TAMPA BAY TIMES: Four Florida beaches post health warnings for water quality 

“Best Management Practices” for agriculture are a joke (and voluntary). Failing municipal sewer systems are rampant statewide. Biosolids (human waste) from one part of the state are spread onto farmland in other parts of the state – adjacent to waterways.

The Governor is doing his job. Time for local governments and the Legislature to do theirs.

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OUTDOOR LIFE: Florida's Water Crisis Has Sport Fishing on the Brink of Collapse

Florida is defined by water. The abundance and diversity of coastal estuary habitat is what earned Florida its title as the sportfishing capital of the world.

Killer algae, too much water, not enough water – this hydrological disaster is killing Florida’s legendary inshore fishing. And much more.

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SUN SENTINEL: South Florida creatives showcase Everglades as a local treasure

“Natural-history filmmaker Richard Kern uses his work to educate people.

“For me, the greatest satisfaction I get is being able to see the effects on the faces of middle school kids in an auditorium. To show them how exceptional a place like the Everglades actually are.”

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TC PALM: Blue-green algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee at Port Mayaca over 3 times too toxic to touch

A simmering brew, almost exclusively of agricultural runoff, is pushing against the doorstep of millions of Floridians, as it is blocked by Big Sugar from moving south safely. All we can do is push to get these projects built faster.

We do not know how the Fanjuls of Florida Crystals and the heirs to the CSMott fortune of US Sugar sleep at night.

Continue reading: TC PALM: Blue-green algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee at Port Mayaca over 3 times too toxic to touch


NEWS-PRESS: New Blue-Green Algae Task Force looks to farm lands for ways to improve water quality

Kerry Kates, with the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, said farmers are willing to participate in the clean-up process. "Agriculture is a part of the problem. Agriculture will also be a part of the solution."

Now, this is refreshing.

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CBS12.COM: Lake Okeechobee blue-green algae bloom three times too toxic

Environmental officials found cyanobacteria, a blue-green algae bloom, on Lake Okeechobee that is three times the toxic level. A recent test of the waters shows 29 microcystis per liter of water. This is a stark increase from eight microcystis, which is the beginning of toxicity, according to the EPA.

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NBC NEWS: Son of Florida woman speaking out for the first time after flesh-eating bacteria killed his mother

A call for caution ahead of the big weekend ahead. Carolyn Fleming got the infection during a walk on the beach and died two weeks later. Early detection saved the life of 12-year-old, Kylei Parker.

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TC PALM: Ban biosolids use along upper St. Johns River, Indian River County administrator tells DEP

Municipalities should be required to treat this human waste (biosolids is the polite word) instead of moving their problem elsewhere – like into the waiting arms of agriculture looking for cheap fertilizer right next to our waterways.

Continue reading: TC PALM: Ban biosolids use along upper St. Johns River, Indian River County administrator tells DEP


 


MIAMI HERALD: Everglades wildfire spreads to 32,000 acres

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.

Continue reading: MIAMI HERALD: Everglades wildfire spreads to 32,000 acres


WATCH NOW: Lake O Fact Check #6 | Playing The Blame Game

"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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WATCH NOW: Lake O Fact Check #6 | Playing The Blame Game



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