Monthly Archives: July 2012

Hey, Buddy! Want me to buy you a wellfield?

An Administrative Law Judge just ruled that the Northwest Florida Water Management District comprehensively failed to meet the key statutory criteria for issuing a wellfield permit to Bay County. Judge David M. Maloney (Case No. 10-2983) found that the proposed … Continue reading

Posted in Budget and finance, FDEP, NWFWMD, Water policy, Water use | 2 Comments

Third-best solutions

We are traveling in the Pacific Northwest for several weeks and both time and internet connections are in short supply. Maybe that helped me step back and think about how so many water disputes in Florida are really about the … Continue reading

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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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Paying for water what it is worth

Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach is attempting to withdraw over 13 million gallons of water a day for a cattle ranch near Silver Springs. That has raised justifiable concern. His business decision about water use is plausible only because Florida charges … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture and water, Florida water resources, SJRWMD, Water conservation, Water use fee | 3 Comments