No more excuses on Everglades reservoir | Editorial

By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board April 6, 2017 Sun Sentinel The Florida Legislature has compromised on a vital Everglades project without compromising the goal. By a vote of 16-2, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved an amended version of Senate Bill 10. It would create a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to store fresh […]

Need for water storage reservoir outweighs criticism | Editorial

By the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board April 1, 2017 Sun Sentinel Opposition to a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee is mounting, but the arguments against the project remain unpersuasive. Two weeks ago, Everglades Agricultural Area farmers and elected officials vented at Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, during a town hall meeting in […]

Help the Everglades, help the economy | Editorial

Editorial March 18. 2017 Sun Sentinel Historic legislation to protect the Everglades and waterways throughout Florida continues to gain momentum in the Legislature. Not only should Tallahassee act this year, Tallahassee must act this year. Two committees have approved Senate Bill 10, which would provide money for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. Approval in […]

U.S. Sugar Says It Will Honor Land Contract If Reservoir Approved

By Amy Green WMFE Link to story: U.S. Sugar Corp. says it would honor a previous agreement putting land south of Lake Okeechobee toward Everglades restoration. U.S. Sugar staunchly has opposed a reservoir on the land, aimed at improving water flow after toxic algae blooms last year prompted emergency declarations in four counties. But […]

Analysis: EAA farmers refuse to sell land for Lake O discharges plan

By Isadora Rangel February 6, 2017 TC Palm  A bill to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges hit a roadblock the day before its first hearing as 14 landowners announced Monday they aren’t willing to sell land for a reservoir. Sugar giants U.S. Sugar Corp. and Florida Crystals, as well as smaller farmers who own at least 2,500 […]

Negron: Farmland isn’t only option for Okeechobee plan

By Jim Turner February 1, 2017 Orlando Sentinel TALLAHASSEE  —  Senate President Joe Negron appears willing to look beyond sugar farmland to carry out his proposal to reduce the flow of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into bays on both coasts. The Stuart Republican, speaking at the Capitol this week, maintained his desire to buy 60,000 acres for a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]