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In this week’s news, the counties that make up the St. Johns River Water Management District have at least one problem in common: There’s a good chance none of them will have enough water in 20 years unless they find new sources or conserve what they have. But state water managers will hold a series of meetings starting this month in hopes of altering this dire future.

In anticipation of future hurricanes, University of Florida researchers used high- and low-tech sampling and measuring systems to determine how the four larger 2004 storms — Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne — have affected water quality in a tidal creek.

And from agricultural and energy company boardrooms to university laboratories, excitement is building over the potential for large-scale biofuel production. But a new study by forestry researchers at the University of Florida raises an important question: Does the state have enough water to supply thirsty energy crops?

Here are a few of the other stories making news across the state:

Water-use, wetland permits now decided by SFWMD administrator
A year later, U.S. Sugar deal euphoria fades
Florida wrestles with its python problem
Health department warns about deadly amoeba
Water officials say delays could scrap federal Everglades deal

Plenty of news from around the world,  updated twice daily.

Welcome to our newest readers:

Kathleen Greenwood, environmental consultant, Florida DEP, Tallahassee
Scott Brown, principal, Green Energy Services, Tampa
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Ron AshEditor, Florida Water News
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