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Updated: 04/20/2017 08:30:02AM

Florida flush with water shortage warnings

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Much of the southern part of Florida is dealing with an unusually dry winter and spring season.

SFWMD March 2017 rainfall map

by Paul Rusnak

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The dry season in Florida is relatively normal when compared with what the rainy season brings. However, this year has been exceptional. Falling water levels and extremely dry conditions that are expected to linger have pushed South Florida Water Management District officials to issue a water shortage warning, and Southwest Florida could be next.

According to SFWMD Board Chairman Dan O’Keefe, the purpose of the warning is to urge and highlight the need for conservation efforts. For farmers, that means continuing to follow best management practices.

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