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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board Chair and Supervisor Daisy Morales issued a statement Thursday following Governor Ron DeSantis‘ water reforms Executive Order 19-12, Achieving More Now For Florida’s Environment.

“The Orange Soil & Water Conservation District is pleased to know that Governor DeSantis is committed to protecting Florida’s natural resources, restoring areas hardest hit by Hurricane Michael and preventive solutions for future natural disasters.

“We are equally committed to doing the same for the residents of Orange County and working with Visit Florida, the Water Management Districts and other state agencies to secure funding to do our part in our conservation district to fulfill Governor DeSantis’ mutual vision of a better environment statewide.”

“We applaud Governor DeSantis’s decision to adamantly oppose fracking in Florida, thereby putting Floridians health and safety first over corporate profit.

The Executive Order in Summary

Executive Order 19-12 calls for:

– $2.5 Billion over the next four years for Everglades restoration and protection of water resources (a $1 Billion increase in spending over the previous four years and the highest level of funding for restoration in Florida’s history).

– The Establishment of a Blue-Green Algae Task Force, charged with focusing on expediting progress toward reducing the adverse impacts of blue-green algae blooms now and over the next five years.

– Instruction to the South Florida Water Management District to immediately start the next phase of the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Project design and ensure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approves the project according to schedule.

– The Creation of the Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency charged with organizing and directing integrated scientific research and analysis to ensure that all agency actions are aligned with key environmental priorities.

– The Appointment of a Chief Science Officer to coordinate and prioritize scientific data, research, monitoring and analysis needs to ensure alignment with current and emerging environmental concerns most pressing to Floridians.

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