SFWMD: Everglades Farmers Score Big Against Phosphorus in 2017

Article Posted on July 13, 2017

By: Sunshine State News

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) announced Thursday farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) kept their successful streak alive, achieving another year of water-quality improvement -- this one fairly dramatic.

At its monthly Governing Board Meeting, District staff announced a 70 percent reduction in phosphorous for Water Year 2017. That's nearly three times the 25 percent reduction goal set by the State. It continues a trend in which farmers have reduced phosphorous levels by an average of 56 percent annually over the past 23 years…

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