With the renewed focus on water projects due to discharges from Lake Okeechobee and a recent surge in blue/green algae, there is also a renewed effort to involve private interests in the development of these projects. This series of articles addresses exceptions to the general rule that government payments received by private landowners as a […]
On November 2nd, the stakeholder advisory committee of the North Florida Regional Water Supply Project, a joint effort of the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Suwannee River Water Management District, met for the last time. On November 3rd, the Suwannee River Water Management District held a public workshop on the draft North […]
If you want to get the attention of your elected officials in Florida, make sure there is an event that may adversely affect the tourism industry! The State of Florida receives (on average) between 50 – 60 inches of rain each year. Currently, our water management system is designed primarily as a drainage system with […]
Dean Mead’s Agribusiness Team has been assisting clients in Florida realize value from their land for over 35 years. Michael Minton, Pete Dunbar and Dean Saunders talk about innovative projects and public-private partnerships that are truly making a difference by preserving state water resources for future generations.
A recent NASA study published in the journal Science analyzed data gathered by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) twin satellites when measuring the amount of water stored around the Earth. The study shows that while the ice sheets and glaciers continue to melt, the Earth’s thirsty continents have soaked up and stored more […]
By now, the issue of nutrients in Florida’s waters is well-recognized. Runoff from urban and agricultural systems and the loss of natural wetlands have combined to raise levels of nutrients, primarily phosphorus and nitrogen, in natural systems. These can lead to blooms of algae and general imbalances of the systems. In estuaries, such as the […]
Gov. Rick Scott signed one of the more important water bills in Florida’s history on January 21, and while it has benefits for the entire state, it is particularly important for Central Florida. The law is an affirmation of everything we’ve been doing to address water conservation and supply in Central Florida. The earlier version […]
In the face of opposition from some environmental groups and newspaper editorial writers, on January 13, the second day of the 2016 legislative session, the Florida Senate cleared SB 552, characterized by its supporters as a comprehensive water protection bill. The next day, the House followed suit. A veto of the bill by Gov. Scott […]