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Water Management Districts Move Forward with North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan

Published: November 8th, 2016

By: John L. Wharton

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 […]

Florida Legislature Passes Long-awaited Water Bill

Published: January 15th, 2016

By: John L. Wharton

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 […]

FLWAC Rejects Challenge to Water Management District Policy Shift

Published: September 29th, 2015

By: John L. Wharton

On September 29, after an hour of public comment and legal wrangling, the Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission, rejected a challenge to the St. Johns River Management District’s (“SJRWMD” or the “District”) determination that some surface water withdrawals could be classified as Alternative Water Supplies. The Petitioners’ primary […]

Pending Case Tests Which Water Supply Sources May Be Designated As “Nontraditional”

Published: September 10th, 2015

By: John L. Wharton

Pending Case Tests Which Water Supply Sources May Be Designated As “Nontraditional”   A potentially important case, which is been pending before the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission (FLWAC) for several years, may be heating up. The case is pending before FLWAC under its jurisdiction to review water management district orders which raise issues […]

Central Florida Water Initiative Plan Provides Long-Range Strategy for Central Florida Region

Published: June 25th, 2015

By: Michael D. Minton

Central Florida Water Initiative Plan Provides Long-Range Strategy for Central Florida Region By Michael D. Minton While much attention was given to several big water proposals in the Florida Legislature this year, another far-reaching regional water conservation and planning effort has been moving forward without too many people appreciating its importance. The Central Florida Water […]

Florida Legislature Tackles Comprehensive Water Policy Update

Published: March 20th, 2015

By: Michael D. Minton

Water legislation moving through the Florida Legislature will greatly reshape and modernize water management policies in Florida. Across the state, there are a wide array of issues – too much surface water in some areas, juxtaposed by not enough drinking water for our growing population. And, the water quality issues impacting some springs and estuaries. The […]