Help us make public health a priority for LOSOM Alternative CC

Your voices helped us secure Plan CC as the foundation of the new Lake Okeechobee playbook. As the most balanced plan proposed, it was the right choice, offering us the greatest opportunity to protect communities from toxic algae events in the future. But we know there’s work to be done to make it a real system-wide win. As we enter the next stage of "optimization," we need your help again to make sure it's modified to benefit all of the impacted stakeholders. We've made it easy. By clicking the button below, you can send a pre-formatted letter to the Army Corps calling for specific modifications to LOSOM Plan CC that will help to provide true balance and protect our waters from future harm.

2021-07-27T08:03:52-04:00July 27th, 2021|Action Alerts, LOSOM|

Tell the Army Corps the new Lake O plan must protect Florida’s health and environment

The new Lake O plan must protect Florida's health and environment. We’ve got more work to do. That became clear this week during two important meetings about the new Lake Okeechobee plan that the Army Corps of Engineers is developing. The Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), as it is known, will determine when and where water is moved from the 730-square-mile lake in the decade to come. LOSOM will have a huge impact on the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries, Lake Worth Lagoon, the southern Everglades and Florida Bay — all of which have suffered under the current Lake O plan, which prioritizes sugarcane irrigation over the environment and public health. The Army Corps has whittled its choices down [...]

2021-06-30T17:01:45-04:00June 30th, 2021|Action Alerts, LOSOM|

Make your voice heard — while there’s still time

This is a big one. On Tuesday, June 29, the South Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board will host a workshop on the proposed Lake Okeechobee Systems Operating Manual, the new “playbook” being developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Painstaking work over the past two years by the Army Corps has produced six “finalists,” detailed proposals to manage the lake and water flow throughout the South Florida region. SFWMD board members will hear detailed presentations on each of the six plans — AA, BB, CC, DD, EE1 and EE2 — and take public comment. That’s where you come in. None of the plans are perfect. But Friends of the Everglades — along with a coalition of other environmental [...]

2021-06-24T17:08:47-04:00June 24th, 2021|Action Alerts, LOSOM|

Tell the Army Corps to eliminate Big Sugar’s influence from LOSOM

Photo taken by the Lake Worth Waterkeeper of blue-green algae at the Lake Okeechobee Pahokee Marina on April 26, 2021 They’re at it again. Two sugarcane lobbyists have effectively written one of the plans that will dictate the management of Lake Okeechobee’s water for the next decade. As a Bullsugar supporter, you know this is unacceptable. The good news is there’s still time to stop this dangerous meddling. Join us in asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject the “Alternative BB” plan, thereby limiting the sugar industry’s influence on the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual. Tell the Army Corps to prioritize protecting the public from toxic algae blooms, rather than protecting Big Sugar’s crop yields. [...]

2021-05-12T10:37:55-04:00May 12th, 2021|Action Alerts, Human Health and Safety, LOSOM|

Everglades Illustrated: Growing public health threat calls for bold action now.

The Everglades is vast, and restoration is complex. We're breaking it down visually for you. Growing public health threat requires bold action now. This photo could be a a glimpse into our future. The Lake Worth Waterkeeper captured the image of blue-green algae at the Lake Okeechobee Pahokee Marina on April 26, 2021 — a month shy of the official start to Florida's rainy season, and the same day that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection reported the microcystin concentration at the marina had reached 860 parts per billion — 107 times more toxic than the EPA recreational limit for safe human contact. Just five days later, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the Lake Okeechobee blue-green algae bloom had [...]

Tell Gov. DeSantis and DEP to reject oil drilling in Big Cypress Inbox

Photo by Luis G. Falcon Big Cypress National Preserve — our country’s first national preserve and a cherished expanse of the Greater Everglades that’s home to threatened and endangered species — is in trouble. Permit applications were submitted by Burnett Oil Company to construct well pads and access roads in Big Cypress, as a precursor to additional permitting that could allow the company to drill there. The Everglades is already an ecosystem that has been fractured in so many ways by the activities of man. Its remnants deserve the utmost protection if we are to ensure its preservation for future generations. Join us in voicing opposition to DEP's issuance of permits that would authorize new oil exploration in the [...]

2021-02-18T16:43:53-05:00February 18th, 2021|Action Alerts, All Posts|


Support Friends of the Everglades on Give Miami Day 2020: Give Miami Day is an online giving event hosted by Miami Foundation and designed to give supporters a chance to maximize their contributions to community-building nonprofit organizations. Friends of the Everglades will participate in the 24 hours of giving, which includes a bonus pool and prize pool for participating nonprofits awarded by the Miami Foundation and their partners. Friends of the Everglades will directly receive all the contributions processed through givemiamiday.org.   Last year, Friends of the Everglades was able to exceed the goal of $10,000 on Give Miami Day. Without in-person events fueling our outreach this year, Friends of the Everglades is raising the bar to reach a goal of $20,000 [...]

2020-11-03T12:20:39-05:00October 16th, 2020|Action Alerts, All Posts|

ACTION ALERT: Biscayne Bay is dying. Sign on to fertilizer ordinance now!

On September 2, 2020, following a unprecedented fish kill, Friends of the Everglades joined Miami Waterkeeper and dozens of representatives from science and education institutions and environmental organizations in signing a consensus statement that calls for the following remedies for Biscayne Bay:  Curtail sewage leaks Convert septic tanks to centralized wastewater treatment Clean and treat stormwater Reduce fertilizer overuse. While we recognize that many of these solutions will take concerted time, effort, and money to complete, we sincerely feel it is inexcusable that, in the face of Biscayne Bay's near-death state, Miami-Dade County has yet to pass a fertilizer ordinance. In Florida, 139 municipalities and 32 counties have passed fertilizer ordinances since 2007. Just over half of municipal ordinances include [...]

2020-09-30T09:07:33-04:00September 30th, 2020|Action Alerts, All Posts|

ACTION ALERT: Tell Commissioner Nikki Fried to protect communities from sugarcane burning

Last week, residents and activists from the Glades communities spoke with us about the environmental and health injustices of sugarcane burning. Shocking imagery and compassionate personal testimony helped to paint a picture of the very real threat that looms over communities south of Lake Okeechobee 6-8 months of the year. The take-away was clear: impacted communities deserve immediate and lasting protections. At Friends of the Everglades, we've made a commitment to help shine a light on this flagrant example of environmental inequality and we'd like to ask for your help. Last week, we sent a letter to Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried to express our support for the expansion of real protections for communities most impacted by the pre-harvest practice of sugarcane burning, until such [...]

2021-04-30T15:52:27-04:00September 2nd, 2020|Action Alerts, All Posts, Sugarcane Burning|