Florida’s new governor gets strict on the state’s water problems
January 21, 2019 By The Gainesville Sun
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis used his opening week in office to underscore a campaign pledge to tackle Florida’s deepening environmental problems, such as the Red Tide, a cluster of algal blooms off the state coast.
The day after DeSantis was sworn-in as governor, a state Senate panel heard a presentation from Florida Atlantic University research scientist Brian Lapointe, who attributes much of the state’s water woes to the 2.6 million septic tanks in use. Lapointe’s research, backed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, downplays the impact of nutrient runoff from agriculture — particularly the sugar industry near Lake Okeechobee — as a source of water pollution.
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