By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 7, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced 40 springs projects across the state that will receive a total of $50 million in funding as part of the 2017-2018 'Fighting for Florida’s Future' budget. The list includes projects in Suwannee County and Wakulla County.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Water Management Districts identified the projects that were selected to receive funding, Gov. Scott's Office says.
The 40 statewide projects include:
• Suwannee River Water Management District: White and Blue Sink springs (Suwannee County) wastewater improvement project – This project will improve water quality for two springs along the Suwannee River by providing advanced wastewater treatment and eliminating 32 commercial septic tanks.
• Northwest Florida Water Management District: Wakulla Springs (Wakulla County) septic connection projects – These projects will improve water quality in Wakulla springs by connecting more than 370 residences currently on septic tanks to an existing central sewer service.
• St Johns River Water Management District: Silver Springs (Marion County) wetland treatment and recharge project – This project will increase the flow of Silver Springs by receiving and treating excess reclaimed water and stormwater, providing 3 to 5 million gallons per day of recharge.
• Southwest Florida Water Management District: Kings Bay (Citrus County) sewer extension and reuse project – This project will improve water quality in Kings Bay by supporting the construction of a sewer main extension to remove septic systems and route 2 million gallons per day of reclaimed water out of the springshed.
In statement on Monday, Governor Scott said in part, "Florida is home to some of the most beautiful springs in the world, and protecting these natural treasures is incredibly important for our state’s families, environment and economy."
For a complete list of the springs protection projects included in the 'Fighting for Florida’s Future' budget, click HERE .