Horray! Florida’s new governor Ron DeSantis is wasting no time in attacking red tide.
On Thursday, Jan. 10, DeSantis signed Executive Order 19-12 as part of his plans to implement major reforms to protect Florida’s water quality and environment. The executive order seeks $2.5 billion over the next four years for Everglades restoration and the protection of Florida’s water resources.
DeSantis issued the executive order to establish a blue-green task force to “… support key funding and restoration initiatives to expedite nutrient reductions in Lake Okeechobee and the downstream estuaries…” The executive order also says the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection will adamantly oppose all offshore oil and gas activities off every coast of Florida and oppose hydraulic fracturing (fracking) statewide.
Governor DeSantis also committed to encourage the Army Corps of Engineers to “get on track” with the ‘Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Project’ which is designed to stop discharges of fertilizers and other pollutants into the Everglades.
While red tide is a naturally occurring, worldwide event, many experts believe that the flow of fertilizers into the Everglades fuels increased growth of the microscopic karenia brevis algea that causes the red tide.
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