Steube Convenes Water Quality Round Table
PUNTA GORDA, FL—Today, Congressman Greg Steube (R-Fla.) convened with local community leaders and experts for a Water Quality Round Table regarding the pressing water quality issues facing Florida.
“Sound environmental policy is critical to the preservation and advancement of Florida’s economy and the way of life we enjoy as Floridians,” said Congressman Steube. “Going back to my time in the state legislature, I have been dedicated to addressing Florida’s water quality issues by supporting infrastructure projects that address polluted runoff, as well as other environmental policy initiatives that protect our water and lands. Now, in Congress, I am doing everything I can to address these problems—red tide, Lake Okeechobee water levels, septic to sewer transitions in rural communities, etc.—and I’m committed to working with state, local, and federal officials to mitigate the troubling water issues our state has encountered.”
Congressman Steube was joined at the event by Jennifer Hecker from the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary, Bonnie Pringle, a Florida Rural Water Association Board Member and Manager of Gasparilla Island Water Association, Charlotte County Commissioner Joe Tiseo, Mike Coates, Deputy Director of the Peace River Water Authority, and Cara Martin and Randy Smith of Southwest Florida Water Management District.
“As we look to find ways to improve Florida’s water quality, it is important that we hear from the local experts. I’m thankful that the attendees took the time to engage in today’s productive conversation,” continued Steube. “Our water quality issues cannot, and should not, be solved by one person or entity and it is important that we work together to find solutions. My staff and I will not stop facilitating these vital conversations until Florida’s water quality is permanently restored.”
Congressman Steube represents Florida’s 17th District, which includes all or parts of nine counties. The district also borders the gulf coast as well as Lake Okeechobee.