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Gov. DeSantis And First Lady Announce Water Quality Website

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Andrea Perdomo
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WGCU
Gov. Ron Desantis announces the launch of the "Protect Florida Together" website with his wife, Casey DeSantis, on Fort Myers Beach.

Governor Ron DeSantis was in Southwest Florida on Tuesday along with his wife, Casey DeSantis, to announce a new tool to help  people get up-to-date information about the state’s water quality. 

 

On the shore of Lover’s Key in Fort Myers Beach, DeSantis announced the launch of Protect Florida Together. He said the purpose of the site was simple.

"To create this portal, one-stop shop where people can look to see what’s going on with water quality," DeSanits said.

The site is a collaborative effort between the Florida Department of Health, The Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission—agencies that monitor and report on water quality issues and their impacts.

Casey DeSantis, said before this site, people would have to search multiple state sites to find reports on algae blooms and health hazards.

"So this is extremely important, to have this transparency," DeSantis said. "This website is for families all across the state to be able to log on to, to get meaningful information sp that they can make decisions for the best interests of their families."

For now, the website will only include information on the Caloosahatchee and Saint Lucie rivers as well as Lake Okeechobee. Gov. DeSantis said it will eventually have information on bodies of water throughout the state.  

Andrea Perdomo is a reporter for WGCU News. She started her career in public radio as an intern for the Miami-based NPR station, WLRN. Andrea graduated from Florida International University, where she was a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper, The Panther Press, and was also a member of the university's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.