Gov. Rick Scott requested $77 million for five restoration projects, including $15.9 million to help Pensacola and East bays, a portion of the Santa Rosa Sound and Bayou Chico, he announced in a press release Wednesday.
The five proposals, which include 20 separate projects, were submitted to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council for consideration under the Council-Selected Restoration Component portion of funding through the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act).
These proposals address high priority restoration needs in 10 major watersheds from Perdido Bay to Tampa Bay, according to the release. They also represent the feedback received from numerous meetings with stakeholders and citizens. Additionally, the proposals represent projects from the list of more than 1,200 submissions to the Department of Environmental Protections’ online portal.
The Pensacola Bay Watershed Proposal encompasses two living shoreline projects, a wastewater reuse project, a stormwater and wastewater improvement project, and a contaminated sediment removal planning project. The funding amount for this proposal totals $15.9 million.
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