“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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
Continue reading: CBS12.COM: Lake Okeechobee blue-green algae bloom three times too toxic
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.
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.
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
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