Conservation Efforts

HB 761 Filed by Representative Altman
On February 10, 2017, House Bill 761 was filed by State Representative Thad Altman, to respond to the critial water resource needs in the coastal estuaries and the Everglades. 
We hope that this companion bill, along with SB 10, will bring the State of Florida a solution for this water crisis. 
SB 10 Filed by Senator Bradley
As of January 26, 2017, Senate Bill 10 was filed, an act relating to water resources, to begin the formal process of purchasing land south of Lake Okeechobee and sending the water south.
Take a look at the following attachments for more info:
We encourage you to contact your legislators and let them know that you want them to support this plan.
FOS Signs Now or Neverglades Declaration
Florida Oceanographic Society signed the Now or Neverglades Declaration at Rally for the River on July 24th, 2016. "The most important thing that we can do to fix this water crisis is to not give up. Stay involved and keep up the fight!" says Executive Director, Mark Perry. As an organization, FOS stands behind the declaration and encourages both individuals and organizations to sign.
Petition for Presidential Candidates
We encourage everyone to sign this petition on Martin County invites Presidential candidates to tour our deteriorating waterways.
Algae Bloom in our Waters
"A blue-green algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee started May 9th at 33 square miles and has grown to 239 square miles as shown in this NASA Satellite image July 2nd. Damaging discharges from the Lake to the St. Lucie Estuary continue to deliver massive amounts of the Toxic Algae together with tons of phosphorus and nitrogen to keep it growing. The toxic algae covers the estuary, southern Lagoon and nearby beaches. The highest toxic level recorded to date for this current algae bloom, 414 micrograms per liter, was measured by state agencies at the Bathtub Reef Beach on June 30. The level for human health impacts is 10 micrograms per liter according to the World Health Organization." -Mark Perry, Executive Director
To get up-to-date monitoring visit DEP.
For more information from the World Health Organization visit EPA.
Treasure Coast Water Crisis
As a citizen of the Treasure Coast, what can you do to make a difference and save our waterways?
2016 Discharges Surpass levels from 2013's 'Lost Summer,' by TCPalm's Ed Killer
In 2013, 136.1 billion gallons of dirty water poured forth over 166 days to create one of the most memorable summers ever, for the wrong reasons. This year, 2016 is WORSE than 2013.  
"Florida's Ocean & Coastal Future," an article by Mark Perry
The ocean provides 95% of the living space here on Earth. Every breath we take and every drop we drink depends on a healthy ocean. Every life on Earth depends on the ocean - and now, the ocean's life depends on us!  
"Stop Killing the Estuaries and Everglades," an article by Mark Perry
The unintentional pollution and mass destruction of our estuaries is unacceptable. Water from Lake O is being discharged into the St. Lucie, Indian River Lagoon & the Caloosatchee Estuary at over 6 billion gallons a day.  
Florida Oceanographic Society Demands Stop to Discharges
Florida Oceanographic Society's Board of Directors recently passed a resolution advocating for a change to the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. 
Everglades Coalition Resolution
The Everglades Coalition passed a resolution in support of acquiring lands and developing projects in the EAA to help protect the estuaries, Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. 
Florida Oceanographic Society has been a member of EVCO for the past 16 years.
Florida Bay: An Ecosystem on the Brink 
The River of Grass no longer provides freshwater inflows needed to maintain healthy salinity levels in Florida Bay. Learn what can be done to ensure a healthy habitat and viable estuary for future generations. 
State Budget Summary on Land Acquisition Trust Fund (LATF) - The FY 2015-16 State Budget Summary shows allocations for the $724.5 million of the Land Acquisition Fund (LATF). Take a look at the PDF along with various statements and updates from Mark Perry. 
Land Purchase in the EAA & Everglades Restoration Plan Priorities - Take action NOW to help the St. Lucie Estuary, Indian River Lagoon, Caloosahatchee Estuary, America's Everglades and Florida Bay: 
  1. Watch this video from The Everglades Trust to understand why Florida legislature must stand up to US Sugar lobbyists and take action now! 

  2. Review from the University of Florida Water Institute: Options to Reduce High Volume Freshwater Flows to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Move More Water from Lake Okeechobee to the Southern Everglades.
  3. Email Florida Governor Rick Scott and ask him to COMMIT TO THE LAND PURCHASE of 46,800 acres south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). The state needs to buy this land and use it to store, treat and move water South from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades where it is needed and stop the damaging discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary, Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee River estuary. Click here to email the Governor.
  4. Go to the Florida Senate website on Amendment 1 and tell them the VERY TOP PRIORITY is to exercise the option to purchase the 46,800 acres of land in the EAA. Click here to visit the Florida Senate website.
  5. Sign a Petition via The Everglades Trust & Saving FL Water to purchase land needed to store, treat and move water south from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades. 

Learn more about Amendment 1 - The Campaign to Protect Florida's Most Chereished Waters and Natural Areas. Click here.
Proposed Development in the EAA - Florida officials object to Big Sugar building plans. Read more.

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