“Significant” algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee

By Kimberly Miller July 20, 2017 Palm Beach Post The South Florida Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection are monitoring an algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee that has been growing since at least last week. Randy Smith, a spokesman for the district, said samples were taken and sent to the DEP to […]

No time to ease up on new reservoir

Editorial: No time to ease up on throttle for new reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee By Naples Daily News Editorial Board May 27, 2017 Naples Daily News A crowning achievement of the 2017 legislative session was Senate President Joe Negron’s ability to navigate Tallahassee’s turbulent political waters and forge compromise to create a new storage […]

Putting the Everglades reservoir into context

By Eric Eikenberg May 15, 2017 TC Palm Now that Gov. Rick Scott has signed the bill to construct a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, it is time to put what just happened into context. The legislation was the singular priority of Senate President Joe Negron, who represents the epicenter of the toxic algae outbreaks […]

Bill would expedite southern reservoir

Bill would expedite southern reservoir to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges By Tyler Treadway May 8, 2017 TC Palm U.S. Rep. Brian Mast will file a bill Thursday to expedite Everglades restoration projects, including a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, he said in a news release Tuesday. His Everglades FIRST Act — it stands for Flow Increases Rely on […]

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 […]

Florida Legislature approves reservoir

Florida Legislature approves reservoir to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges By Isadora Rangel May 2, 2017 TC Palm TALLAHASSEE — Senate President Joe Negron seemed overly optimistic earlier this year when he gave himself a 70 percent chance of getting legislative approval for his proposal to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb discharges. After much […]

House shouldn’t squander chance to help the Everglades

Lawmakers in Florida House shouldn’t squander best chance yet to help the Everglades By Miami Herald Editorial Board April 22, 2017 The Florida Senate gets it. As a result, Senate lawmakers have passed one of the most carefully crafted bills yet to ensure the health of the Everglades. As environmentalists, water-dependent businesses, economists and tourists […]

Editorial: House Should Not Water Down SB 10

Florida House should not water down reservoir plan By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board April 20, 2017 The Florida House will hold its first committee vote Monday on the most important environment bill of the legislative session. Ideally, the House will make no changes to the Senate bill. SB 10 would create a reservoir south of […]

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 […]

Senate OKs Lake Okeechobee reservoir bill; what about House?

    By Isadora Rangel April 12, 2017 TC Palm TALLAHASSEE — The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. With a 36-3 vote, the Senate sent the bill to the House, where some members have criticized Republican Senate President […]