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DeSantis Signs Bills on Cleaning Up Waterways

Clint Thompson Florida, Legislative, Water

(NSF) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Tuesday measures that include bigger fines for dumping pollutants into waterways and new rules for septic tanks and agricultural runoff, though environmentalists said the rules don’t go far enough. One of the measures (HB 1091) makes numerous changes in the amounts and duration of penalties for violating environmental laws. The other …

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Georgia Fires Back at Florida in Water War

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Water

(NSF) – Arguing that Florida’s case was “built on rhetoric and not on facts,” Georgia is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject arguments by Florida in a long-running battle about divvying up water in a river system that links the two states. Georgia attorneys on Friday filed a 57-page document asking the Supreme Court to deny Florida’s request for …

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New WOTUS Rule Becomes Law

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Water

The Trump Administration’s new and scaled-back Waters of the U.S. rule became law Monday after last-minute attempts to block the rule. A federal judge late last week denied an effort to prevent implementation of the new regulation, called the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The challengers claim the new rule removes protection from many U.S. waterways. WOTUS, now NWPR, has been …

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Little Projected Rainfall Means More Irrigation Needed

Clint Thompson Alabama, Corn, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Irrigation, Peanuts, Soybeans, Weather

By Clint Thompson Limited rainfall over the next couple of weeks means row crop growers need to be irrigating early and often to get their seed producing. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter said water requirements for cotton and peanuts is low early in the season. But they do still require water. “If we’re absolutely getting no …

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Okeechobee Natural Resource Working Group

Clint Thompson Florida, Water

Ag producers, conservation groups and the public in Okeechobee County, Florida are invited to participate in a work group with the Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to identify and prioritize natural resource concerns. It will be held on May 13, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 1-866-899-4679, enter access code 797-160-901. …

Florida Drought Leads to Water Restrictions in Lee County

Clint Thompson Drought, Florida, Irrigation, Water, Weather

By Clint Thompson Florida’s long drought has led to water restrictions on Lee County in the southwest part of the state. On Friday, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and Lee County announced mandatory irrigation restrictions. According to the press release, the restrictions addressed low aquifer levels. “On the coast, they rely a lot more on wells, well fields. …

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Florida Looks to U.S. Supreme Court in Water War

Dan Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

(NSF) — Warning that a special master’s recommendation would “spell doom” for the Apalachicola River, Florida wants the U.S. Supreme Court to require Georgia to share more water in a river system that links the two states. Florida filed a 65-page brief Monday asking the Supreme Court to reject a December recommendation by Special Master Paul Kelly, who said Florida …