All Aboard Florida wins again in water district dispute: permit cleared

“All Aboard Florida’s efforts to clear a needed environmental permit from challenges won another victory Thursday as the South Florida Water Management District rejected final challenges brought by the private passenger train developer’s critics along the Treasure Coast,” reports Florida Politics. “The water district denied 17 exceptions filed by Martin and St. Lucie counties … Click here to read more

Treasure Coast loses another bid to stop extension of Brightline to Orlando

From The Real Deal: “An administrative law judge Friday denied a challenge to the South Florida Water Management District’s decision to issue a permit needed to extend the planned Brightline passenger rail service from South Florida to Orlando. The judge tossed out the challenge brought by Martin County … Click here to read more

PBPost: Everglades specialist Ernie Marks of Palm City is new SFWMD director

Everglades restoration coordinator Ernie Marks was the unanimous choice of South Florida Water Management District board members Monday to take over as executive director of the 1,475-employee, $759 million agency … Click here to read more

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

Point of View: ‘Fixing Everglades, reducing lake discharges not the same’

From Melissa Meeker, the former executive director and governing board member of the South Florida Water Management District, in The Palm Beach Post: “To say that the reservoir will save the Everglades and prevent coastal discharges is wishful thinking that can’t be backed by science … Click here to read more

Water managers issue water shortage warning

From WPBF: “Falling water levels and extremely dry conditions that are expected to linger led South Florida Water Management District Governing Board to issue a water shortage warning … Click here to read more

Dry conditions continue: South Florida Water Management District urges conservation

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

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

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

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

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