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«I hope something does,» Conley said.
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Ron James, the owner of Metalcraft Welding and Fabrication who hoped to get a $50,000 loan, called it a federal issue. Essentially repeating Scott’s message in its entirety, he said Nelson has had three decades to work on it. «Hopefully, this will wake them up and make them do something,» he said of Congress.
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The roots of Florida’s summer of algae go back over a century, when the desire to control flooding and increase the amount of land available for farming and ranching led to the digging of canada goose outlet online drainage canals to dry out marshland, most notably in South Florida’s canada goose outlet winnipeg address Everglades.
Millions of acres of what had been swamp became vegetable, citrus and sugarcane farms, cattle ranches and, most profitably, housing tracts and strip malls. While the development made agriculture and construction interests rich and provided jobs and cheap homes for the state’s fast growing population, an unforeseen consequence has been the choking of much of the state’s surface waters. Fertilizers from farms and front lawns as well as cow manure from ranches flow into streams and feed both algae and invasive aquatic canada goose jacket uk weeds.
For a big chunk of Florida, that flow winds up in Lake Okeechobee in the central part of the state prompting a detailed study as far back official canada goose outlet as 1976 that called for limits to the nutrients flowing into the lake.
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Back before development, water flowed freely southward from the expansive but shallow canada goose outlet website legit lake as a slow moving sheet across the Everglades and eventually into Florida Bay. But with the construction of the Herbert Hoover dike in the 1930s, water flow out of the lake has been carefully managed both to prevent flooding in the rainy season as well to provide an adequate supply to communities downstream that need it in the dry season.
It is those rainy season releases into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, respectively, that have delivered to Fort Myers and Stuart a thick, greenish blue slime. When the freshwater algae hits salt water and dies, it releases toxins that make the water poisonous and the air above it painful to breathe.
The entity in charge of managing those releases is the Army Corps of Engineers a federal agency and, therefore, the line of attack Scott has chosen to blame the current crisis on canada goose outlet online reviews Nelson.
Nelson, with his 18 years in the Senate and 12 years in the canada goose outlet price House in the ’70s and ’80s, should have forced the Army Corps to stop discharging algae ridden water into the two rivers, according to Scott’s theory of the case.
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Scott’s administration cut back on monitoring the flows of nutrients into the lake. It ignored scientific studies showing that nitrogen and phosphorous levels in the lake were increasing. It gutted the Department of Environmental Protection and the state’s water management districts that were charged with enforcing water protection laws, resulting in dramatically fewer enforcement actions. It even asked the Environmental Protection Agency for a waiver from federal monitoring entirely.
Those policies, of course, were hardly a surprise. Scott was elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave that favored anti tax, anti regulation Republicans, and he took care to nurture those voters. In his first legislative session, Scott not only cut $700 million out of the state’s water management districts, he cut their ability to levy taxes, too, slashing another $1.7 billion over eight years.
«This property tax cut allows families and businesses to use buy canada goose uk more of their hard earned money in the way canada goose factory outlet they see best, rather than having canada goose outlet montreal to send it to a government agency,» he said in a press release at the time.
Scott campaign spokesman Chris Hartline disputed the environmentalists’ concerns «They’re wrong,» he told HuffPost recently and instead argued that Scott has been a good steward for the state’s water and land. «DEP has proven that through education and outreach, you can effectively prevent environmental harm from the canada goose premium outlet occurring in the first place,» Hartline said.