Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Francis Rooney (19th District of Florida)
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.
Congressman Rooney stated, “I am encouraged that these federal agencies which have the ability to provide help for our ongoing toxic algae crisis have responded quickly to our request. Seeing the devastation in-person and having a dialogue with those directly affected is critical to understanding the urgency of providing resources to solve the immediate needs of our community.”
Background – On August 15th, Congressman Rooney and agency officials will tour areas hardest hit by toxic algae blooms then travel to Fort Myers Beach for a working session with members of area chambers of commerce, fishing, real estate, tourism and hospitality industries. The meeting will conclude with a press conference on Fort Myers Beach. Times and specific locations will be available in the coming days.
The following individuals will be attending on behalf of their agencies:
Environmental Protection Agency – Region 4 Deputy Regional Administrator, Mary Walker
Department of Interior – Agency confirmed, attendee TBD
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – District Commander Colonel Jason Kirk
South Florida Water Management District – Agency confirmed, attendee TBD
For media that would like to attend the tour or press conference, please email Chris.Berardi@mail.house.gov or call 202-897-7700.