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St. Pete recognized for quality fluoridated water for 2nd year in a row

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St. Petersburg received the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention award for Water Fluoridation and Quality for the second year in a row this year. Dr. Johnny Johnson, a local dentist and representative for oral health, awarded water resources director Steven Leavitt Florida and the Florida Department of Health. St. Pete is the only municipality to receive the award in Pinellas County for both 2013 and 2014. Fluoridating drinking water supplies is effective in promoting good oral health when…

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Adam Putnam travels to Tel Aviv for international water conference

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam travels to Tel Aviv this weekend to take part in a discussion on strategies for the world’s water and ecological systems. WATEC Israel 2015 is a biennial conference and exhibition that brings together thousands of leading business executives, decision makers, and researchers, and features the latest technical innovations to develop new fresh water supplies. “Florida faces unique water resource management challenges, and we must plan for accommodating the needs of our expanding population and growing economy…

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Ag Commissioner Adam Putnam headed to Israel for water conference

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Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam will be attending the biennial WATEC conference in Israel this year evaluating challenges facing the global water supply and taking a look at innovative technologies to combat those challenges. “Florida is one of the fastest growing regions in North America, and we face unique water resource management issues,” Putnam said. “We must balance the needs of our population with those that support a growing economy, while protecting the natural systems so vital to our quality…

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Bruce Ritchie: Enough secrecy! After voting on water plan, tri-state rivers group should vote to disband

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A group calling itself ACF Stakeholders was formed in 2010 with great promise in trying to create consensus among the various user groups along the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint (ACF) rivers. But when the group meets in Florida next week, it should vote to disband. Because the river system and the people who depend on it don’t need any more secrecy. And that’s what the group now seems to be largely about. ACF Stakeholders started off with great promise, in…

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Bruce Ritchie: Environmentalists think lack of legislation could be a good thing

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As I was sitting in the press gallery looking down into the darkened Senate chambers on the last day of the 2015 Legislative session, I was reminded of how the environment usually seems to lose amid debate and controversy. The O.J. Simpson trial. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Michael Jackson’s death. A police shooting in Ferguson, Mo. When these incidents happen, discussion and debate about environmental issues gets pushed off the evening news and forced into the back pages of…

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Pinellas County to break up the department that cares for environmental preserves and beaches, and monitors water and air quality

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David DeCamp reports: County Administrator Bob LaSala has ordered officials to plan to break up the department that cares for environmental preserves and beaches, and monitors water and air quality. If all the reductions are made, the education centers at Brooker Creek and Weedon Island preserves would be “moth balled,” according to a budget proposal released this week. The same memo by environmental management director Will Davis says it is unclear “what portions, if any” of the preserves would remain…

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