TC PALM: Treasure Coast's Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch appointed to SFWMD board by Gov. Ron DeSantis

TC Palm: Written by Tyler Treadway. February 21, 2019.

STUART — "The soul of Florida is water," said Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, who was appointed Thursday to the South Florida Water Management District board, promising to "leave all the children of South Florida with a better water future."

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TC PALM: Dismantling of good-old-boy network at water district offers hope

TC Palm: Written by Eve Samples. February 21st, 2019.

If there's a silver lining to the decades of environmental abuse our waters have endured due to mismanagement of Lake Okeechobee, it's this:Our community has grown increasingly savvy about how to respond — and how to force people in positions of power to react. And, by God, we've seen some real action over the past week.

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SUN SENTINEL: Florida back in fight to block oil drilling in Everglades

Sun Sentinel: Written by David Fleshler. February 20th, 2019.

A plan for oil drilling in the Everglades ran into a major obstacle Wednesday, when the state of Florida went to court to stop it and promised to assist local governments in their own fight against the project.

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FLORIDA DAILY: Clyde Butcher: Four Reasons Everyone Should Care About America’s Everglades

Florida Daily. Written by Clyde Butcher. February 20, 2019.

t’s been called one of the world’s great biological wonders.And since there’s nothing quite like Everglades National Park, efforts have been made for decades to protect and preserve its fragile ecosystem.

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TC PALM: As debate over Lake O levels heats up, will lake-area residents share the adversity?

TC Palm: Written by Gil Smart. February 19th, 2019.

All this over 2 feet of water.As those involved in the fight for cleaner water know, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is mulling a proposal by U.S. Rep. Brian Mast — and backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis — to reduce the water level in Lake Okeechobee during the dry months to obviate the need for discharges during our wet summers.

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FLORIDA TODAY: Wanted? $76 million. Why? To fight Florida's negative publicity about hurricanes, red tide

Florida Today: Written by Jim Turner and Dara Kam. February 15th, 2019.

Florida’s new tourism czar, former Sen. Dana Young, is pitching lawmakers to continue setting aside $76 million a year for Visit Florida and is promoting the agency’s ability to overcome negative publicity while drawing record numbers of visitors.

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TC PALM: Scott-appointed Noah Valenstein to keep job as head of DEP in DeSantis administration

TC Palm: Written by Tyler Treadway. February 15th, 2019.

Noah Valenstein will continue to lead the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday afternoon. Valenstein was originally appointed to the job in May 2017 by then-Gov. Rick Scott. “Noah has led DEP with distinction and has played an integral role in implementing my vision to protect and restore Florida’s environment," DeSantis said in a prepared statement.

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MIAMI HERALD: Water board’s final meeting eclipsed by emotional resignation, verbal jabs and no votes

Miami Herald: Written by Jenny Staletovich. February 14th, 2019.

A simmering feud between outgoing South Florida water managers and Gov. Ron DeSantis ended Thursday with the resignation of the district’s executive director following an abbreviated meeting crippled by the lack of a quorum. As he announced his plans to resign, Ernie Marks choked up, said his last day would be March 5 and briefly left the meeting before returning to a standing ovation.

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WGCU: Two Environmental Disasters Meet in Gulf Waters: Red Tide and Blue Green Algae

WGCU: WRITTEN BY JULIE GLENN, JOHN DAVIS, RACHEL IACOVONE, ANDREA PERDOMO & MIKE KINIRY. FEBRUARY 14TH, 2019.

The entire WGCU News team spent much of 2018 covering two devastating harmful algal blooms; red tide in the gulf and bluegreen algae coming from Lake Okeechobee. This collection of reporting and talk shows follows the environmental, economic, health, and political impacts of tainted waterways which led to massive fish kills and billions in losses. 


TC PALM: Because of you, I’m optimistic for a #Clean19 for our waterways

TC Palm: Written by Brian Mast. February 14th, 2019.

It is not hyperbole to say we have a historic opportunity for our waterways this year, with progress being made for both the short-term and long-term health of our estuaries. This couldn’t have happened without your diligence.

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