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Monday, October 31, 2011

St. Johns water district eases permitting to tap aquifer

Published October 30, 2011 Orlando Sentinel Since the Scott administration's downsizing of the region's water-management district, the refocused agency has started making permit concessions that its staff previously would have rejected as potentially harmful to Florida's watery environment. In seeking to protect the region's drinking water from saltwater intrusion, and its wetlands, springs, rivers and lakes from running dry, the district has become increasingly assertive in recent years in coaxing utilities to cap their already heavy reliance on low-cost but limited water supplies in the Floridan Aquifer — a layer of porous, underground rock replenished by rainfall — and instead tap more-expensive sources such as the St. Johns River and recycled sewage. Source

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Editorial: Water and taxes

Published October 25, 2011 The Gainesville Sun
Cutting budgets and making the permitting process easier for monied interests no doubt plays well to Scott's core constituencies. But if he really wants to bring meaningful policies he will turn his attention to protecting our water supply, developing new sources of water and helping clean up the more than half of Florida's waterways that are polluted.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Paddlers unite on Suwannee River

Published October 19, 2011 Suwannee Democrat
Kayaks abound from the Spirit of Suwannee arrived at Ivey Memorial Park in Branford on Monday afternoon in the Paddle Florida trip on the Suwannee River, en route to Manatee Springs State Park.

Paddle Florida emerged in 2007 under Richards’ guidance. This is the fourth annual fall trip for the Suwannee River that started on Oct. 13 and will finish on Oct. 20. The Suwannee River Paddle trip is 123 miles from Spirit of Suwannee to Manatee Springs State Park.