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Florida DEP Disputes Industry-Written Costs of Water Standards

Florida is considering new water quality standards that would force industries and utilities to reduce the amount of pollution they dump into the state's waterways. Industry lobbyists argue against them, claiming they would cost too much. But Department of Environmental Protection officials have questioned industry-written cost estimates.

Source: Florida Independent, 11/10/2010

La. Oyster Industry Struggles To Cope With Spill, Coastal Restoration

"After five years and four hurricanes, 2010 had all the markings of a banner year for Pete Vujnovich and his array of oyster leases west of the Mississippi River. But the months-long assault of oil in Barataria Bay -- and more importantly the state's decision to unleash fresh water from the river to beat back oil -- has wiped out more than three-quarters of his crop, leaving the next five years an open question."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 11/01/2010

Nonfederal Rangeland Often in Poor Shape

USDA and USGS researchers found about one of every five acres of rangelands in 17 western states, as well as portions of Louisiana and Florida, has some degree of degradation of at least one factor (soil and site stability, hydrologic integrity, and biotic integrity).

November 8, 2010

The Truth About Florida: What We Really Should Know About Planning, Land Use and the Environment

A free one-day educational conference for Florida journalists on planning and land use issues and related environmental impacts.

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