Maybe it all is working exactly as designed. All of the Florida water “problems” are either created deliberately or are deemed acceptable tradeoffs for other higher priorities.
Too much nitrogen contamination from septic tanks? That is just too bad, buddy, we must protect the freedom to pollute for millions of homeowners. Springs with declining flows? Friend, that is just evidence of putting groundwater to human uses. Tax breaks and price incentives for withdrawing too much water? Can’t stop!–It feels too good and is politically beneficial to give stuff away.
Policies can be changed, however, with sufficient pressure. Reverend Peyton visits Florida sometimes and offers a bit of related wisdom: