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Following passage and signing into law of the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019, Congress has now provided the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with $35 million in investigation funding and $740 million in construction funding for flood and storm damage reduction projects in states and territories impacted by 2018 hurricanes and typhoons, including Florida.
Rooney insisted this has been “one of the worst red tide and Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) outbreaks seen in our area” and ACOE leadership knows of the “existing limits of the LORS and how LOSOM can mitigate these harms once the HHD is completed."
Mast offered his take on LORS “which dictates when and in what volumes the Army Corps discharges water from Lake Okeechobee to the coasts” and took the gloves off.
Sixteen of the 29 members of the Florida delegation attended the meeting which is the first the delegation has had this year. Buchanan said the good attendance showed how important water issues are in the Sunshine State.
The Corps announced Saturday that it will release water over the next three weeks to both the St. Lucie and the Caloosahatchee Rivers. Their plan is release the water now in the hopes that less water will have to be released during the rainy season.
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.”
Mast’s bill would “require tests to be conducted to determine whether the water to be released from a flood risk management project is contaminated with cyanobacteria; and if the water is contaminated, require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to notify the public and affected governments of the contamination, planned discharge and potential public health effects before releasing the water.”
The Corps released its plan on Wednesday which included $4 million to help Port Panama City’s dredging projects.
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.”
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."
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