Noah Valenstein

USF Prof. Mark Rains Named As State’s Chief Science Officer

Mar 30, 2021
Mark Rains (left) and Kai Coshow Rains (right).
Ecohydrology Research Group / University of South Florida

Mark Rains, director of the University of South Florida’s School of Geosciences, was named Tuesday as Florida’s chief science officer. 

Wetland Preserve
North Florida Land Trust


The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it is handing over at least some of its oversight of Florida’s wetlands to the state.

The St. Johns River
The University of North Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law measures that include bigger fines for dumping pollutants into waterways and new rules for septic tanks and agricultural runoff, though environmentalists said the rules don’t go far enough.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announcing new environmental proposals Wednesday in Jupiter.
Gov. Ron DeSantis' Twitter page

Gov. Ron DeSantis this week announced environmental proposals for the 2020 legislative session, based on recommendations from the Blue-Green Algae Task Force, that are designed to expedite water quality improvements throughout Florida.