VoteWater Deep Dive

VoteWater Deep Dive: What is Florida going to do with all this sewage sludge?

May 11, 2023

The Florida Legislature has taken a step to address one of the state’s nastiest and fastest-growing environmental problems. The problem is that this attempt to solve one problem may well create another. As the legislative session wound down last week,…

VoteWater Deep Dive: Will septic-to-sewer conversions solve our water quality problems?

April 20, 2023

Nobody likes to think about what happens after they flush the toilet. But that out-of-sight-out-of-mind waste can cause serious problems to Florida’s environmentally fragile waterways. A lot of the people who have been thinking about the problem think the state…

VoteWater Deep Dive: Big Ag’s big pollution is a big problem for Florida

March 10, 2023

The question was simple, the answer complicated. But it needn’t have been. In late January Adam Blalock, Deputy Secretary for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, gave a presentation on water quality to the new House Water Quality, Supply and…

VoteWater Deep Dive: Why can’t we send more water south?

January 20, 2023

Because the system was designed to benefit Big Agriculture – at the expense of the northern estuaries It’s been a common refrain from angry citizens along the algae-clogged St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries for years: Send it south! And in…

VoteWater Deep Dive: What if the seagrass keeps dying?

December 12, 2022

The widespread die-off of seagrass in Florida ought to be front-page news. And last fall it was, as Gannett’s Florida Today issued a blockbuster report on how seagrass appears to be receding in every coastal corner of Florida, at levels…