Editorial: House Should Not Water Down SB 10

Florida House should not water down reservoir plan By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board April 20, 2017 The Florida House will hold its first committee vote Monday on the most important environment bill of the legislative session. Ideally, the House will make no changes to the Senate bill. SB 10 would create a reservoir south of […]

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 […]

Bob Graham: Support for environment being ignored

By Bob Graham April 4, 2017 The Gainesville Sun The Constitutional Revision Commission recently began holding meetings to propose amendments to the Florida Constitution. Based on the Florida Legislature’s recent actions, they may as well put an amendment on the 2018 ballot eliminating the first three words of the Florida Constitution, “We the people,” because […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Florida water managers call for ending federal court oversight of Everglades clean-up

By Jenny Staletovitch February 23, 2017 Miami Herald A quarter century after the state promised to clean up polluted farm water fouling the Everglades in a historic federal court order, water managers say its time to end the judicial oversight. In an email earlier this month, an attorney for the South Florida Water Management District […]

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, […]

Fix the Everglades? Don’t listen to Sugar’s lobbyists

(Uncredited) February 10, 2017 Orlando Sentinel The Florida Legislature is likely to be divided this session between North and South Florida. It shouldn’t be. South Florida needs water desperately. What used to flow south from Lake Okeechobee down through the Everglades can’t get there anymore. Florida Bay is dying. The Keys fishing industry is hurting. If Everglades […]