water quality

DeSantis Praised, Criticized On Environmental Spending

3 hours ago
Rachel IaCavone - WGCU

Gov. Ron DeSantis drew praise as “a true environmental leader” but was also criticized for not putting more money toward the Florida Forever program and failing to adequately prepare the state for climate change as he released a proposed $91.4 billion budget on Monday. 

Florida Officials Unveil Website To Monitor Water Quality

Nov 6, 2019

Florida officials are rolling out a new online dashboard that allows the public to get a snapshot of water quality in the state's major lakes and waterways.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the new website, protectingfloridatogether.gov , during a visit to an aquatic park in South Florida on Tuesday.

The website provides information on blue-green algae blooms and red tide, as well as providing information on key environmental projects.

Now that newly elected officials have been sworn in, local environmental groups have joined together to host an event to lay out policy that would help to eradicate Florida’s water quality woes.  

St. Petersburg is one of 25 cities getting money to go green from philanthropist and rumored presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg.


Amid concerns that leaky septic systems are polluting waterways, a Florida Republican senator filed legislation Wednesday  that would require the Florida Department of Health to identify all septic systems in the state by Jan. 1, 2021 and provide a map of the systems.

The group advising Governor-elect Ron Desantis on environmental issues met Monday for the first time. Members focused on water quality and supply.


Early voting starts Wednesday in Hernando County, and Brooksville residents will have the opportunity to vote on whether they want to continue to have fluoride in their water.

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As they address environmental issues on the campaign trail, Florida’s gubernatorial candidates are all for doing what is necessary to eliminate toxic algae outbreaks and for preserving natural springs and rivers.

A bill that would have allowed the city of Tampa to increase its water supply has dried up in the state legislature. Some feared it would have reignited the area's water wars.

Every session, Florida lawmakers fight over funding for a river, storm water system or sewage plant in their district. But an environmentalist wants to change that process.

The legal fight between Florida and Georgia over water flow into the Apalachicola River will move before the full U.S. Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget have some people on edge, especially in Florida. People associated with the Environmental Defense Fund or EDF aired grievances Tuesday morning. The proposed budget goes into effect Oct. 1, but  people from the EDF say now is the time to act.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is touting $50 million to protect the state’s springs.  But that’s not the only effort state officials are working on.  In Jackson County there’s one program geared toward farmers.

 

A lot of people in South Florida buy bottled water for drinking -- they don’t get it from the tap. In part, it’s a cultural thing. In many other countries, people don’t drink tap water because of concerns about contamination and they continue this habit even after moving here. 

A small town in Gadsden County is touting the outcome of a grant to improve water quality.

Environmentalists are hoping a recent state appellate ruling will make it easier to challenge Florida’s controversial new water quality standards.

For years, a widely circulated article by AOL Daily Finance has raised alarms with its claim that Jacksonville has the 10th worst drinking water in the country.

A waste management company wants to drill a new well in Jackson County.

Every county in Southwest Florida has logged at least one violation according to a new report on the nation’s tap water. Some had as many as six.

To improve water quality near shore, the Florida Keys has spent hundreds of millions over the last 20 years upgrading wastewater treatment systems and improving how stormwater is handled.

The Dutch have famously fought the water for hundreds of years, giving them a reputation for water management. But for all the novel solutions Dutch engineers have produced, lowland areas in The Netherlands face rising sea levels, sinking land through subsidence, high river discharge, and water quality issues linked with agriculture.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson is insisting his department followed the book when it adopted highly controversial new water quality standards.

A Panhandle environmental group opposed to Florida’s sweeping new water quality standards is asking a federal judge to intervene.

Tucked inside a massive multi-billion federal waterworks bill is funding for a project proponents say is vital to the future of South Florida: the Central Everglades Planning Project.

The $1.9 billion dollars for CEPP, split between the federal and state government, is part of the $10 billion Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act. The CEPP plan will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to put forward a "a suite of restoration projects in the central Everglades."

Everglades Water Quality Nearly At Acceptable Levels

Dec 19, 2016
Associated Press

After more than two decades of work to restore water quality in the Florida Everglades it’s now nearing federal and state standards.

Two North Florida lawmakers met with Wakulla County residents Thursday to hear their concerns ahead of the upcoming legislative session.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has lost an initial legal challenge to Florida’s controversial new water quality standards, but now the Clean Water Network is about to wade into the fray.

Seminole Tribe Challenges Water Standards

Aug 10, 2016
Ebyabe via Wikimedia Commons

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has filed a legal challenge against controversial new state water-quality standards, arguing they don't adequately take into account the amount of fish and other wildlife eaten by tribal members.

Florida’s Environmental Regulation Commission is set to vote Tuesday on new proposed levels of pollutants in surface water.


Photo: Wedgefield Homeowner's Association.

When voters pick new Orange County commissioners this election, one issue will be front and center for east Orange residents: Water quality.

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