New mystery entity pushes local governments to oppose Negron’s Everglades reservoir plan

By Bruce Richie October 4, 2016 Politico TALLAHASSEE — A shadowy entity created last month is asking local governments in North Florida to pass resolutions opposing Sen. Joe Negron’s Everglades land-buying proposal. Stand Up North Florida is trying to rally opposition to the proposed $2.4 billion reservoir project, saying it will dry up conservation spending […]

Editorial: $870 million spent on Herbert Hoover Dike, but no relief for estuaries

By the TC Palm Editorial Board September 1, 2016 TC Palm The Army Corps of Engineers is in no hurry to revise its water regulation schedule for Lake Okeechobee. Though more than $870 million has been spent on strengthening the dike since 2001, corps officials say they won’t know if the lake can hold more […]

Army Corps: Dike rehab won’t decrease Lake Okeechobee discharges

By Tyler Treadway August 31, 2016 TC Palm The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has finalized a plan for completing rehabilitation work on the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee. Despite spending more than $870 million on strengthening the dike since 2001, corps officials say the lake can’t hold more water — which would help […]

Lake Okeechobee draining will be reduced to combat coastal algae blooms

By Andy Reid, Contact Reporter July 14, 2016 Sun Sentinel To combat foul-smelling, toxic algae blooms plaguing coastal communities, officials decided Thursday to drain less water from Lake Okeechobee and spend nearly $3 million on emergency measures. Months of draining the lake to guard against flooding in South Florida has dumped billions of gallons of water […]

Treasure Coast leaders: Lagoon Action Day yields same rhetoric, no algae or Lake Okeechobee discharge solution

By Isadora Rangel of TCPalm July 14, 2016 WASHINGTON — There were a lot of calls for long-term solutions and plenty of passionate pleas, but no immediate relief to the algae crisis came from Lagoon-Gulf Action Day Thursday. Dozens of Treasure Coast officials and residents who traveled to Capitol Hill heard from federal agencies that […]

Miami Herald: Tally fails to rally to protect our water

MIAMI HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD The Miami Herald July 3, 2016 Just in time for the July 4 weekend, a massive algae bloom sprouted on Florida’s Treasure Coast last week, fouling the waters, estuaries and beaches and posing the threat of further damage to the entire ecosystem around Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. These are the […]

NYTimes: Reeking, Oozing Algae Closes South Florida Beaches

By LES NEUHAUS New York Times July 1, 2016 STUART, Fla. — A rancid smell penetrated the front of Marisa and Duncan Baskin’s one-story house, which rests less than 100 feet from an inlet of the St. Lucie River in this tourist hamlet just inside the Atlantic coastline that bills itself as “America’s Happiest Seaside […]

The Guardians of Martin County Requests and Receives An Extension for Public Comment Period on AAF

The Guardians of Martin County, the Boards of County Commissioners of Martin County and Indian River County, U.S. Representative Bill Posey, and others wrote to the Army Corps of Engineers to request an extension for the public comment period. At the same time, Guardians requested a public hearing on All Aboard Florida’s proposed projects. The Army […]

Call to Action!

The recent decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to refuse to issue a permit to All Aboard Florida (AAF) without further environmental studies deserves our appreciation. The Army Corps says it will not approve AAF permits to build a section of the Miami-to-Orlando railroad because there’s not enough information about potential environmental damage to […]