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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HATCH MAG: July 11, 2016. Written by Chad Shmukler
Over the years, we've tried to provide you with innumerous reasons to care about Florida's Everglades. Its value as a world-class fishery is historic. We've introduced you to snook fishing near Chokoloskee and to chasing redfish, black drum, sharks, jack crevalle and tarpon near Flamingo and Alligator Alley. But the worth of the Everglades extends well beyond that of its fishery, it is the one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse ecosystems found anywhere on the planet, is the cornerstone of south Florida's economy, and is a source of drinking water for 8 million people.
TC PALM: July 8, 2016. Written by Tyler Treadway
It's the lake, stupid.
They say pictures don't lie, and that's never been more true in settling the argument over what caused the St. Lucie River algae crisis: Lake Okeechobee discharges or septic systems.
NASA satellite photography has tracked a massive algae bloom in the lake since early May. Videos and photographs by news organizations, including Treasure Coast Newspapers/TCPalm.com, also clearly show bright green algae flowing out of the lake, along the C-44 (St. Lucie) Canal and into the river.
PALM BEACH POST: July 8, 2016. Written by Kimberly Miller and Jennifer Sorentrue
The massive algae bloom floating in Lake Okeechobee has grown substantially over the past month, and some environmentalists now estimate the blue-green slime covers more than a quarter of the lake’s surface.
Stephen Davis, a wetland ecologist for the Everglades Foundation, on Friday said the lake’s algae bloom measures roughly 200 square miles — a 500 percent increase from May, when the bloom was measured at 33 square miles.
The Florida Oceanographic Society, based in Stuart, used a July 2 NASA satellite image to estimate that the algae bloom has spread to about 239 square miles.
FORBES: How corruption caused a toxic water crisis in Florida. Created by Ed Hall
The massive, toxic algae bloom currently swirling around the peninsula of Florida has its origins in an ongoing cycle of political manipulations, kickbacks, loosening of environmental and water regulations, an aging water-transfer infrastructure in and around Lake Okeechobee, and a Governor in the pocket of Big Sugar. It all adds up to one vicious chain, and guess who gets to foot the bill.
FLORIDA TIMES-UNION: July 5, 2016. Written by Ron Littlepage
The world now knows how shabbily we in Florida have treated the precious gifts of nature we were given. For several days running, news reports and headlines have exposed the state’s dirty secret of how we have fouled our own nest.
USA Today’s description of the St. Lucie River: “Thick toxic blooms that are ruining the river’s ecology, devastating water-related businesses and that could potentially cause health problems for those in contact with the water.”