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Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Get Bill Targeting Algal Blooms to Senate Floor

Florida’s two U.S. senators--Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott--have been able to guide the “South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act” through committee and to the Senate floor. The proposal amends the “Harmful Algal Bloom and...

House Passes Brian Mast’s South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act Without Opposition

According to the congressman’s office, his proposal amends last year’s Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act.

Brian Mast Pressed Army Corps of Engineers on Lake Okeechobee Discharges

“For the first time ever, the Army Corps admitted to willfully and knowingly releasing toxic water containing cyanobacteria and harmful algal blooms from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers,” Mast’s office insisted.

Steve Southerland: Legislature Needs to Focus on Algae Blooms in North Florida

“Our waterways are the lifeblood of Florida,” said Southerland. “They are absolutely key to the health of our economy and to the high quality of life we enjoy. We urge the Legislature to give the same funding consideration to north Florida waterways like the St. Johns River as they have to building reservoirs and cleaning up the tributaries of South Florida." 
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Ted Yoho, St. Johns Riverkeeper Notes Algae Blooms Reported in Northeast Florida

“Upon receiving the news yesterday, our office began working with the St. Johns River Water Management District as well as state and local officials to keep an eye on the situation as it develops" said U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho.

Florida Delegation Focuses on Water Quality Issues

On Friday, the two chairs of the Florida delegation--Democrat U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings and Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan--announced they would hold a meeting on “some of the most pressing water quality issues affecting the Sunshine State” which will include “red tide, harmful algal blooms, offshore drilling and other water quality issues.”

Francis Rooney Calls on Federal Officials to Visit Florida to See Impact of Algae...

Last week, the freshman Republican sent letters to four U.S. Cabinet secretaries urging them to “visit Southwest Florida first hand so that they may personally assess the damage, meet with key local officials, and provide recommendations on how their agencies may be able to help." 

Florida DEP Sends Funds to Lee County to Help Fight Red Tide

This week, Gov. Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will send $400,000 to Lee County to help fight red tide, raising the total funds sent there to $1.1 million.
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