TC PALM: As debate over Lake O levels heats up, will lake-area residents share the adversity?

TC Palm: Written by Gil Smart. February 19th, 2019.

All this over 2 feet of water.As those involved in the fight for cleaner water know, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is mulling a proposal by U.S. Rep. Brian Mast — and backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis — to reduce the water level in Lake Okeechobee during the dry months to obviate the need for discharges during our wet summers.

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FLORIDA TODAY: Wanted? $76 million. Why? To fight Florida's negative publicity about hurricanes, red tide

Florida Today: Written by Jim Turner and Dara Kam. February 15th, 2019.

Florida’s new tourism czar, former Sen. Dana Young, is pitching lawmakers to continue setting aside $76 million a year for Visit Florida and is promoting the agency’s ability to overcome negative publicity while drawing record numbers of visitors.

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TC PALM: Scott-appointed Noah Valenstein to keep job as head of DEP in DeSantis administration

TC Palm: Written by Tyler Treadway. February 15th, 2019.

Noah Valenstein will continue to lead the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday afternoon. Valenstein was originally appointed to the job in May 2017 by then-Gov. Rick Scott. “Noah has led DEP with distinction and has played an integral role in implementing my vision to protect and restore Florida’s environment," DeSantis said in a prepared statement.

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MIAMI HERALD: Water board’s final meeting eclipsed by emotional resignation, verbal jabs and no votes

Miami Herald: Written by Jenny Staletovich. February 14th, 2019.

A simmering feud between outgoing South Florida water managers and Gov. Ron DeSantis ended Thursday with the resignation of the district’s executive director following an abbreviated meeting crippled by the lack of a quorum. As he announced his plans to resign, Ernie Marks choked up, said his last day would be March 5 and briefly left the meeting before returning to a standing ovation.

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WGCU: Two Environmental Disasters Meet in Gulf Waters: Red Tide and Blue Green Algae

WGCU: WRITTEN BY JULIE GLENN, JOHN DAVIS, RACHEL IACOVONE, ANDREA PERDOMO & MIKE KINIRY. FEBRUARY 14TH, 2019.

The entire WGCU News team spent much of 2018 covering two devastating harmful algal blooms; red tide in the gulf and bluegreen algae coming from Lake Okeechobee. This collection of reporting and talk shows follows the environmental, economic, health, and political impacts of tainted waterways which led to massive fish kills and billions in losses. 


TC PALM: Because of you, I’m optimistic for a #Clean19 for our waterways

TC Palm: Written by Brian Mast. February 14th, 2019.

It is not hyperbole to say we have a historic opportunity for our waterways this year, with progress being made for both the short-term and long-term health of our estuaries. This couldn’t have happened without your diligence.

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FOX 13: Red tide has unexpected consequence: Silence

FOX 13: Written by FOX 13 News staff. February 12, 2019.

 

From dead dolphins and manatees to dumpsters full of dead fish, the sights of last year's disastrous red tide left a lasting impression on those affected. But what does it sound like?Eckerd College Marine Science professor Shannon Gowans acoustically tracks dolphins in Tampa Bay. She knows what a thriving underwater ecosystem sounds like.Under normal conditions, it's the chirping and clicking of silver perch spotted sea trout and snapping shrimp.

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SUN SENTINEL: Fight against Everglades oil drilling plan moves to Broward County Commission

Sun Sentinel: Written by David Fleshler. February 11, 2019. 

The fight against an oil drilling plan for the Everglades will next move to the Broward County Commission, which has scheduled a discussion Tuesday with attorneys on how to stop the project. The commission had long opposed the proposal by Kanter Real Estate LLC for an exploratory well in the Everglades west of Miramar.

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MIAMI HERALD: Judge won’t end decades-old Everglades cleanup oversight

MIAMI HERALD: Written by Curt Anderson. February 11th, 2019.

MIAMI - A federal judge on Monday refused to end a decades-old court order that oversees water quality and environmental restoration in the sensitive Florida Everglades. Miami U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno rejected a motion by the South Florida Water Management District to end a decree signed in 1992.

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State of Denial

“The ultimate test of a man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” — Gaylord Nelson

Please watch this video, State of Denial.

Then ask your legislators to watch it. 

 

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