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April 21, 2014
Lawmakers aim cash at Everglades cleanup

By Aaron Deslatte and Tonya Alanez, Staff Writers 5:27 a.m. EDT, April 21, 2014   TALLAHASSEE— While paying for a cleanup, the Florida Legislature is poised to adjourn May 2 without addressing some of the most persistent polluters of Florida's lakes, rivers and springs. – Flush with cash in state coffers, Florida lawmakers are pouring […]

April 16, 2014
Federal judge signs agreement for $1.6 billion in Miami-Dade sewer repairs – Miami-Dade –

Federal judge signs agreement for $1.6 billion in Miami-Dade sewer repairs – Miami-Dade – By Patricia Mazzei [email protected] Years in the making, a legal agreement is finally in place requiring Miami-Dade County to make $1.6 billion in repairs over the next 15 years to its decaying sewer system. A Miami federal judge has signed […]

Why Choose an Earth-friendly Diet?

The Center for Biological Diversity's Take Extinction Off Your Plate Project In a world with more than 7 billion people — and growing — the toll on wildlife is impossible to ignore. Animals and plants are being driven to extinction at unprecedented rates by habitat loss, pollution and climate change. Most scientists believe we’re in […]

April 4, 2014
Environmentalists applaud Clean Water Act ruling

Monday, 03.31.14 Read more here: The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal judge says pumping water from farmlands into public water supplies such as Florida's Lake Okeechobee violates the Clean Water Act. Environmental groups say Friday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas in New York's Southern District was "long overdue." Read more […]

March 21, 2014
Algae bloom kills large bay sponges

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 BY ROBERT SILK Free Press Staff [email protected] SOUTH FLORIDA — A blue-green algae bloom caused a sponge die-off in a portion of southwest Florida Bay over the fall and winter. "All the large sponges died, the ones larger than five inches," said Gabe Delgado, an assistant research scientist based at the […]

February 25, 2014
Florida water issues may be put off until 2015

By Phil Ammann on February 23, 2014. SaintPetersBlog Even after two measures in the Florida Senate, and a 200-person rally Tuesday at the Historic Capitol, wetland advocates may have to wait for future legislative sessions before the state cleans up its natural springs, bays and streams. Although House Speaker Will Weatherford says he is “sensitive” […]

Call for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to release full report after board members cleared of conflict of interest

February 25, 2014, 7:57 am Conservationists remain concerned about the make-up of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) despite it being cleared of any conflict of interest. A federal inquiry was ordered after claims two GBRMPA board members, Tony Mooney and Jon Grayson, held interests in companies that could benefit from expanding coal […]

February 24, 2014
DEP to Hold Six Meetings Around the State for Input on Water Restoration Work Plans

On Feb. 25 in Live Oak, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will kick off a series of six meetings around Florida to take public input on the Department’s water quality assessment and restoration priorities over the next two years. These meetings are to present the 2014 Strategic Monitoring Plan. The Department will also present […]

Activists head to Tallahassee to rally against releases

Feb 18, 2014 10:26 AM EST By Steve Campionb. WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral LEE COUNTY, FL – Water activists across Southwest Florida are ready to send a strong message. They boarded buses in Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota and other cities across the state to deliver a strong message to Tallahassee lawmakers: […]