In early November Governor Ron DeSantis announce the launch of ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov, the state’s first-ever comprehensive water quality dashboard.
The dashboard, which can be accessed at www.ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov, provides real-time information on water restoration projects and water quality via an interactive state map.
“Our water and natural resources are the foundation of our economy and our way of life in Florida,” said Governor DeSantis in a press release. “That’s why it is vitally important that we keep Floridians informed of our current initiatives and the quality of our water at the state level. I’ve made this issue a priority, and I am thankful to have committed partners such as the First Lady, our state agency leaders and environmental stakeholders. We are all in this together, and this dashboard is a great step in moving our state toward more innovative, comprehensive ways to keel Floridians informed and involved.”
The initial version of the Protecting Florida Together water quality status map focuses on blue-green algae, red tide and nutrient concentrations in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and their respective estuaries, and Lake Okeechobee. Additional features will include an expanded statewide map to be added over the next year.
Residents looking for ways to help protect Florida’s waters can find tips and resources on ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov and can visit Volunteer Florida’s Volunteer Connect website to find volunteer opportunities.
Photo courtesy of the Office of Governor DeSantis