NEWS-PRESS: Corps to increase flows from Lake O into the Caloosahatchee

NEWS-PRESS: September 15, 2016. Written by Staff.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will increase flows from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee during the next week.

The lake stage was 15.36 feet on Thursday, up 0.26 feet over the past week. Army Corps protocols say the lake should be kept between 12.5 feet and 15.5 feet above sea level in order to protect people and property around the lake.

The Hoover Dike surrounds the lake, protecting the towns to the south from flooding.

“We expect the lake to be in the 15.5 foot range by this time next week,” said Candida Bronson, acting operations division chief for the Jacksonville District.. “At that level, we increase inspections of the dike to ensure continued safe operation. We still have seven weeks remaining in the wet season. Even without a significant weather event, we expect that the lake will be above 16 feet by the end of November.”

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WPTV: Martin County residents: CEPP helps, but not nearly enough to stop harmful discharges

WPTV: September 15, 2016. Written by Alyssa Hyman.

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved its water resources bill. Included in that was the Central Everglades Planning Project. The plan includes a series of projects designed to get more water from Lake Okeechobee flowing south toward the Everglades.

While many say the project is a step in the right direction, it will not have a dramatic impact on the Lake O discharges going east and west.

The Corps releases water from the lake to manage the lake levels, concerned that if the lake gets too high the dike around it could be compromised.

However, many families on the Treasure Coast blame the discharges for causing the toxic algae that invaded their waterways this year. 

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TCPALM: 'Glades lives matter' and land buy are not mutually exclusive

TCPALM: September 14, 2016. Written by Editorial.

It was naive, perhaps, to expect that state Sen. Joe Negron's plan to buy some 60,000 acres south of Lake Okeechobee for water storage would be universally embraced.

For as obviously necessary as it may seem to residents of the Treasure Coast, the prospect of another huge chunk of land lost to water storage is bound to be controversial in the farming communities south of the lake, where residents may fear the plan could result in lost jobs and a weakened industry in the Everglades Agricultural Area.

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EYE ON MIAMI: "Glades Lives Matter" to Big Sugar, except when they don't...

EYE ON MIAMI: September 14, 2016. Written by Gimleteye.

Big Sugar is in the midst of a multi-faceted counterattack against the civic uprising in Florida triggered by massive pollution of Florida's waterways in the winter of 2016. It took the results of the GOP presidential primary -- and the dismal showing of its key spokesman, Senator Marco Rubio, who garnered scarcely 15% of the Republican vote -- to kick the billionaires into gear. Today, they are most certainly revving all their engines in anticipation of the November election where protecting Marco Rubio and down-ballot hirelings like state representative Matt Caldwell is Big Sugar's primary concern.

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TCPALM: Florida must acquire land for Lake O flow to protect rivers, estuaries (Letter)

TCPALM: September 14, 2016. Written by Nathaniel Reed.

Where is the water coming from to be discharged out the St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee River?

Who is responsible to enforce reductions of nutrients off private lands? Where is the Department of Environmental Regulation? 

Taxpayers foot costs for the stormwater treatment areas which have been cleansing Everglades Agricultural Area drainage — not Lake Okeechobee polluted water all season.

Our current strategy, which wastes billions of gallons of this precious resource to the east and the west, threatens our water supply.

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U.S NEWS: New Study Says Sugar Industry Has Tried To Sway Science

U.S NEWS: September 12, 2016. Written by Candice Choi.

NEW YORK (AP) — The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar's role in heart disease — in part by pointing the finger at fat — as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents.

The analysis published Monday is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group and researchers at Harvard University, and is the latest example showing how food and beverage makers attempt to shape public understanding of nutrition.

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TCPALM: Water management district needs to stop smearing critics

TCPALM: September 9, 2016. Written by Editorial Board.

The South Florida Water Management District bears an awesome responsibility. The agency guards against flooding and protects water supplies in a 16-county region stretching from Orlando to Key West. It helms Florida's Everglades restoration efforts. And it manages some 2,100 miles of canals and 2,000 miles of levees or berms, more than 1,200 water control structures and culverts, dozens of pump stations and thousands of hydrological monitoring stations.

Yet with all that, the agency still has plenty of time for politicking.

Since last fall, when Gov. Rick Scott's former general counsel Pete Antonacci was installed as head of the district, the water management district has gone after its critics with a vengeance.

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WPTV: Hillary Clinton sending Carol Browner to tour Treasure Coast waterways

WPTV: September 7, 2016. Written by Meghan McRoberts.

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. -- A presidential candidate has responded to an invitation from Martin County Commissioners to tour the St. Lucie River after it was coated in toxic algae blooms.

Commissioners sent letters to Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the end of July.

Hillary Clinton responded with a letter Tuesday saying residents have a right to clean waterways.

She will not be making a visit to Martin County herself, but will be sending someone on her behalf Monday, September 12.

That person, Carol Browner, is a former long-time administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency and native Floridian.

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PALM BEACH POST: Water district wields heavy hand against Audubon

PALM BEACH POST: September 6, 2016. Written by The Editorial Board.

There appears to be a new atmosphere at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and not a good one. The agency charged with environmental restoration, water supply and flood protection in 16 counties is taking a jarringly adversarial tone that smacks of a political war room.

Recently, the agency lashed out at the head of Audubon of Florida, who had the gall to suggest that the district use its own, ample reserves rather than insist that the federal government pay for the removal of invasive plant species that are seriously eroding the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, the only remnant of the northern Everglades in Palm Beach County.

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SUN SENTINEL: To save the Everglades, go south

SUN SENTINEL: September 3, 2016. Written by Sun Sentinel Editorial Board.

Joe Negron is the right person at the right time with the right idea to help deal with Florida's water crisis.

Negron is the incoming state Senate president. His district includes Martin County, where discharges from Lake Okeechobee have created toxic algae, fouling waterways and the Atlantic Ocean.

Negron wants the state to buy 60,000 acres of farmland south of the lake for a reservoir, easing the need to dump water into fragile coastal estuaries.

Here is his math:

To protect the dike on the lake's south side, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers has released 180 billion gallons of water into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers this year because of unusually heavy winter rains. The reservoir Negron envisions could hold 120 billion gallons.

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