Water: Local Resource Or State Resource?

Critics warn that rewriting Florida's water laws may lead to water wars.
September 30, 2003, 12pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Some of Florida's most powerful business interests want Florida's water-rich areas to share their wealth. If they succeed, water long considered local could become more liquid than it's ever been -- moving from one part of the state to another. In a call to rewrite Florida water laws, a group of advisers to Gov. Jeb Bush contend water is a state resource that should be transferred from areas of the state swimming with it to those that might not have enough... Critics immediately warned that the plan could spark unprecedented water wars between areas of the state with a bountiful supply and fast growing urban areas." The proposal to change Florida's water laws, presented on Thursday by the Florida Council of 100, also calls for a statewide commission to better monitor water supply and prevent future shortages that could damage the environment and development.

Thanks to Sheryl Stolzenberg

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Published on Friday, September 26, 2003 in Sun-Sentinel
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