Water Quality

Over $625 Million in Funding for Statewide Water Protection

Governor Secures Over $625 Million in Funding for Everglades Restoration and Statewide Water Quality Protections

As called for in the Governor’s Executive Order 19-12 and the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2021 Bolder, Brighter, Better Future Budget provides more than $625 million in funding for targeted water quality improvements for springs and Everglades restoration, infrastructure improvements and investments in science based technologies to support the overarching goal of water quality protection statewide.

With this funding, the state continues to take action every day to protect vital water resources.

This provides:

  • More than $318 million for Everglades restoration and the EAA Reservoir project.
  • $50 million for Lake Okeechobee watershed restoration project.
  • $50 million for springs restoration.
  • $50 million for Targeted Water Quality and Total Maximum Daily Load projects.
  • $40 million for alternative water supply projects.
  • $25 million for Indian River Lagoon restoration projects.
  • $25 million for projects within the St. Johns River, Suwannee River, Springs Coast and Apalachicola River watersheds.
  • $10.8 million to address and protect water bodies from the risk of blue-green algal blooms.
  • $10 million for innovative technology.
  • $10 million for coral reef protection and restoration.

The remainder of the $625 million is appropriated for other water quality and water conservation projects.

Originally Published by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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