The White House announced on Tuesday that they support Florida’s move to secure funding for a reservoir meant to move water from Lake Okeechobee and reduce discharges that are causing toxic algae outbreaks on both of Florida’s coasts.
This comes at a time when environmental issues pertaining to the sunshine state are being discussed heavily because of the threats posed by algae discharges.
The state legislature approved a request by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to include funding for the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir. It’s roughly 1.6 billion, and it is expected to be included in America’s Infrastructure Act of 2018.
In a statement, Senator Marco Rubio praised the endorsement by saying that “This project, spearheaded by state Sen. Negron and coupled with existing efforts, will greatly reduce the harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges once again threatening our coastal communities. I am encouraged by the administration’s continued engagement on Florida’s water issues, and I look forward to working with the president to fund the expedited construction of these critical Everglades restoration projects.”
Negron, on Tuesday, provided a statement explaining that “This reservoir is an indispensable component to finally eliminating the harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee that are polluting our estuaries and waterways. This is an emergency; time is of the essence.”