Melissa Meeker, the head of the South Florida Water Management District resigned Monday, leaving after just two years in the position.   In a letter to the Governing Board chairman, Ms. Meeker said she was stepping aside as executive director after accepting a "new opportunity" that will allow her to focus on "international issues."

Ms. Meeker, who had previously served on the district’s governing board, helped guide the district through a difficult period that included a $100 million state-imposed budget cut that led to the layoff of 134 employees.  She also helped craft a new $880 million Everglades restoration plan aimed at resolving an ongoing legal dispute regarding Florida's ability to meet water quality standards.

In a statement released Tuesday, Governor Scott said that Ms. Meeker has been "a tremendous asset" to the district and that she was "instrumental" in helping create the new Everglades water quality plan.  "Thanks to her stewardship during the last two years, we are headed in the right direction for Everglades restoration and I wish her the very best in her next endeavor," Scott said.