Eve Samples: Land-buy bill is bold response to toxic algae

By Eve Samples January 26, 2017 TC Palm Let the gamesmanship begin. On Thursday, a bill was filed advancing state Senate President Joe Negron’s proposal to buy 60,000 acres south of Lake Okeechobee for construction of a long-envisioned reservoir. The goal: To divert polluted lake water that regularly fouls the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries, clean that water, then send it south […]

Editorial: Negron’s smart next step for the Everglades

By Editorial Board January 11, 2017 Tampa Bay Times There should be no doubt that the Florida Legislature should move forward with a sensible plan to create more water storage space south of Lake Okeechobee to achieve the goals of the multibillion-dollar Everglades cleanup effort. That is critical for easing the dumping of toxic lake […]

Port St. Lucie seeks $8 million for McCarty Ranch water farm

By Tyler Treadway January 3, 2017 TC Palm PORT ST. LUCIE — City officials see acres and acres of overgrown citrus groves as a way of helping save the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon while slaking the thirst of future residents. And all the city needs to make the vision a reality, they say, is […]

South Florida Water District board OKs Caulkins water farm extension

By Tyler Treadway November 10, 2016 TC Palm The South Florida Water Management District board on Thursday approved a nearly $62.5 million project to help clean up the St. Lucie River by expanding the Caulkins water farm in western Martin County. The 11-year contract with Caulkins Citrus Co. calls for the water farm to remove about 26 […]

When will Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie River end?

By Tyler Treadway October 18, 2016 TC Palm Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie River could decrease again Friday, but likely won’t stop yet. At a conference call Tuesday with government and nonprofit agency scientists from throughout South Florida, Army Corps of Engineers officials seemed ready to accept requests to cut discharges from 1.16 billion […]

Martin County leaders worry new algae bloom could be as bad as the first one this summer

By Jacqulyn Powell August 16, 2016 WPTV MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. – Martin County officials are keeping a close eye on a new algae growth showing up in several spots in the St. Lucie Estuary. Just when it looked like the Treasure Coast was getting some relief, county leaders say rainfall increased, raising water levels and contributing […]

Sen. Joe Negron’s plan to stop Lake Okeechobee discharges must clean Everglades-bound water

By Tyler Treadway August 10, 2016 TCPalm One significant factor is missing from state Sen. Joe Negron’s plan to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee and stop discharges to the St. Lucie River, say environmental scientists. The water sent south to the Everglades has to be clean. Negron’s plan unveiled Tuesday calls for water […]

Report: Half of Florida lakes’ surface have ‘elevated’ algae levels

By Jim Waymer August 5, 2016 Florida Today Florida waters are growing greener, saltier and more toxic in some parts, according to a new report on the state’s waters. The report from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection shows a mixed bag for the state’s waters, with many trending toward more-frequent toxic algae blooms, fueled […]

Another massive algae bloom begins in Martin County

BY JANA ESCHBACH CBS12 August 1, 2016 STUART (CBS12) — It’s been only a few days since a full moon high tide washed away a foot-deep sludge of toxic algae to sea out of local canals and marinas in Palm City and Stuart. Now, scientists say a second massive bloom is just beginning in Martin […]

Slimy Green Beaches May Be Florida’s New Normal

By Laura Parker PUBLISHED JULY 27, 2016 National Geographic The guacamole-thick algae that fouled both coasts earlier in July will likely be a regular occurrence for the Sunshine State. Here’s why. The green slime that washed onto Florida beaches earlier this month marks the eighth time since 2004 that toxic algae have fouled the Sunshine […]