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We Asked For Toxicology Screens. We Got Smoke Screens.

“How toxic is too toxic?” Don’t ask.

A year ago, Congressman Brian Mast questioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about their role in tracking toxicity and warning affected communities when cyanobacteria blooms occur. His questions highlighted what has historically been an unacceptable toleration for coastal communities’ exposure to health threats from Lake Okeechobee discharges.

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We Asked For Toxicology Screens. We Got Smoke Screens.

“How toxic is too toxic?” Don’t ask.

A year ago, Congressman Brian Mast questioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about their role in tracking toxicity and warning affected communities when cyanobacteria blooms occur. His questions highlighted what has historically been an unacceptable toleration for coastal communities’ exposure to health threats from Lake Okeechobee discharges.

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Stunning Admission by the Army Corps

No one with knowledge of the decades-long decline of South Florida’s estuaries could have been prepared for what we heard yesterday.

After years of static, after seemingly endless sidestepping and half-truths and flat-out lies from officials at every level, a stark, simple truth exploded like a thunderclap in congress. This exchange took seconds:

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Happy Independence Day!

On this 4th of July, we’re taking a moment to express gratitude for the protection of our right to clean water as Americans, and we commend the difference that a year and a change in operational priorities can make.

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GUEST POST: Fixing the Monster of Our Own Making

Outdated priorities and a broken operational system have left Florida in a tailspin of escalating catastrophes. Recently, a sharper look at the downstream effects of massive Lake Okeechobee discharges impacting health and human safety has taken center stage as more and more research surfaces tying exposure to algal toxins to a myriad of devastating health impacts.

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This Law Would Protect Us From Toxic Blooms

This week, Congressman Brian Mast took a stand for clean water and human health when he filed the PROTECT Florida Act.

This landmark legislation proposes a unified solution with immediate impacts for three critically important waterways, by declaring protection of human health throughout the entire Everglades system as the greatest priority for operational management of Lake Okeechobee by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Friends of the Everglades Merges with Bullsugar Alliance

Today Friends of the Everglades and Bullsugar Alliance officially announce a merger of the two organizations. Special thanks to TC Palm's Tyler Treadway for the additional coverage found here. 


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This Is What Reducing Risks Looks Like

There’s a couple things that Floridians have learned to count on each and every summer. A betting man could safely put his money on excessive heat and some amount of sure rain. Lately, unfortunate odds have made toxic algae outbreaks a strong third on the list of likely’s.

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The Truth Is In The Water

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The Indian River Lagoon: trophy seatrout capital of the world.

Or, at least it used to be.

Mike Conner is no stranger to the brilliance of South Florida waterways. He speaks with the familiarity of a long-time angler and guide on the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon, describing with reverence the beauty and the magic of a one-of-a-kind ecosystem that is responsible for some of the nation’s most iconic and prolific fisheries.

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