Island Reporter: FLEC steps up to serve as voice for businesses on water quality

ISLAND REPORTER: Written by Tiffany Repecki. March 26th, 2019.

While multiple organizations are advocating for clean water to benefit the environment and local ecology, a new Sanibel-based group is doing the same - but to benefit businesses and the economy.

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TC PALM: Federal water managers say another blue-green algae bloom on Okeechobee likely

TC PALM: Written by Chad Gillis. March 27th, 2019. 

There's probably going to be a blue-green algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee this summer, but federal water managers hope that lowering lake levels now will prevent the need to release lake water when and if the bloom hits again.

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NEWS PRESS: Water and environment drive our Southwest Florida economy. We must keep it safe.

NEWS PRESS: Written by John Lai. March 25th, 2019.

 Our environment is our economy. It’s the reason why visitors flock to our shores, businesses thrive here, and why our population continues to rise year after year. But over the past few years, Southwest Florida has experienced a string of environmental setbacks – from red tide off our beaches to blue-green algae clogging our waterways – that have taken a toll on our regional economies.

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TC PALM: Federal water project grants could increase under Rep. Brian Mast, Rep. Angie Craig bill

TC PALM: Written by Ali Schmitz. March 27, 2019.

A bill to increase funding for EPA grants for local projects to reduce pollution has been approved by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill, H.R. 1331, reauthorizes and increases funding for an Environmental Protection Agency grant program under the Clean Water Act that focuses on pollution from runoff. The program funds local projects through matching grants.

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WPTV: New study links exposure to algal blooms to neurotoxin BMAA

WPTV: Written by Jillian Idle. March 22, 2019.

STUART, Fla. — After years of research, scientists and doctors out of the University of Miami say high levels of a neurotoxin, BMAA, has been found in deceased dolphins off the coast of Florida that were exposed to blue-green algae.

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MIAMI HERALD: The importance of river restoration in the Everglades

Miami Herald: Written by Carl Juste. February 8th, 2018.

Everglades Foundation wetland ecologist, Dr. Stephen Davis, explains the importance of the restoration of the Everglades natural flow and its importance.

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WINK NEWS: New study shows Alzheimer’s-like brain disease in dead Florida dolphins

WINK News: Written by Anika Henanger. March 21st, 2019.

Toxic blue-green algae hit it Southwest Florida hard in 2018. Dolphins washed up on our shores by the dozen. Research at UM is shining a light on what happened to these animals. Newly released research by scientists at University of Miami found dead dolphins poisoned by blue-green algae showed signs of Alzheimer’s-like brain disease.

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MIAMI HERALD: Dolphins poisoned by algae also showed signs of Alzheimer’s-like brain disease

Miami Herald: Written by Jenny Staletovich. March 20, 2019.

Toxins produced by blue-green algae that have increasingly polluted Florida waters have been found in dead dolphins that also showed signs of Alzheimer’s-like brain disease, according to a new study led by University of Miami researchers.

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FLORIDA POLITICS: Ron DeSantis’ environmental priorities get House support

Florida Politics: Written by Jim Turner. March 19, 2019.

Gov. Ron DeSantis would get nearly all the money he’s requested for environmental projects in an initial House budget proposal for next year. A $3.97 billion proposal for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission includes $607.4 million for Everglades restoration and water-improvement projects such as combating future outbreaks of toxic algae and red tide.

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HERALD TRIBUNE: Editorial: A welcome change on water quality

Herald Tribune: Written by Editorial Board. March 15th, 2019.

Whether it’s the severe impact red tide has had on tourism, or a sudden realization that environmental issues are crucial for Florida, a fresh breeze seems to be blowing through Tallahassee.

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