When the infamous Florida coastline is covered in an orange-colored cloud, it means that beach closures, asthma attacks, and dead fish are about to occur. Ron DeSantis, the governor, is trying to change that, though.
He provided $13 million in financing on Tuesday to support cutting-edge technologies and immediate measures to clean up and stop red tide.
“You may have heard that the red tide had a significant negative influence on the water in our harbor. The economy and the beaches were both impacted. Responding to the effects of red tide is our responsibility at Tampa Bay Watch, according to Michelle Yepez, the organization’s director of development.
CW44-TV confirms the news on their official Twitter account:
Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced $13 million in funding for new technology and short-term solutions to help clean up and prevent red tide. https://t.co/oXcxO8TlBw
— CW44-TV (@CW44_TampaBay) April 19, 2023
Non-profit Since 1993, Tampa Bay Watch has been committed to preserving and rehabilitating the inland and coastal water ecosystems of Tampa Bay. The Blue-Green Algae Task Force was established by Governor DeSantis to handle reoccurring red tides alongside them. The task team suggested investing in new technology to assist minimize the problem in a way that is safe for the environment.
According to Ocean Conservancy officials, climate change is making things worse.
“This year we saw the red tide persist from one calendar year to the next. That’s highly unusual,” said J.P. Brooker, Director for Florida Conservation with Ocean Conservancy. According to recent research from USF, human pollution is found to have a direct effect on the severity of red tide. “If we can keep those nutrients out of Florida water, we’re going to see fewer red tide,” he said. Scientists say the connection sheds light on the need for reduced pollution and better water quality monitoring across the state.
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