TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL-TV)- Florida Governor Rick Scott announced $55 million in funding for restoration and protection of Florida's springs in the 2014-2015 "It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget."
This announcement was made during an award ceremony in Tallahassee celebrating 125 employees from around the state that were selected as the Department of Environmental Protection's most stellar environmental stewards.
Governor Scott said, "Today, I'm pleased to announce that in order to continue our dedication to protect and restore springs throughout the Sunshine State, the "It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget" includes $55 million specifically dedicated to springs protection efforts.
This investment will enable state and local partners to protect the quality and quantity of water that flows from our springs. These springs are important not only to animal and plant life, but also add to Florida's ever-expanding tourism industry."
The $55 million recommendation dedicates $25 million in funding for water quantity and quality protection and restoration projects. These projects will have tangible benefits to reduce and eliminate nutrient impacts and ensure the proper flow to our springs.