TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Gov. Rick Scott says he’ll push state legislators to spend millions to battle the massive algae bloom fouling some of Florida’s southern rivers and beaches.READ MORE: New NASA Mission Will Test Lasers As A To Communicate With Future Missions
Scott announced Wednesday that he’ll ask the Legislature to create a local/state grant program to aid homeowners who want to switch from septic tanks to central sewer systems. He’s also proposing setting aside money in 2017 to help communities around the Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee River build new wastewater systems.READ MORE: Florida House Leaders Push Back On Redistricting Criticism
Part of the blame for the bloom has been placed on discharges from Lake Okeechobee, but Scott says septic tank runoff also contributes to the problem.
Among the algae blooms some cities and counties have dealt with is one that put a smelly “guacamole-thick” muck on a stretch of beaches promoted as Florida’s “Treasure Coast.”MORE NEWS: Keri Hilson Says 'Hip Hop Family Christmas' Is All About 'Honoring Your Family, Not Living For The World'
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