On July 9, 2018, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order for Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties to help combat algal blooms (HABs) caused by Lake Okeechobee water discharges from the Army Corps of Engineers. The Executive Order directed DEP to establish a grant program to provide local governments with funding to contract clean-up services.
As directed, DEP has established a grant program to immediately provide targeted algal bloom clean-up efforts to significantly impacted areas, such as marinas, boat ramps and other public access areas located within defined counties to help manage the impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms.
Eligible activities include containment, removal, cleanup, elimination, transportation and disposal of and by-products associated with the services provided including algae.
On Aug. 13, 2018, Governor Rick Scott issued an additional Executive Order declaring a state of emergency due to impacts of red tide in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. This declaration was made to expand this funding to these communities experiencing red tide and mitigate its impacts.
Eligible applicants include county governments of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Sarasota and St. Lucie counties. Any other local governments or special districts should coordinate with and submit project proposals to the county governments.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.