UPDATE: BCC kicks environmental cans down the road

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Commissioners Ciampi, Smith and Jenkins joined forces today to delay — if not kill — a request by Commissioner Sarah Heard to seek federal endangered species designations for wildlife in the Indian River Lagoon. Support for Doug Smith and Ed Ciampi’s opposition to Commissioner Heard’s request was provided by County Purchasing Manager Nicole Carey, wife of one of Commissioner Heard’s opponents in the District 4 Commission primary (Harold Markey) … Click here to read more

WPTV: Fed up residents speak out at Martin County algae meeting

“Martin County Commissioners Tuesday voted to draft a declaration of disaster in the wake of massive algae blooms fouling the Indian River Lagoon. At an emergency meeting Tuesday morning, multiple residents passionately spoke about losing patience over the crisis … Click here to read more

Former Martin Commissioner explains restoration of septic rules: ‘A gift for our waterways’

Maggy Hurchalla 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, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, water studies. She is a resident of Rocky Point: “Tallahassee gave Martin County waterways a late Christmas present … Click here to read more

Water discharges from Lake O into St. Lucie Estuary begin again

From WPTV: “Promptly at 6:52 a.m. Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began discharging water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary toward the Indian River Lagoon. The discharges are small compared to 2013 but local activists say one drop is too much. … Click here to read more

SFWMD, Martin County partner to preserve lands, improve water quality for St. Lucie River

In a funding partnership with Martin County, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board approved the purchase of land that will help improve natural lands, water storage and water quality for the C-44 canal and South Fork of the St. Lucie River. This action places in public ownership approximately 1,840 acres of land in what is known as the Palmar Complex, located in the C-44 Basin. … Click here to read more

WPEC: From death, comes new life on the Indian River Lagoon

“Harmful algae continues to plague the Indian River Lagoon along the Treasure Coast. Biologists still don’t know why a diversity of fish suddenly died earlier this month. In an effort to revitalize these waters, the City of Stuart in partnership with the Florida Oceanographic Society … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Martin officials fete centenarian enviro Louise Carnevale

From Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger: “Not everyone remembers Lousie Carnevale today. But they have her to thank for the survival of the Environmental Studies Center. Every Martin student spends time at the center, one of the first of its kind in the nation. Its mission: To teach children in kindergarten through eighth grade about Florida’s and Martin’s woods, waters and wildlife. … Click here to read more

Recount results: Martin County sales tax still defeated

The failure of a local tax initiative stands after a nine-hour recount conducted by the Martin County Supervisor of Elections Saturday, according to TCPalm. The results — which confirmed a razor-thin margin of defeat — mean the county’s suggested four-year, 1 percent sales tax will not go into effect as proposed. … Click here to read more

Martin County Board of Commissioners approves tougher fertilizer laws

From TCPalm: The Martin County Board of Commissioners is counting on a tougher fertilizer law making for a cleaner St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon. On Tuesday, the commission unanimously approved changes to its 2011 fertilizer ordinance … Click here to read more

Deadly dolphin virus spreading to Indian River Lagoon

WPTV reports on a virus that’s killing bottlenose dolphins and is spreading to the Indian River Lagoon. Last month, 18 dolphins were found dead in Vero Beach and it could be linked to morbillivirus. For video … Click here to read more

In Palm City, Gov. Scott unveils environmental plan

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a plan for how he will improve Florida’s environment if voters give him four more years in office. Speaking before Monday’s Martin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting at Martin Downs Golf Club in Palm City … Click here to read more