In the News, February 24, 2013

Senator Bob Graham appeared on NPR to discuss Speak Up Wekiva and the problems facing the Wekiva River. Read and listen to Former Senator Bob Graham sounds alarm for springs.

The Orlando Sentinel's Kevin Spear reports on the Speak Up Wekiva event that drew over 1,200 people last week to support the preservation and restoration of Florida's imperiled waters. Read Wekiva River lovers rally for elusive goal: Return of unspoiled natural jewel.

Bruce Ritchie reports in the Florida Current on a troubling new bill being considered in the Florida legislature that would increase the role of agriculture in water management district decisions. Read Senate bill would expand the role of agriculture in water supply planning.

The Ocala Star Banner published a wonderful editorial criticizing Senator Alan Hays for proposing a new bill that would effectively curtail the purchase of new conservation lands in Florida. Read Hays' overreach

Eve Samples of TCPalm writes in favor of the Florida Water and Land Legacy Amendment. Read Land-preservation push is worth a shot.

The Gainesville Sun's Kristine Crane reports on a survey conducted by the University of Florida that finds that water quality is of crucial importance to most Floridians. Read the full story here.

Bruce Ritchie reports in the Florida Current on the withdrawal of a bill to allow oil drilling in Blackwater River State Forest due to public concern over the proposal. Read the full story here.

Brittni Johnson of the Winter Park Observer reports on Speak Up Wekiva. Read  Rallying to save the Wekiva River.

The Orlando Sentinel published an interview with FCC Chairman Bob Graham. Read Protecting Florida's waterways.

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board strongly criticizes Governor Scott and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for refusing to accept a prized piece of conservation land. Read Troubling environmental about-face.

The Tampa Bay Times Craig Pittman also reports on the puzzling decision to pass up the valued conservation land near the mouth of the Peace River. Read Company offers Florida a free state park, but Florida DEP says no.

Ron Cunningham writes to the Gainesville Sun concerning the work of 1,000 Friends of Florida and the Florida Conservation Coalition to combat some of the most reckless and damning legislation proposed for this legislative session. Read Cities and Counties propose and the legislature disposes.

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