Joint Governing Board Meeting to Approve NFRWSP Plus FSC Protest

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When first the Suwannee River and then the St Johns River managers voted away swiftly and smoothly in just a heartbeat the fate of our springs and aquifer for the next two decades, there was an audible groan from caring hearts in the audience.



The result of four years work by the joint effort of two water districts to approve the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan came to a culmination today in Alachua when the governing boards met and unanimously voted to approve it.  Mr. John Steverson, the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, one step away from Gov. Rick Scott, expressed enthusiastic approval of the plan.  Subsequently, the two chairs, Quincy and Miklos,  allowed public comment, which was mostly against, but some, such as the big water users, praised the plan.

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Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson         Karen Chadwick      Lisa Rinaman      Debbie Segal

We have posted various times on this site about the plan, which is considered flawed by probably all environmental groups.   This is a case where there is pressure on the water managers to restore our springs and rivers, and at the same time continue the same modus operandi of giving out huge quantities of groundwater, faced by even more and more users demanding that their water needs be met.  An impossible task, as the governing boards have been told repeatedly by the public.

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Bob Knight organized the protest                                                             SRWMD Executive Director Noah Valenstein

As we return to the real world, we thank all those who came to speak for our water, even though it mattered little, some from far away.  We especially thank those who spoke up and told the managers they are not doing their job,  that their plan will fail, as most surely it will.  Perhaps, among all the back-patting and praising the managers did among themselves, one or two heard the public interest.  Perhaps not.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life:  once taken, it cannot be brought back-

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Ann Shortelle                                       OSFR Bill Latham                      Carlos Herd

DEP Secretary Steverson telling the water boards they have done a great job.  Front row, Valenstein, Reeves, Herd, Minnis, Snider.


  1. I couldn’t be there for this meeting but I’m grateful to all the water protectors who showed up and spoke out. Unfortunately, the true role of the Water Management Districts is not to protect and conserve the water or to serve the public interest. Their mission is to distribute the water and enhance the profits of private commercial interests by issuing more pumping permits. This plan will inevitably fail, and the costs of the failure will be borne by the public, and by our precious ecosystems. Sad.

  2. They continue to issue permits and create more problems then they plan for expensive engineering solutions that we will have to pay for. It’s almost like they are doing it on purpose!

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