07/27/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/27/2021 14:48
Orlando - To highlight the ongoing, tragic deaths of a record number of Manatees in Florida, Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) Vice Chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, will be touring SeaWorld's Manatee Rescue Center on Wednesday, July 28 at 10:00 am. This will be the first stop by Senator Stewart in her ongoing advocacy to promote changes that improve water quality, restore habitats, and protect Florida's natural resources and wildlife.
'The recent die-off of manatees is another alarming result of our state's rapid decline in water quality. We have been experiencing ongoing blue-green algae blooms and red tide, suffocating our sea life and diminishing their habitats. The legislature must continue to take action on these issues directly by addressing the sources causing this destruction and rehabilitating habitats,' said Stewart.
This past session, Senator Stewart took a multipronged approach in addressing environmental issues. Senator Stewart helped to secure $8 million dollars in the state budget for manatee habitat restoration, sponsored a bill to implement recommendations of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force, and supported funding for land acquisition programs and wildlife corridors.
'Florida has a renowned reputation for its beautiful landscapes, pristine waters, and unique wildlife, all of which are under threat. Firsthand accounts and conversations with experts are some of the best tools in understanding our state's diverse ecology and the urgent remedies we need to protect it. These experiences help legislators craft policy that preserves our state's resources for the wellbeing of all Floridians and future generations,' said Stewart.