With the 2022 Florida Legislative Session beginning on January 11, the Florida Wildlife Federation has identified the following issues as priorities.
Fully Fund Florida Forever
Restore the Ocklawaha River
Oppose Seagrass Mitigation Banks
The Florida Wildlife Federation strongly opposes this bill because:
- Seagrass restoration projects have a very low success rate and therefore the concept is scientifically flawed;
- Creating a formal mitigation program would make development easier which would fuel more nutrient runoff leading to additional seagrass die-off; and
- Most importantly, we need to focus our attention on restoring seagrass beds by improving our water quality. With clean and adequate water, seagrass beds will return.
Support the Recommendations of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force
In 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis created the Blue-Green Algae Task Force with the intent of reducing the adverse impacts of harmful algal blooms. The 2020 Clean Waterways Act attempted to enact recommendations from the Task Force. Unfortunately, the Legislature approved the bill which did very little to reduce pollution.