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State Leaders React to Governor Scott Investment in Florida Springs

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Senator Charlie Dean said, "The Governor's $10 million investment in springs has allowed water districts and local governments to partner for nearly $37 million worth of projects in the state. These projects will take different strategies in improving water quality for all Floridians."

Representative Bryan Nelson said, "The Governor's focus on protecting our spring means a lot to families in my community. For generations, families have enjoyed our area waterways and today they're threatened by high nutrients and drought. Everything we can do to keep our springs clean and recharged benefits our environment."

Representative Elizabeth Porter said, "No doubt, this $37 million in state and local funding will do a lot to protect springs in the Sunshine State. I appreciate the Governor's leadership in making Florida's waterways a real priority, and our local communities are sure to benefit from this investment."

Representative Linda Stewart said, "Each step we take in the restoring the water quality of our springs, is another step forward in providing our future generations with a brighter future. Florida's springs are a treasure that we must work to protect, and I applaud the Governor for his substantial support of this cause."

"The Northwest Florida Water Management District is grateful to Governor Scott, the Florida Legislature and Secretary Vinyard for recognizing that the protection of Florida's springs is vital to ensuring a clean and sustainable supply of water for our natural systems and our residents," said Jon Steverson, Executive Director of the Northwest Florida Water Management District. "We look forward to an ongoing partnership as we continue to improve water quality and protect water resources across Northwest Florida."

"We would like to thank the Governor and Legislature for supporting the important springs restoration work within the northern portion of our District," said Robert Beltran, assistant executive director for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. "The state's funding together with the district's funding commitment will help ensure we continue the important task of restoring our springs."

"The project dollars demonstrate the state's commitment to achieving meaningful springs protection," said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Hans G. Tanzler III. "We appreciate the work of Governor Scott and the Legislature to allocate the funds. We also appreciate the opportunity to partner with DEP and local governments to move these projects forward and begin to improve the health of our springs and their ecosystems."

"We are appreciative to Governor Scott and the Legislature for their leadership appropriating springs funding which has successfully leveraged local funds resulting in profound and lasting water quantity and quality protection for our springs," said District Governing Board Chair Donald Quincey, Jr. "We are also grateful to our local partners for their funding participation that helped to bring funding to improve our springs."

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