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Scott says he wants $130 million for Everglades as environmental groups rally for clean water

Craig Diamond of the Sierra Club, left, used photos of toxic algae problems to announce a campaign to collect signature for a "Clean Water Declaration" initiative. Photo, Bruce Ritchie

Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday that he's requesting $130 million for Everglades restoration and cleanup projects in fiscal year 2014-15, which is a $60 million increase from the current state budget. 

Scott already had announced $70 million in 2014-15 spending requests for the Everglades last summer as discharges from Lake Okeechobee were being blamed for polluting Indian River Lagoon and the Caloosahatchee River. Everglades restoration projects will divert more water flow away from those estuaries.

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