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West Palm Beach resident made sick by contaminated drinking water describes symptoms to the SFWMD
When the drinking water in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach became contaminated with toxic blue-green algae in May 2021, the city alerted residents 10 days later — after many people had already become sick.

SFWMD Governing Board Meeting - June 10, 2021
Some highlights of public comments and board member comments from the South Florida Water Management District's Governing Board meeting.

Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee, featuring Kait Parker of Weather.com
The Weather Channel gives the best summary we've seen about toxic blue-green algae and the harmful effects it has on our environment, health and economy.

The Everglades: What's at Stake
A handful of corporate interests, primarily the Fanjuls of Florida Crystals and the CSMotts of US Sugar, are trying to control the outcome in the battle to save America’s Everglades, three nationally-important coastal estuaries and the drinking water supply for 8 million people. Today, Floridians are pushing back and taking a stand. What’s at stake? The very future of Florida.

The Everglades Historical Flow
Historically, the Everglades used to cover most of South Florida, stretching from present day Orlando all the way south to the Florida Keys. Water from the Kissimmee River would fill Lake Okeechobee and then flow south into the River of Grass. But sadly, this is no longer what the Everglades looks like.

Toxic algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee, 04/24/2021
Toxic blue-green algae collects at the Pahokee Marina off Lake Okeechobee on April 24, 2021. Locals are saying, "I've never seen it this bad."

Hope for the Everglades
There is hope for the Everglades. Millions of Floridians are heeding the call and demanding action. We can fix what ails this great ecosystem that provides us so much. Everglades rockstars Maggie Hurchalla, Dr. Steve Davis, the Captains for Clean Water and more discuss their hopes for the Everglades with Orvis.

SFWMD Celebrates Major Milestone for EAA Reservoir Project
Governor DeSantis signs an agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on the EAA Reservoir 12 months ahead of schedule. None of this would be possible without hundreds of thousands of Floridians speaking up, calling, emailing, texting, showing up and demanding action.

Oxford Exchange Bookstore presents "Moving Water: The Everglades & Big Sugar" by Amy Green
NPR Reporter Amy Green discusses her book "Moving Water: The Everglades & Big Sugar" with her main subject, Everglades restoration pioneer, Mary Barley.

Mac Stone's TED Talk - Stunning photos of the endangered Everglades
For centuries, people have viewed swamps and wetlands as obstacles to avoid. But for photographer Mac Stone, who documents the stories of wildlife in Florida's Everglades, the swamp isn't a hindrance — it's a national treasure. Through his stunning photographs, Stone shines a new light on a neglected, ancient and important wilderness. His message: get out and experience it for yourself. "Just do it — put your feet in the water," he says. "The swamp will change you, I promise."

A sugarcane burn turns day into night in Belle Glade
Every year during the 6-8 month harvest season, residents in the Glades are exposed to raining ash and polluted smoke from Big Sugar’s cheap but harmful practice of sugarcane burning.

Dr. Jessica L. McCarty on sugarcane burning
In a press conference held by Representatives Omari Hardy and Anna Eskamani, agricultural burning expert Dr. Jessica L. McCarty dives into the science behind the harmful practice of sugarcane burning.

Kina Phillips takes on Big Sugar
Imagine what it takes for a wife and mother in the Glades to stand up to the sugar industry. Listen to Kina Phillips describe the domineering influence of Big Sugar that acts with little regard for the negative effect of sugarcane burning and the spraying of pesticides to the health of the people in her community.

 


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