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 […]

Eve Samples: Do you have a case of ‘seasonal amnesia’?

By Eve Samples December 2, 2016 TC Palm Do you have seasonal amnesia? Symptoms may include: Ability to enjoy our waterways without having flashbacks of blue-green algae.  Forgetting the ammonia-like stench that clung to parts of the St. Lucie River this spring and summer.  Inability to recall dead fish floating near downtown Stuart. Feelings of lessened frustration toward officials […]

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 […]

We can’t afford not to build Everglades ag area reservoir

By Eric Eikenberg November 3, 2016 TC Palm Much has been made of the devastating environmental effects of toxic discharges of Lake Okeechobee water into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, but little has been said about the importance of increased water storage to Florida’s economy. The untreated water gives rise to regular outbreaks of […]

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 […]

St. Lucie River conditions are right for bloom to be toxic blue-green algae

By Tyler Treadway September 29, 2016 TC Palm St. Lucie River conditions are right to feed another round of blue-green algae blooms, but don’t expect to see — or smell — a repeat of this summer’s massive blooms. Low salinity, plenty of sunlight and warm water temperatures are still adequate for algae to bloom this late in the year, said […]

Cancer-causing chemicals will go nicely with toxic algae, flesh-eating bacteria

Fred Grimm August 18, 2016 Miami Herald Such auspicious timing. Rick’s gang at the state Environmental Regulations Commission could hardly have picked a more gruesome year to loosen restrictions on toxic chemicals dumped into Florida’s waterways.   A deluge of benzene, beryllium, trichloroethane, dichloroethylene and other known carcinogens ought to blend nicely with the stinking […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lake Okeechobee draining will be reduced to combat coastal algae blooms

By Andy Reid, Contact Reporter July 14, 2016 Sun Sentinel To combat foul-smelling, toxic algae blooms plaguing coastal communities, officials decided Thursday to drain less water from Lake Okeechobee and spend nearly $3 million on emergency measures. Months of draining the lake to guard against flooding in South Florida has dumped billions of gallons of water […]