Opinion Robert Knight: Florida’s water laws have not been enforced
Instead of “Land of Flowers,” Florida could just as easily have been named “Tierra del Agua” by the European invaders of the early 16th century. Originally blessed with more than 1,200 miles of coastal shorelines, 20 million acres of freshwater wetlands, 7,700 lakes, 11,000 miles of streams, and at least 1,100 artesian springs and their spring runs, the geography of Florida is about water.
Since the first Earth Day in 1970, Florida’s government has taken efforts to protect the state’s waters from harm caused by draining, dredging, filling and polluting. The Florida Water Resources Protection Act of 1972 established a body of law and rules envied nationwide to protect the quantity and quality of those waters.