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 […]

Dolphin ills echo human health risks

By Jim Waymer May 5, 2017 Florida Today Researchers studying our closest relatives that live in the Indian River Lagoon have delivered a grim diagnosis: our local dolphins are ailing under a relentless barrage of pathogens, mercury and pollution. Half suffer chronic illness, and biologists say we had better pay attention to their plight, or we may be next. “I think […]

Sugar-cane growing on state land misses pollution-cleanup goal, records show

By Andy Reid December 11, 2016 Sun Sentinel Two sugar cane farms repeatedly failing to meet Everglades pollution-cleanup goals remain in business thanks to an accommodating landlord — the state of Florida. The two farms, leasing a combined 1,200 acres of publicly owned land in Palm Beach County, generate large spikes in water pollution, state […]

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 […]

Nelson, local leaders question Florida changing water pollution rules

By Erika Pesantes and Andy Reid August 31, 2016 Sun Sentinel With water pollution already fueling toxic algae blooms in Florida, the state shouldn’t allow more toxic chemicals to flow into waterways, South Florida officials warned Wednesday. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson met with local leaders in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday to discuss concerns about the state’s plan […]

Water Pollution In Florida: You May Come Home to This …

By gimleteye August 29, 2016 Eye on Miami Water pollution is a political event. We know this in Florida through the stage-managed destruction of laws intended to protect the public health from pollution. Consider the effort to regulate excess fertilizer and nutrients in a state where sugar and cattle industries dominate the political landscape. Hollow […]

Mark Woods: This news really stinks

By Mark Woods Jacksonville Times Union July 23, 2016 Be grateful that the wonders of modern technology don’t include scratch-and-sniff newspapers, because this column really stinks. I know some of you will say that’s nothing new. But today I’m writing about what’s happening this summer in parts of Florida — massive algae blooms. You’ve […]

Manatee deaths resume in Indian River

Kevin Spear, Contact Reporter July 13, 2016 Orlando Sentinel Manatee deaths linked to pollution have resumed in the algae-stricken Indian River Lagoon of Brevard County, according to state wildlife officials. Since the end of May, eight manatee carcasses have been recovered, bearing signs of trauma that has killed more than 150 of the marine mammals in […]