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Ag’s Past Water Quality Successes Not in Today’s SFWMD “Discussion”

Dan Cooper Florida, Lake Okeechobee, Water

Areas north of Lake Okeechobee can expect increased attention as debates about water-quality issues and who should do what about them continue in South Florida. At a gathering about the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Protection Plan (LOWPP) Thursday in Okeechobee, it became apparent that the vast investments the area’s farmers, ranchers and dairy producers have been making in water-quality projects for …

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Some Ag Facts Left Out of New SFWMD Discussion

Dan Cooper Environment, Florida, Lake Okeechobee, Water

by Gary Cooper The brand new governing board of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is revisiting the mission of the agency that spans 16 counties with a huge network of canals, pumps, levees and structures. Agricultural interests are concerned that this new board will adopt a mission that places the environment ahead of water supply and flood protection. …

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Former SFWMD Gov. Board Member Talks Flood Control, Misinformation and Ag Concerns

Dan Cooper Environment, Florida, Water

This is the final installment in a series about the recent dismantling, and complete replacement underway of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board. As the debate about South Florida’s water woes continues to grow almost as fast as the Florida population, farmers and ranchers around the state are starting to wonder what these abrupt changes at SFWMD might …

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Former SFWMD Governing Board Member Notes Ag’s New Absence

Dan Cooper Florida, Water

Family farmer Sam Accursio from Homestead was among the last four remaining South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board members who spoke their minds bluntly during their final board meeting last month. Accursio’s family has been farming vegetables in Homestead for generations. He says recent actions and operational decisions could indicate a change of direction for the regional flood …

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DeSantis Makes Appointments to SFWMD

Dan Cooper Environment, Industry News Release, Water

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Charlette Roman, Charlie Martinez and Cheryl Anne Meads to the board of the South Florida Water Management District in Naples. The governor was joined by all three appointees as well as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection Noah Valenstein. “I’m pleased to announce the appointments of Charlie Martinez, Cheryl Anne Meads and …

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Executive Resigns, Politics Exposed at SFWMD Board Meeting

Dan Cooper Water

Soon-to-exit South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board members offered parting comments at the SFWMD governing board meeting in West Palm Beach. The entire board was asked to resign and put under pressure to do so by Gov. Ron DeSantis and South Florida Congressman Brian Mast, who is advising the governor on agricultural and environmental issues. The resignations were …

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Key Facts and Direct Ag Input Missing at South Florida Water Board Workshop

Dan Cooper Florida, Water

by Gary Cooper It was a packed house Wednesday as the new crop of South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board members met in West Palm Beach for their first workshop. Input from the audience was tightly controlled. Even though there was an expert on the guest panel who is involved in working with agriculture in the region, agriculture …