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 […]

What would it take to make you an Indian River Lagoon activist?

By Tyler Treadway May 30, 2017 TC Palm   The Indian River Lagoon Council wants to know how to make more people more lagoon-friendly. With help from the University of Florida and the St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension Service, the council will sponsor a focus group on lagoon issues Thursday afternoon. Organizers aren’t looking for hardcore environmentalists […]

Microplastics plague the lagoon

By Jim Waymer May 26, 2017 Florida Today The crabs and oysters we eat from the Indian River Lagoon harbor tiny bits of plastic, with unknown health risks to us and to them, new research suggests. University of Central Florida researchers say our old fraying boat ropes, fishing equipment, fibers from synthetic clothes and other broken-down plastic bits are the […]

Lawmakers act to curb “scary” trend in Everglades

Lawmakers act to curb “scary” trend in Everglades – but another danger lurks May 26, 2017 CBS News The Everglades is the largest wetland of its kind in North America, but it’s been under assault for generations by residential development, water diversion and pesticide runoff. Now, a massive proposal is one step closer to putting […]

Martin County OKs 5,000-gallon septic

By Tyler Treadway May 23, 2017 TC Palm (Excerpt) Size matters The size refers to the gallons of wastewater the system can process in a day, not the capacity of the septic tank. The state standard is for systems that can process up to 10,000 gallons a day. The commission agreed to the stricter 2,000-gallons-a-day limit in […]

OSU Study links toxic algae blooms, fatal liver disease

By Tyler Treadway May 22, 2017 TC Palm People living in areas with significant blue-green algae blooms, including the Treasure Coast, are more likely to die from nonalcoholic liver disease than those who don’t. Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties make up a striking “cluster” with a high rate of both blooms and […]

Senate Considers Fed Help For Toxic Algae

By Amy Green May 19, 2017 90.7 WMFE Legislation making its way on Capitol Hill could help Florida communities hit by toxic algae blooms. The Senate Commerce Committee approved the measure that for the first time would make federal funding available to communities and states affected by toxic algae blooms. The legislation would grant authority […]

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our non-profit during “Great Give 2017”. You helped us raise $6,050.00, which is eligible for bonus dollars from The United Way.  Some examples of your dollars at work: We vigorously supported the successful efforts in the Florida legislature to send water south of Lake Okeechobee and eliminate polluted […]

Research Shows Link Between Environment, Dolphin Health

By Amy Green May 15, 2017 WMFE New research reveals the critical role the environment plays in dolphin health. The study compared dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon and Charleston, S.C., with those at the Georgia Aquarium and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego. Lead author Patricia Fair of the Medical University […]

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 […]