PALM BEACH POST: Water district wields heavy hand against Audubon

PALM BEACH POST: September 6, 2016. Written by The Editorial Board.

There appears to be a new atmosphere at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and not a good one. The agency charged with environmental restoration, water supply and flood protection in 16 counties is taking a jarringly adversarial tone that smacks of a political war room.

Recently, the agency lashed out at the head of Audubon of Florida, who had the gall to suggest that the district use its own, ample reserves rather than insist that the federal government pay for the removal of invasive plant species that are seriously eroding the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, the only remnant of the northern Everglades in Palm Beach County.

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