A thanksgiving for water in Florida

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we can be grateful for many things about water in Florida. A few examples:

  • Drinking water is safe and widely available at a low price (unlike much of the world’s population).
  • No one literally fights over access to water in Florida (despite our metaphorical talk about “water wars”).
  • Many Florida springs, aside from water quality issues, are better managed and better protected today than in the past.
  • Land acquisition programs of the last several decades have placed many miles of river frontage in public ownership, as well as other large areas of hydrological importance.
  • The Kissimmee River restoration project demonstrated an ability to vastly improve a damaged river.
  • Floridians and Americans continue to care about the Everglades and are at last making noticeable progress in restoration.

Across Florida, there are many other water facts for which to feel thankful.

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Comments
  • Lucille November 23, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Thanks, Tom. It’s important to be reminded of the good things about water in Florida — and all the more reason for us to be mindful of not losing what we have.

  • Tom November 23, 2021 at 9:42 am

    So true. Let me add something-I am appreciative of the people that I have gotten to know after leaving FDEP and who are also interested in Florida’s future. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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