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Rubio, Mast Renew Push to Fund Clean Water Projects

Mar 15, 2023 | Press Releases

Under current law, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is used exclusively for land acquisition and efforts directly related to recreation, and cannot be used to improve the lands and water those efforts are intended to conserve.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Brian Mast (R-FL) reintroduced the Land and Water Conservation Fund Amendments Act to amend the LWCF to increase flexibility and allow states to utilize existing funds to support water quality projects that states are required to propose under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act for watersheds deemed impaired by nutrient loading.

  • “Protecting and restoring Florida’s water quality is critically important for our state. Allowing existing LWCF funds to be used for ecosystem restoration and water quality projects will give our state additional resources to improve our state’s ecosystems, reduce nutrient loads in our waterways, and reduce the risk of harmful algal blooms.” – Senator Rubio


  • “Water quality and recreation go hand-in-hand in the Sunshine State.  Far too often, toxic algae keeps folks from enjoying all that Florida has to offer, so it makes perfect sense to expand LWCF eligibility to water quality projects. Florida taxpayers contribute to this fund, so there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to use it to fix the problems in our community.” – Representative Mast 

Expanding eligibility to include water quality and ecosystem restoration projects would allow states like Florida to use existing federal money for projects to restore aquatic lands and waters in a manner that improves water quality and reduces the risk of harmful algal blooms to promote more enjoyable outdoor recreation experiences. 
This bill would make approximately $100 million in existing federal funding available for water quality projects in Florida over the next decade, without the need for authorizing or appropriating new funds. As a result of the requirement that LWCF monies be matched by the non-federal recipient, this bill would allow approximately $200 million in total to be made available for water quality projects over the next decade.
Flashback … Rubio and Mast first introduced the legislation in 2021.