Environment and Water Quality

Florida's continued economic prosperity and quality of life depends on water quality. Our springs, rivers, lakes and tidal waters at our beaches must be clean. Our amazing natural resources of the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee must be protected. Water quality and environmental protection are our top policy priorities. We can never lose sight of the fact that clean Florida water is at the core of our food supply, economic activity, and recreation.

More on Environment and Water Quality

October 1, 2021 In The News

U.S. Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., advanced two of her bills which were rolled into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which cleared the U.S. House last week.

October 1, 2021 In The News

A dozen members of the Florida delegation are backing U.S. Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar’s, R-Fla., proposal which “incentivizes retired Navy ships to be repurposed into artificial reefs, boosting marine environments and creating recreational and economic opportunities in the process.”

Salazar introduced the “Reusing Equipment for Environmental Fortification (REEF) Act” on Tuesday with U.S. Rep. Ed Case, D-Hi., as the main co-sponsor.

July 26, 2021 In The News
Fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast largely praised the plan earlier this week.

Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Steube says he wants adjustments made to the new Lake Okeechobee regulation schedule announced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers earlier this week.

July 23, 2021 Press Release
“More than 7 million Floridians and thousands of businesses tied to tourism, agriculture, healthcare and construction depend on water supply from Lake Okeechobee, and expected that LOSOM would result in a plan that meets the water supply purpose by restoring the water supply purpose by restoring the water supply performance that existed prior to the current schedule. In addition to seeking assurances from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the Preliminary Preferred Plan CC can be optimized to meet the lake’s project purposes, we are also concerned that without such changes, Plan CC will result in significantly higher volumes of harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges to the Caloosahatchee River.”
July 15, 2021 Press Release
“Protecting Lake Okeechobee is vital to ensuring that people who depend on the Lake have access to safe and reliable drinking water and that our agriculture industries around the Lake have the adequate water for their crops to feed our state and our nation. Agriculture is one of the three largest drivers to Florida’s economy and any negative impact to agriculture will affect the entire state’s economy. Many of those families have farmed for generations and a Lake regulation schedule that does not take into account their legitimate needs would harm Floridians."
May 25, 2021 Press Release
“Especially as we approach another hurricane season, Casey Key’s restoration efforts will be critical in achieving long-term coastal resilience in Sarasota County. These coastal resilience efforts will serve our environmental and economic interests for decades to come, and our team is committed to working with all of our federal, state and local partners to help advance these efforts.”
May 7, 2021 Press Release
“I am honored to work with my colleagues to support new initiatives to reduce harmful algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee and our coastal communities. These bills will build on our previous progress and make new strides in protecting our waterways while promoting recreation, tourism, and environmental interests.”
March 22, 2021 Press Release
“Okeechobee County’s priorities like telehealth expansion, water quality issues, and public health have remained major focuses for our team, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. I was honored to update the Chamber this morning on what we are doing at the federal level to advance these priorities and protect our values.”
March 17, 2021 Press Release
“Water is the lifeblood of Florida with our thriving ecosystem offering vital resources for our local economies, agriculture, tourism and recreation. As we are no strangers to harmful algal blooms and the negative effects they have on our water quality, this bipartisan legislation takes an important step in prioritizing Florida’s environment despite ongoing partisan gridlock in Washington.”
February 10, 2021 Press Release
“Cleaning up this sewage spill and taking extra steps to prevent future problems is of paramount importance to our communities and environment. At all levels of government, our united goal is a reliable wastewater system to ensure these problems are not repeated in Longboat Key or elsewhere. I look forward to working with my local, state and federal colleagues to ensure that our community has the resources and federal grants necessary to prevent further extensions or delays.”