The purpose of this Comment is to examine the current system of water management and distribution in Florida, especially in the context of consumptive use, and to recommend policy revisions that will benefit the citizens of the state as a whole. As a necessary foundation for an analysis of Florida's current system, part I of this Comment presents the background principles of law and policy related to the consumptive use of water. Part II then outlines, discusses, and analyzes Florida's regulation, distribution, and management of the consumption of water. This part reviews the origins of Florida's water policy and the legislative intent behind this policy and connects this policy to today's existing shortfalls. Part III identifies issues that arise in the consumptive use of water and analyzes several proposed solutions. Part IV reviews alternative approaches to consumptive use regulation, distribution, and management and focuses primarily on concrete systems tested by other states. Finally, part V proposes a policy change in the regulation, distribution, and management of water for consumptive purposes in Florida.
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