WATER POLICY AND ECOSYSTEMS RESTORATION (Program); WATER POLICY AND ECOSYSTEMS RESTORATIONGovernor's Recommendations
2022-23
Current Year Budget
2021-22
Difference
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$604,112,91725.00$504,095,19524.00$100,017,7221.00
 

 
Policy Area:  WATER RESOURCES
Issue:            ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

Justification
Governor's Recommendations 2022-23
GRANTS AND AIDS - RED TIDE MANAGEMENT The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes funds to assist county governments with their responses to emergency biological debris conditions associated with red tide events that may impact the public health, Florida's environment and fragile ecosystems, including beaches and wildlife. By having funding readily available, the Department will be able to address biological debris more rapidly and reduce the impacts to Florida's coastal environments as well as the economic impacts associated with these red tide and algal bloom events. GRANTS AND AIDS - INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes nonrecurring grant funding for innovative technologies and short-term solutions which address harmful algal blooms and nutrient enrichment of Florida's lakes, rivers and estuaries. Funds will provide opportunities for the Department to partner with local governments and research institutions to pilot innovative technologies (including biological and chemical methods) that remove nutrients from water or remove algae from water bodies. Additionally, funds may be used for short-term solutions to mitigate impacts to our communities and environment from algal blooms and red tide. EVERGLADES RESTORATION The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes funding for Everglades restoration projects including Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), Restoration Strategies and the Everglades Long-Term Plan. Funds will be used to meet current construction schedules for planning, construction, design, and land acquisition. NORTHERN EVERGLADES AND ESTUARIES PROTECTION The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes funding to support the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) implementation of the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program (NEEPP). Funds will be used for implementation of projects that are critical for Everglades Restoration and assist with capturing basin runoff and regulatory releases from Lake Okeechobee and reducing harmful discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries and moving water to the Everglades. GRANTS AND AIDS - ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLY The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes funding to continue a grant program for alternative water supply and regional water supply initiatives in the areas of greatest need, such as the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) and the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership (NFRWSP). Clean and safe water is important to a healthy environment and economy. With continued growth in the state, alternative water supply sources and projects are necessary, especially in the CFWI and NFRWSP area. Projects include reclaimed water storage, surface and groundwater storage facilities. GRANTS AND AIDS - WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS - EVERGLADES RESTORATION The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes funding for projects identified in the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project. These project components will be designed to achieve the greatest reductions in harmful discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries.