bill through the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee without opposition this week.

“Our efforts to fix the water quality issues surrounding Lake O need to start at the source by preventing pollution to begin with. That’s why our bipartisan bill will increase federal support to prevent toxic agricultural runoff, assist with septic to sewer conversions and address other forms of pollutants,”  Mast said on Wednesday. “Working together, we can tackle this from all angles and make a real difference for our waterways.”

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  1. Kim Soucy

    March 29, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Too bad Mast is not recognizing the dirty water entering the lake from the North. Water storage site North of Lake Okeechobee makes more sense than trying to clean it after it gets into the Lake. The tax dollars saved would seem to warrant consideration. Clean the water before it enters Lake Okeechobee. The common sense solutions seem to elude Brian Mast and Francis Rooney in favor of pointing fingers and pounding their chests in indignation for crowd appeal.

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