Microplastics plague the lagoon

By Jim Waymer May 26, 2017 Florida Today The crabs and oysters we eat from the Indian River Lagoon harbor tiny bits of plastic, with unknown health risks to us and to them, new research suggests. University of Central Florida researchers say our old fraying boat ropes, fishing equipment, fibers from synthetic clothes and other broken-down plastic bits are the […]

Research Shows Link Between Environment, Dolphin Health

By Amy Green May 15, 2017 WMFE New research reveals the critical role the environment plays in dolphin health. The study compared dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon and Charleston, S.C., with those at the Georgia Aquarium and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego. Lead author Patricia Fair of the Medical University […]

Dolphin ills echo human health risks

By Jim Waymer May 5, 2017 Florida Today Researchers studying our closest relatives that live in the Indian River Lagoon have delivered a grim diagnosis: our local dolphins are ailing under a relentless barrage of pathogens, mercury and pollution. Half suffer chronic illness, and biologists say we had better pay attention to their plight, or we may be next. “I think […]

Coastal Everglades, deprived of fresh water, near unhealthy ‘tipping point’

By Jenny Staletovitch February 13, 2017 Miami Herald SHARK RIVER At the bottom of the Everglades along the mouth of the Shark River, a towering mangrove forest stands in a place few people outside anglers and researchers ever see: at the edge of a vast shallow bay where the salty sea and freshwater marshes conspired […]

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 […]

Everglades’ water at risk from sea-level rise, scientists say

By Andy Reid December 15, 2016 Sun Sentinel Climate change and other hurdles mean it will take more water — and potentially more taxpayer money — to save the Everglades, according to new scientific findings released Thursday. The report to Congress warns that rising seas and warming temperatures are threatening to worsen damage already done […]

Sugar-cane growing on state land misses pollution-cleanup goal, records show

By Andy Reid December 11, 2016 Sun Sentinel Two sugar cane farms repeatedly failing to meet Everglades pollution-cleanup goals remain in business thanks to an accommodating landlord — the state of Florida. The two farms, leasing a combined 1,200 acres of publicly owned land in Palm Beach County, generate large spikes in water pollution, state […]

Editorial: Despite awful year, there’s hope for Indian River Lagoon

By the TC Palm Editorial Board December 7, 2016 TC Palm This year has been a disaster for the Indian River Lagoon — especially the southern section, which was ravaged by massive discharges of polluted freshwater from Lake Okeechobee for much of 2016. The glass-half-empty approach views the problems confronting the lagoon as insurmountable. The glass-half-full approach sees […]

Notify Floridians ASAP about environmental disasters: Where We Stand- Orlando Sentinel

By the editors of the Orlando Sentinel November 28, 2016 Orlando Sentinel Three months ago, as Florida was still reeling from one environmental disaster — toxic algae blooms on both coasts — the state suffered another. More than 200 million gallons of contaminated water leaked into the Floridan Aquifer, the primary source of drinking water […]

Editorial: Rick Scott’s positive move for openness

Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board September 27, 2016 Tampa Bay Times Gov. Rick Scott’s order to require the public to be told of any pollution incidents within 24 hours is a rare victory for open government, public health and the environment. It also is common sense, and the Legislature should follow up next year by […]