News of water issues in Florida

May 22, 2009

The Water Infrastructure Financing Act, passed last week by a Senate committee, authorizes $38.5 billion during the next five years for water infrastructure projects. Plus, EPA chief Lisa Jackson lays out the agency’s 2010 budget. Check out our Infrastructure Funding blog for the latest details.

In this week’s news, a bill that would give Florida homeowners unprecedented freedom to make their landscaping drought-resistant, even if they live in deed-restricted areas like Lakewood Ranch, has instead raised the ire of environmentalists, who are calling on Gov. Crist to veto the legislation.

The city of Tallahassee broke ground Wednesday on a new advanced wastewater treatment facility that officials said will help protect the region’s vital water resources, including Wakulla Springs.

And take a bunch of ground-up tires and mix with sawdust and sand. And if you do it exactly right, you can create a material that could solve some of the region’s water pollution woes while putting trashed tires to good use.

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

$88 million for water infrastructure projects in Florida

Tampa officials push for expansion of reclaimed-water system

The water war may soon be over

New plan would keep trash in Hernando

NWF State College to build new water tower

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Have a great holiday weekend!

Ron Ash”
Editor, Florida Water News
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