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Governor provides Amendment 1 spending breakdown

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTS Gov. Rick Scott’s office on Thursday provided a breakdown of how the governor requests $757 million provided by Amendment 1 be spent in the 2015-16 state budget. Amendment 1, approved by voters in November, provides one third of the revenue from an excise tax on real estate transactions to the […]

Georgia claims Florida is responsible for collapse of Apalachicola Bay oysters

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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BY BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS Georgia is denying it caused the decline of oysters in Apalachicola Bay beginning in 2012 and says Florida is responsible for environmental problems along the Apalachicola River. Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been battling in court since 1990 over water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system. Florida contends that increasing water use […]

Senate president says five-year land-buying work plan needed

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM Sen. President Andy Gardiner said Thursday that a five-year planning process for land purchases and water projects may be a good idea following voter approval last month of Amendment 1. The amendment provides one-third of revenue from an excise tax on real estate to water and land conservation. Amendment 1 was […]

Georgia governor creates water wars office while Florida names outspoken environmental chief

Friday, December 12, 2014

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday he is establishing a new office to coordinate the state’s efforts on two fronts in water wars with Alabama and Florida. Also on Thursday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott named Jon Steverson, the outspoken executive director of the Northwest Florida Water Management District, to lead the […]

“Thirsty City” traces history of Atlanta’s water crisis and fight with Florida

Friday, November 21, 2014

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM Atlanta created its own legal mess over water because in 1950, then-Mayor William B. Hartsfield refused to spend a little more than $1 million to help pay for Lake Lanier, writes Skye Borden in “Thirsty City: Politics, Greed and the Making of Atlanta’s Water Crisis.” Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been locked in a legal […]

US Supreme Court accepts Florida’s water lawsuit

Monday, November 3, 2014

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM The U. S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed Florida’s lawsuit against Georgia over water use to move forward, at least long enough for Georgia to file a response. Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been battling in federal court over water from the Apalachiciola-Chattahoochee Flint River system. A year ago, Florida Gov. […]

Seafood industry raises concerns about Florida inaction as Georgia groups knock water policies there

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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BY BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM Apalachicola Bay seafood industry representatives said this week they’re concerned by a lack of action by Florida to protect oysters there while Georgia environmental groups critized their state for policies that the groups say are increasing tensions in the tri-state water wars. Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been fighting in federal […]

Fla. ag commissioner says he would support possible move to close Apalachicola Bay oyster harvest

Friday, September 19, 2014

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on Friday offered support for state wildlife officials as they whether decide to close Apalachicola Bay to oyster harvesting. Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been fighting in federal court over water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system since 1990. Last Oct. 1, Florida asked the U. S. Supreme Court […]

With Apalachicola Bay oysters continuing to suffer, state further tightens harvesting

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM APALACHICOLA — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is sharply reducing the number of oysters that can be taken from Apalachicola Bay because the oyster population there remains low. And some seafood workers are warning that oysters soon could be wiped out in a key harvesting area. State officials in […]

Congressional candidates agree on Apalachicola River’s importance but not how to protect it

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM APALACHICOLA — Both candidates in the race for Congress in the Florida Panhandle say the Apalachicola River and the tri-state water wars are an important issue for voters in the district. Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been fighting in federal court since 1990 over water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint system. Last year, […]