Keeping runoff pollution from area lakes not easy or inexpensive

One of the more-contentious environmental battles in Florida in recent years involved water pollution limits for nitrogen and phosphorus. The EPA, prodded by a lawsuit to enforce the federal Clean Water Act, sought to impose specific limits on Florida’s pollution, replacing a state standard based on a vague requirement that the two types of pollution could not be allowed to harm Florida’s waters.  As the new pollution standards take effect, local governments are going to face increasingly burdensome tasks. Many of the easy solutions — such as routine street cleaning, designed to remove pollutants before they are swept into storm drains — have already been implemented.

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