Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Wednesday: Buchanan, Hastings Hold Florida Delegation Hearing on Water Issues

Feb 25, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON –  U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan and Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., will chair a bipartisan meeting this Wednesday of Florida’s 29-member congressional delegation to address some of the most pressing water quality issues affecting the Sunshine State.

The delegation will discuss red tide, harmful algal blooms, offshore drilling and other water quality issues. This will be the first meeting of the Florida congressional delegation in 2019.

“Florida’s pristine beaches and rivers are what attract countless visitors to our state each year,” Buchanan said. “It is critical that our bipartisan delegation works together to ensure Florida’s oceans, waterways, beaches are clean and healthy.”

“I look forward to hearing from our distinguished panelists on how we can further address the state’s water issues at the federal level,” Buchanan continued. “When it comes to protecting Florida’s natural landscape and beauty, our delegation has a rich history of banding together to tackle these important issues.”

“Coastal water quality issues are of significant importance to all Floridians,” said Hastings. “ Last year, Florida faced an environmental disaster with serious economic consequences, when toxic algae coated both coasts. The devastation closed beaches, made Floridians sick, and harmed all aspects of our fishing, tourism, and recreational industry. It is critical that we reach across the partisan divide to truly solve this pressing problem.”

In 2018, Buchanan and Hastings backed a proposal that was signed by President Trump to provide more than $100 million to combat Harmful Algal Blooms like red tide. Last year, a Buchanan proposal to increase funding for red tide research was also signed into law.

Buchanan recently co-introduced the bipartisan Florida Coastal Protection Act, which would make permanent the current moratorium on oil drilling slated to expire in 2022. He also applauded Gov. Ron DeSantis’ early focus on protecting the state’s environment and natural resources. 

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Panelists include:

·       Adam Gelber, Director, Office of Everglades Restoration Initiatives, U.S. Department of the Interior

·       Colonel Andrew Kelly, Commander, Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

·       Noah Valenstein, Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

·       Dr. Michael Crosby, President & CEO, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

·       Garrett Wallace, Florida Government Relations Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Buchanan, Hastings Hold Florida Delegation Hearing on Water Issues

Approximately 8:30 a.m. EST

2261 Rayburn House Office Building