Construction begins on new Ocean EcoCenter at Florida Oceanographic Center

Take a look at this news clip featuring our new and upcoming Ocean EcoCenter!

Seagrass beds are stating to revive along the Indian River Lagoon; but for how long?

Don't cue the ticker-tape parade quite yet, but seagrass is starting to make a comeback in the Indian River Lagoon along the Treasure Coast and Space Coast.

U.S. Sugar Corp. vs. Army Corps: Who's right about operating Lake Okeechobee levels?

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.

Despite Dorian, Army Corps won't start Lake Okeechobee discharges to St. Lucie River yet

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.

Now is time for courageous leadership by water management officials

This is a pivotal moment in our longstanding fight for clean water. 

Fort Pierce algae found to not be toxic

Test results from two samples taken this week along the Indian River in Fort Pierce confirm the presence of blue-green algae but it shows no signs of being toxic.

Dirty water update: High bacteria on beaches, algae in Fort Pierce, dead clams in Palm City

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.

Algae at a marina in Fort Pierce being tested

"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.

Could blue-green algae be creeping into Treasure Coast waters without Lake O discharges?

Is blue-green algae starting to creep into Treasure Coast waters without Lake Okeechobee discharges? 

Free of toxic algae: Seagrass growth on Treasure Coast shows sign of restoration

The restoration of seagrass is a promising sign for those who have witnessed past seagrass die-offs on the Treasure Coast.

Mark Perry Gives Lake Okeechobee Background on the KC Ingram Show

WSTU interviewed Mark Perry on the KC Ingram Show on the history of Lake Okeechobee discharges and their current effect on the environment.

Land crabs become social media stars as migration begins

WPTV covers land crabs coming out in large numbers in the community and interviews Mark Perry.

South Florida Water Management District: Extra sampling can track, prevent algae blooms

TCPalm covers the South Florida Water Management District's dramatic expansion in its water quality monitoring in Lake Okeechobee and interviews Mark Perry.

Blue-Green Algae Task Force: Focus should be on preventing, not removing toxic blooms

TCPalm covers the Florida Blue-Green Algae Task Force meeting and several members of the public who addressed them, and interviews Mark Perry and Gary Goforth.

US Army Corps pumps canal water back into Lake Okeechobee

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.

Army Corps sending C-44 Canal water east into St. Lucie River, west into Lake Okeechobee

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.

Toxic blue-green algae not polluting St. Lucie River since summer discharges halted

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.

Florida Oceanographic Society gets Impact 100 Martin grant for coastal restoration

TCPalm's Luminaries and YourNews covers a grant of $25,500 from Impact 100 Martin to Florida Oceanographic for coastal restoration.

TCPalm Photographs Our Latest Oyster Deployment

Our volunteers were working hard at our latest oyster deployment!

Hometown News Photographs Our Summer Camp

The ‘Junior Explorers’ half day camp was a lot of fun in the sun!

South Florida Water Management District debates ASR wells for Lake Okeechobee project

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.

Florida's Water Crisis Has Sport Fishing on the Brink of Collapse

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.

Blue-green algae test results from western Martin County spark concern

WPTV covers  blue-green algae concerns after a bloom was spotted in western Martin County and interviews Mark Perry for comment.

Governor DeSantis signs HB 5401 at the Coastal Center

Governor DeSantis signs HB 5401 at the Coastal Center!

WPTV Covers the Upcoming Coastal Center Expansion

Take a look at this video featured on WPTV of the Coastal Center's upcoming expansion. 

Governor DeSantis makes SFWMD announcement at the Coastal Center  

On February 21, Governor Ron DeSantis stopped by the Coastal Center to announce that he appointed Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch to the South Water Management Governing Board! 
 

Can mangroves keep up with rising sea levels?

Check out this recent paper by Dr. Glenn A. Coldren and researchers from Villanova University and Smithsonian Environment Research Center on work at Kennedy Space Center. 

State officials must strengthen environmental policies to solve algae crisis

"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." 

Flawed water-delivery system continues to imperil 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."

Shouldn't state lands be used for state waters?

"Discharges of water from Lake Okeechobee totaled 832 billion gallons in 2017." Read the editorial by Florida Oceanographic Society's executive director, Mark Perry.