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Lost in the outcry to replace the SFWMD Board of Governors over its attempt to sneak in one last sugarcane land deal at taxpayers’ expense before the Rick Scott era ends is another reason to replace the board: Its announcement in that same public meeting that the district plans to get the sugarcane industry out of its water quality obligations.
The South Florida Water Management District’s board of governors got an earful from the public last week after sneaking through a deal to lease the EAA reservoir property to a sugarcane company. So the district responded to critical emails from the people who fund its operations more or less the way it always has under Rick Scott’s administration: It blocked them.
USGS scientists may have solved a pivotal toxic algae mystery in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries.
Talented documentary filmmakers weave complex issues into stories you can't look away from. Spencer Miller does even more with Sweetwater: He tells a deeply personal, sad, and ultimately hopeful story about the decline of South Florida's waterways and the fight to recover them. Please watch it.Read more
For Immediate Release: September 25—Stuart, Florida—Clean water advocacy Bullsugar.org today announced its endorsement of Rep. Brian Mast (R-Palm City) to represent Florida’s 18th District in the US House.
By Maggy Hurchalla
State agencies are not giving us adequate warnings about the health risks of cyanobacteria exposure. The Department of Health website minimizes the problem. It says cyanobacteria occur naturally all over the world. What is happening in Lake Okeechobee and other Florida waters is not natural.
It’s official: Congress has the legislation needed to cut off the flow of nutrient pollution and toxic blooms to our coasts. With your help, it can become law. Here's what you need to know:
The bad news keeps piling up. Toxic blooms on Florida's west coast are getting worse. The east coast just saw its first official beach closure. New analysis shows Lake Okeechobee pollution spiking. And Florida's Department of Health is misinforming the public about health risks. Things look bleak right now.Read more
I reported last month on the plight of the Caloosahatchee River and its befouled waters flowing from Lake Okeechobee; delivering slime to waterfront neighborhoods in Fort Myers and Cape Coral along the way to the Gulf Islands of Southwest Florida.