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Nature Center Protected from Irrigation Runoff

The Crowley Museum and Nature Center, located on the Myakka River in Sarasota County, reached a settlement with one of the primary defendants in their suit alleging that the irrigation practices of large farming operations are destroying trees in the swamp. This settlement requires Pacific Tomato Growers to pay for the planting of new trees at the 200-acre center and to implement a system that will capture and reuse the irrigation water. They also agreed to impose a deed restriction requiring anyone buying Pacific Tomato's land in the future to control runoff so as to protect the Nature Center.

This settlement, however, is only for one defendant. There are still one large and several smaller defendants with whom a settlement has yet to be reached.