Category Archives: Rulemaking

Good water law; weak implementation

Among other statutory requirements, a Florida water use permit can be issued only if it is in the “public interest” and only if the amount is for no more than “is necessary for economic and efficient utilization.” Unfortunately, these requirements … Continue reading

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Water Congress (2008), Water 2030 (2010), and WMD Policy Documents (2012)

Thoreau noted in Walden that, “In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.” If we look at current water policy efforts in Florida, we … Continue reading

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One reason why Florida water management is unrepresentative of Floridians

To only a limited degree do Florida water management laws represent the views of Floridians. One party in the Legislature (the Republicans) recently passed many measures to weaken policies for water management districts, for regulation of septic tanks, for water … Continue reading

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Water is just like oil and gas?

A couple of previous posts touched on how water is managed where current Florida governor Rick Scott “comes from” and where he draws inspiration. In Florida, “water constitutes a public resource benefiting the entire state.” In direct contrast, the Texas … Continue reading

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Let’s get more of that water consistency stuff?

The governor and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection both have called for more “consistency” in the policies and programs of the water management districts. However, one of the main benefits of regionally-focused water management is being able to be … Continue reading

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