Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried Looks to Update Water Rules

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is moving to beryllium the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, began a bid of appearances Monday to item water-related problems including algae blooms and a spike successful manatee deaths.

Fried said the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Agricultural Water Policy is moving guardant with updating “best absorption practice” rules that the agriculture manufacture is expected to follow.

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The rules, which haven’t been afloat updated since 2008, volition see reducing the magnitude of pesticides, fertilizers, carnal discarded and different pollutants entering authorities waters.

“There are aggregate h2o crises ongoing successful our state, threatening each azygous facet of our livelihoods,” Fried said portion astatine the Punta Rassa vessel ramp successful Fort Myers aft a vessel tour.

Fried said the changes volition absorption connected supporting practices specified arsenic screen crops that are expected to dilatory erosion and heighten h2o availability and “provide important clime mitigation and c sequestration benefits.”

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The changes are besides expected to see signaling nutrients utilized by growers, on with authorities workers making in-person tract visits, replacing voluntary self-reporting astir the implementation of champion absorption practices, Fried said.

No day was instantly fixed for the caller rules to beryllium released.

Fried was slated to besides marque stops done Wednesday successful Sarasota, Tampa, St. Pete and Stuart.

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