Tag: harmful algal blooms
This week, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., praised the Roskamp Institute in Sarasota for winning a federal grant to study the possible connection between exposure to red tide and neurological disorders in humans.
Murphy was able to get her proposal for $1.75 million for the NOAA to oversee the economic impact toxic algae has on Florida and the nation. This marks the first time since 2006 that such a study has been conducted.
At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., unveiled a bill to ensure federal monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) continues even in the event of a federal shutdown.
“Responding to HABs requires a collaborative federal, state and local government effort. I am encouraged that these key agency officials are coming together to help our community prepare for future algae outbreaks" Francis Rooney said on Tuesday.
“In 2018, Florida’s waterways were afflicted with a serious outbreak of toxic algae which at its height, according to NOAA, covered nearly 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee,” Rooney said.
They are cosponsoring U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici’s, D-Oreg., “Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act” which declares the HAB problem an “Event of National Significance” and “would trigger disaster-like funding for affected communities.”