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From Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics, 08/25/2018:
The U.S. Senate’s new minibus budget package will include several measures advanced by Sen. Marco Rubio, including $1 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address algal blooms affecting Florida’s waters right now.
… The algal blooms have become a major subject of public health conversations and Florida politics after water discharges from Lake Okeechobee fueled fresh woes. Gov. Rick Scott this month declared a state of emergency.
It’s also become a priority for Florida politicians within the federal government. Rubio made addressing the blooms a priority in Washington. In July, he successfully called on President Donald Trump to change Army Corps of Engineers’ discharge schedule.
But that hasn’t stopped discharges that eventually fueled blue-green algae in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers or subsequent red tide outbreaks as nutrients eventually ran into saltwater estuaries.
Rubio said the funding in the minibus could assist with the aftermath of the algae’s arrival.
“With the harmful algal blooms impacting both coasts of Florida, my amendment provides funding for additional assistance to identify health impacts from the toxins,” he said.