Florida Congressional Reps Want Algal Blooms Included in Major Disaster Declarations

Last week, U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds led members of the Florida congressional delegation in championing the “Protecting Communities from Harmful Algal Blooms Act.”

The would allow “the inclusion of ‘algal blooms’ to the applicability of Major Disaster Declarations to preserve vital marine ecosystems.”

“Water is Florida’s most important natural resource and serves as the heart & soul of Southwest Florida,” said Donalds. “I’m committed to advancing bipartisan policies that promote the preservation of our waterways against potential long-term damage resulting from harmful algal blooms. This bill gives state and local leaders the opportunity to request federal funding to protect their waterways for future generations to come. I’m thankful for my colleagues’ support in this effort to protect our nation’s marine ecosystems.”

U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Scott Franklin, R-Fla., Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., Al Lawson, D-Fla., Brian Mast, R-Fla., and Bill Posey, R-Fla., are co-sponsoring the proposal.

The bill was sent to the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure and the Energy and Commerce Committees. So far, there is no companion measure over in the U.S. Senate.

Kevin Derby
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