Eric Draper

South Florida Water Management District

Veteran regulator Ernie Marks takes the reins of the South Florida Water Management District at a pivotal time, says Audubon of Florida’s Eric Draper.

Republican Senator Dana Young of Tampa is making good on her campaign promise to file a statewide fracking ban.

Environmental groups are giving Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson mixed reviews as he becomes one of the latest of Governor Rick Scott's top lieutenant's to step down.

Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet agreed Tuesday to spend $16 million to preserve Horn Spring Woods, a vast, 11,000-acre swath of wilderness in Leon and Jefferson counties and the biggest purchase of its kind in more than a decade.

Sierra Club

House and Senate leaders say are patting themselves on the back for writing a new statewide water policy and spending more to restore the Everglades. But environmentalists are giving the 2016 session mixed reviews.

Sponsors of a major rewrite of the state’s water policy are claiming victory after easy passage during the first week of the legislative session. But critics are asking Governor Rick Scott for a veto. They say the bill will do little to protect Florida’s freshwater springs, Lake Okeechobee or the Everglades.

Governor Rick Scott is getting mixed reviews for pulling the plug on so-called “water farming.” Scott vetoed more than $31 million that paid landowners to pull up their crops and store polluted runoff.

After less than a week of sometimes angry budget negotiations, environmentalists are optimistic the Legislature will buy tens of thousands of acres of agricultural land for Everglades restoration.

Everglades activists are making a last-ditch effort to convince lawmakers to spend more money restoring the fabled River of Grass.  The push comes less than a week before a special session.

greenwater.com

Environmentalists scooped green sludge from polluted water in South Florida and brought it to the Capitol Tuesday to urge lawmakers to buy nearly 47 thousand acres of Everglades wilderness. 

Wiki Watchee Springs

A massive, industry friendly rewrite of state water policy continued churning through the Senate Wednesday.  Some critics contend the policy changes are a mile wide and only a few inches deep.