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Scott's DEP blocks water districts from buying property

Little noticed thus far in Gov. Rick Scott's maneuvers against water management districts is the unprecedented blocking of land purchases in at least two districts: Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) and the Suwannee River Water Management District. A Sunday story from the St. Petersburg Times' Pasco Times' Lee Logan detailed how the Department of Environmental Protection approved a Swiftmud purchase in May and then rescinded it. The Times' editorial board weighed in on Wednesday "....Environmental advocates cannot recall a previous administration overruling the technical expertise of water management districts in land-buying decisions. Florida's regional water management districts were designed so that scientists most familiar with natural systems could implement sound policy with minimal political tampering. Scott's maneuvers also break from the state's decadeslong, bipartisan commitment to land conservation....." Full editorial here.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 3:55pm]

    

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