ST. PETERSBURG, Fla — Editor's note: The video above is from September 2021. 

More than 100 projects aimed at improving water quality across Florida have been awarded a large sum of money by the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis' office has announced.

The 103 wastewater and springs projects will receive $481 million and will help reduce the total amount of nitrogen in Florida's waterways by more than 700,000 pounds per year, the governor's office says.   

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"These awards are going to make a big difference for our world-renowned springs and water quality all throughout the state of Florida," DeSantis said in a statement. "Florida’s water resources are what our economy runs on – they are an economic driver, but even apart from that, our environment is really integral to what these communities are all about."

A majority of the money, around $394 million, will be used on wastewater treatment improvements. That includes converting septic tanks to sewer systems and upgrading treatment facilities. 

$67 million will go to conserving land in order to protect Florida's springs. The remaining $20 million will be used to improve wastewater facilities in rural and financially disadvantaged communities. 

The full list of projects can be found here.