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Florida Irrigation: Farming Practices Destroying Trees

Case Overview

Tomato growers in Florida use so much irrigation water that it floods downstream lands and has killed thousands of acres of bottomland hardwoods. Earthjustice sued on behalf of a downstream nature center to force the farmers to contain their irrigation water.


In October 2008, Earthjustice won an appeal of this case. The Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland decided that a trial court improperly dismissed the case on the theory that the water management district could not be required to stop the flooding.

Case ID

7113

Case Updates

January 3, 2012 | Feature

The Everglades: A National Gem Worth Protecting

Earthjustice has been working to restore the Everglades for more than two decades. Today, we are fighting for numeric, quantifiable limits on water pollution from fertilizer, sewage, and manure in the state’s waters, including those running to the Everglades.

September 29, 2011 | Feature

Into The Swamp

David Guest and Earthjustice’s Florida office have braved alligator islands and hostile negotiating tables to defend the state’s most precious resource. In more than 30 years of service, Guest and his colleagues have made Florida—and the nation—a better place.

July 14, 2011 | Blog Post

Pictures Of What House Voted To Support

The U.S. House of Representatives was a in a cruel mood, yesterday, when it passed H.R. 2018, a bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from protecting our nation's waterways and drinking supplies—and give that power to the states.

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