Palm Beach Post: Algae blooms a disaster many years in the making

Palm Beach Post: Algae blooms a disaster many years in the making. August 27, 2016. Point of View. Written by Preston T. Robertson.

Recent state and national headlines are full of the algal bloom disaster now unfolding in South Florida, especially along our east coast and in Martin County. A wave of green, smelly, toxic goop has invaded coastal areas, fouling water and suffocating aquatic species and manatees. This situation is not only upsetting, it is, unfortunately, completely predictable.

Since the Hoover Dike was completed in the 1960s, essentially making Lake Okeechobee into a giant bath tub, pollutant-laden water from agricultural and other sources have been deposited into the Kissimmee River and surrounding watersheds which has traveled south to the Lake. Nitrogen and phosphorous now degrade this once pristine water body, which had once been a fishery of great renown. Following completion of the dike, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, fearing a breach or overflow of the dike, has pulsed polluted water east and west, to the coasts. Prior to the dike, clean water had flowed slowly south, thereby creating the “River of Grass” and the Everglades. Today, millions of gallons polluted water are shunted to the St. Lucie Canal eastward or to the Caloosahatchee River westward.

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NBC-2: Cape Coral leaders back Now or Neverglades

NBC-2: Cape Coral leaders back Now or Neverglades. August 29, 2016. Written by Jesse Pagan.

CAPE CORAL- Cape Coral city leaders are now backing the Now or Neverglades Declaration, pushing for changes in the way water is released from Lake Okeechobee.

The declaration asks that Amendment One money be used to buy the land that is south of the lake. This land would then be used to store and treat the freshwater released from the lake, keeping it away from the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries.

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EYE ON MIAMI:Hillary Clinton favors purchase of Big Sugar lands in Everglades Agricultural Area?

EYE ON MIAMI: August 18, 2016. Written by Gimleteye.

Hillary Clinton wrote an important OPED, published in the Treasure Coast Palm yesterday.

In it, she endorses purchase of Big Sugar lands in the EAA. . Hillary appears to accept the Now or Neverglades Declaration. The Declaration is rippling across the Florida political front and proving a litmus test from county commission to state legislative and the US Senate race. Clinton ought to sign the declaration now.

Otherwise, words are cheap. Hillary Clinton writes: "One of my husband's proudest accomplishments was signing a bipartisan bill in 2000 that finally committed to restoring the flow of fresh water through the Everglades and securing reliable clean water supplies for agriculture, businesses and families." Wait.

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THE HILL: Taxpayers should be wary of false sugar reform proposals

THE HILL: August 16, 2016. Written by David Williams.

The U.S. sugar lobby constantly reminds people that crony capitalism is alive and well in Washington, D.C., as they continue to protect their sweet deal of federal subsidies that come at the expense of American consumers and taxpayers. To make matters worse, the sugar lobby is promoting a plan (called “zero-for-zero”) to push all other countries to get rid of their sugar subsidies before we do anything about our own. If it sounds unreasonable, that is because it is.

Not only is this so-called “zero-for-zero” proposal for sugar policy unreasonable, it is also highly unlikely that other nations will abandon their protectionist subsidies, especially when the country demanding this false reform has a sugar industry that is so highly subsidized. Clearly, the only real purpose of “zero-for-zero” is to give the U.S. sugar lobby an excuse for zero reform.

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CROWLEY POLITICAL REPORT: Poll Showing Francis Rooney Ahead Was Done By His Campaign Consultant


Florida Politics, a website owned by Peter Schorsch, reported today that a new poll shows Florida congressional candidate Francis Rooney way ahead with a "double digit lead over his Republican rivals."

The "poll" was done by an organization called Remington Research Group.

Pray tell - who is that?

According to Florida Politics, the Remington poll shows that: Rooney leads the pack with 45 percent of the vote. Chauncey Goss is in second with 29 percent, while Dan Bongino received 15 percent support. The poll found 11 percent of respondents were still undecided. . . . Remington Research Group surveyed 1,606 likely Republican primary voters in Florida’s 19th Congressional District from Aug. 14 through Aug. 15. The automated survey has a margin of error of 2.4 percent.

But pray tell - who is Remington?

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ORLANDO SENTINEL: Florida's water woes are bad and getting worse. Do you care?

ORLANDO SENTINEL: August 2, 2016. Written by Scott Maxwell

A few weeks ago, Florida made national news for being coated in thick, green, toxic algae.

It looked like a river of snot. It smelled worse. And it mangled the economy along the St. Lucie River and Treasure Coast.

Anyone with one good eye and nostril knew something needed to be done.

Well, last week, Florida officials responded ... by voting to allow more cancer-causing agents into the Sunshine State's drinking water supplies and recreational waters.

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CAPTIVA SANIBEL: Sanibel mayor issues water quality call to action

CAPTIVA SANIBEL: August 1, 2016. Written by Kevin Ruane

On July 19, the Sanibel City Council adopted Resolution 16-060 calling on the State of Florida and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to accelerate the planning and design process of a critical project, the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), that when completed will provide additional storage south of Lake Okeechobee and reduce the high-volume freshwater discharges that have been so devastating to our community. Currently this high-impact project is not slated to begin until 2020. We are pleased to advise you that as of today the U.S. Army Corps has announced they are willing to expedite the planning of this project.

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WFLX FOX 29: Ten million dollars to solve algae crisis

WFLX FOX 29: July 12, 2016. Video

Ten million dollars could find the answer to the algae crisis.

The Everglades Foundation's CEO Eric Eikenberg toured some of the hardest hit areas in Martin County.

Eikenberg hopes he has an incentive that will help us get rid of the toxic algae and it starts a week and a half from now.

The foundation will launch a worldwide contest on July 21.

A 10 million dollar prize goes to the winner.

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10 million dollars could solve algae crisis



MIAMI HERALD: Sugar’s decades-long hold over Everglades came with a price

MIAMI HERALD: July 11, 2016. Written by Mary Ellen Klas

Fifteen years after Jeb Bush and Bill Clinton reached a landmark accord to revive the Everglades, billions of dollars have been spent but not much marsh has been restored, and the River of Grass continues to cycle through the same familiar struggles.

Disastrous algae blooms foul coastal estuaries. Seagrass die-offs plague Florida Bay. High water threatens the Lake Okeechobee dike. Everglades marshes drown under too much water or wither under too little. All the ecological crises of this summer are just déjà vu, all over again.

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PALM BEACH POST: Long-term plan to fix algae blooms needs Big Sugar backing

PALM BEACH POST: July 13, 2016. Editorial

The algal blooms now covering some 200 square miles of Lake Okeechobee are proof that there’s nothing like a crisis to get politicians saying the right things.

It’s good to see, for example, Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio make a bipartisan pitch to immediately vote on a federal water bill that would help pay for repairs to the leaky Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake O.

It’s good to see Gov. Rick Scott proposing to put money in next year’s budget to reduce the use of septic systems and seeking a federal disaster declaration.

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