$200 million announced for projects to restore Florida’s water resources

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Check out floridawaterdaily.com for more information. This photo was taken during the site visit to the Orange County Northwest Wastewater Treatment Plant during the 2015 Florida Water Resources Conference.
Check out floridawaterdaily.com for more information. This photo was taken during the site visit to the Orange County Northwest Wastewater Treatment Plant during the 2015 Florida Water Resources Conference.

Florida Construction News staff writer

A total of 27 statewide projects aimed at reducing harmful nutrients in Florida’s waterways will share $210 million state funding. The awards include septic-to-sewer projects, wastewater treatment upgrades, stormwater projects, wastewater improvement projects and a regional agricultural project.

Selected projects will reduce total nitrogen loading by more than 1 million cumulative pounds per year, which will help to reduce harmful algal blooms.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Focus on Florida’s Future budget proposal on Dec. 5, with $135 million for the Water Quality Improvement Grant Program, expanding the program to include additional types of eligible projects–including upgrades and repairs to wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, septic-to-sewer conversions and projects to address agricultural nonpoint sources – as well as additional areas of the state that are now eligible for this program.

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