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Gov. DeSantis announces reboot of FWC's Red Tide Task Force

Posted: 11:44 AM, Aug 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-02 11:44:58-04
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ENGLEWOOD, Fla. -- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday the revival of the dormant Red Tide Task Force to study the cause of the toxic algal blooms.

Gov. DeSantis said there will be a reorganization of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's task force, which has been inactive and unfunded for 15 years.

He says Florida legistature has approved $4.8 million to get the task force in gear again to study whether nutrients released from Lake Okeechobee contributes to red tide.

The task force will be comprised of the following:

-Donald Anderson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
-Duane DeFreese of the Indian River Lagoon Council
-Quay Dortch of NOAA
-Leanne Flewelling of FWC
-Charles Jacoby of St. Johns River Water Management District
-Barbara Kirkpatrick of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Oceanographic Institute
-Sherry Larkin of the University of Florida
-Andrew Raich of the Florida Department of Health
-Rhonda Watkins of Collier County Pollution Control
-David Whiting of Florida Department of Environmental Protection