December 11, 2012 12:00 AM

Finally, precise rules on pollution to protect Florida waters

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam delivered a positive message about the future of agriculture last week in Bradenton while pointing out the state must protect water quality "the biggest long-term issue facing Florida." Yet Florida has spent the past 14 years trying to fight off the federal standards set in the U.S. Clean Water Act but lost that futile effort 12 days ago.

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