The Benefits of Small Wetlands

Update: 4/20/17 The amendment has been withdrawn by the applicant! The Comprehensive Plan Amendment to weaken protection for little wetlands is coming before the Martin County Commission on Tuesday, April 25th.  The agenda item is comprehensive plan amendment 17-07. The Martin County Local Planning Agency (LPA) voted 3 to 1 to reject the comp amendment that would […]

Call to Action: Urge Martin County Commissioners to Save Wetlands

On April 25, 2017, Martin County Commissioners will vote on CPA 07-17, an amendment to the Martin County Comprehensive Plan that would allow developers to pave over small urban wetlands.   Please urge Commissioners to vote against this amendment by attending the meeting, sending an email or calling. Email all Commissioners: comish@martin.fl.us Send an email […]

Citizens’ Forum

SPEAK UP FOR YOUR COUNTY!   The Guardians of Martin County is pleased to be a sponsor of this annual, informative event. Date: April 22, 2017 Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm Location: Wolf Technology Center Auditorium Indian River State College 2400 SE Salerno Rd, Stuart, FL  Public invited;  Free admission Please join us once again for an […]

Special Report on Wetlands

Recently a land planner requested a change in the Martin County Comp Plan, which protects small wetlands. The LPA recently voted against this public request. It now goes before Martin County Commissioners on April 25th. Listen to residents and experts discuss the value of small wetlands in our latest video: Please sign the petition to […]

Steep decline in wading bird nesting, SFWMD annual report shows

By Dacia L. Johnson March 8, 2017 TC Palm The South Florida Water Management District this week released its annual South Florida Wading Bird Report which showed the lowest wading bird nesting count since 2008. Compared to the 10-year average in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem: white ibis nesting was down 45 percent wood stork nesting was down 38 […]

Small Wetlands, Big Protections

The Guardians of Martin County is pleased to be a sponsor in this upcoming workshop on small wetlands, and the value they serve to our community.  Please join us for the event and sign the petition to protect our small wetlands: Sign Petition Download the flyer here: Wetlands flyer

Martin County being asked to ease environmental protections on wetlands

By Lidia Dinkova December 23, 2016 TC Palm MARTIN COUNTY — The county has been asked to loosen its environmental protections to allow developers to build on some smaller wetlands. Land-planner Don Cuozzo has asked the county to allow developers to build on wetlands that are a half-acre or smaller in unincorporated Martin County but within the urban-service district. The urban-service district is an area […]

Rising Seas Push Too Much Salt Into The Florida Everglades

By CHRISTOPHER JOYCE of WMRA (NPR) Published May 26, 2016 The Florida Everglades is a swampy wilderness the size of Delaware. In some places along the road in southern Florida, it looks like tall saw grass to the horizon, a prairie punctuated with a few twisted cypress trees. The sky is the palest blue. But beneath […]

Water District Oks Buying Hobe Sound Land for Wetlands

By Tyler Treadway, TC Palm The South Florida Water Management District Board of Governors on Thursday morning approved a plan to buy about 1,800 acres of Harmony Ranch, a site west of Hobe Sound where houses and businesses once were proposed, and restore it to a water-cleansing wetland. The board agreed to spend $17.2 million […]