Tom spent about 25 years in Florida's Department of Environmental Protection and knows Florida water like few do. He's also written a great book, Florida’s Water: A Fragile Resource in a Vulnerable State, that I recommend, even if you are not from Florida. I use it in my class on US water management.
I was so struck by today's post, Everything is Awesome, that I decided to blog about it. The title suggested that Tom would be at his tongue-in-cheek best and I was not disappointed.
Tom briefly describes the tenure of Florida DEP Secretary, Herschel T. Vinyard, Jr., who just left the DEP. Vinyard was a shipbuilding company executive who was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) in 2011. Vinyard's tenure was so compelling that DEP staff assembled this 26-page brochure touting all the neat stuff Vinyard and DEP did:
Tom even included this Everything Is Awesome video to drive home the point about Vinyard's awesomeness. In fact Tom notes that the report mentions (p. 19):
The years 2011-2014 have been an era of positive change in every facet of the agency’s operations and mission.
He notes that there were so many positive changes at DEP under Vinyard's reign that there was no place in the report to mention 'climate change' or 'global warming'!
"A prosthetic leg with a Willie Nelson bumper sticker washed ashore on the beach, which meant it was Florida. Then it got weird." - Tim Dorsey