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Congressman Rooney asks White House to declare State of Emergency for toxic algae crisis

By Staff | Aug 6, 2018

Congressman Francis Rooney has sent a letter to the White House calling on the administration to formally declare a State of Emergency for Florida in the water of as pair of toxic algal blooms.

“The devastation we are experiencing in Southwest Florida is severely impacting our health, economy and ecology,” Rooney said in a prepared statement. “Dead sea life, toxic algae, and red tide are crippling our area and although we are finally, thanks to our combined efforts, seeing progress on funding projects that will permanently fix our water quality, these projects will take years to complete. As conditions have worsened, we need to take action now. Declaring a State of Emergency will make a host of funding and resources available that would otherwise not be possible. Our current conditions are every bit as disastrous to us as the recent wildfires are to California and flooding has been to Michigan.”