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Governor Rick Scott spoke with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today to follow up on a meeting they had last week in Washington, D.C. During the call, Senator McConnell committed to the Governor that approval for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir to store more water south of Lake Okeechobee will be included in the Senate’s version of the upcoming American Water Infrastructure Act.

The Governor signed SB 10 in 2017 to accelerate this important project to alleviate the need for federal water discharges that cause damaging blue green algal blooms. After the Governor signed the bill, the project required approval from the White House and the U.S. Senate. The Governor met personally with White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney who approved this project in July.

Please see the following statement from Governor Rick Scott:

Governor Rick Scott said, “Another step forward for this critical environmental project is great news for Florida. I appreciate Senator McConnell’s commitment to moving this project forward to help reduce blue-green algal blooms. I have fought for this project and our communities impacted by algal blooms for years, and now we must focus on getting the federal government to fully fund their fair share of the reservoir and Everglades restoration.”  

 

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