Last week, Governor Scott released his recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15.  In the Environmental and Natural Resources category, the Governor recommended a total appropriation of $3.3 billion, with approximately $1.41 billion or 43% to the DEP, $1.46 billion or $45% to DACS, $323 million or 10% to the FWCC, and $58 million or 2% to the Department of Citrus.   Among the highlights were: Everglades Restoration at $130 million; Florida Forever/Land Management at $70 million; Springs Restoration at $55 million; Keys Wastewater Treatment at $50 million; and Beach Projects at $25 million.   

A further breakdown is as follows: 

Environmental Protection

• $286 million for Restoring Waterways and Water Supply

• $130 million for Everglades Restoration

• $55 million for Springs Restoration

• $50 million for Keys Wastewater Treatment Plan

• $70 million for Florida Forever

• $25 million for Beaches

• $19 million for State Park Repairs and Enhancements

• $750,000 for the Partnership in Parks Program

• $250,000 for Ecotourism

• $125 million for Petroleum Tank Cleanup Projects

• $6 million for Dry Cleaning Site Cleanup

• $4 million for Hazardous Waste Cleanup

• $2.3 million for Landfill Closures

Agriculture and Consumer Services

• $4 million for Citrus Research

• $6.1 million for Citrus Health Response Program

• $2 million for Expansion of Budwood Facility

• $4 million for Statewide Agricultural BMP's

• $3 million for Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protections Area BMP's

• $5 million for Springs Protection BMP's

• $6.9 million for Oyster Reseeding and Rehabilitation

• $2 million for Replacement of Wildfire Suppression Equipment

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

• Additional $3.4 million for Lake Restoration

• Additional $3 million Invasive Plant Management

• Additional $2.8 million for Wildlife Management Area Land Improvements

• $200,000 for Manatee Rehabilitation

• $200,000 to Marine Habitat Restoration Projects

• $160,000 to Control Invasive Lionfish

• $5.1 million for Boating Safety and Improvement Programs

• $200,000 for Youth Hunting and Fishing Programs

• $3.2 million for Palm Beach County Shooting Park

• $800,000 for Artificial Reef Construction