Scott expected to sign “Lake Okeechobee Bill”

By Jordyn Grinnell May 12, 2017 CBS 12 CLEWISTON, Fla. —  Governor Rick Scott is expected to sign a bill to build reservoirs south of Lake Okeechobee. The governor is heading to Clewiston Friday before going on an aerial tour of Lake Okeechobee and the area where the construction will take place. CBS12 is the […]

Gov. Rick Scott signs bill for reservoir

Gov. Rick Scott signs bill for reservoir to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges By Tyler Treadway May 9, 2017 TC Palm It’s the law: Build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb disastrous discharges to the St. Lucie River. Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed  Senate Bill 10, the legislation authorizing a significant increase in water stored south of […]

Gov. Rick Scott will approve reservoir

Gov. Rick Scott will approve reservoir to reduce Lake Okeechobee discharges By Isadora Rangel May 3, 2017 TC Palm TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott will sign a bill to fund a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb harmful discharges to coastal estuaries, his office said Wednesday. His signature will make Senate Bill 10 final after […]

Gov. Rick Scott supports south reservoir

Gov. Rick Scott supports south reservoir to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges By Isadora Rangel April 17, 2017 TC Palm TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott supports a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb discharges, and he wants lawmakers to allocate $200 million this year to help the federal government finish strengthening the dike around it, he said […]

Notify Floridians ASAP about environmental disasters: Where We Stand- Orlando Sentinel

By the editors of the Orlando Sentinel November 28, 2016 Orlando Sentinel Three months ago, as Florida was still reeling from one environmental disaster — toxic algae blooms on both coasts — the state suffered another. More than 200 million gallons of contaminated water leaked into the Floridan Aquifer, the primary source of drinking water […]

Editorial: Rick Scott’s positive move for openness

Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board September 27, 2016 Tampa Bay Times Gov. Rick Scott’s order to require the public to be told of any pollution incidents within 24 hours is a rare victory for open government, public health and the environment. It also is common sense, and the Legislature should follow up next year by […]

Toxic water rule delayed after Seminole Tribe sues

By Mary Ellen Klas August 11, 2016 Miami Herald TALLAHASSEE Florida environmentalists are hoping that a legal challenge by the Seminole Tribe of Florida will provide the catalyst to force state regulators to redo a controversial rule that raises the levels of some of the toxins allowed to be dumped into Florida’s drinking waters. The […]

Clean water shouldn’t be so complicated

By Paula Dockery Orlando Sentinel August 4, 2016 We all want clean water. It’s vital to our survival. Clean water is necessary to ensure public health. Water leaving our lakes, running through our rivers and entering our bays and estuaries needs to be clean to support our seafood harvesters, our sport fishermen, our tourism industry, […]

Maxwell: Florida’s water woes are bad and getting worse. Do you care?

By Scott Maxwell August 2, 2016 Orlando Sentinel A few weeks ago, Florida made national news for being coated in thick, green, toxic algae. It looked like a river of snot. It smelled worse. And it mangled the economy along the St. Lucie River and Treasure Coast. Anyone with one good eye and nostril knew […]

The Japan Times: Florida algae bloom afflicts economy, sea life

[Our area made the Japan Times, but for all the wrong reasons . . . ]  AFP-JIJI July 30, 2016 Japan Times MIAMI – Every night Tim Robinson sleeps in his boat, which floats atop a blanket of foul-smelling bright green slime. For houseboat dwellers such as Robinson, the toxic algae bloom spreading through Florida’s […]