Army Corps of Engineers to receive $50 million from state for Herbert Hoover Dike repairs

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has signed an agreement with the state of Florida to accept $50 million of state funds to help with rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Governor focuses on septic tanks to combat blue-green algae

“Gov. Rick Scott said last week that he plans to seek state money to help curb what he calls a “major contributor” to the pollution problem — septic tanks. Many say the governor’s approach would not eliminate the recurrent problem of blue-green algae choking inland waters … Click here to read more

DEP issues permit for Herbert Hoover Dike repair

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Ecosystem Projects issued a consolidated Environmental Resource Permit, or ERP, to the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) Repair and Rehabilitation Project (R&R Project). The project is located within five counties: Glades, Hendry, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach. … Click here to read more

Stuart Republican Negron tells Congress: Give jurisdiction over Lake ‘O’ releases to Florida

The Sunshine State News reports that Stuart Republican Joe Negron, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin (IRLLOB), called on Florida’s congressional delegation to push for federal legislation to remove the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ sole jurisdiction over Lake Okeechobee releases. See his letter … Click here to read more

Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-83) declares message to Congress urging Everglades Restoration

From The Sunshine State News: Flanked by toxic-water weary Treasure Coast officials and other constituents, Rep. Gayle Harrell, (R- District 83, includes part of central Martin and St. Lucie counties), unveiled a memorial this morning she vows to shepherd through the House and all the way to Washington, D.C. … Click here to read more

Martin County Commission: ‘Speak up for the St. Lucie’

Commissioners and citizens are greatly concerned about the impact of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to release water from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary. If you are concerned over the repeated insult to our estuary caused by these releases, you can help by “speaking up” in the following ways … Click here to read more