Florida Legislature approves reservoir

Florida Legislature approves reservoir to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges By Isadora Rangel May 2, 2017 TC Palm TALLAHASSEE — Senate President Joe Negron seemed overly optimistic earlier this year when he gave himself a 70 percent chance of getting legislative approval for his proposal to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb discharges. After much […]

Water Shortage Warning

South Florida under a water shortage warning By The Associated Press April 17, 2017 Sun Sentinel MIAMI (AP) — South Florida water managers issued a water shortage warning that asked more than 8 million residents to conserve water and follow lawn-watering rules. The South Florida Water Management District issued the warning for residents from Orlando […]

Negron offers compromise on Everglades reservoir — state-owned and leased land

By Mary Ellen Klas April 4, 2017 Miami Herald TALLAHASSEE Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday filed a sweeping rewrite of his top priority legislation to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, abandoning plans to buy up to 60,000 acres of agriculture land and relying on more state-owned and state-leased sugar fields to store […]

Indian River Lagoon could get $30 million boost this year

By Isadora Rangel March 22, 2017 TC Palm TALLAHASSEE — The Indian River Lagoon might get a $30 million annual boost this year through a bill a Senate committee approved Wednesday. Republican Sen. Debbie Mayfield, who represents the bulk of the 156-mile estuary in Brevard and Indian River counties, filed legislation to clean the estuary troubled in recent […]

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 […]

Water managers declare Everglades nearly clean; the people who live there say not yet

By Jenny Staletovitch March 3, 2017 Miami Herald For much of the last year, the South Florida Water Management District has circulated a set of maps plotting water quality that it says proves just how clean the Everglades have become, essentially declaring victory in a critical step toward restoring the swamp. But the Miccosukee Tribe, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bill calling for reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee filed in state House

By Tyler Treadway February 10, 2017 TC Palm The proposal to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb disastrous discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers is now officially before the Florida House of Representatives. State Rep. Thad Altman, a Rockledge Republican who formerly represented part of the Treasure Coast in the […]

Our view: Legislature must seize historic opportunity on Lake O land buy

By TC Palm Editors February 2, 2017 TC Palm You can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, wrote author Oscar Wilde. On that basis, state Senate President Joe Negron is standing 10 feet tall right about now. Throughout the fall, as Negron talked about the need to buy land south of Lake […]