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Nelson to Try Legislative Route in ‘Water War’

by Lloyd Dunkelberger, The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsleyU.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday he will file legislation aimed at forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to divert more freshwater into Northwest Florida’s Apalachicola Bay system.

Nelson, who visited Florida A&M University and the state Capitol, said he and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will support Senate legislation similar to an effort in the U.S. House led by Congressman Neal Dunn, who represents the Apalachicola Bay area. Dunn has said he will file a resolution under the Congressional Review Act to permanently block a Corps’ rule that regulates water releases in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Read the rest of this entry »

Rubio, Nelson Target Apalachicola Water Standards

by Lloyd Dunkelberger, The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsleyFollowing an adverse legal decision, Florida’s two U.S. senators have joined forces to urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to not finalize water-control standards for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin. Read the rest of this entry »

House Eyes Torrent of Legal Fees from Water War

by Lloyd Dunkelberger and Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsley legalFlorida’s stinging setback in its “water war” with Georgia is only going to add more scrutiny to the enormous legal bills the state has racked up over the past few years. Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Cotton Industry Pleased With Special Master’s Recommendation

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On February 14, 2017 Ralph Lancaster, the Special Master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to oversee the Georgia-Florida “Water Wars” dispute, ruled in Georgia’s favor. The case stems from years of legal disputes between Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. This particular case involved Florida suing Georgia via the Supreme Court and requesting Georgia cap its water consumption from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin at levels predetermined by Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

Nelson, Dunn Wade Into ‘Water War’ After Setback

by Lloyd Dunkelberger, The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsleyWith an adverse legal decision in the ongoing “water war” with Georgia, Florida congressional members on Wednesday began taking steps to reassert Florida’s claim that regional water policies are hurting Apalachicola Bay. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Suffers Setback in Water Wars

by Lloyd Dunkelberger, The News Service of Florida

florida scott money fight zika grimsleyIn a major setback to Florida, a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court sided Tuesday with Georgia in a decades-old legal fight over water flow into the Apalachicola River. Read the rest of this entry »

BREAKING NEWS: Florida “Water War’ Arguments Rejected

From: The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsleyA special master recommended Tuesday that the U.S. Supreme Court rule against Florida in a legal battle with Georgia about water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Read the rest of this entry »

Negron Water Plan Filed in House

water floridaRep. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, filed a House bill Friday to match a controversial $2.4 billion proposal — backed by Senate President Joe Negron — to buy farmland south of Lake Okeechobee. The aim of the bill (HB 761) is to prevent the return of toxic algae blooms in Treasure Coast waterways, just south of Altman’s district. Read the rest of this entry »

Political Winds

politicalEverett Griner talks about a look at the political changes ahead for farmers in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Negron Water Plan Clears First Hurdle

by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsley planSenate President Joe Negron’s plan to buy farmland south of Lake Okeechobee to try to prevent the return of toxic algae blooms in Treasure Coast waterways drew unanimous support Tuesday at its first Senate committee. Read the rest of this entry »

Sugar Farmers Balk at Selling Land for Reservoir

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsley sugar farmersSugar farmers who own land in an area targeted by Senate President Joe Negron for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee said Monday they won’t be “willing sellers” to the state. Read the rest of this entry »

Water War Outlook

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Everett Griner talks about the outlook of the continuing water war saga between Georgia and Florida in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

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