FLORIDA (WTXL) – More tonight on a story we’ve been following.
Hoping to improve water quality and supply.
Governor Rick Scott is investing 50-million dollars of this year’s state budget to clean up 40 springs across Florida.
Among the projects being funded are converting hundreds of homes that are currently on septic tanks over to sewer systems.
Additionally, money will be spent to acquire privately-owned land near many of Florida’s springs.
Dollars will also be spent to control storm water and agricultural runoff pollution.
The money is allocated by the State Department of Environmental Protection.
Regional water management districts are identifying the projects to be funded.
Kathleen Coates with the Northwest Florida Water Management District says, reducing nutrient loads going in the springs should help the entire ecosystem.
When combined with local government matching funds, the entire springs investment will be closer to 100 million dollars. Work on the various projects is expected to begin early next year.