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LOSOM must increase Lake Okeechobee flows sent south

The new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) will replace the current operating conditions outlined in LORS2008 in governing releases from Lake Okeechobee. Thousands of stakeholders have attended meetings and sent comments to the Army Corps of Engineers expressing the need for LOSOM to present a balanced, more equitable plan that protects residents from exposure to toxic algae blooms by sending more water south. Hard data, based on scientific modeling by the Corps, was intended to ensure that the new plan was rooted in solid science. Yesterday, Friends of the Everglades joined Stuart City Commissioner Vice-Mayor, Merritt Matheson, the Indian Riverkeeper, and Rivers Coalition in voicing concern to the Army Corps of Engineers that their current modeling for LOSOM will [...]

2021-05-07T14:11:39-04:00May 7th, 2021|All Posts|

Environmental groups ask President Biden to Stop Expansion of Homestead Air Reserve Base

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 5, 2021 Contact: Eve Samples, eve.samples@everglades.org, 772-485-8164 **PRESS RELEASE** DEAR PRESIDENT BIDEN: Stop the Expansion of Homestead Air Reserve Base  MIAMI—Today seven national and regional organizations delivered a letter to President Joe Biden requesting his intervention to halt any actions by the US Air Force that could lead to the installation of commercial and private cargo operations at the Homestead Air Reserve Base in Southern Florida at the edge of America’s most threatened national parks. Everglades Restoration is the most ambitious program to restore a dying ecosystem in the world. Environmentalists have long opposed local government’s intent to convert the air base in Florida for industrial, private commerce, despite a decades long controversy that involved dozens [...]

Your moment of Everglades Zen: Florida’s favorite Big Cat

A rare glimpse of Wild Florida Primal. Graceful. Elusive. Threatened. This video, sent to us by a Friend of the Everglades, captures footage that not even lifelong Floridians are all lucky enough to see. Florida’s most iconic animal is also one of the most endangered mammals in the country. The state’s booming population and tendency toward fast and furious development are creating major issues for the species, as habitat encroachment and disturbed territorial roaming patterns cut into the expansive acreage necessary for their survival. Studies estimate that there are only 120-230 adult panthers left in the state. Making this video all the more special. Friends of the Everglades has stood with the No Roads to Ruin Coalition to take a [...]

2021-05-04T12:07:27-04:00May 4th, 2021|All Posts, Everglades Zen|

VIDEO: Recapping Florida’s knack for preventable disasters

"Piney Point is a pre-existing condition," Craig Pittman joked with us during today's Clean Water Conversation. The statement exemplified Pittman's easy humor in the face of Florida's complicated and often disturbing lack of environmental concern. But it also carried weight coming from the guy who first wrote about the impending disaster that's playing out now at the phosphate plant in Manatee County in 2003. It's a poignant example of Florida's regrettable tendency towards preventable environmental disasters. During today's Clean Water Conversation, we enjoyed a few laughs but then got down to business discussing the state's many pressing environmental issues. We covered the latest at Piney Point, the possible toxic algae summer ahead, the repealed M-CORES toll roads, the threat of Aquifer Storage and Recovery wells [...]

2021-04-30T15:47:53-04:00April 30th, 2021|All Posts, Clean Water Conversations|

DeSantis had a chance to side with Floridians. He chose sugar.

Next time Gov. Ron DeSantis tries to claim he's not beholden to Florida's powerful sugar industry, don't believe him. DeSantis gave Big Sugar a massive gift April 29 when he signed Senate Bill 88, a measure which effectively indemnifies Big Sugar from legal action related to its harmful impacts, like the class-action suit filed by residents of the Glades communities who argue that sugarcane burning causes long-term health problems. This bill, now law, means only those who live within a half a mile of an agricultural operation can bring a legal case against detrimental impacts like the smoke from the burning fields, which can travel upwards of 20 miles. The old and young are particularly susceptible to respiratory problems caused [...]

2021-04-30T15:50:49-04:00April 29th, 2021|Florida Legislature, Sugarcane Burning|

Seaport preemption bills make a comeback as Friends of the Everglades joins calls for a veto

On April 27, Friends of the Everglades joined the Ocean Conservancy and dozens of other environmental organizations in sending a letter to Gov. DeSantis opposing a pair of bills, SB 426 and HB 267, that pose yet another legislative attack on home rule and the environment. The letter, which requests a veto of SB 426 and HB 267 states: "Florida’s ocean and coastal assets are a key economic driver for the state, as well as the foundation of the state’s cultural identity. Floridians live, work, and play on the state’s beaches and the reefs offshore, and visitors leave behind billions in contributions to the state’s GDP. Port authorities and local governments know their local waterways best. These waterways are the [...]

Friends of the Everglades Asks Gov. DeSantis to Veto SB 88

Even as we learn more about the detrimental effects of breathing in the smoke and soot from the burning cane fields, it's clear SB 88 represents an invaluable gift to the sugar industry. Today, Friends of the Everglades sent a letter to Gov. DeSantis requesting a veto of SB 88. The bill that would enact sweeping new protections for Florida farmers, shielding them from "nuisance lawsuits," sits on Gov. Desantis' desk right now awaiting his signature. The bill effectively protects “Big Sugar” from legal action related to its harmful impacts, like the class-action suit filed by residents of the Glades communities who argue that sugarcane burning causes long-term health problems. Though smoke from the burning cane fields can travel for [...]

Toxic Discharge Update: 04-20-21

Yesterday, video from the Indian Riverkeeper put an all too familiar fear at the forefront of minds for Florida residents living downstream of Lake Okeechobee. Photo taken along the shore of Lake Okeechobee at Port Mayaca by the Indian Riverkeeper. Thick mats of green sludge piled high at the gates of the S-308 structure at Port Mayaca, which connects Lake Okeechobee to the C-44 Canal. When opened, the releases that spill through those gates run a path roughly 32 miles long into the waters of the St. Lucie River. Samples taken at the site a week ago by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection measured 22 parts per billion of microcystin, nearly three times more toxic than the [...]

2021-04-20T17:50:37-04:00April 20th, 2021|Toxic Algae|

Everglades Illustrated: An Everglades threat looms in Homestead

The Everglades is vast, and restoration is complex. We’re breaking it down visually for you. A development frenzy is gaining momentum near Homestead Air Reserve Base in southern Miami-Dade County — and it poses a direct threat to nearby Biscayne Bay. As you can see from the map above, the proposed South Dade Logistics and Technology District (marked with a red star) lies just west of Biscayne Bay, on 800 acres currently used as farmland. If that proposal wasn’t alarming enough, now a Miami-Dade County Commissioner is pushing to convert another 700 acres of agricultural land near the Homestead air base to industrial use. “We can have an industrial revolution in South Miami-Dade County,” Commissioner Kionne McGhee told the Miami Herald. With [...]

2021-04-27T12:05:36-04:00April 13th, 2021|All Posts, Everglades Illustrated|

Friends of the Everglades Mid-Session Legislative Update

No legislative body has greater control over the health of Florida’s environment than the Florida Legislature. As lawmakers pass the midpoint of their 60-day session in Tallahassee, we offer the following analysis of key bills and pressure points impacting the Greater Everglades. JUMP TO: M-CORES Repeal Everglades Oil Drilling Water Storage North of Lake Okeechobee Right to Farm Expansion Blue-Green Algae Task Force Recommendations Seaport Regulations Florida Forever It was a frightening and symbolic moment. Along Florida’s Gulf Coast on April 3, mobile phones rattled with a dire warning: Piney Point was in danger of imminent collapse. So far the radioactive phosphogypsum stack at the former fertilizer plant in Manatee County has not given way. But that’s only because workers [...]

2021-04-09T12:04:46-04:00April 8th, 2021|All Posts, Florida Legislature|
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