Experts Monitor IRL for Signs of Algal Blooms

By Matthew Peddie July 19, 2017 WMFE Rain and hot weather are putting stress on the Indian River Lagoon. Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program executive director Duane DeFreese said drought conditions earlier this year meant less nutrients were washing into the lagoon. DeFreese said the water in the lagoon is clearer than last year, […]

Algae study should prompt new Florida probe

By Treasure Coast Newspapers Editorial Board June 1, 2017 TC Palm   During the height of the 2016 algae crisis, media and politicians from around the state — in some cases, around the country — descended on Central Marine in Rio. The business came to be seen as the epicenter of the disaster. Reeking, disgusting mats […]

Senate Considers Fed Help For Toxic Algae

By Amy Green May 19, 2017 90.7 WMFE Legislation making its way on Capitol Hill could help Florida communities hit by toxic algae blooms. The Senate Commerce Committee approved the measure that for the first time would make federal funding available to communities and states affected by toxic algae blooms. The legislation would grant authority […]

The Reservoir Plan Will Help All of Us in Florida

Column: Protecting the Everglades with the reservoir plan will help all of us in Florida By Bob Martinez and Dominic M. Calabro April 24, 2017 Tampa Bay Times   Florida’s Everglades is an American iconic national park known and revered throughout the world for its biodiversity. Floridians, regardless where they live, must join together to […]

Fishing guides arrive in Tallahassee to say ‘we need help’ to save Florida Bay

By Mary Ellen Klas April 11, 2017 Miami Herald TALLAHASSEE Fishing guides who rely on Florida Bay and other fragile waterways arrived in the capital Tuesday to plea with lawmakers to follow through on the goal of buying land to build a water-storing reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. “We’re not up here to play politics,’’ […]

Leading scientific expert on toxic algae says it will happen again

By Jana Eschbach March 15, 2017 CBS 12 TREASURE COAST (CBS12) — It’s an environmental and economic disaster that will likely happen again, according to research on harmful algal blooms in the Indian River Lagoon. For the Treasure Coast and Space Coast’s waterways already suffering from bouts of red and brown tide and toxic algae blooms, the […]

Guest column: Invest in reservoir now — not later

By Nathaniel P. Reed March 10, 2017 TC Palm There is nothing complicated about the need to invest in the so-called Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir. One need only understand that water flows downhill. When Florida’s rains are heavy, the water flows down from the Kissimmee River valley and into Lake Okeechobee; it has to go somewhere […]

Eve Samples: Economic Council co-founder resigns, citing U.S. Sugar

By Eve Samples February 24, 2017 TC Palm Bud Jordan is not a radical. He has been an investment broker in Stuart for more than four decades. He’s a member of the “business hall of fame” at Florida State University. He co-founded the Economic Council of Martin County, a pro-business advocacy group, in 1985. But last […]

Guest column: Are ‘little’ wetlands worth saving? [Excerpt]

By Maggy Hurchalla February 22, 2017 TC Palm . . . Recently, the chairman of the Martin County Commission and the head of the Economic Council of Martin County joined Big Sugar in opposing Senate President Joe Negron’s plan to save our St. Lucie River estuary and the Everglades. It’s beginning to look like anti-environment sentiments are growing […]

Column: A Mistake by the lake — and how we now have a second chance for our water

By Dan Burkhardt February 14, 2017 Tampa Bay Times Think of it this way. Seventy-five years ago, your neighbor had three chickens. Over the years one thing led to another, and those three chickens turned into 300,000. Now when it rains, your property is awash in what goes with your neighbor’s chickens — chicken feed, […]