Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $1.2 billion budget includes support for Everglades restoration, spring water quality improvements and buying conservation land.
The budget places a priority on projects that protect and renew waterbodies.
"Gov. Scott clearly understands that the future of Florida depends on its natural resources," said Secretary Herchel Vinyard.
Gov. Rick Scott
Proposed budget items include:
$269.5 million for restoring waterways and water supply. This will ensure the future supply by improving on the water quality regulations for springs, lakes, rivers and estuaries. The 2013/2014 budget commits an increase of $6.5 million for springs restoration. Additionally, the budget will support the practical application of the water quality criteria by endorsing wastewater treatment facility construction, drinking water facility construction and water quality planning.
$75 million for Florida Forever. The budget recommends $50 million in budget authority from the sale of surplus state lands and $25 million in general revenue to buyf conservation lands needed for springs protection, military buffering or water resource protection.
$60 million to fund the Everglades Water Quality Plan and continuing funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. Scott doubled the amount of money spent on Everglades Restoration last year.
The 2013-14 plan, which builds upon a $1.8 billion investment in Everglades water quality improvements, includes design, engineering and construction of flood control projects to enhance water quality and ensure a reliable water supply for southern Floridians and numerous species thriving in the area.
$25 million for erosion control for beach and dune restoration, beach nourishment, inlet sand bypassing and regional sediment management.
$19 million for state park improvements to the amenities throughout Florida's vast state park system.
For details on Scott's recommended Florida Families First FY2013/2014 budget go to floridafamiliesfirst.com.