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Gov. Ron DeSantis in Lee County to announce new online resource to monitor water quality

Posted at 12:22 PM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-05 12:49:54-05

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Lee County Tuesday morning at Lover's Key State Park to announce the launching of a new online resource that will allow the public to find out current water quality numbers and projects.

The site, Protect Florida Together , is billed as a “one stop shop” multi-agency tool for transparency in the state’s effort to improve its water quality.

The website highlights ongoing environmental projects that the state is working on, and allows public to check the water quality status of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie River and the Caloosahatchee River/Estuary.

Initially the site will cover South Florida water projects but eventually extend to others across the state.

The site also offers a place where the public can volunteer for environmental projects in their area.

Along with the state of Florida, DeSantis said the site is a collaboration between NOAA and the Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection.

At Tuesday's announcement, DeSantis was joined by first lady Casey DeSantis, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein, State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Eric Sutton.

The governor praised his wife as a driving force in the project.