Posts Tagged ‘Everglades’

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…

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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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Big Sugar’s slime flows north to the Capitol

By Carl Hiaasen January 15, 2017 Miami Herald The paid soldiers in Gov. Rick Scott’s war on the environment are aligning to block state efforts to purchase any farm lands south of Lake Okeechobee, which means Floridians can look forward to more summers of slime. Nightmare algae blooms, vile and job-killing, are destined to be…

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Toughen the Everglades Forever Act | Editorial

By the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board December 29, 2016 Sun Sentinel If the Legislature doesn’t update the Everglades Forever Act, it will take forever to save what remains of the Everglades. The Sun Sentinel’s Andy Reid reported recently that between 2011 and 2015, two Palm Beach County sugar farms totaling 1,200 acres discharged runoff that…

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POINT OF VIEW The water is going the wrong way

By Kimberly Mitchell December 27, 2016 Palm Beach Post For many, the discussion of Everglades restoration can get a bit overwhelming. The complex, man-made water management problems we face involve not just water quality, but also water quantity, timing and distribution. Today, America’s Everglades are collapsing from a lack of clean freshwater. Sugar growers Florida…

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The “willpower and commitment” behind protecting Florida’s Everglades

By CBS News / Jeff Glor December 22, 2016 CBS Morning News [The CBS News] ongoing series, “America the Beautiful,” celebrates 100 years of the National Park Service. In this installment, we take you to the Everglades. The Southern Florida swamp is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. CBS News correspondent Jeff Glor visited…

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