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.
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.
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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.
For the first time since August, oysters are finally getting some reprieve from the recent deluge of rainfall runoff.
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The Army Corps of Engineers is "rolling the dice" with water South Florida depends on by lowering Lake Okeechobee, the U.S. Sugar Corp. says.
Less rainfall than expected from Hurricane Dorian plus efforts to keep Lake Okeechobee low add up to no discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.
Bacteria, algae and — believe it or not — millions of dead clams: It's all in the water along the Treasure Coast; and it's all nasty.
"Even if this isn’t a harmful type of algae, the amount of fresh water pouring into our estuary is a big concern," said Dr. Zack Jud with the Florida Oceanographic Society in Stuart.
TCPalm covers the canal that connects Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie estuaries has reached an alarming high, making for concern as heavy rain is projected for the weekend forecast and interviews Mark Perry.
TCPalm interviews Mark Perry and covers that the Army Corps of Engineers is getting ready for expected heavy rain this weekend by releasing water from the swollen C-44 Canal east into the St. Lucie River and west into Lake Okeechobee.
WBPF interviews Dr. Zack Jud on toxic blue-green algae and how, for the first time in years, the St. Lucie River and other local waterways are not covered in harmful green slime.
TCPalm covers how the South Florida Water Management District plans to spend $50 million from the state Legislature on a project to store and clean water heading into Lake Okeechobee and interviews Mark Perry.
Outdoor Life covers the threat of fecal matter, killer algae, too much water, and not enough water on Florida's legendary inshore fishing sport and interviews Dr. Zack Jud.
"At this point in the process, it is critical we hear about concerns and priorities from the public," said Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds, Deputy Commander for South Florida.
"The water quality of the lake is at an all-time crisis level and human health, the environment and the regional economy are suffering as polluted lake water is discharged to the estuaries."
"The water management system in South Florida is designed, engineered and operated to provide flood protection and water supply, but it obviously is being controlled to support the profit-driven agricultural industry around Lake Okeechobee."
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a series of public meetings. On Thursday, June 28 2018 a meeting will be held at the Blake Library in Stuart, Florida. Seating will be limited.
"Discharges of water from Lake Okeechobee totaled 832 billion gallons in 2017." Read the editorial by Florida Oceanographic Society's executive director, Mark Perry.