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Fishing guides urge action on Glades restoration. Amendment 1 money tied up in state budget fight

Sixteen sportfishing guides and marine professionals from the Florida Keys signed onto a letter urging Florida legislators to spend Amendment 1 money on Everglades restoration and improving South Florida waters.

Editorial: Honor Amendment 1

When voters approved Amendment 1 to the state Constitution last year, they gave Florida a magnificent opportunity not only to preserve our clean drinking water and natural resources, but to add to the state’s bounty, as well.


Editorial: Acquiring land to store, treat excess water from Lake O remains high priority

For advocates of the Indian River Lagoon, a recent decision by the South Florida Water Management District constituted a double blow.

Rally Time in Bradenton for Amendment 1 Attention

BRADENTON, Fla. -- "Hey, protect our springs! Hey, protect our springs!"

Environmentalists speak up for Amendment 1 in Brevard Co.

BREVARD COUNTY -- Environmentalists and others protested across the state, including in Brevard County, on Saturday, just as lawmakers are heading back to Tallahassee for a special session on the budget.

If we fail the Everglades, we fail Florida’s future

On Dec. 6, 1947, President Harry S Truman was in Florida to celebrate the end of a 30-year struggle — and to warn us about the future. “Today we marked the achievement of another great conservation victory,” said Truman in a speech dedicating Everglades National Park.

Eric Eikenberg: Everglades Foundation still eager to work with Legislature on water storage

Last month, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) voted to forgo purchasing U.S. Sugar-owned land to build a vital reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). This decision is a setback to Everglades restoration and communities enduring damaging discharges of polluted Lake Okeechobee water along Florida’s east and west coasts.

Amendment 1 Backers Rally for Land Buying

Environmentalists plan to hold rallies across Florida this weekend, again calling on lawmakers to boost the amount of money for land acquisition, Everglades restoration and natural-springs protection.

Environmentalists continue push for Everglades reservoir

TALLAHASSEE – Environmentalists are optimistic they can get money from Florida lawmakers for a reservoir in the Everglades during the upcoming special legislative session, something they couldn’t do during the 60-day regular session.

Environmentalists renew call for Everglades land buy before special Florida session

Environmentalists say they are not giving up the battle to secure land south of Lake Okeechobee for Everglades restoration. They’re just changing tracts.

Amendment 1 Backers Rally For Land Buying

TALLAHASSEE | Environmentalists plan to hold rallies across Florida this weekend, again calling on lawmakers to boost the amount of money for land acquisition, Everglades restoration and natural-springs protection.

Environmentalists to make land-buy push

Environmentalists plan to hold rallies across Florida this weekend, again calling on lawmakers to boost the amount of money for land acquisition, Everglades restoration and natural-springs protection.

Some residents along the St. Lucie River are worried about what they see in the water

Despite a recent reduction in freshwater runoff from Lake Okeechobee, and the lifting of a water advisory at Leighton Park, residents along the St. Lucie River are beginning to worry about what they’re seeing in the water.

Editorial: Next chapter of Everglades restoration history starts now

The slap against former Gov. Charlie Crist was that he never particularly cared for details. He liked big-picture ideas. None was bigger than his grandiose announcement in 2008 that he had brokered a historic deal to buy out all 180,000 acres of U.S. Sugar’s South Florida land for an estimated $1.75 billion, so that it could be returned to the Everglades.

POINT OF VIEW: Governor must lead, buy U.S. Sugar land for Everglades

This eleventh-hour plea is to seek Gov. Rick Scott’s leadership to exercise the existing contract option to purchase 46,803 acres from U.S. Sugar, south of Lake Okeechobee, before Oct. 12.

Everglades Trust delivers petitions urging governor to buy U.S. Sugar land

A small clutch of activists gathered on a foggy Tuesday morning to deliver petitions to Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders.

Green algae can be an ally for environmentalists

Green algae just might be the best lobbying tool environmentalists have in making their case that the state should buy land owned by U.S. Sugar.

Environmentalists push officials to buy U.S Sugar land

With just days left in the legislative session, environmentalists are making a plea to lawmakers to buy the U.S. Sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee.

Groups angered over Fla's proposed use of conservation money

Environmentalists are protesting the Legislature's proposal to spend money approved by voters for conservation on things like agency operating budgets and state park police.

Scott's legacy? Restore flow, stop discharges to Everglades

When I came to Florida in 2000, I saw sparkling, blue-green water flooding into its lagoons and estuaries and roseate spoonbills roosting in the mangroves. Dramatic changes have occurred since then, and, as many seasoned guides will also tell you, there just aren't as many fish left. What happened during the intervening time?

Algae bloom tests confirm presence of toxin in Lake Okeechobee

Initial test samples from an algae bloom discovered on the eastern side of Lake Okeechobee last week were positive for low levels of a toxin, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District said Monday.

DEP: Algae at Port Mayaca toxic

With toxic blue-green algae threatening the St. Lucie River, Lake Okeechobee discharges are suspended until at least Friday, more water tests are pending and the health department will decide whether to issue local avoid-water advisories.

Editorial: Legislators ignore voter intent on Amendment 1

Few betrayals of the public trust have played out so openly and brazenly as the Florida Legislature's fraudulent effort to implement Amendment 1, the land-buying measure that three-fourths of voters overwhelmingly approved five months ago. This should be a banner year for protecting the state's endangered lands. Instead, Amendment 1 is becoming a bait-and-switch that would take Florida back — not forward — in saving its natural resources.

Deadline approaching for land purchase

You've seen the television commercials. You've heard the pleas.Buy the Land. Save out drinking water. May 1 -just seven days away from today - looms as a deadline for water quality.


Algae bloom prompts Army Corps to stop Lake O releases

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday temporarily suspended water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon because of concerns about a toxic, blue-and-green algae bloom recently seen on the east side of the lake.

Lake O discharges suspended due to green algae bloom in Okeechobee Waterway

The Army Corps of Engineers has suspended discharges from Lake Okeechobee due to a green algae bloom in the Okeechobee Waterway. Environmentalists say the possible toxic algae is blooming from Lake Okeechobee to Stuart.The algae, unsafe to touch, first took over the St. Lucie estuary in 2013.

Army Corps holds off on draining more Lake Okeechobee water to the east

An algae bloom Friday put the brakes on draining more Lake Okeechobee water to the East Coast.

After Earth Day: the deal

Wednesday, April 22, was Earth Day, a decades-old celebration of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle marked by festivals devoted to composting and solar panels. It’s a perennial reminder of the small sacrifices we can make to reduce our personal impact on the environment. 

Guest Opinion: Okeechobee discharges also affect property values

I have been a real estate agent in Southwest Florida for five years and have seen firsthand the real impacts that polluted water has on property values. 

Editorial: Everglades land purchase a no-brainer, except in Tallahassee

The state cut a deal with U.S. Sugar seven years ago to pay a fair-market price for 46,800 acres south of Lake Okeechobee that could be used to filter polluted water before it flows to the Everglades.

Guest opinion: Okeechobee discharges also affect property values

I have been a real estate agent in Southwest Florida for five years and have seen firsthand the real impacts that polluted water has on property values.

Buy the sugar land to help our water quality

Thanks for the Doug MacGregor Cartoon Sunday. He is one of my favorites! “How Government Grows in Tallahassee” says it in a nutshell.

RELEASE: Support the EAA Reservoir Project Coalition Does the Math: Buy the Land & Send Water South

Palmetto Bay, Fla. – In an effort to urge Florida lawmakers and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to act on the EAA land option before it expires on October 12, 2015, the Support the EAA Reservoir Project Coalition today did the math. The equation, which includes the University of Florida Water Institute Report, the Florida Realtors Water Quality Study, the Everglades Day Rally, the Everglades scientist petition, nine editorials and a growing list of coalition supporters, adds up in favor of buying the strategic parcel of land in the EAA before the option expires. To see how it all adds up, please visit: http://bit.ly/1yywIgs. 

RELEASE: Florida Newspaper Editorial Boards in Their Own Words: Buy EAA Land & Send Water South

Palmetto Bay, Fla. – Since its launch in January, the Support the EAA Reservoir Project Coalition has been advocating for Florida lawmakers to purchase the EAA land south of Lake Okeechobee in order to build a deepwater reservoir and help restore the Everglades. And as the clock on this time-sensitive land option continues to tick away, Florida editorial boards have been making their voice heard – buy the EAA land and send water south.

Push underway to prompt purchase of sugar lands

LEE COUNTY, FL - A desperate last push is underway right now aimed at getting the state to buy sugar lands in the Everglades. 

Buy land to protect water supply

I want to honor the memory of Miami resident Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who was a staunch advocate and defender of the Everglades. She would have been 125 years old on April 7.

Pressures Mount On Lawmakers To Buy Sugar Land For Everglades Restoration Plan

Last November Florida voters passed an amendment that allocated billions in state funds in the course of 20 years for land conservation.

Jimmy Buffett Stands Up For Everglades

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --Environmentalists are still pushing the legislature to spend Amendment One money in different ways, and recruited some star power to get their message out. Lawmakers were surrounded by 'parrot heads' today as Jimmy Buffett lobbied for water restoration.

Buffett raises a little hell for Everglades

Jimmy Buffett said it was good to be in Tallahassee "raising a little hell for the right reason" Tuesday afternoon during the third annual Everglades Action Day rally in the Capitol courtyard.

Buffett, fans rally for state to buy land

TALLAHASSEE — With musician Jimmy Buffett singing about “changes in latitudes” Tuesday outside Florida’s Capitol, proponents of buying Everglades land from U.S. Sugar Corp. hope in the next few weeks to change the attitudes of lawmakers opposed to the deal.

Jimmy Buffett rallies Parrotheads for sugar land

With musician Jimmy Buffett singing about "changes in latitudes" Tuesday outside Florida's Capitol, proponents of buying Everglades land from U.S. Sugar Corp. hope in the next few weeks to change the attitudes of lawmakers opposed to the deal.

Jimmy Buffett Pitches Land Buy, 'Changes in Attitudes' at State Capitol

Everglades Day participants said they didn't come just to hear "Cheeseburger in Paradise," but certainly Jimmy Buffet was a lure to the lunchtime event in the Capitol courtyard Tuesday.

Jimmy Buffett plays on Florida Capitol steps at Everglades rally

TALLHASSEE -- Jimmy Buffett played a short acoustic set Tuesday on the steps of the Florida Capitol, where he sang a few of his greatest hits, as well as tried out a new tune.

Jimmy Buffett Tells Capitol Crowd It’s Good To Be “Raising Hell For the Right Reason”

With hundreds of lobbyists in suits and Parrotheads in flower-patterned shirts cheering in applause, singer Jimmy Buffett urged Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature to buy land to protect the Everglades.

Carl Hiaasen, Jimmy Buffett ‘raise a little hell’ for the Everglades

TALLAHASSEE — Telling the crowd that he came to the state Capitol “to raise a little hell,” Jimmy Buffett put on a noontime show Tuesday to support Everglades activists pushing state lawmakers to buy land for South Florida water cleanup.

Buffett Rallies Parrotheads for Land

With musician Jimmy Buffett singing about "changes in latitudes" Tuesday outside Florida's Capitol, proponents of buying Everglades land from U.S. Sugar Corp. hope in the next few weeks for "changes in attitudes" of lawmakers opposed to the deal.

Jimmy Buffett rallies Parrotheads for U.S. Sugar land purchase

With musician Jimmy Buffett singing about “changes in latitudes” Tuesday outside Florida’s Capitol, proponents of buying Everglades land from U.S. Sugar Corp. hope in the next few weeks to change the attitudes of lawmakers opposed to the deal.

Jimmy Buffett and Environmentalists Lobby for Amendment One Funding

Environmentalists are still pushing the legislature to spend Amendment One money in different ways and recruited some star power to get their message out. Law makers were surrounded by Parrot Heads Tuesday as Jimmy Buffett lobbied for water restoration.

Jimmy Buffett To Headline Everglades Rally In Tallahassee On Tuesday

Jimmy Buffett will headline an Everglades Coalition rally Tuesday at the Old Capitol. Buffett’s performance will highlight a noon rally for the third annual Everglades Day of Action.

Attention Parrotheads: Buffett Is Coming To The Capitol

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) —  The Capitol will be getting some special visitors Tuesday that may involve the sites of Hawaiian shirts and crazy hats.

One sweet deal

Our 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt, once said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing is the wrong thing; and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Karl Wickstrom: Use Amendment 1 to buy land, take on Big Sugar

With the million-dollar sugar babies still running the show in the Legislature, it might seem impossible to stop the polluting discharges bombarding the coasts and sucking dry the Everglades.

RELEASE: Support the EAA Reservoir Project Coalition Calls on Tea Party of Miami & Florida Citizens Against Waste to Come Clean

Tallahassee, Fla. - The Support the EAA Reservoir Project Coalition today called on the Tea Party of Miami and Florida Citizens Against Waste to come clean and apologize for hiring paid actors to pose as protestors at the South Florida Water Management District.

Florida Realtors study reveals impact of Lake Okeechobee releases on property values

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - A study by Florida Realtors shows Lake Okeechobee releases have had a negative impact on property values in South Florida.

Tally pols must stop obeying Big Sugar, save Everglades

With wealthy sugar polluters running the show in Tallahassee, it sometimes seems hopeless to stop them from slowly killing our coasts and destroying the Everglades. However, a coalition of outdoor recreationists including hunters and anglers, environmentalists and small-business interests may soon force the politicians to cut their sugar intake.

State leaders need to buy land to protect the Everglades

The Everglades needs more protective legislation, not less.

Enviro study ties Tcoast home values to U.S. Sugar land buy

The battle over whether Florida should buy U.S. Sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee is ratcheting up this week as opponents of the $400 million purchase are set to protest on Thursday while proponents have come up with another reason for the deal.

"Big Sugar" Getting a Sweet Deal from Florida Lawmakers?

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - With the passage of Amendment One in the November election, Florida now has the funds to protect the Everglades and the state's water supply. But now, state lawmakers appear to be losing their resolve to purchase land the sugar industry agreed to sell in 2010.

Guest column: Area could be facing another "Lost Summer" if no action taken

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - With the passage of Amendment One in the November election, Florida now has the funds to protect the Everglades and the state's water supply. But now, state lawmakers appear to be losing their resolve to purchase land the sugar industry agreed to sell in 2010.

Sweet deal

Florida lawmakers may be on the verge of making a mistake of historic proportions by letting a splendid opportunity to aid Everglades restoration and clean up waters east and west of Lake Okeechobee slip through their fingers this session.

RELEASE: Support the EAA Reservoir Project Coalition Announces Growing List of Supporters

Palmetto Bay, Fla. – Today, the Support the EAA Reservoir Project Coalition, which is dedicated to helping solve Florida’s water crisis by storing more water in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), announced its growing list of supporters.

Jimmy Buffett to support Everglades with free show on Capitol steps

Jimmy Buffett will perform on the steps of the Old Capitol in Tallahassee at the Everglades Day Rally on April 7 in Tallahassee.

HEADS UP PARROTHEADS! JIMMY BUFFETT TO PLAY CAPITOL FOR EVERGLADES

Heads up Parrotheads! Margaritaville meets Florida politics in a couple weeks at the historic Capitol in Tallahassee.

Jimmy Buffett to play at Everglades Action Day rally

The No. 1 Parrothead himself Jimmy Buffett will play an acoustic set at the Old Florida Capitol April 7 for the third annual Everglades Action Day.

Scientists Join In as Environmentalists Step Up Campaign for Everglades Land Buy

Scientists from across the country are calling for more water storage south of Lake Okeechobee for Everglades restoration.

Don't let Tallahassee's political ways spoil critical land buy

As an elected representative of the people of Southwest Florida for a cumulative 30 years, including mayor of Sanibel, chairman of the Lee County commission and member of Congress, I found it rare to be offered such an opportunity as Gov. Rick Scott and legislators have today to purchase lands south of Lake Okeechobee at a price favorable to the public.

Brent Batten: Lake O land buy mired in madness

As March Madness begins, you’ll hear the analysts talk about momentum.

At halfway point, 'River of Grass' rescue lagging

Fifteen years ago, officials in Florida and Washington announced a bold partnership to restore the Everglades by 2030.

Effort to rescue 'River of Grass' lags behind schedule

WASHINGTON — Fifteen years ago, officials in Florida and Washington announced a bold partnership to restore the Everglades by 2030.

Inaction on Everglades could hurt all of Florida

Only three months into the new year and already the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has started to release polluted water from Lake Okeechobee, resulting in water flowing into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, and the Indian River Lagoon, which is expected to continue over the coming weeks and months.

Guest opinion: Exercise land purchase option, restore water flow

During the 2015 Florida legislative session, the legislature has a unique and unprecedented opportunity to restore the Florida Everglades and coastal estuaries on the west and east coast of south Florida.

Environmental advocates say state ignoring Everglades land deal

Warning that time is running out to save the Everglades, environmental activists Thursday tried to turn up pressure on state leaders to buy more sugar industry land south of Lake Okeechobee.

Eric Eikenberg: To stop polluting rivers, buy land for reservoir

Only two months into the New Year and already the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has started to release polluted water from Lake Okeechobee, resulting in water flowing into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, and the Indian River Lagoon, which is expected to continue over the coming weeks and months.

Manley Fuller: Reservoir would protect estuaries and the Everglades

The great challenges faced in restoring the Everglades, top to bottom, are to store, treat and move water south into Everglades National Park without destroying Lake Okeechobee, and reducing dramatically the deleterious discharges east and west to the coast’s estuaries.

Guest Opinion: Exercise land purchase option, restore water flow

During the 2015 Florida legislative session, the legislature has a unique and unprecedented opportunity to restore the Florida Everglades and coastal estuaries on the west and east coast of south Florida. 

Land purchase

On Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners rushed to approve the slight raise of the impact fee to 45 percent. At the same meeting, I raised the question of affordable housing, as I had at the earlier meeting on impact fees in February. Shortly after that, Kitty Green from Habitat for Humanity asked a similar question about waivers of impact fees for affordable housing. However, there was no discussion of that issue before the vote.

Conservationists urge land purchases

Representatives from the area's conservation organizations held signs and spoke of the importance of stopping the discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River, which they said is killing the estuary.

Supporting sugar land purchase for water storage

As state legislators focus on finding all the necessary funding for current, critical water storage projects, we urge them and Gov. Rick Scott not to ignore a significant land purchase, which could increase that storage even further and route harmful water from Lake Okeechobee into the Everglades.

Glades proponents push for land purchase

SOUTH FLORIDA -- Days before the legislative session was set to begin, the Everglades Trust, Everglades Foundation and National Audubon Society rallied troops via a conference call in an effort to garner further support for the state to purchase U.S. Sugar-owned land south of Lake Okeechobee.

Reservoir would protect estuaries and Everglades

The great challenges faced in restoring the Everglades, top to bottom, are to store, treat and move water south into Everglades National Park without destroying Lake Okeechobee and reducing dramatically the deleterious discharges east and west to the coast’s estuaries.

Land buy critical for Everglades restoration

During the 2015 Florida legislative session, the legislature has a unique and unprecedented opportunity to restore the Florida Everglades and coastal estuaries on the west and east coast of south Florida.

Push for Everglades land purchase

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -  Local environmentalists are urging lawmakers to buy the sugar land just south of Lake Okeechobee. They want state leaders to use the money from the recently passed amendment one to purchase that land.

Sugar land purchase focus for cleaner water

The message local environmentalists want to get out is time is running out. A news briefing Wednesday, organizers say it is time for lawmakers to buy up the sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee to help prevent excessive water flows from being dumped into rivers during the rainy seasons.

Groups push state for Everglades deals

Environmental groups are pushing the state to buy 26,100 acres south of Lake Okeechobee, saying those farmlands represent the "backbone" of the Everglades restoration.

Environmentalists press for lawmakers to buy sugar land

Environmentalists say it’s now or never on a deal that could provide a critical link to moving water from Lake Okeechobee to the parched southern Everglades.

Negron agrees with UF study conclusion: ‘Consider' buying sugar land

The state should consider buying U.S. Sugar Corp. land south of Lake Okeechobee to stop discharges into the St. Lucie River, according to a University of Florida report issued Monday.

UF study says more water storage needed south of Lake Okeechobee

Environmental groups pushing for the state purchase of U.S. Sugar Corp. land south of Lake Okeechobee may have received a boost Monday when a University of Florida study said additional land is needed for water storage.

Army Corps increases flows from Lake Okeechobee

CLEWISTON — The Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday that it would begin increasing discharges from Lake Okeechobee beginning today as part of its ongoing effort to manage water levels. 

Everglades Trust Ramps Up Push to Buy U.S. Sugar Land

Proponents of the state using voter-approved Amendment 1 dollars to purchase U.S. Sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee said Friday they will continue to press lawmakers who haven’t shown interest in completing the deal.

Amendment 1 money

In 2013, the Indian River Lagoon was devastated by discharges from Lake Okeechobee. Discharges have started early this year, and we may be in for another “lost summer.”

Editorial: Water officials should put sugar land buy on March agenda

For all the South Florida residents who will benefit if the state buys sugar industry land south of Lake Okeechobee, frustrations mount.

A new TV campaign presses for purchase of US Sugar land

Everglades advocates today launch a six-figure TV, radio and online campaign to push state leaders to use Amendment 1 water and land conservation money to buy U.S. Sugar land south of  Lake Okeechobee so more water flows to the Everglades. The campaign highlights a contract U.S. Sugar and the state signed in 2010 under Gov. Charlie Crist, a contract that will expire by the end of the legislative session unless the legislature acts. The cost of the land buy is roughly estimated at about $350-million.

Environmentalists Urge South Florida Water Management District to Purchase U.S. Sugar Land

Environmentalists urged the South Florida Water Management District to purchase land for Everglades restoration at its governing board meeting in West Palm Beach Thursday. They’re worried the district will not act in time to buy the land.

Editorial: Another lost summer is looming

How many more lost summers will it take?

For more than four weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers has been dumping polluted freshwater from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River — a major tributary of the Indian River Lagoon.

Put Restoration Of The Everglades Back On The Front Burner

After years of slowed progress in a down economy, Gov. Rick Scott recently announced his goal to commit $5 billion toward Everglades restoration over the next 20 years. If approved by lawmakers in the upcoming legislative session, the money could bring long-delayed Everglades restoration projects back on track.

Time running out on Everglades land purchase

The clock is ticking on a deal to buy thousands of acres of land needed to revive Biscayne Bay and the Everglades, say environmentalists who packed a South Florida Water Management District board meeting Thursday.

Frustrated enviros: Buy land to clean Everglades before it’s too late

UPDATE: Environmental groups who want the state to purchase land south of Lake Okeechobee for Everglades restoration efforts plan to attend today’s meeting of the South Florida Water Management District governing board to protest the board’s inaction.

Martin County Taxpayers Association: Use funds from Amendment 1 to move water south of Lake O

The Martin County Taxpayers Association supported Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. On Nov. 4, state voters passed the amendment by 75 percent. This is the highest level of support for a conservation-related amendment in Florida history.

Everglades Restoration foundation applauds budget allocation

Governor Rick Scott has reiterated his commitment to Everglades restoration this week by announcing a $150 million allocation in the 2015-2016 budget.

Glad for the Glades

Suddenly, saving the Everglades is a hot issue again. Real money, millions in state and federal funding, is being proposed in this year’s budgets. The combined amount, $390 million, would improve the health of the Everglades — and therefore the viability of South Florida’s drinking water, wildlife habitat and tourist magnet.

Rick Scott Proposes $5 Billion Over 20 Years to Restore Everglades

Gov. Rick Scott turned a difficult morning Cabinet meeting in Tampa into a day of triumph later in West Palm Beach, proposing a dedicated source of revenue that will provide more than $5 billion for Everglades restoration over the next 20 years.

Scott touts budget plan for Everglades clean-up in West Palm

WEST PALM BEACH — Florida Gov. Rick Scott reiterated his pledge to spend $150 million on Everglades restoration in the 2015-2016 budget year as part of his 20-year, $5 billion plan to save the River of Grass during a brief press conference Thursday at the South Florida Science Center at Dreher Park.

Scott in West Palm to discuss money for Everglades clean-up

Governor Rick Scott will discuss his proposed budget’s allocations for Everglades restoration and Lake Okeechobee at 3:30 p.m. today at the South Florida Science Center at Dreher Park.

'Stay the course' editorial misses major points of restoration plan

Since mid-January, approximately 9 billion gallons of polluted water has been wasted from Lake Okeechobee, flowing into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers.

Lawmakers must be sure Amendment 1 implemented

Florida’s governor has proposed setting aside $5 billion over the next 20 years for projects to complete long-stalled Everglades restoration projects. It is indeed good news for the future health and welfare of the River of Grass and its wildlife. But environmentalists stress the newly gotten gains must be used properly and that the Everglades mess is far from being cleaned up.

Feds propose more money to help polluted waters

Help may be on the way to clean up polluted waters on the Treasure Coast.

Everglades Restoration: A $5 Billion Reality?

Conservation groups are celebrating some progress in the longstanding battle to restore the Florida Everglades. 

Sugar land buy to spare Indian River Lagoon looks iffy after Scott's budget omission

Treasure Coast environmentalists were downright ebullient in early January, convinced that Gov. Rick Scott would sign a deal to buy U.S. Sugar Corp. land needed to send excess Lake Okeechobee water south to the Everglades, sparing the St. Lucie River from disastrous discharges.

Editorial: Lawmakers need to take Scott’s Everglades plan further south

Gov. Rick Scott sided with a majority of Floridians this week when he urged legislators to set aside a quarter of the money raised by Amendment 1 for Everglades restoration. In November, voters overwhelmingly approved spending a third of real estate documentary stamp fees for water and land conservation.

Eve Samples: Gov. Scott's spending plan fails to tackle real solution for Indian River Lagoon

It’s not Feb. 2 yet, but I’ve got Groundhog Day on the brain.

Editorial: Right direction on conservation funding

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s budget proposal gives lawmakers a clear direction to follow both on the Everglades and Amendment 1.

Treasure Coast dolphin tour captains brace for Lake Okeechobee discharges to affect nature, business

As Lake Okeechobee discharges begin to flow, dolphin-watching tour captains said they expect business to ebb. 

Army Corps to continue Lake Okeechobee discharges to St. Lucie River for third week

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday it will continue Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie River at the current rate — an average of 197 million gallons a day — for at least another week.

Gov. Rick Scott Announces Budget Plan For Florida Panthers, Everglades

Governor Rick Scott spoke to reporters with a caged Florida panther present Tuesday at Gator Park in Miami. He announced that $150 million will go toward Everglades restoration this year and $5 billion throughout the next 20 years.

Scott Seeks Money To Restore Everglades

Gov. Rick Scott, who environmentalists said was reluctant to support wildlife and conservation efforts for most of his first term, will ask lawmakers to designate money for the next 20 years for Everglades restoration.

Scott announces Everglades, land-buying requests

Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced he will request $150 million for Everglades restoration in fiscal year 2015-16 along with $150 million for land acquisition and management.

What to watch for when Gov. Scott unveils his spending plan

Amid a rocky start to his second term, Gov. Rick Scott returns to more predictable turf today when he releases his annual state budget proposal – helped by a $1 billion surplus.

Scott Announces Billions To Restore the Everglades

The governor made an announcement Tuesday that, if passed, could be great news for Florida’s famed River of Grass.

Rick Scott Proposes $5 Billion for Everglades Restoration

Gov. Rick Scott announced on Tuesday a plan to dedicate $5 billion for Everglades restoration over the next 20 years. He also proposed another $150 million for land acquisition and management to help protect the Florida panther.

State says ‘yes’ to Everglades restoration money

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is promising to dedicate tens of millions to helping the Everglades.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott to pledge millions for Everglades restoration

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is promising to dedicate tens of millions to helping the Everglades.

More Discharges From Lake Okeechobee

More water from Lake Okeechobee is being dumped into the St. Lucie River.

Audubon Points to SFWMD Report in Calling for Everglades Restoration

On Thursday, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) released the annual South Florida Wading Bird Report (view here), which showed a steep decline in wading bird nesting in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. Scientists at Audubon Florida say the report makes one thing clear: “Everglades Restoration Cannot Wait.”

Editorial: Move now to buy sugar land, send excess Lake O water south

The message to Gov. Rick Scott from a growing number of South Florida residents is clear:Buy U.S. Sugar Corp. land south of Lake Okeechobee now. Use it to store and clean the lake’s excess water, and send it south to the Everglades.

Lake Okeechobee releases continue for the time being

Lake Okeechobee is still at a higher level than the Army Corps of Engineers would like so discharges into the St. Lucie Estuary will continue.

Email insights: Everglades Foundation warns of new Lake-O discharge danger

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began to discharge water from Lake Okeechobee this week into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie River estuaries.

Protest staged over the discharge of water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River and estuary

Almost two hundred million gallons of water from Lake Okeechobee will be pouring into the St. Lucie County River and Estuary every day now that discharges have started.

200 Martin, St. Lucie residents: Move water south, not into estuary

Holding signs and calling for action from Gov. Rick Scott, 200 Martin and St. Lucie County residents and activists rallied Friday against the release of water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary.

Ed Killer: Water numbers not on our side

 The rain fell steadily and without a break. By nightfall, at the S-65A water control structure on the Kissimmee River a few miles south of where State Road 60 crosses over it, the rain gauge measured 2.87 inches.

Lake O discharges start before state-mandated water quality monitors deployed in St. Lucie River

 The Lake Okeechobee water pouring into the St. Lucie River contains lots of contaminants, that much is well documented.

Lake Okeechobee water release prompts protests

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to release water, starting Friday morning, from the lake into the St. Lucie Estuary.

Releases from Lake O into St. Lucie Canal start Friday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin releasing water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Canal on Friday to lower the lake’s level and ease pressure on the aging earthen dike around it, the U.S. Army Corps of engineers announced Thursday. The lake level now stands at 15.03 feet, about a foot higher than a year ago. The Corps has already begun releasing water on the west side of the lake into the Caloosahatchee River.

Gov. Scott plans to fully fund water projects

Governor Scott said, "The Corps' announcement of releases today from Lake Okeechobee proves that we cannot relent in our mission to restore Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. We must stay the course on our current water restoration commitments and complete the projects we have already started. We also need the federal government to step up their commitment to Everglades restoration by immediately requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to repair the Lake Okeechobee dike.

More Lake Okeechobee draining begins Friday

High water levels in Lake Okeechobee are triggering a new round of lake water draining to the east coast to lower South Florida flood risks.

Army Corps to begin pumping Lake Okeechobee

With a wetter-than-normal dry season predicted, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday that it would begin releasing water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River, raising concerns that the polluted water could trigger toxic algae blooms. 

Governor Scott: New Releases Prove We Cannot Let Up on Efforts to Restore Lake Okeechobee

Governor Scott released the following statement today on the news by the US Army Corps of Engineers of upcoming Lake Okeechobee releases to the east and the west, in anticipation of upcoming rainfall levels.

Army Corp predicts harsher wet season, starts Lake O releases

On Friday, water releases will increase from Lake Okeechobee. That’s because the lake is at the same level it was in January 2013, when a wetter than normal dry season caused engineers to release more water. Those releases brought brown and murky water to Southwest Florida’s beaches.

Lake Okeechobee discharges begin Friday to the St. Lucie Estuary

Water will be discharged from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced. “We are concerned about the current lake level and forecasts calling for above-average precipitation during the remainder of the dry season,” said Lt. Col.Tom Greco, Jacksonville District Deputy Commander for South Florida in a release. “The lake is currently at the same level as in January 2013, when an early start to the wet season required us to make large-volume discharges later in the summer. Our intent is to make small releases now to reduce the likelihood of larger releases later.”

Monitor Lake Okeechobee discharges to Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie River

The Army Corps of Engineers' announced Thursday it would begin to release Lake Okeechobee discharges east toward the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon.

Water discharges from Lake Okeechobee into St. Lucie Estuary begin

Promptly at 6:52 a.m. Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began discharging water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary toward the Indian River Lagoon.

Water Quality And State Testing Remain Top Issues For Lee County

Water quality and K-12 testing are among the biggest concerns for Lee County groups and residents as the county’s delegation met on Tuesday to discuss the area’s needs ahead of the Legislation session.

Army Corps announces Lake O discharges coming Friday

Lake Okeechobee water will start pouring into the St. Lucie River at 7 a.m. Friday at a rate of about 194 million gallons a day.

Lake Okeechobee discharges begin Friday to the St. Lucie Estuary

Water will be discharged from Lake Okeechobee into the St.Lucie River Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced. “We are concerned about the current lake level and forecasts calling for above-average precipitation during the remainder of the dry season,” said Lt. Col. Tom Greco, Jacksonville District Deputy Commander for South Florida in a release. “The lake is currently at the same level as in January 2013, when an early start to the wet season required us to make large-volume discharges later in the summer. Our intent is to make small releases now to reduce the likelihood of larger releases later." The Corps said the target flow to the St.Lucie River will be 300 cubic feet per second as measured at the St.Lucie Lock & Dam near Stuart.


Army Corps of Engineers to resume Lake Okeechobee Discharges toward St. Lucie Estuary

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday that Lake Okeechobee discharges will resume Friday into the St. Lucie Estuary.

With Lake O level at 15 feet, releases into St. Lucie Canal may start

The Army Corps of Engineers is considering releasing water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Canal to lower the lake’s level, but has not announced when it would begin.


Send the water south of Lake Okeechobee

This past weekend Key Largo hosted the Everglades Annual Conference that is fully focused on sending the water south of Lake Okeechobee, rather than the discharges east and west down our rivers that have destroyed our local waterways health and marine life amongst other qualities of life.

Army Corps weighing new Lake Okeechobee discharges

There a lot of anxious people on the Treasure Coast. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will make an announcement on Thursday regarding new discharges from Lake Okeechobee.  

Army Corps to decide whether to discharge Lake O water into St. Lucie Estuary

Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers opened the spillway gates at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam to allow for runoff from the St. Lucie Canal.  This is done to prevent flooding on property along the canal banks. While no freshwater from Lake Okeechobee is coming into the St. Lucie Estuary, that could change very soon.

Corps opens St. Lucie locks but not to water from Lake O

The Army Corps of Engineer opened the spillway gates at the St. Lucie Lock & Dam today to lower levels of runoff from the St. Lucie Canal.

With Lake O level at 15 feet, releases into St. Lucie Canal may start

The Army Corps of Engineers is considering releasing water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Canal to lower the lake’s level, but has not announced when it would begin.

Florida lawmakers want Congress to send it south … to the Everglades

The Army Corps of Engineers delivered an Everglades Christmas present and now Florida’s Congressional delegation wants Congress to pay for it.

Corps starts Lake Okeechobee discharges to St. Lucie River at 7 a.m. Friday

Lake Okeechobee water started pouring into the St. Lucie River at 7 a.m. Friday at a rate of up to about 194 million gallons a day.

Everglades Coalition: ‘Send it south' to spare Indian River Lagoon from Lake Okeechobee discharges

This Treasure Coast rallying cry — to send excess Lake Okeechobee water south to the Everglades instead of east to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon — is the theme of the 30th annual Everglades Coalition conference starting here this morning.