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Two county water-quality projects get state funding

Under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced a suite of 40 projects that will receive $50 million from the Fighting for Florida’s Future budget to improve water quality, reduce nutrient loading, recharge water supply and protect habitat in Florida’s iconic spring systems.

This includes a state investment of more than $9 million to protect springs in Southwest Florida, including Aripeka, Weeki Wachee, Kings Bay, Crystal and Rainbow springsheds.

Springs restoration projects funded for $15 million

Seven springs restoration projects in Citrus and Hernando Counties will receive $12 million in state funding from Legacy Florida through the department's Division of Water Restoration Assistance program. This funding is expected to leverage nearly $3 million in matching funds for a total of $15 million. (PHOTO: SWFWMD) CLICK PHOTO TO SEE LARGER  IMAGE

Seven springs restoration projects in Citrus and Hernando counties will receive $12 million in state funding from Legacy Florida through the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Division of Water Restoration Assistance program.

This funding is expected to leverage nearly $3 million in matching funds for a total of $15 million.

The District’s projects are part of 35 springs projects across the state to receive more than $56.6 million included in the 2016-17 “FLORIDA FIRST” budget, the highest amount ever provided for Florida’s springs.

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