Senate passes water bill authorizing southern reservoir, Congressman Mast says

From WPTV: “The U.S. Senate has approved legislation that authorizes a planned EAA Reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, according to Congressman Brian Mast. He now says it will be sent to President Trump to sign into law … Click here to read more

Hurricane Michael could rile South Florida red tide

From WPBF:  “With red tide still present off of South Florida beaches, there’s new concerns about the possibility it could grow again, creating high concentrations of the toxins. … Click here to read more

Participate now: Survey regarding possibility of a Stuart train station

“The Stuart City Commission has filed a formal objection to the Environmental Impact Study prepared by Brightline and has previously passed a resolution objecting to the expansion of the FEC corridor for passenger service. However, Brightline has collected all of the necessary environmental permits and preliminary work to complete the service between West Palm Beach and Orlando … Click here to read more

Erin Brockovich talks toxic slime and cancer in Stuart: ‘Florida has a lot of water issues’

From The Miami Herald: “On Sunday, Brockovich traveled to Stuart in Martin County to talk to a crowd in Flagler Park about harmful algae blooms in the St. Lucie River … Click here to read more

Red Tide FAQs : Residents and visitors with respiratory issues should avoid Martin beaches

As red tide blooms approach coastal areas, breaking waves can cause their toxins to become mixed with airborne sea spray. People in coastal areas can experience varying degrees of eye, nose, and throat irritation … Click here to read more

WUSF: Measures that would help address Florida’s harmful algal blooms remain stalled in Congress

“Florida is waiting on Congress to authorize two efforts that could help address algal blooms plaguing the state’s coastal and inland waterways. The lack of action is jeopardizing Floridians’ health and the state’s economy, according to elected officials who have written letters asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell … Click here to read more

From The Rivers Coalition: ‘Meet and Greet’ general election candidates, 9.26, 5:30pm

“​The Rivers Coalition would like to put forward a short list of water related questions.  Our ‘Meet and Greet’ should be an opportunity to ask the candidates the following  questions: … Click here to read more

Maggy Reno Hurchalla on cyanobacteria health risks: Be afraid and be careful

From Maggy Reno Hurchalla, a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, water and planning, a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation, and a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards: “State agencies are not giving us adequate warnings about the health risks of cyanobacteria exposure. … Click here to read more

Think the algae is just in the water? Think again…

” Can cyanobacteria and toxins spread through air? Surface water with harmful algal blooms (HABs, notably cyanobacteria) and their organic compounds may also affect the surrounding air … Click here to read more

Centers for Disease Control Animal Safety Alert: When in doubt, stay out of blue-green algae

“Do not let your pets or livestock graze near, drink, or swim in water where you see cyanobacteria blooms, foam, or scum on the surface. If your animal gets in water with a bloom, immediately wash it off with clean water. Do not let the animal lick cyanobacteria off of its fur. … Click here to read more

How is Hurricane Florence affecting Florida? Canceled flights, high surf and more

From The Sun-Sentinel: ‘As the massive storm closed in on North Carolina on Thursday, it also was disrupting life in Florida. Here are some ways: canceled flights, East Coast evacuees arriving in Florida, beaches and pier closures, surf and riptides, wind and rain, and animal rescues … Click here to read more