Martin County OKs 5,000-gallon septic

By Tyler Treadway May 23, 2017 TC Palm (Excerpt) Size matters The size refers to the gallons of wastewater the system can process in a day, not the capacity of the septic tank. The state standard is for systems that can process up to 10,000 gallons a day. The commission agreed to the stricter 2,000-gallons-a-day limit in […]

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 […]

Senate OKs Lake Okeechobee reservoir bill; what about House?

    By Isadora Rangel April 12, 2017 TC Palm TALLAHASSEE — The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. With a 36-3 vote, the Senate sent the bill to the House, where some members have criticized Republican Senate President […]

Plan that includes keeping toxic algae from waterways is now bigger and more expensive

By Mary Ellen Klas March 8, 2017 Miami Herald TALLAHASSEE A Senate plan to bond $1.2 billion in state funds to build a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee grew to become a $3.3 billion bonding program that would fund dozens of water projects around the state — from sewage treatment in Tampa Bay […]

Sen. Negron: Plan to curb discharges by speeding up dike repairs won’t work

By Tyler Treadway March 2, 2017 TC Palm In a memo to fellow senators Thursday, Senate President Joe Negron dismissed a proposal to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges by holding more water in the lake. Negron is sticking by his own plan to buy farmland south of Lake O and build a reservoir to hold, treat and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Port St. Lucie seeks $8 million for McCarty Ranch water farm

By Tyler Treadway January 3, 2017 TC Palm PORT ST. LUCIE — City officials see acres and acres of overgrown citrus groves as a way of helping save the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon while slaking the thirst of future residents. And all the city needs to make the vision a reality, they say, is […]

The Guardians of Martin County Present A New Path To Clean Water

This clean water flowing through the Everglades is not only beautiful, it also holds the key to our survival as Floridians. Florida is facing a potential water crisis due to “water waste”. Hundreds of billions of gallons of fresh water from Lake Okeechobee are being “wasted to tide” every year through drainage canals that discharge […]

Eve Samples: Do you have a case of ‘seasonal amnesia’?

By Eve Samples December 2, 2016 TC Palm Do you have seasonal amnesia? Symptoms may include: Ability to enjoy our waterways without having flashbacks of blue-green algae.  Forgetting the ammonia-like stench that clung to parts of the St. Lucie River this spring and summer.  Inability to recall dead fish floating near downtown Stuart. Feelings of lessened frustration toward officials […]