We're ecstatic and grateful for the bi-partisan effort from Florida's congressional delegation, especially Congressman Brian Mast and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, but this level of funding MUST stay consistent. We should not have to fight for this year after year after year, while critical projects languish and the destruction continues.
It almost seems trite to worry about stone crab season. Unless it’s your family’s business, that is. The loss to the industry and all who enjoy the sweet crab claw is a harbinger of things to come if the Florida Legislature continues to drag its feet on real solutions to escalating toxins in our waterways.
Continue reading NBC2: Stone crabs may be facing their worst season in 15 years
“Florida's ongoing water woes tops the list of problems to be tackled by Dr. Tom Frazer. The department plans to announce the meeting date and location of the blue-green algae task force, made up of five scientists including four from state universities, in the coming days. The meeting will be open to the public.”
“This happened in July 2016. It was during one of those blue-green algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee that prompts the Army Corps to dump water into the Caloosahatchee and the Gulf of Mexico. To the east it flows out the St. Lucie River to the Atlantic. Maybe you recall seeing stories and dramatic video from both coasts. It could have been a bad movie — Invasion of the Green Slime Monsters.”
“You say ‘thank you’ for this $200 million but also recognize that this level of commitment needs to be there this year and the year after and the year after ... the longer things go, the more expensive they get. There’s a lot at stake for the state of Florida. Chop chop – let’s get this done.”
Pepe and Alfy Fanjul could easily swap some of their land for state land to make the reservoir project much more beneficial, by allowing Lake O water to move south to man-made filtration marshes. After all, we all pay to clean up the pollution coming off their land and heavily subsidize their business. Why do you think they refuse 🤔
Rearranging priorities, even in their mission statement, tells us a lot about this new Governing Board's priorities. It's a 180 from the brazen sugar-aligned former board. These are the building blocks of progress.
Thank you, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, for leading the charge!
Governor DeSantis put forth an aggressive, bold agenda, and the largest funding request to go with it, just a few days into his term of office. We have a growing number of legislators who are beginning to see the light. But not nearly enough. The sugar cartel and polluters still call too many shots in the Florida Legislature.
Evelyn Gaiser, PhD – Everglades and climate change superstar.
“The ecologist is among the five experts who have been called on to make recommendations to expedite nutrient reduction projects and to identify opportunities to fund those projects in and around Lake O and other key waterways.”
Continue reading FIU NEWS: Ecologist joins state algae task force
We have been very impressed with the work this freshman has been doing in DC on behalf of the Everglades. Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is an example of a new generation of thoughtful leaders, putting the people's priorities ahead of special interests, like Big Sugar.
Continue reading E&E NEWS: Meet Florida's scuba-diving congresswoman