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  • Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on Final Passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C.- Yesterday, Congressman Rooney voted to support the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA). WRDA is the authorizing legislation that allows the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct projects improving water infrastructure - the most critical component of Everglades restoration and completion of the necessary repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike, which surrounds Lake Okeechobee. Today’s vote marks the final passage of WRDA – it will now be sent to the President for his signatu... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney supports passage of H.R. 5895
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Veterans

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted in support of H.R. 5895, the Energy & Water, Legislative Branch, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. This legislation supports our Southwest Florida community by providing $67.5 million for Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects and $96 million for Herbert Hoover Dike repairs. The bill also provides resources to strengthen our military and care for our veterans. Congressman Rooney stated, “Tod... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney requests House appropriations subcommittee support Senate funding to investigate impact of toxic algae
    Posted in Press Releases on September 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Rooney submitted a request to Ken Calvert, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, to support Senate funding levels for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to monitor and investigate harmful algal blooms. Congressman Rooney stated, “This funding is imperative to investigating the harmful toxic algal blooms that have been occurring in Southwest Florida this year. The research these funds support would look at t... Read more

  • We must get rid of excess nitrogen in our water
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    In the 20 months I have served as your Congressman, improving our water quality has been my top priority. We have achieved more tangible results in building the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects and the Herbert Hoover Dike than in all of the preceding 18 years since the CERP was enacted in 2000. Congress and the administration have supported our requests to fund the infrastructure necessary to clean up the Okeechobee Watershed and reduce harmful discharges into the river.... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney applauds Small Business Administration approval of disaster declaration
    Posted in Press Releases on September 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rooney announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved aid for Southwest Florida businesses that have experienced hardship due to toxic algae and red tide blooms. The disaster declaration approval allows for assistance to both Lee and Collier counties. Congressman Rooney stated, “I am thankful that Administrator McMahon and her team at the SBA acted quickly to provide assistance. Our local business community has suffered greatly from the ... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney requests aid from the Small Business Administration to assist SWFL businesses affected by toxic algae
    Posted in Press Releases on August 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Congressman Rooney requests aid from the Small Business Administration to assist SWFL businesses affected by toxic algae Naples, FL - Today, Congressman Rooney formally requested aid from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Southwest Florida businesses that have experienced hardship due to toxic algae and red tide blooms. In the letter to Administrator Linda McMahon, Congressman Rooney calls for ‘an Administrative declaration of a disaster for Lee County due to the current environmental ... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney leads tour and work session to engage federal and state agencies on toxic algae and water quality
    Posted in Press Releases on August 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Naples, FL- Yesterday, Congressman Francis Rooney hosted key decision-makers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) in Southwest Florida to see the damage caused during the ongoing water crisis. Congressman Rooney showed the agencies’ representatives the toxic blue-green algae in the Caloosahatchee River to... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney announces federal and state administrators will visit Southwest Florida to address toxic algae crisis
    Posted in Press Releases on August 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Today, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior, Army Corps of Engineers, and South Florida Water Management District confirmed that they will visit Southwest Florida in response to Congressman Rooney’s call for action. On Tuesday, Congressman Rooney urged administrators of key federal agencies to visit the area - to assess damage from toxic algae, meet with area stakeholders, and provide recommendations on how their agencies may assist. Congr... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney requests federal administrators visit Southwest Florida to meet with local officials on toxic algae crisis
    Posted in Press Releases on August 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney sent a letter to the lead administrators of seven federal agencies that have jurisdiction over resources which could be deployed to help ameliorate the devastating impacts of our water quality and toxic algae related issues. The letters urge the administrators to visit Southwest Florida first hand so that they may personally assess the damage, meet with key local officials, and provide recommendations on how their agencies may be able to help.... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney makes request for White House to declare State of Emergency for toxic algae crisis
    Posted in Press Releases on August 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney sent a letter to the White House calling on the administration to formally declare a State of Emergency for Florida. Congressman Rooney stated, “The devastation we are experiencing in Southwest Florida is severely impacting our health, economy and ecology. Dead sea life, toxic algae, and red tide are crippling our area and although we are finally, thanks to our combined efforts, seeing progress on funding projects that will permanently fix our... Read more