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Federal Judge Rejects Move By South Florida Water Managers To End Everglades Oversight

Patrick Farrell
Miami Herald
In September, Gov. Ron DeSantis toured Everglades marshes with Ron Bergeron, whom he appointed to the South Florida Water Management Board in January.

A judge rejected efforts by South Florida water managers to end federal oversight of Everglades water quality on Monday, telling their attorneys the move was “premature” so soon after a new governor took office.

U.S. Judge Federico Moreno, who oversees the landmark order that for nearly 30 years set the strict limits for pollution entering marshes, repeatedly questioned attorneys about the timing of the motion. Ultimately, he decided moving forward while the South Florida Water Management District board remains in flux — five seats remain open after Gov. Ron DeSantis demanded board members resign — was unwise.

“I want to be like a physician: Do no harm,” said Moreno, who dismissed the motion without prejudice — which means it can be filed again.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald