Bill Nelson and Bill Posey Team Up to Pass Bill Fighting Algae Outbreaks

June 19, 2014 7:06 AM

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The bill, which was drafted by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., sends $82 million of federal funds to study how to battle large algae blooms and support communities trying to fend them off. The proposal ensures the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will send $20.5 million annually through 2018 to local governments coping with algae outbreaks. The bill stood in jeopardy last week when an unknown Republican senator blocked the measure but the hold was quickly lifted.

Weighing in on the need for the bill, Nelson pointed toward how algae have impacted the Caloosahatchee River and waters in the Fort Myers area.

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