BREAKING: ‘Significant’ algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee

The Palm Beach Post reports that “The South Florida Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection are monitoring an algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee that has been growing since at least last week. ‘We would consider it a significant algal bloom,’ … Click here to read more

Martin County: Don’t touch blue-green algae

WPTV reports: “The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is reminding people to avoid contact with visible blue-green algae in any body of water. Recent test results from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have confirmed the presence of the toxin, microcystin … Click here to read more

Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at JI Town Hall, May 15

On Friday, May 15, 10 AM, Law Enforcement Officers from all of the fine agencies that serve the citizens of Martin County, will gather at Jupiter Island Town Hall for the annual Law Enforcement Memorial, hosted by Jupiter Island Public Safety Department. Martin County Sheriff William Snyder is … Click here to read more

Joint agreement between Martin and Jupiter Island streamlines future dredging of St. Lucie Inlet

“This is only the beginning of a growing collaboration as the county works to bring others together with an interest in the inlet, including the communities of Sailfish Point and Loblolly as well as the town of Sewall’s Point,” reports The Palm Beach Post. … Click here to read more

Martin County receives draft permit to dredge St. Lucie Inlet

Martin County has been granted a draft permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for periodic maintenance dredging of the St. Lucie Inlet. This will allow the County to continue maintaining the impoundment basin and navigation channel of the Inlet and bypass the sand onto beaches in the county both north and south of the project area. … Click here to read more

Watch live-streaming here: D.C. briefing on state of the St. Lucie / Caloosahatchee Waterways

The briefing will be held on October 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, agenda below. This briefing, co-hosted by Reps. Patrick Murphy (FL-18) and Trey Radel (FL-19) will serve as an opportunity for local stakeholders to make their voices heard by Congress and Administration officials. Watch here as it happens: … Click here to read more

PBPost: ‘Level of ignorance among officials about lake and river issues is high’

The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger Sally Swartz, comments on the recent hearing on Lake O discharges: “The level of ignorance among officials about lake and river issues is high. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard, for example, doesn’t know how much of Lake Okeechobee’s polluted water is sent south. He failed to address the DEP’s role in controlling water quality in the lake, the river and the lagoon. ” … Click here to read more

FL Select Committee Workshop on IRL to meet August 22 at Stuart’s Kane Center

The Florida Senate Select Committee Workshop to Explore Short-Term Solutions or Alternatives to Reduce or Eliminate Current Releases from Lake Okeechobee will be held August 22nd, 1 – 9 pm at the Kane Center, 900 SW Salerno Road, Stuart … Click here to read more

ABC News: Corps runs out of sand for Miami-Dade beaches, looks to Treasure Coast to renourish

There’s more than enough sand available off southeastern Florida for beach renourishment projects in five counties over the next 50 years, according to a new study by the corps and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. However, almost all of it is located in state or federal waters off St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties — not Broward or Miami-Dade. … Click here to read more

HuffPo: Florida Coral Reef Conservation Program seeks input, June 6 meeting in Stuart

The Huffington Post reports that South Floridians will get the chance this month to share ideas on how to protect 105 miles of coral reef running from northern Biscayne Bay to northern Martin County. … Click here to read more

Action Alert: comments needed immediately on statewide environmental, economic policy changes

On Wednesday, January 23rd, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing to receive final comments on important statewide policy changes that could weaken our State’s ability to respond to future environmental and economic needs. … Click here to read more