No more excuses on Everglades reservoir | Editorial

By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board April 6, 2017 Sun Sentinel The Florida Legislature has compromised on a vital Everglades project without compromising the goal. By a vote of 16-2, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved an amended version of Senate Bill 10. It would create a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to store fresh […]

Need for water storage reservoir outweighs criticism | Editorial

By the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board April 1, 2017 Sun Sentinel Opposition to a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee is mounting, but the arguments against the project remain unpersuasive. Two weeks ago, Everglades Agricultural Area farmers and elected officials vented at Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, during a town hall meeting in […]

PBS Video: What’s Stopping Everglades from healing?

“What’s stopping the vulnerable Everglades from being healed?” PBS Newshour story includes video of toxic algal blooms in Stuart. Worth watching for interview with Michael Grunwald, author of “The Swamp.” However, the story doesn’t quite get the timing of the CERP EAA Reservoir project correct when the reporter says, “To prevent another toxic algae bloom, […]

U.S. Sugar Says It Will Honor Land Contract If Reservoir Approved

By Amy Green WMFE Link to story: U.S. Sugar Corp. says it would honor a previous agreement putting land south of Lake Okeechobee toward Everglades restoration. U.S. Sugar staunchly has opposed a reservoir on the land, aimed at improving water flow after toxic algae blooms last year prompted emergency declarations in four counties. But […]

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 […]

Carl Hiaasen: Enjoy your vacation on Playa Guacamole

BY CARL HIAASEN Miami Herald July 8, 2016 They say a picture tells a thousand words. If it’s a picture of an algae-covered beach, it can also cancel thousands of hotel reservations. That’s the new dread in Florida, as photos and news videos of gunk-covered shorelines are making headlines all over the world. Why […]

To get rid of toxic algae, end farms’ special status

By Randy Schultz Sun-Sentinel July 6, 2016 As Florida’s latest environmental crisis has blossomed, Gov. Rick Scott has done what he does in every crisis: blame someone else. Martin County made national news in a bad way over the weekend. Toxic algae blooms had closed beaches and fouled inland waterways. A similar outbreak in 2013 […] analysis of U.S. Sugar ads reveal untruths

By Tyler Treadway of U.S. Sugar Corp. in April launched a second media blitz — not to sell sugar, but to sell its positions on controversial Treasure Coast water issues. The company’s latest campaign includes a series of full-page newspaper ads, as well as spots on television and websites. The ads have run in […]

SFWMD Rejects US Sugar Land Buy WEST PALM BEACH — As expected, the South Florida Water Management District board Thursday rejected the proposal to buy U.S. Sugar Corp. land south of Lake Okeechobee. Board member Kevin Powers of Stuart made the motion to “irrevocably” terminate the option to buy 46,800 acres of U.S. Sugar land by Oct. 12. The motion […]

Huge Hurdle on Lease Terms of U.S. Sugar Land

U.S. Sugar would continue farming on most of land until 2030. By Christine Stapleton Palm Beach Post Staff Writer When South Florida Water Management District officials recently explained why they don’t want to buy 46,800 acres of land from U.S. Sugar before the deal expires in October, they ticked off a list of engineering hurdles: […]