Fla. Gov. Issues Wide-Reaching Water Policy Order

By Nathan Hale (January 10, 2019, 9:23 PM EST) -- In his first major policy act, recently inaugurated Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a broad executive order Thursday aimed at tackling numerous water and environmental issues confronting the state, including a call for an additional $1 billion for Everglades restoration and appointment of a chief science officer.

In a move possibly showing his resolve on these matters, DeSantis later in the day requested the full board of the South Florida Water Management District resign to provide a "fresh start" for his new initiatives.

The executive order addresses the issues from a number of angles, calling for increased funding and ordering various...

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