Scientists Grade the Everglades Reservoir Plan an F (From Bullsugar)

It doesn’t work. The first scientific evaluations of Florida’s EAA reservoir plan were publicly released last week, and the findings are bleak: it can’t operate at full capacity without violating pollution standards. But it wouldn’t take much to fix it. Continue reading

What Did Sugar's Record Year Cost Us? (From Bullsugar)

Florida’s sugar industry just posted one of the best years in its history, even as the Everglades and virtually everyone in South Florida suffered one of the worst. It’s not a coincidence. Managing water in Florida means picking winners and losers. When there’s a drought, losers go thirsty. When it rains, losers drown. In 38 years of public records, sugar has yet to lose.   Continue reading

EAA Reservoir Update: Do Not Give Up on Florida's Waterways (From Bullsugar)

Do not give up on Florida’s waterways. Hundreds of the world’s top Everglades scientists, policy experts, and engineers met this weekend to trade information and build consensus on how to keep Everglades restoration moving forward. Continue reading

Rick Scott's Move (From Bullsugar)

It sucks to be right.  This week the South Florida Water Management District handed lawmakers the same, inadequate reservoir proposal they've been peddling to the public for months.   Continue reading

A Last Chance for Florida's Future Rests With Senate President Joe Negron and the Florida Legislature (from Eye on Miami)

This Thursday in Stuart, Senate President Joe Negron is holding a town meeting on the most important legislation to emerge from 2017; a massive new reservoir on public lands south of sugar fields to stop the toxic runoff from Lake Okeechobee and to re-hydrate the Everglades and Florida Bay with clean, fresh water. Continue reading

We Need Joe Negron's Help Now (From Bullsugar)

On Tuesday, the SFWMD presented 4 "alternatives" for the EAA Reservoir that have one thing in common: they won't work. Continue reading

Open Letter to Rick Scott (From Bullsugar)

We're running out of time. SFWMD is promoting a reservoir plan it knows won't work, and only Rick Scott can order the district to produce a realistic design before next week's deadline. This is the letter we're sending to the governor. You can click here to send it from your email address, or click here to paste into the online form on the governor's website. You can also make any changes you want. Continue reading

Why We Failed 10 Years Ago (From Bullsugar)

We’ve been here before: on the verge of building a dynamic reservoir in the EAA to cut discharges to the coasts by taking water from Lake Okeechobee, cleaning it, and sending it south to Florida Bay and the parched Everglades. That was the plan a decade ago. Today it’s the elephant in the room. What happened then, and why won’t it happen again? Continue reading

A Glimmer of Hope (from Bullsugar)

SFWMD just announced that modeling for the EAA reservoir's land needs will be released in December. Continue reading

Big Sugar Political Money Sends a Blunt Message: "All Aboard" (From Eye On Miami)

Big Sugar is laying out the bucks to the Florida legislature in advance of the 2018 session. No surprise. Nor is it any surprise that the next designated GOP speaker of the House, Miami Republican Jose Oliva, is the chief beneficiary of Big Sugar's honey pot. To victors, go the spoils. Continue reading