Tampa Bay Times: Written by Craig Pittman. July 15, 2017. The head of the state agency overseeing the multi-billion-dollar Everglades restoration project said this week he will no longer let his employees cooperate with the top scientists who are supposed to be advising the project. South Florida Water Management District executive director Pete Antonacci declared at a public meeting Thursday that his agency will no longer work with the National Academies of Science — one of the nation's premier scientific organizations — because science advisers there won't "tend to their knitting." Antonacci told his agency's governing board that he's angry at scientists poking their noses into things that don't concern them and won't back off. "I regard that as simply a line in the sand," Antonacci told the governing board at the end of its West Palm Beach meeting. "I have informed them we are not going to participate" in a scheduled meeting next month. Continue reading "Everglades restoration project leader tells top scientists: Stay in your lane"read moreSun Sentinel: Written by Andy Reid. July 13, 2017. The state of Florida is threatening to stop cooperating with a team of independent scientists that monitors progress on Everglades restoration for Congress. Scientists for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report to Congress about the $16 billion state and federal effort to clean up water pollution and restore water flows to the famed River of Grass. The group in December warned that the effects of climate change could require adding more water storage alternatives to Everglades restoration plans. State officials have objected to the group’s findings, saying the committee shouldn’t be suggesting changes that could lead to more studies and delays of Everglades restoration projects. Continue reading "Florida may break from scientists who issued climate change warning about Everglades"read more
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