As we surmised, Tom indeed is familiar with the awesome document put together by Mr. Maloney et al., which is surely more than adequate to protect Florida’s wonderful waters.
But in spite of this great body of wisdom, our springs, rivers and aquifer continue to diminish and suffer. If only we could put into practice what we have written in our guidelines. Why don’t we? To whom should we direct this question?
Perhaps we should start with our honorable elected legislators, then our governor, next our distinguished appointed DEP officials and water managers, ad nauseam, ad infinitum.
On December 03, 2014 at 07:04PM, Tom at Watery Foundation published the following article:
Conceivably, it might be desirable to add more tools to the Florida water law toolbox. We should keep in mind, however, that the 160,000 words in the current Water Resources Act are the product of four decades of refinement. The statute already contains many, many tools for effective water management, including some never used at all or used very rarely. A number of those available tools, like reservations of water and use zoning, could do a lot of good if applied more often and appropriately.
Rather than create more legal tools for a water policy toolbox already full of them, it would be wiser to select the right tool already at hand. No reason to duplicate an existing tool or invent a left-handed screwdriver.