Tampa Bay citrus growers pump thousands of gallons of extra water from aquifer without reprimand

10/23/13 Robert Lorei
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Tags: Citrus growers Florida, swiftmud, Citrus greening, Asian citrus psyllid


Craig Pittman

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei interviews Tampa Bay Times journalist, Craig Pittman about his recent article. The article explores why 2 dozen citrus growers have repeatedly pumped thousands of gallons of more water out of the aquifer than their state permits allow. The Southwest Florida Water Management District has taken no steps to punish any of the owners of the 28 groves. Growers say their crops need access water to fight citrus greening which is caused by a bacteria and spread by an insect called the Asian citrus psyllid. Listen to the full show above.

Read the article here.

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