Posts Tagged ‘Algae blooms’

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…

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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…

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Investigation: Human waste fertilizes farms, but fuels toxic algae blooms

By Lucas Daprile February 8, 2017 TC Palm The 317-acre farm was covered in a layer 2 feet deep with mountains piled 12 feet high and wet pools turning blue and green — but no commercial sod in sight. Griffin liked the free “fertilizer” and Hollywood Public Utilities liked the cheaper, easier way of disposing…

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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…

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Poisoning A River of Grass

By Jessica M. Castillo January 23, 2017 University of Miami In less than a 20-minute drive west, Larry Brand leaves Miami’s suburban sprawl and reaches the Everglades, where he’s been tracking the toxic algal blooms that are increasingly assaulting the diverse ecosystem, threatening South Florida’s water supply, fishing industry, tourism and even health. A specialist…

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Court reinstates EPA rule to allow pumping dirty water unchecked

By Jenny Staletovich January 20, 2017 Bradenton Herald South Florida water managers can keep moving dirty water from farms and suburbs into the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee without obtaining federal pollution permits, a divided U.S. appeals court ruled this week in New York. The ruling stems from a decades-long battle by the Miccosukee Tribe and…

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Gil Smart: Battle joined on Negron plan

By Gil Smart January 13, 2017 TC Palm State Sen. Rob Bradley said he’s ready to carry water, so to speak, for Senate President Joe Negron. But there sure are a lot of people trying to make him spill it. Bradley chairs the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources, a mouthful…

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