Dry conditions continue: South Florida Water Management District urges conservation

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Following three months of dry conditions, including a record-dry November, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is urging South Florida families to boost water conservation efforts. A total of 1.49 inches of rain fell District-wide in January, representing 76 percent of average, or 0.47 inches below average for the month. … Click here to read more

Proposed SFWMD environmental permit for AAF in question after Martin County files petition

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From the Martin County BOCC: “On Wednesday, September 14, Martin and St. Lucie counties filed a Petition with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) seeking a hearing on the proposed issuance of an environmental permit for the All Aboard Florida (AAF a.k.a Brightline) high-speed passenger rail project. SFWMD proposed granting AAF the permit for construction of railway facilities in Palm Beach, Martin and … Click here to read more

Tests confirm toxic blue-green algae in Martin County

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The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is urging residents to avoid contact with visible algae in waters near the Port Mayaca Lock and Dam. Exposure to water containing algae toxins may cause nausea and vomiting if ingested and rash or hay fever symptoms if touched or inhaled. … Click here to read more

Must-see video: ‘No Plan B’ for South Florida Water Management District’s misinformation

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The Indian River Lagoon and the Everglades got kicked in the stomach last Thursday by the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District. This short video by Kenny Hinkle Jr captures … Click here to read more

US Sugar land buy rejected

Environmentalists have said the land could be used as a reservoir for lake water and send discharges south rather than into the St. Lucie Estuary. (Source: WPBF)

WPBF reports that “despite protests from environmentalists and concerned Treasure Coast residents, officials have voted down an option to buy US Sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee. The South Florida Water Management District board voted unanimously against … Click here to read more

Big sugar land buy for Everglades restoration hits road block

To restore the Florida Everglades, supporters of a failed bid to buy U.S. Sugar land say the state needs to purchase more land south of Lake Okeechobee. (Source: The Miami Herald)

The Miami Herald reports: “Calling the deal too costly with too little benefit, the South Florida Water Management District board on Thursday effectively canned a 2010 deal to buy 46,800 acres of U.S. Sugar land that it once considered critical to restoring the Everglades and coastal estuaries. … Click here to read more

Everglades restoration: Actors ‘protest’ land buy at South Florida Water Management District

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From TheTampa Bay Political Animal: “The incident requiring our attention occurred earlier today in West Palm Beach, where the South Florida Water Management District was meeting. The ‘protesters,’ about 50 in all, got paid $75 to stand outside and hold signs for two hours, the event was sponsored by Tea Party of Miami and a group called Florida Citizens Against Waste … Click here to read more

NPR: Environmentalists urge South Florida Water Management District to purchase U.S. Sugar land

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“Environmentalists urged the South Florida Water Management District to purchase land for Everglades restoration at its governing board meeting in West Palm Beach Thursday. They’re worried the district will not act in time to buy the land … Click here to read more

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

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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

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

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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

Palm Beach Post: Lake O dumping kills fish – and bait business

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“With Martin County Health Department warnings posted on beaches and riverbanks telling people not to touch waters polluted with toxic, blue-green algae, ‘people took their boats out of the water and stored them. They didn’t want to get sprayed if they went out on the water. And they were scared to eat the fish.’” … Click here to read more