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  • Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on President Trump signing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
    Posted in Press Releases on October 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Naples, FL - Today, President Donald Trump signed into law the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA). WRDA is the authorizing legislation that allows the Army Corps of Engineers to construct and manage projects improving water infrastructure. The legislation was passed by Congress in September. Congressman Rooney stated, “WRDA is critical to finally advancing the 68 Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects that have been previously approved, including authorization of t... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney joins the bi-partisan Climate Solutions Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney (R-FL) joined the bi-partisan Climate Solutions Caucus along with Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA). Congressman Rooney stated, “I joined the Climate Solutions Caucus because environmental issues are critical for our Southwest Florida community. Southwest Florida’s well-being depends on a healthy environment; one just needs to look at the algal blooms currently ravaging our community to understand the negative effects of environmental disasters. To ... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney on the urgent threats of rising seas and hurricane storm surge in Florida
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives about the need for planning to mitigate effects of sea-level rise and storm surge from increasingly intensifying hurricanes in Florida. Congressman Rooney stated, “Sea-level rise and flooding, amplified by devastating hurricanes such as Hurricane Irma that ravaged our community one year ago, are an urgent concern to our many coastal communities in Florida. This requires proactive planning ... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney questions compliance regarding seismic activities in Big Cypress National Preserve
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C.- Today Congressman Francis Rooney wrote Secretary Ryan Zinke calling for the Department of the Interior to make sure that the contractor conducting seismic activities in the Big Cypress National Preserve fully complies with the remediation and repair requirements required by the seismic permit, defined as Minimization and Mitigation Measures. Congressman Rooney stated, “The seismic activities underway in the Big Cypress National Preserve pose grave risks to our Southwest Florida... Read more

  • 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