Friends of the Everglades joins amicus brief to challenge Collier County development of Rivergrass Village

Friends of the Everglades joined the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and thirteen other environmental and civic organizations November 30, 2021, in filing an amicus brief to challenge the development of Rivergrass Village in Collier County. The development is located within the Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA), adopted in 2002 to protect wetlands and listed species habitat, prevent the premature conversion of agricultural lands, and avoid sprawl in eastern Collier County. The Conservancy’s appeal brief focuses on the fact that the trial court declined to hear evidence that Rivergrass Village will cost Collier County taxpayers millions of dollars, will result in widespread worsening of traffic congestion, and fails to comply with the Collier County Land Development Code. Should the lower court’s [...]

2021-11-30T16:40:30-05:00November 30th, 2021|All Posts|

Give Back on Give Miami Day!

It's Go Time! Early Giving has officially launched at! Now through Thursday at 11:59 p.m., you can support Friends of the Everglades during our most impactful online-giving event of the year: The Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day. We invite you to make a contribution to help protect, preserve and restore the only Everglades in the world. You don’t have to live in Miami to participate. Donations between $25 and $10,000 will help Friends of the Everglades qualify for a bonus gift! Last year, our supporters raised over $14,000 for Friends of the Everglades during the Give Miami Day virtual event. You can support us again this year by checking out our champion pages and making a donation towards their [...]

2021-11-15T09:21:53-05:00November 15th, 2021|All Posts, Friends of the Everglades Statements|

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Legacy Luncheon Highlights

Thanks to those who joined us, our first-ever Marjory Stoneman Douglas Legacy Luncheon on November 3, 2021, at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples was a smashing success! Our work honoring the legacy of Friends of the Everglades' founder continues thanks to the generosity and passion of our supporters. We are sincerely grateful. Please enjoy some highlights from the event below.

2021-11-05T16:44:45-04:00November 5th, 2021|All Posts, Marjory Stoneman Douglas|

No near-term decision is more important to the future of Florida’s water than LOSOM

The following comments were made by Friends of the Everglades executive director Eve Samples during the October 28, 2021 LOSOM listening session hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Army Corps of Engineers is nearing the end of a more than two-year effort to develop the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), a new plan that will dictate when and where water moves for the next decade. The LOSOM process began in the aftermath of the toxic-algae crises that plagued the northern estuaries in 2013, 2016 and 2018, posing a threat to public health. Reducing harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges that trigger such algae blooms has been a top priority for Floridians in LOSOM. It must remain a top priority [...]

2021-10-28T18:10:34-04:00October 28th, 2021|All Posts, LOSOM|

Your moment of Everglades zen: Rev. Houston Cypress and “What Endures”

We know the bad-news reel gets old. It’s good to stop and remember what we’re working so hard to protect. Here’s your dose of Everglades zen. “Speaking to the world, and listening deeply for her reply.” We were so moved by this short video written and produced by Reverend Houston R. Cypress. In it he expresses a generational relationship to the greater Everglades that is so clearly palpable, the viewer is transported to a place of deep connection — by the views, the sounds, and smells — fostered and shared with us by the enduring culture of the Miccosukee Tribe. “We all grow so elegantly when spoken to so gently,” Rev. Cypress says, reminding us of the fragile yet [...]

2021-10-04T17:04:51-04:00October 5th, 2021|All Posts, Everglades Zen|

VIDEO: Looking ahead at Florida’s 2022 Legislative Session

During today's Clean Water Conversation, state Representative Anna Eskamani made news. She agreed to file legislation that would repeal the "particle emission" protections language approved last year in Senate Bill 88. This part of the "Right to Farm" bill protects the sugarcane industry from legal action related to the harmful impacts of sugarcane burning, leaving communities south of Lake Okeechobee vulnerable to the many health hazards connected to such burning. We applaud Rep. Eskamani's dedication to shielding residents who are disproportionately impacted by these dangers. And we stand ready to help shine a light on this environmental injustice as well as many other policy challenges elected officials will face in the state legislative session that starts in January. We covered [...]

2021-09-30T14:06:03-04:00September 30th, 2021|All Posts|

Friends of the Everglades Legislative Priorities: 2022

About Friends of the Everglades: Friends of the Everglades was founded in 1969 by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, author of the seminal book The Everglades: River of Grass. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving America’s Everglades and its interconnected ecosystems. We are proud to advocate on behalf of supporters across the Greater Everglades region. 2022 Legislative Priorities: JUMP TO: Stop pollution at its source Prohibit oil drilling in the Everglades and Big Cypress Strip "particle emissions" from the list of protected farming practives Fully Fund Florida Forever Send more Lake Okeechobee water south Support legal rights for the natural environment Stop the assault on home rule 1. Stop pollution at its source. Fully implement the recommendations of the [...]

2021-10-11T17:03:31-04:00September 28th, 2021|All Posts, Florida Legislature|

Documenting the discharges by plane – 9-24-21

Our partners at LightHawk have continued to fly surveillance flights over Lake Okeechobee regularly to help us keep an eye on the toxic algae activity within the lake. On Wednesday, pilot Howard Greenberg sent us footage from his latest flight. In the video, evidence of persisting algae blooms appears slight, but recent satellite images confirm that there's still good reason to keep our monitoring going. This summer the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee have enjoyed a much-needed reprieve from toxic Lake Okeechobee discharges — a change that communities on either coasts have been grateful for. But a big storm this time of year could still make releases to the estuaries a reality — and the Army Corps has their eyes on [...]

2021-09-24T14:32:14-04:00September 24th, 2021|All Posts, Lake Okeechobee, Toxic Algae|

Friends of the Everglades supports climate change action to protect the Everglades

Friends of the Everglades joined the Southern Alliance of Clean Energy and others in signing on to the following letter to the Florida Congressional Delegation in support of a Clean Electricity Performance Program in order to take action on climate change and protect America's Everglades. As state, the electricity sector is one of the largest contributors to carbon pollution driving climate change — and a huge consumer of water. Impacts from climate change stand to undermine the significant strides that have been made to restore America's Everglades. The letter calls for historic investment in a clean and water-smart energy future and requests swift action from the members of the Florida Congressional Delegation to cut carbon pollution in the next decade [...]

2021-09-23T13:47:11-04:00September 23rd, 2021|All Posts, Friends of the Everglades Statements|


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