South Florida Water Management District
Some environmentalists expressed optimism Friday at a proposal by Gov. Rick Scott aimed at trying to resolve a years-long dispute over restoring the Everglades, despite the state’s assertion that it needs several more years to get the ecosystem clean.
Counties across South Florida are getting ready to slash jobs and benefits due to budget shortfalls, now the South Florida Water Management District is about to do the same.
The end of June marks the final day of work for 123 workers with the South Florida Water Management District. The employees accepted buy-outs instead of facing firings next month.
Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill that will cut property taxes paid to state water management districts. But, while some taxpayers may get a refund, it will come at a cost in jobs.
The water level in Lake Okeechobee has fallen below 10 feet above sea level for the first time since 2007.
It’s going to be more than just a little rain to bring South Florida’s water-levels back to where they should be.
South Florida Water Management District Executive Director Carol Wehle will step down from the post she’s had for six years as the district and others face scrutiny over spending decisions and may see their budgets cut by at least 25 percent.
South Florida water managers say drought conditions are worsening from Orlando to the Keys. The South Florida Water Management District says water levels in Lake Okeechobee have dipped below 12 feet above sea level for the first time this year. The lake is South Florida’s primary backup water supply.
Despite record breaking winter cold snaps and drought, the Burmese python population appears to be prospering in the Everglades.
Despite record breaking winter cold snaps and drought, pythons appear to prospering in the Everglades.