Deputies, environmentalists worry bonfires on Martin County beaches leave debris, nails, harm sea turtle nests

The Martin County Sheriff's Office is asking beachgoers to stop making bonfires. The sheriff's office said more people are making fires, breaking local rules and also potentially harming sea turtle nesting.

Mast’s bill takes aim at Lake O discharges

The Treasure Coast’s congressman introduced a bill Wednesday requiring a multiyear roadmap to end Lake Okeechobee discharges to coastal estuaries, which are often a vehicle for toxic algae and ecological destruction.

April 2022 Newsletter

Celebrate Earth Month!

‘Living docks’ to aid waterways

Volunteers sought for oyster restoration project for lagoon, river.

Starving manatees will face another rough winter next season

When manatees on Florida's east coast gather next winter, they're likely to face another season of starvation.

Revised SB 2508’s impact on river, lagoon weighed

The most contentious environment bill of this year’s legislative session is heading to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk. 

DEP will expedite seagrass-planting permits to help manatees

Florida will make it easier and faster to plant seagrasses, the main food source for manatees that are dying in record numbers, according to a Treasure Coast lawmaker.

Mark Perry receives 2022 Conservationist Award

Mark Perry, executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society, recently was awarded the 2022 Conservationist Award by the Everglades Coalition in honor of his 40-plus years protecting and restoring the greater everglades ecosystem.

March 2022 Newsletter

Celebrate Seagrass Month!

South Florida environmentalists react to SB 2508

Lawmakers amended a controversial water bill this week after several people, including Governor Ron DeSantis, voiced opposition.

House-wrecked: North Carolina Home Collapses Into Atlantic Ocean As Rising Sea Levels Eat Away Coast

A home in North Carolina has collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean due to rising sea levels eroding the coastline, leaving piles of debris in its wake.

Florida’s Treasure Coast serves up gold

If you drive North from Miami on I-95 for just two hours and then take a small turn right you will come to the area known as Florida’s Treasure Coast...

SFWMD wants more say when Lake Okeechobee level drops, but environmentalists are worried

Clean-water advocates lost the war for zero discharges to the St. Lucie River in the new plan being written to manage Lake Okeechobee’s water level for the next decade. Now they fear a new state proposal threatens the battle they did win: a nearly 40% reduction in Lake O discharges.

February 2022 Newsletter

Celebrate Gamefish Month!

2021 was a record year for Florida manatee deaths. Here are 5 ways you can help sea cows

More Florida manatees died in 2021 than any other year, most of them from starving, and many readers have asked TCPalm: How can I help? 

January 2022 Newsletter

Celebrate Shorebirds Month!

12 Days of Christmas: How to donate a golf cart to Florida Oceanographic Society

Fighting to save the Indian River Lagoon can be tiring when your research area covers 57 acres...

Florida and federal wildlife officials team with FPL in plans to aid manatees

Wildlife officials, now teaming with the state’s largest electric utility, have approved an unusual step of feeding manatees that face another winter of limited food supplies in Florida waters.

December 2021 Newsletter

Celebrate Invertebrates Month!

Opening of C-44 reservoir celebrated

A milestone moment as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the C-44 canal reservoir Friday.

November 2021 Newsletter

Celebrate Manatee Month!

Oysters in St. Lucie Estuary starting to see reprieve from freshwater runoff discharges

For the first time since August, oysters are finally getting some reprieve from the recent deluge of rainfall runoff. 

Discussing South Florida water management and quality

The effort to improve water quality in South Florida is in high gear. Over the next few weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers will announce when the new Lake Okeechobee discharge schedule will begin.

October 2021 Newsletter

Celebrate Oysters Month! 

Mark Perry brings awareness to struggling waterways during National Estuaries Week

Executive director of Florida Oceanographic Society takes WPTV on tour of St. Lucie Estuary.

September 2021 Newsletter

Celebrate Estuaries Month! 

"Look into the Under Sea World of the Florida Oceanographic Society and the new Ocean Ecosystem Displays"

Mark Perry of the Florida Oceanographic Society speaks to local radio station, WQCS, aout the eight million dollars in donations and grants helped create new exhibits, add more aquatic life to the facility, and build a beautiful sanctuary for over 300 creatures of the deep. 

 

Seagrass survival in St. Lucie Estuary, Indian River Lagoon hinges on discharges

'This estuary on this coast does not need any more discharges,' Florida Oceanographic Society executive director says.

August 2021 Newsletter

Celebrate Mangrove Month!

'We don’t want a single drop': Water conservationists respond to Army Corps plan

Several conservationists, including Florida Oceanographic Society Executive Director Mark Perry, spoke with WPBF 25 News about the Army Corps decision for a preliminary plan.