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Florida Gov. DeSantis dedicates millions to fighting harmful blue-green algae blooms

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that more than $13 million will be awarded to 10 different grantees for short-term solutions and innovative technologies to help clean up and prevent harmful blue-green algal blooms in the state’s freshwater and brackish habitats. The funds will be used for a variety of preventative projects including an automation system that removes algae, phosphorus remediation, and nutrient reduction. Cyanobacteria or blue-green algae, which can be found in all of Florida’s freshwater and brackish habitats, are caused by nutrient pollution from agricultural and urban runoff, failing septic systems, heavy nitrogen loading to create lush green lawns, and farm effluent. DeSantis’ commitment has resulted in $50 million being spent over the past four years for innovative technologies aimed at combating and cleaning up harmful algal blooms and red tide. Florida had also dedicated $1.6 billion toward water restoration projects while taking necessary steps to address excess nutrients entering the waterways.

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