Posts Tagged ‘St. Lucie Estuary’

Lake O Bloom A Repeat of 2016?

The latest algae bloom is concerning, particularly if more rain comes and the water is sent back to the estuaries. All the more reason to send the water south.

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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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Editorial: Negron’s smart next step for the Everglades

By Editorial Board January 11, 2017 Tampa Bay Times There should be no doubt that the Florida Legislature should move forward with a sensible plan to create more water storage space south of Lake Okeechobee to achieve the goals of the multibillion-dollar Everglades cleanup effort. That is critical for easing the dumping of toxic lake…

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South Florida Water District board OKs Caulkins water farm extension

By Tyler Treadway November 10, 2016 TC Palm The South Florida Water Management District board on Thursday approved a nearly $62.5 million project to help clean up the St. Lucie River by expanding the Caulkins water farm in western Martin County. The 11-year contract with Caulkins Citrus Co. calls for the water farm to remove about 26…

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Who’ll perform CPR on Everglades? South Florida chokes on guacamole

By Eric Eikenberg October 30, 2016 Orlando Sentinel Imagine that one of Florida’s most important flood-control structures has been ruptured, and that every day, 1.5 billion gallons of toxic water is gushing into two of Florida’s most popular sport fishing, boating and tourist areas. Soon, a dark, smelly blue-green algae bloom forms in the waterways, with…

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When will Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie River end?

By Tyler Treadway October 18, 2016 TC Palm Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie River could decrease again Friday, but likely won’t stop yet. At a conference call Tuesday with government and nonprofit agency scientists from throughout South Florida, Army Corps of Engineers officials seemed ready to accept requests to cut discharges from 1.16 billion…

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Guest column: Water from Lake O must go south

By Mark Perry, Florida Oceanographic Society October 2, 2016 TC Palm We are now at 247 days of constant discharges from Lake Okeechobee, totaling more than 216 billion gallons into the St. Lucie Estuary and southern Indian River Lagoon. More than 400 billion gallons have gone to the Caloosahatchee River Estuary from the lake during this…

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The Fix to our water crisis is complicated but doable

By Roger Williams September 28, 2016 Florida Weekly IT’S THE YEAR OF WATER IN FLORIDA. Unprecedented winter floods swept into Lake Okeechobee from the north, cascading into the delicate estuaries on Florida’s east and west coasts, cooking up the worst summer algae blooms and fish kills in memory. It was international news. Vacationers stayed away.…

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