Monthly Archives: May 2011

June 1, 1881: Hamilton Disston buys 4 million acres of Florida

Hamilton Disston, the son of the founder of Disston & Sons Saw Works, changed Florida’s water history. On June 1, 1881, 130 years ago, the Board of Trustees of the state’s Internal Improvement Trust Fund agreed (pdf) to sell him … Continue reading

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“Where I’m from, rainwater can be caught with a two-dollar bucket”?

Governor Rick Scott had fun ridiculing and then vetoing an appropriation of $250,000 to a state agency  to develop a plan “for rain water harvesting and water reuse to achieve annual cost savings of at least 25 percent from the … Continue reading

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We are learning just how partisan and political water management can be

Please excuse me for being determinedly naive. I had thought that Florida water management was in large measure nonpartisan, nonpolitical, and technocratic. That was the case a couple of decades ago but I see now that the times are very … Continue reading

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New article on agriculture and water

Florida Trend just put online Cynthia Barnett’s new article about the state’s agricultural economy. She noticed my March 17 post and checked with Alan Hodges. He is the principal author at the University of Florida of an often misrepresented report. … Continue reading

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Radical change at the Southwest Florida Water Management District

During a meeting yesterday, the governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District reversed a unique district policy established the same day the district was created in 1961: “Basin Boards” to represent the interests of areas smaller than the … Continue reading

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