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Hearing Set on End to Decades-Old Everglades Court Oversight

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    Hearing Set on End to Decades-Old Everglades Court Oversight
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    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - AUGUST 22: Water is seen in a flooded area of the Florida Everglades as Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and other officials tour the area on August 22, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The group inspected the area as the Senator asked for quick and decisive steps to be taken by the Army Corps of engineers to save animals that are in danger by opening the man-made flood control gates to lower the water level. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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    • Among other things, the order sets thresholds for the amount of phosphorous in the Everglades, an ingredient in fertilizer.

    A decades-old court order that oversees water quality in the Florida Everglades would end if water managers get their way.

    A hearing is set Monday before Miami U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno on a motion by the South Florida Water Management District to end a decree signed in 1992.

    Among other things, the order sets thresholds for the amount of phosphorous in the Everglades, an ingredient in fertilizer from the vast sugar-growing regions to the north.

    The water district and sugar growers say the decree is no longer needed and thwarts projects that would benefit the Everglades. The U.S. government, environmental groups and an Indian tribe disagree, saying the decree is key to pursuing potential violations.

    State officials seek a 120-day delay in any decision.

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