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Florida Water Management Districts and the Florida Water Resources Act: The Challenges of Basin-Level Management

Ryan B. Stoa, Florida Water Management Districts and the Florida Water Resources Act: The Challenges of Basin-Level Management, 7 KY. J. EQUINE, AGRIC., & NAT. RESOURCES L. 1, 73 (2015).

Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-16

17 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2014 Last revised: 6 Apr 2015

Ryan Boudin Stoa

Concordia University School of Law; Florida International University College of Law

Date Written: March 27, 2014

Abstract

Florida’s plentiful freshwater resources are indispensable to the state’s municipal, agricultural, and environmental interests. As such, decision-makers presiding over complex water management decisions wield extraordinary powers. The Water Resources Act of Florida vests these powers in five water management districts drawn according to hydrological (not political) boundaries. The water management districts have robust technical, financial, and regulatory powers, and hold the key to Florida’s sustainable development. But with the stakes so high, Florida’s water management districts are at the center of a broader fight for control of water resources. In particular, transboundary water conflicts, political pressure, and ecological needs show that while the water management districts are institutionally mature, external forces can exert significant influence on basin-level water management.

Suggested Citation

Stoa, Ryan Boudin, Florida Water Management Districts and the Florida Water Resources Act: The Challenges of Basin-Level Management (March 27, 2014). Ryan B. Stoa, Florida Water Management Districts and the Florida Water Resources Act: The Challenges of Basin-Level Management, 7 KY. J. EQUINE, AGRIC., & NAT. RESOURCES L. 1, 73 (2015).; Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2417070

Ryan Stoa (Contact Author)

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Florida International University College of Law ( email )

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