Monthly Archives: August 2011

The water management districts are “only mostly dead”

I am still mostly out of internet communication but saw how the Secretary of FDEP and Governor Rick Scott are celebrating another attack on the water management districts. In today’s political environment, generalized budget cuts to government are very popular. … Continue reading

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Going on a trip

My wife and I are going to western South Dakota (Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, etc.). I appreciate all of the people who read this site but posts will be few until the middle of September. A few administrative … Continue reading

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Lowered credit rating: for the South Florida Water Management District

Florida politicians are winning the race of irresponsibility. This last week, Standard & Poor’s lowered (pdf) the credit rating for United States government securities from AAA to AA+. This reflected their opinion that the recent budget deal “falls short” what … Continue reading

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Climate change: down the memory hole

The job of the Florida Climate and Energy Commission was transferred this last legislative session to Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam. No, that doesn’t make any sense. Yes, you know why it happened. Previous work in Florida on climate … Continue reading

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Rainwater Harvesting Ordinances?

The City of Tucson adopted in 2008 a very important water conservation ordinance. New commercial developments must be constructed so as to get at least 50% of their yearly landscape water from their own rainwater harvesting systems. That reduces water … Continue reading

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