Toxic algae blooms may be linked to fatal liver disease

From Weather.com: “Residents who live near large blue-green algae blooms are at a higher risk to develop fatal nonalcoholic liver diseases than those who don’t, according to a study from Ohio State University. Cyanobacteria blooms, such as the one last summer in Martin, Lee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties that prompted a state of emergency … Click here to read more

WPTV: State moving forward on new VA facility on the Treasure Coast

“It was approved with much fanfare, but more than two years later, local veterans are wondering when a new VA nursing home will be built on the Treasure Coast. There are 280,000 veterans living in the service area that includes Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and seven other counties … Click here to read more

Florida governor signs Lake Okeechobee bill, 10 others

From WFLA: “A plan to build reservoirs south of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee to treat polluted water before it flows downstream is now law. Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill on Tuesday, which was a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) … Click here to read more

US Rep. Brian Mast wants to speed up Lake Okeechobee reservoir project

WPTV reports that “U.S. Congressman Brian Mast has unveiled a proposal that would speed up the completion of Everglades restoration projects, including a massive reservoir system south of Lake Okeechobee approved by the Florida Legislature this year … Click here to read more

Final passage of Negron Bill: Plan to reduce Lake O discharges heads to Gov Scott

Senate Bill 10, Water Resources, by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) saw final passage in both the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives today. The legislation will now be sent to Florida Governor Rick Scott. Senate Bill 10 authorizes a significant increase in southern water storage to further the goal of reducing and eventually eliminating harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee, a priority of Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) … Click here to read more

Lawmakers agree to pay for Lake Okeechobee reservoir

From WPTV: “Historic action was taken Tuesday to try to avoid a future algae crisis on the Treasure Coast. The Florida House and Senate agreed to pay for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb future lake discharges to the east and west … Click here to read more

Scott pitches dike repairs to Trump

“Gov. Rick Scott said he spoke with President Donald Trump on Wednesday about the importance of completing repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, according to News Service of FL … Click here to read more

Full Pink Moon tonight, April 11, 2017

From The Brevard Times: There will be a Full Moon tonight on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, that is called a Pink Moon. Because Passover and Easter occur in April in 2017, this particular moon is also known as an “Easter Moon” and “The Paschal Moon … Click here to read more

Revised Lake Okeechobee bill heads to the Senate floor

From The Associated Press: “Top Florida Republicans have taken a big step toward making their plan of building a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee an easier-to-swallow proposal for its opponents. A Senate budget committee on Wednesday approved drastic changes to the project, which seeks to divert toxic algae blooms … Click here to read more

Negron offers compromise on Everglades reservoir — state-owned and leased land

“Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday filed a sweeping rewrite of his top priority legislation to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, abandoning plans to buy up to 60,000 acres of agriculture land and relying on more state-owned and state-leased sugar fields to store and clean water to be sent into Florida Bay,” reports The Miami Herald … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: ‘Like phosphorus in your water? You’re in luck!’

“The federal role in Everglades restoration was expanded by U.S. District Judge Alan Gold, now retired, who had become increasingly exasperated by the stall tactics of Florida officials and the weakening of pollution limits for farm runoff waters. In a 2011 order, Gold irritably concluded that the state and the South Florida Water Management District, ‘have not been … Click here to read more