Today Tom asks the question “Shouldn’t every Floridian be allowed to contribute to changes in state government water policy?”
Indeed, we think so, and that is why OSFR is present at most water management board meetings, requesting moratoria on excessive CUPs and WUPs, and the like. As I have said endlessly, our pleas fall on deaf ears, but they fall on ears.
If we had no hope, we would quit going and asking. But with the current people in charge, we have low expectations.
On March 18, 2015 at 06:17PM, Tom at Watery Foundation published the following article:
What is FDEP all about? In the hagiography that Herschel Vinyard left behind him, his three “priorities” are called “fundamental goals”:
- Improve the regulatory process,
- Increase access to our award-winning state parks,
- “Get the water right.” (p.1)
The current FDEP homepage, without explanation, rephrases the Big Three:
- Developing a consistent and effective regulatory process.
- Ensuring the quality and quantity of our state’s water resources.
- Increasing the access to our award-winning state parks.
Did the public have any role in picking the original “three priorities”? Is there an explanation for the revisions? Do we know, after four years, what additional changes in the “regulatory process” are being considered? Was there an advisory committee of the general public or of experts? A website to solicit opinion? The circulation of draft priorities and subsequent revision? Any explanation of how these “priorities” influence the current House and Senate water bills?
Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, and nope. Shouldn’t every Floridian be allowed to contribute to changes in state government water policy?