For the second year in a row, the Florida legislature has a chance to pass the recommendations from the Blue-Green Algae Task Force. Back in 2018, then-Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 7 counties to clean up algal blooms that were killing marine animals and making humans sick. That clean-up effort cost taxpayers upwards of $18 million dollars.
In 2019, Ron DeSantis started a task force to find a solution. Now it’s time for the legislators to pass recommendations on the Task Force sponsored Senate Bill 832 (companion House Bill 561). In the meantime, conflict has erupted over a separate bill, SB 2508, supported by sugar growers. SB 2508 would substantially change years of work to restore the Everglades and the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee southward.