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Residents' Message to Army Corps: This is NOT a Game

People are waiting hours for two minutes at the microphone. The stories they’re telling at the Army Corps’ public meetings on water management are sometimes hard to listen to. Watching their dogs die. Wondering whether the neurological diseases crippling their parents are connected to the toxic blooms on the river. Wondering what years of exposure will mean for their own health. For their children.

Port Mayaca Locks. Photo credit: US Army Corps of Engineers.

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Judge Refuses to End Pollution Oversight in Everglades

“No.” The last holdouts on Rick Scott’s South Florida Water Management District governing board had gone years without hearing this answer from any authority, but things in Florida are different now. On Monday US Judge Federico Moreno denied their request, made essentially on behalf of Florida sugarcane growers, to end federal water quality standards in the Everglades.

SFWMD argued that the sugarcane industry no longer needs federal oversight to ensure it isn't polluting the Everglades

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JOIN US: Get Ready to Speak Up For Our Community

Scores of Treasure Coast residents have already gone on record. Now it's your turn.

The Army Corps of Engineers is offering opportunities all across the state to residents, visitors, and anyone else who holds places in Florida close to their hearts to help reshape the future of Florida’s water. They’re headed to Stuart on Tuesday, February 19th to conduct scoping hearings for how they manage Lake Okeechobee for the first time since 2005.

To understand what to expect and how to prepare, please join Bullsugar with Congressman Brian Mast and representatives from the Center for Biological Diversity this coming Saturday, February 16th, for a community briefing on the upcoming scoping hearing.

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Public Input Needed: Is Lake Okeechobee Management Working for You?

We need your help. The Army Corps is reviewing its rules for managing Lake Okeechobee, and they want to hear whether discharges or toxic blooms have impacted people’s lives and livelihoods.

Florida ran out of landfill space for fish killed by toxic blooms in 2018.

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Maybe There's a Silver Bullet After all...

“There’s no silver bullet” has been just about every politician’s soundbite at some point during Florida’s ongoing water management crisis. Red tide, toxic algae, human health risks, poisoned dogs, collapsing fisheries… somehow the equivalent of “golly, search me” passes for leadership, whatever the issue.

Cutting off dry season flows to Florida Bay led to salinity levels higher than the Dead Sea

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Florida's Party Bosses Have a Choice: Sugar or Water

Quick, name the Florida politicians--Democrat or Republican--whose leadership on clean water policy makes them true champions. To be fair, there are a few legitimate champions in office today. Why aren’t there more?

Sugarcane in Florida's EAA

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Bob Graham's Confession: I Failed You

Has there ever been a harsher contrast in leadership than what Florida saw last week from the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District and from former governor Bob Graham?

Cyanobacteria bloom 2018

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We Can't Wait 65 years: Calusa Waterkeeper Sues Federal Water Managers

More conservation groups are standing up for clean water, refusing to wait decades for Florida to build itself out of this water management crisis. Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani says it plainly: the time for bold action cannot wait.

Cyanobacteria Outbreak, 2018

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2018 Thank-you Message to Bullsugar Supporters

We made history this year. Never before has clean water inspired political debate, media coverage, or public discussion the way it did in Florida in 2018.

St. Lucie dolphin. Emily Mauri photo.

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Disinformation: Three Tales Being Spread Now About Florida's Water Crisis

Without Lake Okeechobee discharges feeding toxic blooms, the water on both Florida coasts is clearing up, like a Christmas gift from water management agencies. Memories of the sight--and smell--of death and slime piling up on our shorelines are starting to fade. Trying to forget Toxic 2018 is entirely forgivable.

Trying to forget Toxic 2018 is forgivable. Spreading disinformation about it isn't.

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