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 …
Rep. 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.
Everett Griner talks about a look at the political changes ahead for farmers in today’s Agri View.
By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Sugar 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.
by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Senate President Joe Negron appeared willing Tuesday to look beyond sugar farmland to carry out his proposal to acquire 60,000 acres to reduce the flow of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into estuaries on both coasts.
by Dara Kam, News Service of Florida Senate President Joe Negron resigned from his law firm to avoid a possible conflict of interest over the Republican leader’s advocacy on a water issue that has put him directly at odds with one of the firm’s biggest clients.
by Jim Turner, News Service of Florida A measure to bond $100 million a year in voter-approved dollars for the purchase of 60,000 acres of farmland south of Lake Okeechobee — land that owners have expressed an unwillingness to sell — was introduced Thursday in the Senate.
by Brad Buck, UF/IFAS Sources: Melissa Kreye, Damian Adams, UF/IFAS Voters are likely to approve referenda for forest and water conservation in the eastern United States, including Florida, because demand for ecosystem protection is increasing, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study.
From: News Service of Florida A coalition that includes two state House members and a former congressman announced Monday it will fight for money to protect waterways in North Florida as Senate President Joe Negron tries to move forward with an ambitious proposal to spend heavily on cleaning waters in South Florida.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule has been back in the news again lately. With the new administration taking over, some are looking forward to hopefully seeing a possible withdrawal of it. But legal action against the rule continues, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Environmental Counsel Scott Yager gives an update on where that currently …