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Hartman: Don’t unfairly blame farmers for local water problems | Guest column

Peter Upton’s recent guest column continues an alarming trend where others are blamed for problems that originate right here at home.

The discussion about water isn’t about being pro-sugar or anti-sugar. It’s about sticking to the facts — and the facts show water quality problems are compounded locally, and buying land south of Lake Okeechobee wouldn’t have prevented the toxic algae blooms in 2016.

Read more in the TCPalm.

The Everglades Foundation is Struggling with Math

First came the grumbling from the Everglades Foundation over the results of the modeling done on the construction of a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee in accordance with Senate Bill 10. The Everglades Foundation recently made it known that it didn’t like the math produced by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), which relies heavily on the Dynamic Model for Stormwater Treatment Areas (DMSTA), along with other models. Apparently the results were displeasing to the Everglades Foundation because the arithmetic didn’t recommend enough agricultural land be converted to reservoir use, a condition demanded by activists bent on eradicating agricultural lands (read: sugar farms) south of the lake.

Read more from the Capitolist.