Hatch Mag: Written by Johnny Carrol Sain. April 3rd, 2019.
"Hey, there's a nurse shark," says Captain Eric Lund. His nonchalant tone doesn't jibe with the words. From my perspective as landlocked for life, a shark sighting is cause for exclamation. The hulking burgundy form shadows the skiff, wig-wagging over turtle grass while I snap photo after photo. And they all suck. Too many shadows, and the shark is just too deep through the jade-shaded crystal water. Auto focus can't capture the fish and I'm too slow on the draw manually.
Continue reading "It's time to stop starving Florida Bay"
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.
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.
Continue reading "John Moran: It’s time to unfriend fertilizer"
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.
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.
Continue reading "New for Florida: Gov. Ron DeSantis names chief science officer"
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.