Gov. DeSantis announces new red tide task force

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ENGLEWOOD, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida is employing a task force to try and figure out the cause of red tide in the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced in Englewood Friday.

To do this, the governor is reviving the Florida Fish and Wildlife’s Conservation Commission’s task force, which has been inactive for 15 years.

The team will work to determine what was behind the red tide outbreak plaguing Florida beaches last year. They will also try to figure out whether the distribution of water from Lake Okeechobee had anything to do with it.

The implementation of the task force will cost taxpayers $4.8 million.

“The Red Tide Task Force will focus on the causes of Red Tide and will be supported by FWC’s Center for Red Tide Research, which received $4.8 million in the budget,” said Governor DeSantis. “My administration will continue to press forward to find solutions and empower our brightest minds to help protect our environment. The issues of Red Tide are complex, but with the appointments of these leading scientists and researchers, we hope to make a difference.”

“Governor DeSantis has made it clear that the water quality in this state is a top priority,” said DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein. “Bringing some of the state’s top environmental scientists together to address Red Tide will complement the efforts of the experts on the Blue-Green Algae Task Force and enable us to expedite our efforts to restore and protect our fresh and marine waters.”

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