Gov. Scott pledges money for springs protection

Published On: Jan 21 2014 01:49:25 PM EST
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend $55 million in the coming year to help the state's beleaguered freshwater springs.
    
Scott on Tuesday said he would include the money in budget recommendations he will send to state legislators. Last year, legislators set aside $10 million for springs-related projects.

The governor's plan calls for splitting money between projects designed to restore water quality and projects that would develop alternative sources of water supply.

"This investment will enable state and local partners to protect the quality and quantity of water that flows from our springs," Scott said. "These springs are important not only to animal and plant life, but also add to Florida’s ever-expanding tourism industry."
    
Florida's springs have been dealing with problems from pollution, as well as reduced water flow. The Scott administration came under fire in 2011 for disbanding an initiative aimed at helping springs.
    
The state's top environmental official maintained Tuesday that over the last three years, the state has spent more on springs than ever before.