Clean and Healthy Waters

‘Clean and Healthy Waters’ Initiative Proposed?

Dan Florida, Irrigation, Legislative, Regulation, Water, Wetland

(NSF/Tallahassee/April 25, 2022) — A political committee has filed a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a “fundamental right to clean and healthy waters” and allow lawsuits against state agencies for harm or threatened harm to lakes, rivers, wetlands and other types of water bodies. The committee FloridaRighttoCleanWater.org has proposed the initiative for the 2024 ballot, according to newly posted information …

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Environmental Changes Teed Up for Florida Budget Talks

Dan Environment, Florida, Irrigation, Lake Okeechobee, Legislative, Regulation, Water, Wetland

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE/Feb. 22, 2022) — A controversial environmental bill the Senate massaged last week after outcries from Everglades activists, fishing guides and Gov. Ron DeSantis is ready to become part of budget talks with the House. With little comment, the House on Tuesday, took up the bill (SB 2508) and nine other Senate measures and positioned them for negotiations that will …

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WOTUS Discussed During Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention

Dan Cattle, Georgia, Irrigation, Water, WOTUS Act

Cattle producers in Georgia were able to get a Washington legislative update this week as National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President of Government Affairs, Ethan Lane, was in the Southeast speaking at the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Savannah. He talked about various issues of importance to those in the cattle industry, including the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) …

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Florida Senate Passes Revamped Water Bill

Dan Florida, Irrigation, Legislative, Water

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE/Feb. 17, 2022) — With a key lawmaker saying he wanted to clarify and counter “purposeful misinformation,” the Senate on Thursday changed a controversial measure that critics said could affect Everglades restoration projects. The measure (SB 2508) had drawn opposition from Gov. Ron DeSantis and critics such as fishing guides who raced to the Capitol to appear in the Senate …

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ACEP Working to Protect Wetlands in Florida

Dan Conservation, Environment, Florida, Irrigation, USDA-NRCS, Water, Wetland

While wetlands are some of Florida’s treasures, over the years we’ve seen an acreage decrease of nearly half. According to a U.S Fish and Wildlife Service report, over 20 million wetland acres have been lost since settlers began draining and diking them back in the 19th century. And of course now, population growth continues to threaten what remains. USDA’s Natural Resources …

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NASDA Asks EPA to Suspend Action on WOTUS Rulemaking

Dan Irrigation, Legislative, Water, WOTUS Act

As many farm and agriculture groups submitted comments on the EPA’s proposed changes to the Waters of the U.S. rule, The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) asked the EPA to suspend the rule-making process. The comment period on the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency closed Monday. In NASDA’s comments sent to EPA, CEO Ted McKinney urged …

Alabama Irrigation Questionnaire Due Monday

Dan Alabama, Irrigation, Water

The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI) reminds producers who performed agriculture irrigation upgrades in 2021 to complete an irrigation questionnaire. But, those questionnaires are due January 31st. ADAI’s Hassey Brooks says any producer who made improvements to irrigation on their farm in 2021 should fill one out. Ultimately, the Alabama Department of Revenue will issue the irrigation tax credit, but …

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EPA Advisory Panel Recommends Limited WOTUS Definition, Protection for Ag Features

Dan Irrigation, Water

An EPA advisory panel recommends the agency continue to protect water rule exemptions for farm features, as it rewrites the Navigable Waters Protection Rule that replaced WOTUS. EPA’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities advisory panel calls for a clear and limited WOTUS definition with exemptions for ditches, stock ponds, prairie potholes and prior converted cropland, though it’s no guarantee EPA …

Environmental Groups Wary of Senate ‘Heartland’ Plan

Dan Conservation, Environment, Florida, Irrigation, Water, Wetland

(TALLAHASSEE/January 18, 2022) — Florida lawmakers could further carve up the use of voter-approved conservation money, after a Leon County circuit judge this month rejected a challenge by environmental groups to how money has been spent. The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday approved a measure (SB 1400) that would provide $20 million a year to help protect …