Rearranging priorities, even in their mission statement, tells us a lot about this new Governing Board's priorities. It's a 180 from the brazen sugar-aligned former board. These are the building blocks of progress.
Thank you, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, for leading the charge!
Governor DeSantis put forth an aggressive, bold agenda, and the largest funding request to go with it, just a few days into his term of office. We have a growing number of legislators who are beginning to see the light. But not nearly enough. The sugar cartel and polluters still call too many shots in the Florida Legislature.
Evelyn Gaiser, PhD – Everglades and climate change superstar.
“The ecologist is among the five experts who have been called on to make recommendations to expedite nutrient reduction projects and to identify opportunities to fund those projects in and around Lake O and other key waterways.”
Continue reading FIU NEWS: Ecologist joins state algae task force
We have been very impressed with the work this freshman has been doing in DC on behalf of the Everglades. Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is an example of a new generation of thoughtful leaders, putting the people's priorities ahead of special interests, like Big Sugar.
Continue reading E&E NEWS: Meet Florida's scuba-diving congresswoman
We’re witnessing a shift in the priorities of the new SFWMD Governing Board that is well overdue. It’s past time that agencies charged with the public trust actually worked for the public and not special interests. Regulating pollution and holding polluters accountable? How refreshing.
We applaud this Governing Board’s commitment to transparency, the public interest and common sense.
News Press: Written by Amy Bennett Williams. May 3rd, 2019.
Hasn't Lee County had enough stinky gunk in its waters lately? Apparently not, as evidenced by the spongy rafts of floating foulness currently bedeviling Captiva. It's blanketing Roosevelt Channel and the Captiva Drive shoreline, lined with homes that start at about $1 million.
Continue reading "What's the smelly brown gunk hugging Captiva's shoreline?"
TC Palm: Written by Treasure Coast Newspaper Editorial Board. May 2nd, 2019.
Following through on yet another promise he made in his Jan. 10 executive order, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday the formation of a Blue-Green Algae Task Force. The group will be helmed by Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valentine and Thomas Frazer, the state's first chief science officer.
Continue reading "Green Algae Task Force will play much-needed role | Thumb up"
TC Palm. Written by Ed Killer. April 29th, 2019.
HOBE SOUND — Gov. Ron DeSantis has placed a special emphasis on Florida's environment since taking office, and Monday was one more step in the direction to clean up the state's waterways. At the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, DeSantis named the five members of the state's newly-formed Blue-Green Algae Task Force.
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Miami Herald: Written by Craig Pittman. April 29th, 2019.
Florida’s new chief science officer didn’t start out as a scientist. Instead he was a surfer dude. Thomas Frazer, named to the post created by Gov. Ron DeSantis last month, was born and raised in the quintessential surf city of San Diego. When he was 8, he bought his first board — a Lightning Bolt — and spent as much time riding the waves as he could.
Florida Politics: Written by Scott Powers. April 22nd, 2019.
Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast blasted the Army Corps of Engineers policy governing discharges of water from Lake Okeechobee as “a total and absolute disaster” and called on the corps to strongly take into account the impacts on the coasts as it develops its new policy.
Continue reading "Brian Mast blasts Army Corps’s Lake O discharge policy"