In episode No. 5 of Florida Watch, brought to you by The Bradenton Times and Manatee Education Television, the team chats about the situation in Tallahassee with just a week to go till the legislature’s 2011 session kicks in, as well as a variety of other topics. Catch it after the jump!

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In a memo (.pdf) sent to the heads of each of Florida's five water management districts, a state Department of Environmental Protection special counsel writes that districts need to begin paring down or eliminating certain functions — an unsurprising request, given recent budget cuts. But environmental groups are worried about portions of the memo, which expressly indicate that the districts' responsibilities be limited in several areas — including land acquisition, wetlands mitigation, water conservation and the regulation of water supply and environmental resources.