State Budget Delivers High Levels of Funding for Everglades

We know that funding alone cannot guarantee a healthy environmental future. We must combine high funding levels for critical programs with commonsense regulatory modernization to improve water quality and quantity across the Sunshine State.

On March 8, the 2024 Legislative Session officially came to a close. From conservation funding and the much-awaited updated stormwater rule, to flood disclosure requirements—a first for our flood prone state—and fines for the intentional release of balloons, the 2024 session tackled a host of environmental issues. Audubon Florida’s policy team, led by Senior Director of Policy Beth Alvi, worked overtime to stay on top of worrisome bills, collaborate with elected officials on bill language and amendments, and keep our stakeholders up to date.

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The legislature passed a $117.4 billion budget for the coming fiscal year. The budget sets aside $10 billion in reserves and $500 million for a state Emergency Preparedness and Response Fund. It also includes more than $740 million for Everglades restoration.

This article appeared in the 2024 Spring State of the Everglades report. Click here for more information.

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