State Budget Cuts into Water Monitoring

ORCA- The Ocean Research & Conservation Association on the Treasure Coast uses “Kilroys” submerged in our waterways to monitor water quality. Unfortunately, the number of Kilroys maybe reduced because of state funding cuts. Cut by Florida Legislature, ORCA seeks money for Kilroy water monitors A network of remote-controlled water monitors called Kilroys and LOBOs provide […]

The Water Sellout

Florida’s water seems free for the taking — at a cost to the rest of us BY CARL HIAASEN chiaasen@miamiherald.com Here’s a government agency that sucks. Literally. Last week, the Southwest Florida Water Management District voted to cut the flow of the famed freshwater springs that feed Crystal River and Kings Bay by up to […]

Reservoir Bill: Thank you to Legislators

Our latest newspaper ad in “The Stuart News” praising Senate President Negron and the other supporting legislators for getting Senate Bill 10 passed. It’s a good first step in reducing the toxic algae.

Florida drinking water among worst

Florida drinking water ranks among nation’s worst, study finds By Jenny Staletovitch May 2, 2017 Miami Herald More Floridians are exposed to unsafe drinking water than just about anywhere in the country, according to a new study of violations. The state ranked second in the number of people impacted by violations under the Safe Drinking […]

EAA Reservoir paper

*Update: April 24, 2017* This position paper is written by our Board member Jay O’Laughlin, Ph.D., a policy scientist with extensive experience in studying ways to protect the natural environment and our clean water supply. The paper was updated following the amendments to Senate Bill 10 on April 12th. Summary: A reservoir in the Everglades […]

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Update: 4/20/17 The amendment has been withdrawn by the applicant!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 […]

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,’’ […]

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, […]

Indian River muck dredging starts

By Kevin Spears February 20, 2017 Orlando Sentinel A determined and costly battle has begun against a sulfurous monster in the Indian River Lagoon, using a massive weapon of muck destruction. The 150-mile ribbon of partly salty, partly fresh water that hugs Florida’s Atlantic coast is gagging on what many call “muck.” Created by decades of […]

Guardians’ Programs featured in “The Island News”

The Guardians of Martin County’s Annual Meeting & Review is the featured story in this issue of “Island News”.  The newsletter is published by the Jupiter Island Residents Association. Read how The Guardians are advocating for clean water and efforts to stop “All Aboard Florida” from traveling through the Treasure Coast. Click here: Island News […]