Last Sunday’s opinion pages celebrating the 51st Earth Day were appropriately filled with messages about the importance of protecting our environment. But what was interesting to me was the juxtaposition of conflicting claims by environmentalists, agricultural representatives and state officials.
Interested readers of The Sun may be trying to make sense out of their divergent views. Here is my take.
The first piece I read was written by Dr. Ann Shortelle, executive director of the St. Johns River Water Management District. In her column, “Make water conservation part of your regular routine,” she reiterated her oft-repeated message that homeowners need to do more to reduce their personal uses of water.
Emphasizing that April is designated by the state as Water Conservation Month, she asked the public to cut back their outdoor water uses by half. Considering…