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Miami, FL - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today after the Obama Administration denied the state of Florida’s request for a federal disaster declaration in response to the toxic algal blooms in the state’s waterways:
 
“The Administration has chosen yet again to turn a blind eye to the livelihoods of Floridians who are affected by this toxic algae. Even though the end to this disaster is not in sight, the President is telling our state we are on our own. I will continue to do everything I can to protect our waterways and ecosystem, and the businesses and property owners who have suffered financial losses due to the discharges from Lake Okeechobee.”
 
Background regarding Rubio’s work on Lake Okeechobee discharges: 
  • Last week, Rubio and 15 Republican Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida urged President Obama to reconsider his Administration’s denial of Governor Rick Scott’s request for a federal disaster declaration in response to the toxic algal blooms in the state’s waterways. 
  • Rubio supported the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy/Water Appropriations bill that included $49.5 million for Herbert Hoover Dike seepage control. 
  • On July 18, Rubio visited Stuart and Fort Myers to observe the damage done by Lake Okeechobee discharges and pushed for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). 
  • View a timeline of Rubio’s action regarding CEPP and other water management projects here.