Lake Okeechobee Discharge - Update!

April 11th, 2024 - The recent announcement from the USACE to end harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges marks a crucial milestone in our ongoing battle to protect our waterways and ecosystems. 

Together, we've made strides, but our journey is far from over. Let's keep pushing forward, united in our commitment to preserve and restore the natural beauty of our beloved Florida.

Read the latest on Lake Okeechobee Discharges


February 16th, 2024 - Florida Oceanographic Society, recently sent a letter to Governor DeSantis detailing our concerns with these releases. In our letter, we highlighted the critical need for the Governor to voice his objection to these releases, as they will result in the pollution of nitrogen and phosphorus, and the destruction of vital estuarine habitats. Governor DeSantis should urge the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to collaborate with USACE to redirect these releases to the Everglades. You can read the letter (and download it to send to the Governor yourself) at the link below.

Read the Letter

2024 Legislative Priorities

Read our list of Legislative Priorities for 2024 to understand the issues affecting our environment and how we can advocate to restore our coastal ecosystems. 

White Paper: Big Agriculture Devastating Florida's Water Quality

The Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) are being filled with polluted water by private agricultural basin runoff, leaving them too full to filter water flowing from Lake Okeechobee. This mismanagement of water capacity must come to an end. Read the PDF version of our white paper or view the presentation below by clicking the image below.



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Take Action

There are many ways you can help preserve our waterways. Show your support and lend your voice to protect our coastal ecosystems now and for future generations. — Learn more

Recent Wins

We cannot achieve a clean and healthy ecosystem without the passionate support of a vocal community willing to fight for their waterways. Here are a some recent wins that could not have been achieved without people speaking out for what they believe in. — Learn more

Our Environment

The issues facing Florida's waterways are comprehensive and unique. Learn more about the threats facing our environment at the links below. — Learn more