Arrogance and Avarice: US Sugar files suit against taxpayers

It’s been said that battling the sugar industry to save the Everglades is a lot like taking on the tobacco industry – and it’s true. For decades, Big Sugar has followed the same disinformation playbook, interfering with local, state and federal policies in ways that have long term, harmful impacts to the public and throwing big money around to get their way.

When threatened with reform, their response is to double down on these devious tactics. They do this by funding tricksters, phony “news” outlets, opposition efforts, lobbying, political donations, hiding behind front groups and other organizations, promoting weaker policies and failing to disclose conflicts of interest. Above all else – kill the messenger.

But not even Big Tobacco had the gall to sue the federal government.

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TC PALM: South Florida Water Management District: Extra sampling can track, prevent algae blooms

“With a goal of preventing pollution in general and blue-green algae blooms in particular, SFWMD is proposing a dramatic expansion in its water quality monitoring in Lake Okeechobee, Lake O's watershed and the St. Lucie River and Caloosahatchee River watersheds.”

Grownups are in charge again. It's about time.

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WPTV: Give your opinion about Lake Okeechobee discharges

The Army Corps is considering a proposal that would give them more flexibility for dealing with harmful algae blooms by allowing them to release water from Lake O before the algae blooms appear. We like it. Sugar hates it. Go figure.

You can weigh in with your comments through August 21 by emailing Melissa.a.nasuti@usace.army.mil.

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NEWS PRESS: Documentary about algae and public health debuts to sold-out crowd

World-renowned scientist Paul Cox likened it to “a neurotoxic vise, where you have toxins from the red tide offshore and the cyanobacteria (blue green algae) toxins coming down the Caloosahatchee from Lake O," with residents squeezed on both sides.

When asked if people should be alarmed, Dr. Cox told the crowd, the answer is an unqualified yes.

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TC PALM: Blue-Green Algae Task Force: Focus should be on preventing, not removing toxic blooms

A lot of folks don’t understand the painstaking work the Governor’s task force is undertaking, but they should. Finally, experts are looking at the system, including regulations, or lack thereof, to identify what’s broken and bring forward the fixes, with a focus on preventing the filth from entering state waters to begin with. Corporate agriculture is not happy.

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TC PALM: U.S. Sugar files lawsuit against Army Corps over Lake Okeechobee management, low water levels

Selfish and greedy, the sugar cartel doesn’t like sharing adversity. They want the estuaries and both coasts of Florida to take constant punishment so that they have water whenever they want it. Their stranglehold over our water and ecosystems is weakening and they're hopping mad. Well, buckle up, Big Sugar – we’re just getting started!

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TC PALM: Algal blooms: House committee approves Rep. Mast's bill requiring federal study

In dogged pursuit of solving the problem, Congressman Brian Mast brings more to the fight: "It’s ridiculous that a federal program specifically designed to combat harmful algal blooms has never done an Everglades-specific analysis. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

This legislation would usher in the first action plan to combat harmful algae blooms in Florida by the federal government.

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WPBF: Toxic blue-green algae not polluting St. Lucie River since summer discharges halted

What's changed? No Lake O discharges of toxic algae.

We do not know how much simpler the scientists (and we) can make it. Stop ag runoff from entering the lake to begin with. Send that water SOUTH through filtration marshes so it can be released into a collapsing Everglades. You know, as nature intended.

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PALM BEACH POST: Army Corps wants ‘immediate’ changes to Lake Okeechobee management

Congressman Brian Mast and Governor Ron DeSantis pushed for lowering Lake O to 10.5 feet before the rainy season began – against the wishes of Big Sugar – trying to spare our waterways from being pummeled with toxic bacteria again this year.

The usual suspects have been crying foul ever since. This latest (good) news is sure to ruin their day.

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PBS: A Healthy Dose of Nature

“A growing number of doctors are ordering their patients to take a hike, literally. In other words, they are prescribing nature.”

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