A lightning strike in the already-parched Everglades has erupted into a massive wildfire. Public safety agencies are warning about potential breathing problems for South Florida residents from the fire's smoke. Parents and pet owners are urged to keep children and animals indoors if air quality deteriorates.
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"There is a lot of misinformation flying around out there about Lake Okeechobee and the health of our waterways. Now, it’s time to set the record straight. The #LakeOFactCheck video series analyzes the claims being made about Lake Okeechobee and water management in Florida." - Congressman Brian Mast
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Record spending and work at warp speed, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law today an agency move that was a part of his Executive Order in January, and was ushered through the Legislature by SenatorRob Bradley (on hand today with the Governor) that will give teeth to DEP to go after criminal polluters of our waterways. More to come!
"Congressman Brian Mast is back with a second attempt to force the Army Corps to consider the impact discharges from Lake O — often laden with harmful blue-green algae — have on human health before opening the locks.”
Changing a broken system is a lot harder than it looks. The willingness to go there, coupled with a relentless fire in the belly to solve the problem, is what it takes. Brian Mast has both.
"On June 3 it was announced that, with the assistance of a federal grant, the state will begin next phase of lifting portions of US 41 (Tamiami) that have impeded the flow of freshwater in the southern end of the system for 91 years. The next day, SFWMD moved to begin clearing land for the construction of a 240,000-acre-ft reservoir in the EAA." This is what real progress looks like, folks.
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“A test of toxins in Lake Okeechobee returned results more than twice what’s considered safe by the US EPA, raising concerns from scientists about swimming and eating fish from the warming waters.”
"High volume releases of nutrient-rich and blue-green algae-laden water from Lake O last summer led to massive algae blooms along the Caloosahatchee River, in local canals, and in the river’s estuary. And this all happened as a prolonged red tide bloom persisted along the coast.
Now, three conservation groups are suing three federal agencies for what they say is a failure to address harm to Florida’s endangered species being caused by the releases.”
Continue reading: WCGU: Conservation Groups Sue Federal Agencies Over Lake O Releases
The NFL goes GREEN with the Everglades Foundation! OCEANS to EVERGLADES is a partnership between the NFL, Everglades Foundation, Ocean Conservancy and Lonely Whale Foundation, leveraging the Super Bowl platform to engage the community in environmental efforts and leaving a lasting sustainable legacy beyond Super Bowl LIV in 2020.
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"Congressman Brian Mast is making another run at stopping harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges by requiring the Army Corps to consider the health and safety of people downstream before releasing toxic water to the coasts.”
This is what change looks like. Slow at times, but always pushing forward, relentless.
PALM BEACH POST EDITORIAL: Let lawsuit unearth facts on sugar-cane burning on the Glades communities
“For years, people in the poor cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay have coughed and gasped. FIU reports that during burning season the air there contains 15 times the amount of 18 chemicals, some possibly carcinogenic.
According to Big Sugar, it’s not harmful at all.” And it helps their bottom line. Sound familiar?