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Thursday, January 24, 2013

State leaders must act to save ailing springs, rivers

Published 1/23/2012 Orlando Sentinel
The state's first major program to protect environmentally sensitive land from development, Preservation 2000, was launched in 1990 by then-Republican Gov. Bob Martinez. The program's successor, Florida Forever, began under Republican Gov. Jeb Bush. Leaders from both parties were proud to call themselves environmentalists.

Despite such dire reports on the condition of Florida waterways, there's been no sign of urgency in the state capital. Last month a federal judge had to order state and federal environmental agencies to implement water-pollution limits that have been on the table since 1998. A movement is growing among citizens to force lawmakers to restore the funding they've cut from Florida Forever.

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