TC PALM: DeSantis to SFWMD: Time is running for board to resign, says he'll take next step

TC Palm: Written by Ali Schmitz. January 29, 2019.

Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday warned the five South Florida Water Management District board members who have refused to resign as he requested that "time is going to run out" before he takes further action. 

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CAPE CORAL BREEZE: Nearly a third of state’s waters polluted, experts say

Cape Coral Breeze: Written by Jesse Meadows. January 24th, 2019.

"Not a single resident in Florida lives more than 20 miles from an impaired waterway," said John Cassani, Calusa Waterkeeper, at the first Florida Water Policy Summit last Monday.

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TAMPA BAY TIMES: In Tallahassee, a new environment for environmentalism

Tampa Bay Times: Written by Cynthia Barnett and David Colburn. January 25th, 2019.

In his campaign for Florida governor that coincided with plumes of toxic algae and piles of dead fish on the state’s signature beaches, Ron DeSantis denounced pollution and declared himself a “Teddy Roosevelt-style Republican,” championing conservation as a basic conservative value.

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TC PALM: SFWMD: Can Gov. Ron DeSantis fire board members who refuse to resign?

TC Palm: Written by Ali Schmitz. January 14th, 2019.

Only the Florida Senate can remove South Florida Water Management District board members who refuse to resign immediately, as Gov. Ron DeSantis requested Thursday. 

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The Guardian: Florida: Republican 'green governor' seeks to reverse predecessor's legacy

The Guardian: Written by Richard Luscombe. January 23rd, 2019.

Barely a week after positioning himself as the new champion of Florida’s polluted waterways and beaches, the new Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, is facing an early test of the environmental credentials that have put him at odds with his predecessor, Rick Scott.

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TC PALM: Groups say funding executive order is crucial to Florida's ailing waters

TC Palm: Written by Chad Gillis. January 20, 2019.

Environmental groups say a recent $2.5 billion executive order may sound expensive but not addressing Florida's ailing waterways actually costs more.Gov. Ron DeSantis last week issued the order, which, if executed, will fund water quality projects not included in Everglades restoration plans. Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani pointed to a 2015 Florida Realtors report that showed Lee and Martin county property values are suppressed by about $900 million a year because of poor water quality as proof that the order is needed.

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NPR: 50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame At Fat

NPR: Written by Camila Domonoske. September 13, 2016.

In the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to "refute" concerns about sugar's possible role in heart disease.

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MIAMI HERALD: Florida has so far failed to fix the Everglades, feds say in legal fight over water

Miami Herald: Written by Jenny Staletovich. January 18, 2019.

Florida should not be able to pull out of a landmark legal settlement ensuring clean water reaches the Everglades before work is done and in the midst of the state’s ongoing algae crises, attorneys said this week.

In filings opposing a move by the South Florida Water Management District in November to end federal oversight of Everglades work, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Miccosukee Tribe and environmental groups claimed the settlement may be the one thing that has kept southern marshes free of the pollution that has ravaged other parts of the state.

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TAMPA BAY TIMES: DeSantis demand for all water board members' resignations is the first one by a Florida governor

Tampa Bay Times: Written by Craig Pittman. January 17, 2019.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ call last week for eight board members of the South Florida Water Management to resign marks the first time a governor has attempted to make such a sweeping change to one of the state’s five water agencies, say longtime state water experts.

“I thank you for your service ... but it is time for a clean reset on the leadership of the board,” DeSantis wrote in a letter to the board members he wanted gone.

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WMFE: A POTENTIAL WATER SHORTAGE, MONTHS AFTER MASSIVE LAKE OKEECHOBEE RELEASES TRIGGER TOXIC ALGAE

WMFE: Written by Amy Green. January 17, 2019.

Florida water managers are bracing for a potential water shortage months after massive releases from Lake Okeechobee triggered widespread toxic algae.The South Florida Water Management District says forecasts had called for a wet dry season, but instead rainfall is down by as much as 45 percent.Pete Kwiatkowski says the district is monitoring water levels, and if the conditions continue restrictions could be implemented like limits on lawn irrigation.

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