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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.
You'll have to excuse Florida Sportsman founder and editor-in-chief Karl Wickstrom for being blunt about the destruction of our estuaries. Blame a lifetime of listening to excuses and lies about it.
The Army Corps wants to hear from you about developing water and drainage plans. Is this a chance to start talking about where health and human safety rank in South Florida’s water management system?
Sugar isn’t the only corrupt industry that can buy communities to silence complaints about its pollution. But it might be the only one that gets taxpayers to pick up the cost.
Martin County taxpayers are being pushed by Flint, Michigan-based US Sugar to join a long line of Floridians paying to clean up the company’s waste.
The key to making the EAA reservoir work might have been under our feet all along.
Scientists have said for years that the project can’t succeed without enough land. To stop discharges to the coasts and restore the Everglades, the system needs more than storage. It needs to constantly refill and empty as fast as it can in the wet season, flowing through treatment marshes to filter out pollution before sending it south.
The cyanobacteria bloom at Canal Point on Lake Okeechobee is more than twice as toxic as last year's highest lake reading, when the "guacamole" bloom clotted the St. Lucie River. These results were published today by Florida DEP, based on samples taken last week:Read more
Last week, and three years running now, Lake Okeechobee was covered in blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria. In 2015 and 2016, it turned extremely toxic. In 2017, it will likely do the same.
It's hard to fire the truth. SFWMD executive director Pete Antonacci made headlines this week threatening to dismiss the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) from collaborating on Everglades restoration. Why? Because NAS has been telling embarrassing truths since its December report on the project, including the facts that planners grossly underestimated the water storage it needs and grossly overestimates how much can go underground. SFWMD has been peddling a very different story.
The EAA reservoir “is not going to happen.” That’s what South Florida Water Management District WRAC member Newton Cook proclaimed at the June 8 SFWMD Governing Board meeting.
Depending on what meeting you attended this week, Senate Bill 10 and the reservoir are either the ambitious next step in a decades-old restoration process or the elephant in a room full of elephant hunters.Read more
By Peter Girard
No one has been a louder critic of SFWMD than Bullsugar. But the district and the Army Corps of Engineers have a legitimate success with the Kissimmee River project.
By focusing on returning the river to its historic condition, letting nature work the way it used to, and avoiding high-risk, over-engineered approaches, they’re on track to deliver positive results on a project that we all agree is important. We should apply the lessons of the Kissimmee River Restoration Project to all remaining CERP projects.Read more