Appalachicola oysters, California drought and Otis Redding

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 04:30 PM.

We are blessed in Florida .  A vast majority of our state’s residents enjoy incredibly pure water from the Floridan Aquifer, which stores the golden liquid directly beneath our feet. The Floridan is second in size in the U.S. only to the Ogallala Aquifer, which runs from the northern Midwest to Texas . The same Ogallala Aquifer that provides 30 percent of the nation’s irrigated groundwater; the same Ogallala Aquifer that is in serious trouble, according to Karen Dillon of the Kansas City Star. Just as some believe that fracking in the natural gas industry can jeopardize a local water supply, others believe that potential leaks in the Keystone could further damage the nation’s largest aquifer. 

The tug of war between energy production and the jobs it produces and the need for clean air and water is a delicate balancing act that will grow more difficult to adjudicate as we move further into the 21st century.

Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, a syndicated economic columnist, chartered financial consultant and accredited investment fiduciary, is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850-608-6121 —, a “fee-only” and fiduciary registered investment advisory firm located near Sandestin. This column should not be considered personalized investment advice and provides no assurance that any specific strategy or investment will be suitable or profitable for an investor.



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