Vermont Journal of Environmental Law

Volume 21 ()

Money, Mandates, And Water Management: Foreshadowing A Florida Disaster

Repeated failures to properly regulate, manage and maintain water resources and infrastructure creates enormous risks and consequences, across the U.S. and beyond. Applying those lessons, this study of facts, data, and law foreshadows a water management disaster in Florida. At the South Florida Water Management District, a critical regional agency, budget and staffing are now below 1996 levels. Regulatory scrutiny and enforcement have declined. Infrastructure is inadequately maintained. Rainy day reserve funds are kept at bare minimums. Important new laws are merely unfunded mandates. Florida officials must recognize the magnitude of the problems, offer meaningful leadership to restore water management finances and capabilities, and protect the public before the next flood, harmful algal bloom, or other disaster comes.

Money, Mandates, And Water Management: Foreshadowing A Florida DisasterMoney, Mandates, And Water Management: Foreshadowing A Florida Disaster