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Experts Say the EAA Reservoir Won't Work

It won’t work. A newly published, peer-reviewed scientific evaluation of the EAA Reservoir plan is calling for a dramatic shift in design to ensure that good intentions don’t just end up polluting our waters and making us and our Everglades more sick, later.

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Why Aren’t There More Clean Water Champions?

At last month’s House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee hearing on the Water Resources Development Act, two voices stood out in a crowded room to speak for the decades-long decline of South Florida’s waterways.

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This is What Winning Looks Like

13 months ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn’t track toxic algae in Lake Okeechobee discharges. Today, they are changing the way they manage the lake specifically to prevent harmful health effects from toxic algae. This is huge news, and we are grateful to all who have helped us keep the pressure on.

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The Salvation of a Clean Water Summer

Ohana Surf Shop is one of dozens of local businesses on the Treasure Coast that has struggled. After discharge years cost the shop thousands of dollars in surf lessons and paddleboard excursions, we caught up with them to get a first-hand account of what this year’s clean water summer really means for a small, family-owned business.

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Toxic Bloom Closes Lake

How familiar does this sound? Climbing summer temperatures and nutrient-rich runoff had been feeding algae blooms on the state's biggest lake for some time. Reports were sporadic. Officials weren’t overly concerned. It wasn’t news.

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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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