(TheHill) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) outlined his $625 million a year plan to restore and protect Florida’s water resources during two events Tuesday.
“This historic budget proposal will have a substantial impact on the water and quality of life in Florida,” DeSantis said at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center in Naples on Tuesday.
“This is not a partisan issue. This is something that Floridians from all walks of life and political persuasions think needs to be done. I look forward to working with the Legislature on bringing this into fruition and getting the job done for the people of this state.”
DeSantis’s $625 million proposal includes $360 million for Everglades restoration and $150 million for targeted water quality improvements, as well as money to combat toxic red algae.
DeSantis will officially announce his budget on Friday, but wanted to get his environmental funding proposal out ahead of time, the governor’s office told The Hill.
The increased budget for water protection comes as Florida’s algae crisis has harmed tourism and marine health.
The toxic algae blooms off the coast of Florida has lead to a number of closures of Gulf Coast beaches and a state of emergency being declared by former Gov. Rick Scott (R), who is now a senator.
The blooms kill thousands of fish and make water dangerous for humans.
As part of his effort to solve Florida’s water issues, DeSantis asked the entire South Florida Water Management board the resign earlier this month.
On Tuesday he made two appointments to the board.
In Naples he added outgoing Sanibel City Councilman Chauncey Goss to board.
At a speech at the Everglades National Park later in the day, DeSantis also appointed “Alligator” Ron Bergeron to the board.