Former Martin Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla to receive Everglades Coalition Hall of Fame Award

Maggy Hurchalla  was a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, and is a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation.

Former Martin County Commissioner and environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla will receive the Everglades Coalition Hall of Fame Award at the 29th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference in Naples this weekend. She has been a tireless and effective advocate for Everglades Restoration, even before The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). She was 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, an award winner for national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, water studies – to help the Everglades CERP and before CERP.

As a member of the Governor’s Commission of Sustainable South Florida, she worked with others to negotiate settlements of controversies between stakeholders, always reminding the stakeholders of what the future holds if the Everglades is NOT restored. She rolled up her sleeves and worked through the calculations for modeling restoration methods for the IRL Feasibility Study. She was a member of the Working Team for the Indian River Lagoon Feasibility Study, a major component of Everglades Restoration – the point person for the use of natural storage and water quality treatment areas. The natural storage component is now included as a significant part of the IRL Feasibility Study. Maggy provided vital analysis and was a proponent for the approach of using pasture and rangeland with relic wetlands to provide storage, reduce the nutrient load to the waterways, and provide important water quality improvement in addition to the storage component.

She has been an effective advocate – building united fronts for Everglades restoration and working with residents and businesses for effective lobbying together to get CERP authorizations and Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) approvals. She was also at the forefront for Martin County’s passing a referendum for a local sales tax for CERP. She publishes articles and speaks around the state to community groups, planners, and environmental groups about the role of wetlands, planning and CERP in a sustainable Florida. She has previously received two national awards for her years of working to clean up and protect the Everglades and

The Everglades Coalition is an alliance of 57 local, state and national organizations dedicated to the full restoration of the greater Everglades ecosystem, from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes into Lake Okeechobee and to the estuaries, through the River of Grass, out to Florida Bay and the Keys. Through consensus, the Everglades Coalition is dedicated to:

• Advocating for the restoration, protection and enhancement of the greater Everglades ecosystem;

• Supporting and providing education and public understanding regarding all aspects of the Everglades ecosystem;

• Supporting and sponsoring research in the protection, restoration and enhancement of the Everglades ecosystem;

• Facilitating the coordination of information resources, strategies and efforts among Everglades Coalition members.

The Coalition works in the public arena to inform decision-makers on the collective view of the conservation community regarding the greater Everglades ecosystem. Some of the tools used by the Coalition include policy papers, comparisons of proposed policy decisions focused on sound science, and public comments on critical aspects of restoration.

Conference sponsors include:

1000 Friends of Florida

Arthur R. Marshall Foundation

Audubon Florida

Audubon Society of the Everglades

Audubon of Southwest Florida

Audubon of the Western Everglades

Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association (Riverwatch)

Center for Biological Diversity

Clean Water Action

Clean Water Network

Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Defenders of Wildlife

Ding Darling Wildlife Society

Earthjustice

Environment Florida

Everglades Coordinating Council

Everglades Foundation

Everglades Law Center

Florida Conservation Alliance

Florida Defenders of the Environment

Florida Keys Environmental Fund

Florida Native Plant Society

Florida Oceanographic Society

Florida Wildlife Federation

Friends of the Arthur R. Marshall

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Friends of the Everglades

Hendry Glades Audubon Society

Institute for Regional Conservation

Izaak Walton League of America

Izaak Walton League, Florida Division

Izaak Walton League, Florida Keys Chapter

Izaak Walton League, Mangrove Chapter

Last Stand

League of Women Voters of Florida

Loxahatchee River Coalition

Martin County Conservation Alliance

National Audubon Society

National Parks Conservation Associations

National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Refuge Association

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Ocean Conservancy

The Pegasus Foundation

Reef Relief

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

Save it Now, Glades!

Sierra Club

Sierra Club, Broward Group

Sierra Club, Calusa Group

Sierra Club, Central Florida Group

Sierra Club, Florida Chapter

Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group

Sierra Club Miami Group

Snook and Gamefish Foundation

South Florida Audubon Society

Tropical Audubon Society

The Urban Environmental League of Greater Miami

For the entire conference program: http://www.evergladescoalition.org/PDF/EVCO%20Program_small.pdf

 

 

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