Eye on Miami: FL Congressman Brian Mast ventures where few have gone before

 “Congressman Mast has had enough. Last week he wrote to the US Army Corps of Engineers, urging a halt to all discharges ‘until the water quality is deemed safe …’ … Click here to read more

WPTV video: Will new Lake O discharges lead to another lost summer?

“A group of environmentalists met at the St. Lucie Locks in Stuart Monday to protest the Army Corps of Engineers decision to reopen the locks and move water east from the lake. That water was determined to be toxic last week by state officials.Things have changed a lot on Lake Okeechobee in the past week … 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

Miami Herald update: Contingent of Floridians plead to Congress to help troubled Lake O region

From The Miami Herald: “At a four-hour hearing on the issue — completed before the shots were fired in DC — Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Vinyard urged Congress to send Florida a check for the clean-up efforts in the form of a block grant and turn over management to the local water management districts.” … 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

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduces water releases from Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Jacksonville District, has announced in an October 18 press release that the USACE has reduced the amount of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee as a result of changes in seasonal forecasts: “The Corps will closely monitor the releases and adjust flows as necessary to balance the competing needs and purposes of Lake Okeechobee. Public safety remains the Corps’ top priority.” … Click here to read more