TC PALM: Nikki Fried, new Ag Commissioner, vows to get tougher on water quality | Thumb up

TC Palm: Written by Treasure Coast Newspapers Editorial Board. January 10th, 2019.

Complaining that "there has been no enforcement of best management practices," Florida’s new Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has vowed to take a leadership role on water quality issues, including enforcement of agricultural water quality regulations.

Fried — the only statewide elected Democrat and the first Democrat to serve on the elected Cabinet in eight years — told Politico her department has a "tremendous" impact on water quality. Her ascent to office comes on the heels of two huge water crises — the red tide that fouled much of the Gulf Coast for much of 2017-18; and the toxic algae blooms that once again choked the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries last summer.

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