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Florida Irrigation: Farming Practices Destroying Trees

Case Number # 7113

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.

Press Releases

Friday, October 31, 2008
Case aimed at stopping damaging flooding in Southwest Florida
Monday, October 16, 2006
Misconduct and negligence causes massive tree deaths in Flatford Swamp