TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Water experts, environmental officials and other Florida residents spoke before a joint meeting of two Florida state House committees that oversee environmental issues this week, highlighting the state's wide-spread water issues, according to an article from the Tallahassee Democrat.

"Water is the biggest long-term issue facing Florida," said Adam Putnam, a fifth-generation farmer from Florida's Polk County. "If you look at the three major economic engines in Florida — agriculture, tourism, construction — water is an inseparable force in their future."

Despite droughts in the past few years, Florida is now experiencing an abundance of rainfall that they need to manage, but they also need to plan for the pendulum to swing back the other way, according to the article.

Springs protection, farm-land management, sustainable irrigation systems and decreased fertilizer use are all projects currently underway or planned for the 2014 legislative session, the article reported.

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