Former congressman in SWFL receives high honor for conservation priorities
Former Congressman Francis Rooney received the highest honor the Conservancy of Southwest Florida awards Wednesday.
Rooney was presented with the “Eagle Award,” recognizing his work on science-based conservation priorities, including the Everglades Restoration Plan. He said there is still work to do.
“The offshore water quality, the algae blooms, red tide, dead zones, we have a reef off Marco Pass, and it was hypoxic at 71 feet deep,” Roney said. “We have a lot of work to do in dead zones.”
Rooney’s top congressional priorities included extending the moratorium on offshore drilling and fully funding projects in the Everglades Restoration Plan to improve our water quality.