Curbelo Welcomes Nearly $500,000 in EPA Grants for Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary

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Washington, D.C., June 7, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) released the following statement welcoming three Environmental Protection Agency grants for the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary:

“The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is a unique natural wonder and a vital part of the Florida Keys and South Florida economy and environment, and these grants are critical to keeping it protected and well-managed,” Curbelo said. “I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to ensure its status is not threatened and to advocate for the resources it needs.”

The announcement comes after Curbelo, urged House Appropriators to provide robust funding for National Marine Sanctuaries and Florida International University’s Water Quality Projects. Funding for this program was made available in H.R. 244, “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017,” legislation supported  by Curbelo.

The three grants were:

  • $19,350 to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary data management              
  • $200,000 to Florida International University for seagrass monitoring in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary              
  • $250,500 to Florida International University for water quality monitoring             
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