What's that smell?
The smell is the first thing that hits you. It’s rancid. It makes your eyes water and your throat sting.
Then you see it: a thick layer of green goo, flies swarming, covers the surface of some of Florida’s most majestic coasts and waterways.
The explosion of historically bad green algae blooms in Florida is a public health, environmental, and economic disaster for our state. But here’s the thing: We can do something about it.
Floridians voted overwhelmingly to fund environmental protection measures to keep algae-feeding fertilizers, chemicals, and other pollutants out of our waters. Yet, Governor Rick Scott and Republican legislators have completely failed to use the money for its intended purpose. Meanwhile, Gov. Scott has gutted our state’s clean water policy.
I’ve been fighting to protect our waters in the Legislature, by increasing funding for Florida Forever, for springs restoration, and to protect the Everglades through restoration of the Kissimmee River and Lake Toho. That’s why Audubon Florida recently named me Champion of the Everglades.
In Congress, I’m going to keep up the fight to protect Florida’s natural beauty and resources.