Lake Okeechobee’s Green Algae Debate Rages On

Abbey Taylor Environment, Florida, Water

The Lake Okeechobee green algae saga continues. As I suggested in a report a few days back, it appears to be becoming more and more of a political football. This week a candidate for Governor of Florida appeared at a rally of coastal and inland fishermen in Clewiston, expecting to find a supportive audience for anti-agriculture rhetoric on the topic. …

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Is Lake Okeechobee Algae Becoming Political Football?

Abbey Taylor Florida, Water

Seasonal rains keep falling in south Florida and Lake Okeechobee water levels and water releases keep making national news. The so-called green algae again heads through canals and urbanizing areas toward the ocean to the East and the Gulf of Mexico to the West. Farmers south of the lake continue to fight misinformation spread by anti-agriculture interests in the region …

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Gov. Scott Takes More Action to Combat Algal Blooms

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Water

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott met with White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to continue advocating for full funding for the repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee. The Governor also spoke about the importance of the federal government quickly approving the EAA reservoir project, which will hold more water south of …

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Florida Gets Another Chance to Make Case in ‘Water War’

Abbey Taylor Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

By: Lloyd Dunkelberger TALLAHASSEE — In a victory for Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the nation’s third-largest state should be given another chance to prove its case that overconsumption of water in Georgia is damaging the Apalachicola River system. The 5-4 decision, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, overturned a 2017 recommendation by a court-appointed special master that found …

Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Abbey Taylor Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court “water war” decision: “After a raging wildfire destroyed the homes and livelihoods of dozens of families this weekend, the Apalachicola Bay community needed some good news. Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for Floridians. For decades, we’ve fought on every …

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BREAKING NEWS: Florida Wins Round in ‘Water War’

Abbey Taylor Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

In a victory for Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sent the state’s “water war” with Georgia back to a special master for further consideration. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, said Special Master Ralph Lancaster used “too strict a standard” in recommending that Florida be denied relief  in its long-running claim that overconsumption of water in Georgia …

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Georgia Ag Commissioner Applauds Injunction Blocking Enforcement of ‘WOTUS’ Rule

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is applauding action recently taken by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia to grant a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the burdensome Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “This rule was a blatant overreach of the federal government,” Commissioner Black said. “We are pleased that the courts clearly saw the irreparable …

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Farm Bureau Hails District Court WOTUS Decision

Dan Industry News Release, Water

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall made the following statement on the recent federal district court ruling regarding the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule: “A federal district court ruling in Georgia late last week has effectively suspended the flawed ‘Waters of the United States’ rule from taking effect in 11 more states that challenged its legality. …

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Water Policy Key for Next Agriculture Commissioner

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Water

Maintaining Florida’s water supply, while balancing the growing needs of residents, farmers, tourists and businesses, is a priority for the candidates seeking to replace Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. The issue involves helping preserve diverse ecosystems, such as the Everglades and natural springs, without scuttling the economy. Candidates for agriculture commissioner are putting forward a variety of ideas, from continuing …