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Scientists Grade the Everglades Reservoir Plan: F

It doesn’t work. The first scientific evaluations of Florida’s EAA reservoir plan were publicly released last week, and the findings are bleak: it can’t operate at full capacity without violating pollution standards. But it wouldn’t take much to fix it.

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Who Paid the Price for Sugar's Record Year?

Florida’s sugar industry just posted one of the best years in its history, even as the Everglades and virtually everyone in South Florida suffered one of the worst. It’s not a coincidence. Managing water in Florida means picking winners and losers. When there’s a drought, losers go thirsty. When it rains, losers drown. In 38 years of public records, sugar has yet to lose.

The Everglades flooded in 2017 while neighboring sugarcane fields stayed dry

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SFWMD Can't Find More Public Land. It's Up to Us.

The map below might be the best possible illustration of how little the public--taxpayers and voters--matter to the people who control our water.

State water managers couldn't find enough public land to expand the EAA reservoir plan. Can you?

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How the Nation Sees Florida's Water Crises

People around the country are watching Florida. They know about our water issues. They know our estuaries are collapsing. They know the Everglades are dying. And they want to help.

Famed fly tyer Tom Baltz signs the Now Or Neverglades Declaration at the Bullsugar-Patagonia Booth at The Fly Fishing Show

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Support The Commissioners That Have Supported Us

WE now have three commissioners that Big Sugar helped elect.

They've bought their way into our Chamber of Commerce and our Economic Council.

They have joined forces with the Lake Point rockpit people to try to get Sarah Heard and Ed fielding removed from the Martin County Commission.

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The EAA Reservoir Doesn't Need Willing Sellers

There’s a myth--really a lie--that we need to set straight right now: “willing sellers.”

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Do Not Give Up on Florida's Waterways

Hundreds of the world’s top Everglades scientists, policy experts, and engineers met this weekend to trade information and build consensus on how to keep Everglades restoration moving forward. As you’d expect with the ink barely dry on SFWMD’s Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir report to the legislature, the plan to revitalize South Florida’s estuaries dominated the discussion. Here are three telling points from the stage:

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Taxpayers to SFWMD: We Deserve Better

Finally! There is now consensus that the SFWMD refused to follow the law in planning the EAA Reservoir, the project that fast-tracked reducing toxic discharges and rewatering the parched Everglades.

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47 Years Later, John Whiticar's Got the Same Request

Whiticar Boat Works is a household name for many people in South Florida. For more than 60 years, the Whiticar family has remained a trusted brand in the sportfish boat building industry, made all the more memorable by its start in the sailfish Capitol of the World -- Stuart, FL.

The three paragraphs below are excerpts from a letter that John Whiticar wrote to the Stuart News 47 years ago, as an 18-year-old college student. 

Sea grass beds are the lifeblood of marine ecosystems, providing vital breeding and feeding grounds for all walks of marine life. Today these seagrass beds, pictured here at the Stuart Sandbar, no longer exist.
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Five Reasons Picking the Best EAA Reservoir Plan is Easy

The Florida legislature is about to get a 700-year-old philosophy lesson. William of Ockham's kernel of common sense from the 14th century--the simpler of two solutions is probably the better one--applies perfectly to the 21st century marvel we're designing to undo the damage we've done to our waterways.

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