florida

Deadlines Set in Florida-Georgia ‘Water War’

Dan Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

Florida and Georgia will have until the end of January to file new arguments in the legal fight over water use impacting the Apalachicola River system, a special master said this week. Paul J. Kelly, a senior judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who is serving as special master, set a Jan. 31 deadline for the initial …

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Water Woes Become a Political Wildcard

Dan Environment, Florida, Water

Throughout the summer, politicians heard from Floridians angered by the latest bouts of toxic blue-green algae in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, along with a festering red-tide outbreak on the Gulf Coast. Protesters focused on the state’s handling of rising sea levels, a limited acknowledgement of climate change and past actions by Gov. Rick Scott such as reducing funding …

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Trump Signs Off on Major Reservoir Project

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

Construction of a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee that state lawmakers envision as a way to help a region beset by toxic algae blooms was part of a wide-ranging water bill signed Tuesday by President Donald Trump. The $6 billion America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 includes authorization for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin work on a …

texas

Throw Out Water Rule, Farm Bureau, Others Tell Texas Court

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Water

A 2015 rule that expands the federal government’s control over private land nationwide should be vacated in its entirety, attorneys argued in papers filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. AFBF and a broad coalition of business groups, along with the state of Texas and others, are suing to do away with the 2015 “Waters …

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EAA Farmers, Inc. Issues Statement on Federal Authorization of EAA Reservoir

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

A statement from Danielle Alvarez, spokesperson for EAA Farmers, Inc., following the federal approval of the EAA reservoir: “Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) farm families are pleased that the EAA reservoir will be achieved in a way that will accomplish restoration goals while also protecting homegrown food supply.  Restoration has been a tremendous success south of Lake Okeechobee and serves as proof that …

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Florida and Georgia Renew Water Wars

Dan Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

Florida and Georgia have renewed their fight over the impact of Georgia’s water consumption on the Apalachicola River system. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late June that Florida be given another chance to prove its case that Georgia’s overconsumption of water is damaging the Apalachicola region, the states filed a joint legal pleading this week before a federal …

Agri View: Cloud Seeding for Rain

Dan Agri View, Drought, Environment, Water

Everett Griner talks about cloud seeding still being studied in today’s Agri View. Cloud Seeding for Rain You know, it was many years ago that farmers fought drought, and dry weather, by seeding the clouds. That is, they hired aviators to fly into what clouds existed to spray them with a designated chemical that would produce rain. It produced results, …

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On Farm Irrigation Scheduling in Georgia

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release, Water

New “Focus on Cotton” Webcast Approximately 90% of growers in the southeastern United States irrigate crops when they observe visible stress, but by this point, the crops have already lost yield. Yield and quality can be maintained and sometimes increased with irrigation scheduling. Wesley M. Porter, assistant professor and extension precision ag and irrigation specialist in the Crop and Soil …

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Crayfish Personalities May Be Key to Understanding Water Ecosystems

Dan Aquaculture, Industry News Release, Research, Water

Just like people come in different personalities, animals vary in their behavior. For example, some crayfish can be shier while others are bolder, a University of Florida scientist says. While crayfish are known as those little, lobster-like crustaceans eaten by some as a delicacy in soups, bisques and étouffées and are used by others as fish bait, Lindsey Reisinger and …

texas

American Farm Bureau Asks Federal Court to Halt WOTUS Rule Nationwide

Dan Industry News Release, Water

The American Farm Bureau Federation and a broad coalition of business groups on Wednesday asked a federal district court in Georgia to expand its prior order delaying implementation of the flawed 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule in 11 states. The coalition asked that the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia extend its previous injunction to …