Curbelo Welcomes $290,000 From EPA for Coral Reef Restoration Efforts
Today, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) announced an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant of $290,000 for the Florida Coral Reef Evaluation and Monitoring Project (CREMP). This initiative will monitor the status and trends of selected coral reefs, patch reefs, and hard bottoms in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and aid the Water Quality Protection Program (WQPP) with documentation on the effects that coral reef deterioration has on water quality.
“These funds are critical to continuing research on our coral reef ecosystems,” Curbelo said. “It is important that we continue to monitor coral reefs because of their contributions to our public health, fisheries, tourism economy, and environmental sustainability. This grant will provide the needed funding to support and ensure the conservation and survival of coral reefs, as well as our National Marine Sanctuaries.”
Curbelo has long advocated for continued emphasis on U.S. coastal preservation research, supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the FY17 budget and report language. Funding for this program was made available in H.R. 244, “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017,” legislation supported by Curbelo.