NMMA meets with officials on Everglades funding

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association met this week with administration officials to talk about the importance of “robust federal funding” for Everglades restoration prospects in fiscal year 2020.

Visits with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior, and the Office of Management and Budget followed recent passage of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, or S.3021, said the NMMA in its newsletter Currents.

The legislation authorizes the Everglades Agricultural Area plan, and development and implementation of new technologies to better detect, prevent and manage current and future algae bloom outbreaks.

Florida has been particularly plagued by algae blooms this year, facing both red tide and green tide. Green blooms originating in Lake Okeechobee were let loose when the Army Corps of Engineers opened the floodgates to take pressure off the aging dike system.

Everglades restoration is intended to restore the flow of water from the north part of the state to Florida Bay through the Everglades, reducing the amount of water impounded in Lake Okeechobee and filtering out bloom-causing nutrients.

The Water Resources Development Act advances 68 restoration projects for the Everglades, including the construction of the reservoir to store and treat before it flows south, according to the Fort Myers Beach Observer. It also authorizes a storage reservoir for Lake Okeechobee overflow during rainy season.

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