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Last summer’s red tide event persisted longer than any in more than 10 years with help from a constant source of nutrients from Lake Okeechobee discharges. Marine life was killed in unprecedented numbers, sparking headlines across the nation that had residents and visitors worried about human health impacts of harmful algal bloom exposure and looking to the state for answers.
Warmer days are coming, but residents may get a break this year thanks to the Army Corps’ decision to head-off mid-summer discharges. Still, facing a crisis that is likely to return, people have reasons to beware of what they hear from the state or from state-funded scientists eager to please their benefactors. When a prominent laboratory proclaims, “c’mon in, the water’s fine,” following the money can lead to unsettling questions.
WE NEED YOUR HELP. Our legislature is using the final hours of Florida’s 2019 legislative session to reduce Florida Forever funding.
The Army Corps asked and the people of South Florida answered--in force.
Monday brought to a close more than two months of public comment sessions hosted by the Corps. Thousands of voices weighed in, from across the state and beyond, to build the record, provide feedback, and raise concerns as the Corps deliberates the replacement of the current Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule with a new policy, now dubbed the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM).
Any legislation that paves the way for private interests to use taxpayer resources to develop the Everglades is not in the public interest.
In this episode of Florida politics, Eye on Miami’s Alan Farago takes a closer look at the proposed C-51 reservoir. The project, now creeping its way through the legislature under the guise of preserving and protecting the natural environment, reveals a darker intention with a second, harder look.
If ever there was a person who captured the spirit of the fight to save Florida’s River of Grass, the famously feisty defender of the Everglades, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was it. And who better to commemorate those efforts than Martin County’s own local water hero and long-time friend of Marjory, Maggy Hurchalla.
On what would have been Marjory’s 129th birthday, and fifty years after the founding of Friends of the Everglades, Maggy honors the life and legacy of Marjory Stoneman Douglas that lives on through the work of Friends, which remains committed to preserving, protecting, and restoring the only Everglades in the world.
Where are we with saving the Everglades?
By Maggy Hurchalla
There is no question that insufficient and outdated water management priorities have led us to a human health crisis.
Holding Lake Okeechobee water levels too high before the rainy season last year resulted in the emergency discharge of 392 billion gallons of toxic water into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee, leaving behind a rash of health concerns and unanswered questions. (The Army Corps admitted they were betting on a dry weather forecast. We all lost that bet.)
The human health crisis blooming in Florida is becoming harder to ignore.
Last week a new study showed that dolphins are testing positive for fatal neurological disorders--similar to Alzheimer’s--after chronic exposure to toxic algae in the same waters that we swim in, fish from, and live on.