Polluted discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River continue. Devastating discharges to the St. Lucie River have resumed. Nestle is exhausting our natural springs in North Florida, while US Sugar and Florida Crystals are draining the Everglades of its life source.
Water is not only the public’s asset and greatest resource, but also our heritage. Today, in too many parts of our state, our water and waterways are in a world of hurt.
But on the horizon, there is hope. Keeping his promise to all Floridians, Governor Ron DeSantis is bringing online the most critical components for true Everglades restoration, at record funding levels for the state. With Everglades restoration finally recognized as a vital player in mitigating the effects of climate change, and with the nearly unanimous support of Florida’s congressional delegation, our chances at record-level funding from Congress and President Biden are bright.
For now? Catch up on what you missed this week in the Everglades. And stay tuned!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
"Anyone know where we can put 5.3 billion gallons per day until June 1? There is only one place to put that much water under the current design of Florida's long-busted plumbing system — the sea. What everyone reading this column needs to keep in mind is that nearly every drop of this water once flowed into the Everglades."
It is highly likely you've never seen a Florida panther. That's because the official state animal is elusive, shy, and endangered. But one Florida man, who was definitely in the right place at the right time, spotted five of them in a single day - and four of them were at the same time!
Nestle is exhausting our natural springs in North Florida, while US Sugar and Florida Crystals drain the Everglades.
Water is the most basic of human needs. The continued disconnect between public officials and the public's interest is mind-numbing.
“Sen. Marco Rubio and all 27 U.S. House members from Florida signed the letter to Biden. Sen. Rick Scott was the only Florida delegation member who didn't sign it.” Bad decision, Senator Scott. The feds are woefully behind in funding their share of the projects. The clock is ticking faster, restoration demands are more apparent than ever. “Now is the time to put the pedal to the metal to stop discharges and send the water south once and for all." Congressman Brian Mast, R-Palm City, said Thursday.
Following the launch of the new book, Moving Water: The Everglades and Big Sugar, comes a spirited discussion between the author, Amy Green, and Everglades restoration pioneer Mary Barley. Rounding out the panel, two veteran investigative reporters share insights into the environmental and economic fiasco we continue to battle.