Godspeed Nat Reed

From Bullsugar: “We lost Nathaniel Reed this week, on the heels of losing Karl Wickstrom. Two legendary figures who changed our world and gave future generations the chance to experience American wilderness. They inspired and encouraged us to fight … Click here to read more

BREAKING: Nat Reed, environmental icon, dies at 84

From The Palm Beach Post: “Nathaniel Pryor Reed came from old money, but his love was the land. Part of the Reed dynasty of southern Martin County’s Hobe Sound and Jupiter Island, he hobnobbed with the Bushes and members of FDR’s cabinet … Click here to read more

Corps to suspend flows from Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will suspend water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries effective Monday morning, July 9. … Click here to read more

Lake O Watershed Restoration Project draft released by USACE, public invited to comment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District is accepting comments on the Draft Integrated Project Implementation Report (PIR) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) … Click here to read more

Sen. Bill Nelson hears concerns on algae

From WPTV: “At a packed house at Stuart City Hall, many hammered the Senator on this issue. ‘Rashes, irritation,’ said Robert Lord Jr. at Martin Health System. ‘Getting worse all the time,’ said Mark Perry with Florida’s Oceanographic Society … Click here to read more

Jupiter Island Public Safety exercise a home invasion in Greg Norman’s house

From Greg Norman: “A privilege to let this great team from Jupiter Island Public Safety exercise a home invasion in my house before demolition next week. This crew does everything from active shooter, fire and fire rescue and paramedics … Click here to read more

105 new Florida laws kick in on Sunday

From The Sun-Sentinel: “More than 100 bills that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law from the 2018 legislative session will take effect Sunday, including a new state budget that tops $88 billion. Among the measures slated to take effect Sunday: … Click here to read more

ALERT – Lake O algae sample is toxic: Florida DEP

From Bullsugar.org: On Friday Florida DEP confirmed that the algal bloom in Lake Okeechobee off Clewiston tested positive for microcystin. The algae is toxic. The news went largely unreported … Click here to read more

US Army Corps of Engineers to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

From The USACE: “Today, the lake stage is 14.05 feet. The Corps will release water to the St. Lucie Estuary from the lake in a ‘pulse’ fashion, which means flows will vary during the seven-day release period.  The Corps is working with state officials to determine what other actions can be taken to address water management challenges in south Florida … Click here to read more

Eye on Miami: FL Congressman Brian Mast ventures where few have gone before

 “Congressman Mast has had enough. Last week he wrote to the US Army Corps of Engineers, urging a halt to all discharges ‘until the water quality is deemed safe …’ … Click here to read more

Water Quality Report from Florida Oceanographic Society: Overall grade 60%, D-, Destructive…

Florida Oceanographic Society in conjunction with the Marine Resources Council. has volunteer water quality monitors throughout the St. Lucie River. Once a week the water quality is tested for five parameters; temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and water clarity … Click here to read more