NEWS PRESS: Toxins, possible blue-green algae indicator showing up in local water quality samples

News Press. Written by Chad Gillis. April 4th, 2019.

Remember that blue-green algae that ravaged the region last summer? It still hasn't gone away. Not completely. Water quality scientists and environmental groups are worried the seeds could be planted for another crippling bloom, as cyanobacteria is still being found in the Everglades system.

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GAINESVILLE SUN: John Moran: It’s time to unfriend fertilizer

Gainesville Sun: Written by John Moran. April 3rd, 2019.

The pollution that is sickening Florida waters and threatening human health is caused by agricultural and lawn fertilizer, and human and animal waste. County governments are legally obligated to reduce this nutrient loading.

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SUN SENTINEL: Trump whiffed big opportunity during Lake Okeechobee visit | Editorial

SUN SENTINEL: Written by Editorial Board. April 3rd, 2019.

President Trump got another $2 million last weekend. The Everglades is still waiting. Before hosting a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, the president visited Lake Okeechobee and the lakefront town of Canal Point.

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SUN SENTINEL: New for Florida: Gov. Ron DeSantis names chief science officer

SUN SENTINEL: Written by David Fleshler. April 1st, 2019.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday appointed a prominent biologist as the state’s first chief science officer, a new position the governor created as part of his focus on the environment.

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NEWS PRESS: Researchers find blue-green algae toxin in dolphins that also have brain disease

News Press: Written by Chad Gillis. March 26, 2019.

A toxic blue-green algae that choked the Fort Myers-Cape Coral area last summer has shown up in dolphins with brain disease. Researchers tested 14 stranded dolphins from Florida and Massachusetts, areas the study notes as having relatively frequent harmful algal blooms.

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TC PALM: In case Trump won't increase Everglades funding, 20 in Congress ask House committee for it

TC PALM: Written by Tyler Treadway. April 2nd, 2019.

Twenty Congress members from Florida have asked the House Appropriations Committee for "the highest possible funding levels" for Everglades restoration. The request is a backdoor way to get more money for projects if President Donald Trump doesn't follow through on his promise Friday to increase his $63 million federal budget recommendation by "a lot more than you would ever believe."

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TC PALM: Gov. Ron DeSantis names UF's Tom Frazer as Florida's first chief science officer

TC PALM: Written by Ali Schmitz. April 1st, 2019.

Gov. Ron DeSantis named University of Florida's Dr. Tom Frazer as Florida's first chief science officer. Frazer is a professor at the school of natural resources and environment. He has degrees in marine fisheries, fisheries and aquatic sciences and biological sciences.

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NEWS PRESS: Rooney to CDC: Tell us what you know about how toxic algae bloom health effects

NEWS PRESS: Written by Amy Bennet Williams. April 1st, 2019.

U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Naples, is pressing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to share what it knows about the short- and long-term health effects of the toxic algae that befouled Southwest Florida last year.

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SUN SENTINEL: The arrogance of a three-judge panel imperils the Everglades | Editorial

SUN SENTINEL: Written by Editorial Board. March 24th, 2019. 

It’s a common assumption that the Florida Supreme Court has the last word about law and justice in this state. But a deeply disturbing decision to allow an exploratory oil well in the Everglades shows that impression is largely false.

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PALM BEACH POST: Editorial: President Trump, show us the money for Lake O and the Everglades!

PALM BEACH POST: Written by Editorial Board. March 29, 2019.

This dance is getting old. Today, President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Lake Okeechobee to promote the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ work on the Herbert Hoover Dike and a reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area.

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