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No Sanity Clause for DEP (2010-12-31)

In rejecting the Cape Coral permit application for the Ceitus Boat Lift, DEP appears to be violating the Second Consent Order (last sentence of section 12a) where DEP says the City is not required to deal with erosion other than at the structure. [DEP] [Appeal] [Reaction] [Pine Isl] [Consent Order] [Marx]

2011-06-20


 

DEP Rejects Ceitus Permit (2010-12-30)

In rejecting Cape Coral's permit application to replace the Ceitus Boat Lift, DEP is setting criteria that is physically impossible to meet and which do not match the "consent order" court settlement. It's clear DEP has no intention of complying. [DEP Rejection] [Letter to DEP ] [Pine Island Eagle]

2010-12-31


 

Water Quality Permit Training (2010-12-29)

EPA and TetraTech have created an online training program for NPDES water quality permit application training. It is a series of slide presentations with audio and tests that parallels the content of their standard 5-day training course. [EPA Training Page]

2011-06-20


 

December Newsletter (2010-12-28)

The December 2010 CRCA newsletter is available online. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email. [December Newsletter] [Newsletter Archive]

2011-06-20


 

Snook Are Cold Sensitive Too (2010-12-27)

The common snook, one of Florida's most popular (and tasty) game fish, which, like manatees, can die from exposure to cold. Snook can go belly up when water temperatures drop below 55F, and hundreds of thousands die statewide each winter. [News Press]

2011-06-20


 

Local Heads Water Committee (2010-12-27)

Rep. Trudi Williams of Fort Myers will head the Florida House Select Committee on Water Policy. Though Williams has years of experience in environmental issues, only time will tell if she will side with industry or the environment. [Florida Independent]

2011-06-20


 

PURRE & DEP Monitor Discharge (2010-12-27)

PURRE Water Coalition is asking Ft. Myers and DEP to improve waste water treatment plants that are discharging chlorination byproducts (THMs) into the Caloosahatchee, which could affect fish. The fix will take time and money. [NBC-2] [PURRE]

2011-06-20


 

DEP Tries to Protect Seagrass (2010-12-27)

DEP is pushing Lee County to establish no-motor zones in areas where seagrasses are susceptible to damage from boat props. But as with any enforcement action there are always people with differing opinions on needs and methods. [Letter on DEP] [Damage Photo]

2011-06-20


 

January Riverwatch Meeting (2010-12-27)

The next meeting of Riverwatch will be on January 5 at 6:30 PM in the Bridge Street Coffee Shop in LaBelle. Members and visitors are welcome. Send your agenda items to Riverwatcth at Caloosahatchee.org. [Location]

2011-02-13


 

Ouch, That Is Harsh, Hiaasen! (2010-12-26)

Carl Hiaasen doesn’t mince words in his disgust with the conduct of Florida politicians in suing the EPA as part of unending effort by Florida to block the new EPA water quality standards. [Hiassen] [Letter] [Editorial] [Court]

2011-06-20


 

Permits & Sawfish Protection (2010-12-26)

Juvenile sawfish depend on shallow habitats with a lot of vegetation, such as mangrove forests and seagrass beds. As a result, any project in or near these areas are subject to special permitting scrutiny. [News Press] [Habitat Map]

2012-01-11


 

River Roots Volunteers Needed (2010-12-26)

Riverwatch volunteers are needed for the River Roots & Ruts Trail Run on Sat, Jan 9. At 6:30 AM to sign in runners and to get coffee and bagels. You can also help with parking or at aide stations giving out water and Gatorade. [Request]

2011-06-20


 

State Courts Not an Option? (2010-12-26)

Politicians & agencies have always been uncertain in enforcing environmental & growth management laws, but the courts generally offered citizens a chance of enforcement. A new ruling may show that state courts are no longer an option. [Tampa Tribune] [Ruling] [Court]

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Continued Rain Shortfall Predicted (2010-12-25)

The drought in most of peninsular Florida continues with NOAA predicting Florida to experience the most severe rain shortfall if anywhere in the nation. SFWMD governors authorized administrators to implement water restrictions if conditions persist. [Sun Sentinel]

2011-06-20


 

Water Conservation Webinar (2010-12-25)

Dr. Tatiana Borisova of UF-IFAS will deliver a webinar on January 18. She will describe successful Yards & Neighborhoods programs. Other webinars will follow in future months. [Webinar Info & Schedule] [Borisova Info]

2011-06-20


 

Less White Christmas for Arctic (2010-12-25)

2010 will go on record as the worst for the Arctic ice cap. Ice volumes are dramatically lower than even the record lows of 2007. Of the remaining Arctic Ocean ice, less that 10% is more than 2 years old. [Volume Trend Line] [Ice Trends] [Extreme Events Index] [Age of Arctic Ocean Ice]

2011-06-20


 

Lake Okeechobee Conditions (2010-12-25)

Dr. Paul Gray reports Lake O marsh bottoms SFWMD scraped of organics have re-grown with desired spike rush and bladderwort communities, as opposed to adjacent un-scraped areas still dominated by brush, and holding few birds. [Audubon News]

2011-06-20


 

Cape Coral Clogged Canals (2010-12-25)

Residents complain of canals clogged with aquatic plants covering the bottom and rising to the surface fowling boat motors. County services have tried killing the plants but excessive nutrients in the waters cause rapid regrowth. [WZVN]

2011-06-20


 

Application Grudgingly Submitted (2010-12-24)

After losing the Ceitus Boat Lift vote, Cape Coral submitted a permit application that invites DEP denial. It appears to be a coordinated effort to delay the permit process for years as their latest step to avoid living up to their legal obligation. [DEP Appeal] [Opposition] [Permit1] [Permit2] [Permit3]

2011-06-20


 

Environment Scott Top Priority (2010-12-24)

Governor Elect Rick Scott's transition team plan identifies the environment as his top priority. The plan proposes to eliminate the two state agencies dealing with environmental issues (DEP & DCA) by burying them under the much larger DOT. [Tampa Tribune] [Concept] [DCA Head Resigns] [Plan]

2011-06-20


 

No MFL in Estuary Stocking (2010-12-23)

With Lake Okeechobee dropping below 12.5 feet (a foot lower than last year) SFWMD and Corps of Engineers halted releases to the Caloosahatchee Estuary. Flows this dry season never reached the MFL of 450 cfs, much less the healthy level of 650 cfs. [Flow Graph] [Orlando Sentinel] [Situation] [Data] [Cartoon Graphic]

2011-06-20


 

More Deception by Cape Coral (2010-12-23)

Cape Coral sent residents a misleading newsletter on the Ceitus Boat Lift controversy. They suggest the Feds backed the Cape's resistance to reinstalling the canal block when in fact FWS voted with CRCA to restore the barrier. The vote was 14-3. [Reaction] [Article]

2011-06-20


 

Seagrass, Manatee & the Cold (2010-12-23)

Insufficient freshwater flows to the estuary kills off the seagrass on which the manatee depend. Without a sufficient food supply the manatee become malnourished and vulnerable to dying during cold snaps. [Collier Sea Grant] [Congregation]

2011-06-20


 

Everglades Coalition 2011 (2010-11-30)

The Everglades Coalition annual conference will be in Weston (I-75 @ 27) Jan 6-9, 2011. Rick Scott, Bob Graham, Debbie Wasserman, & others will be among the featured speakers. Rae Ann Wessel will moderate a session on clean water for the Everglades. [Announcement] [EvCo Web Site]

2011-06-20


 

Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (2010-11-30)

Learn how to transform your home and yard into a more green household. The FYN program has upcoming classes at the Rutenberg Center on Dec 11 (rain barrel)and Jan 15 (FYN intro). [Rutenberg Events Calendar]

2011-06-20


 

LaBelle Nature Park Clean Up (2010-11-30)

Join Riverwatch & other groups for a community cleanup at the LaBelle Nature Park. Start off with a pancake breakfast served by the Rotary Club at Barron Park then head to the Nature Park with Margaret England to remove exotic plants & clear trails.

2011-06-20


 

Caloosahatchee Oxbows Cruise (2010-11-30)

Rae Ann Wessell invites residents and tourists alike to enjoy a morning cruise on the river exploring the Caloosahatchee oxbows - the old river meanders. Learn about the area's history and wildlife in this relaxed setting. [Schedule & Info]

2011-06-20


 

River Roots & Ruts Trail Run (2010-11-30)

The 8th Annual River Roots & Ruts Trail Run is set for Sun, Jan 9. It is a half marathon & relay at 8:00am plus a 5K Fun Run at 8:15am. Event income supports Riverwatch, Audubon and other regional NGOs. 274 runners participated in the 2010 event. [Web Site]

2011-02-13


 

November Newsletter (2010-11-30)

The November 2010 CRCA newsletter is available online. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email. [November Newsletter] [Newsletter Archive]

2011-06-20


 

Hoping for More Rain (2010-11-29)

Glades & Hendry are in drought already this year with Charlotte, Lee and Collier not far behind. Everyone is watching to see how this year's dry season progresses, with water restrictions on the horizon.
[Florida Drought] [US Drought] [Watershed Journal] [NOAA Page]

2011-06-23


 

Surveys vs Reality (2010-11-29)

New surveys show overwhelming support for water quality, wetlands, & cleaner farms. But that does not translate to proper political decisions to implement clear public priorities. 80% seek stormwater treatment but the DEP still has no state rule. [Protecting Water Survey] [Drinking Water Survey] [Ground & Surface Water Survey]

2010-11-29


 

Nitrogen Estimates Questioned (2010-11-29)

In analyzing plans to achieve nitrogen reduction goals for the Caloosahatchee, the Southwest Florida Watershed Council has questioned both the estimates of natural N sources and the 5-year plan for reductions, which achieves only 10% of the goal.
[Watershed Council Letter]

2011-06-23


 

A Persistent Uncertainty (2010-11-29)

Despite 30 years of asking the same question about climate change, researchers still don't know what the net effect of cloud cover will be on climate change. More heat -> more clouds -> more reflection -> less heat? NSF summarizes the uncertainty. [Article] [Website]

2011-06-23


 

Breakfast Order: 1 Riverkeeper (2010-11-29)

The 13th Annual Environmental Breakfast drew 130 people to the scenic Riverside Community Center. MC Wayne Daltry delivered a presentation calling for establishment of a new Riverkeeper program, which emphasizes legal action to achieve progress. [NewsPress] [Editorial] [Endorsement] [Waterkeeper Alliance ]

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Who is ROGER? (2010-11-29)

ROGER is a dozen people from the Caloosahatchee & St. Lucie who gathered in Clewiston on Nov 16 to discuss River of Grass Estuaries Restoration-a group to coordinate advocacy for the two estuaries. Rae Ann Wessel serves as co-chair for west coast. [The Big Picture Plan]

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Canoe & Cruise Time Again! (2010-11-29)

Start planning to participate in the Riverwatch 2011 Swamp Cabbage Festival traditions - canoe contest ($2) & river cruise ($20). Master naturalist Margaret England & others are your tour guides for the 3pm cruise on Sat, Feb 26.
[Contest Poster] [Email for Tickets]

2011-06-20


 

Florida Legislature Cuffs Agencies (2010-11-29)

Florida agency officials rarely impose proper environmental rules to meet state & federal laws. But now it may be impossible for any new rules to be adopted given recent actions of the Florida Legislature. This leaves only the courts able to act. [Sierra Club] [Overrides Session] [Damage Summary]

2011-06-23


 

Fun & Fitness Enjoyed By All (2010-11-29)

More than 120 riders took part in the 14th Annual Caloosahatchee River Ride with distances up to 65 miles from Caloosahatchee Regional Park (Alva) to Moore Haven & back. Congratulations to Keith Kibbey, founder and continuing organizer of the event. [Photo Gallery] [Rider Blog]

2011-06-23


 

Solutions Still a Generation Away (2010-11-29)

SFWMD says damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary will end but it will take 20 years or more. Given that the issues were identified as a priority 15+ years ago, it likely to have taken 40+ years to deal with the issue. [TCPalm] [Unacceptable]

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GOP Flushes Inspections, For Now (2010-11-29)

The GOP super majority in the Florida Legislature decided to delay implementation of the new state law requiring septic tank inspections. Perhaps this time can be used to implement septic utilities to minimize cost to homeowners & protect our water. [News Press Editorial] [Septic Tank Rule Cartoon] [Pensacola Editorial]

2011-06-23


 

Lake O Water Releases to Estuary (2010-11-29)

Despite an impending drought, the Corps of Engineers is making efforts to release Lake O water to the Caloosahatchee Estuary to maintain its minimal health. The minimum target flow is 450 cfs and releases have averaged 500 cfs since Nov 14. [PR] [Graph] [Data]

2011-06-20


 

Cape Coral Fertilizer Ordinance (2010-11-29)

On Monday, Nov 29 the Cape Coral City Council approved a fertilizer ordinance. While stronger than the state rule, Cape Coral's is less stringent than that of Ft. Myers or Lee County, says Marti Daltry of Sierra Club and Riverwatch. [NewsPress] [Lee County Fertilizer Rules] [Read Heated Comments]

2011-06-20


 

Recognition for Water Education (2010-11-28)

Ron Hamel, Hugh English, & Gulf Citrus Growers were recognized for more than a decade of support for the SW Florida Water Resources Conference. Receiving similar awards were Andy Tilton, Ron Edenfield, Tom Missimer, and Ken Passarella. [History]

2011-06-23


 

Water Resources Presentations (2010-11-28)

Riverwatch was a co-host of the 20th Annual SW FL Water Resources Conference on Nov 19. Slides of the 14 presenters are posted online. Also posted is the history of CRCA participation in the conference. [Presentations] [History Tables] [History Posters]

2011-06-23


 

SFWMD Votes Against New MFL (2010-11-28)

On Wed, Nov 15 SFWMD decided against updating the Minimum Flows & Levels standards (MFL) for the Caloosahatchee. Supporting Riverwatch were governing members Dauray, Estonez, Buerman, & Batchelor. Opposed were Collins, Powers, Montgomery, & Waldman. [CaptivaSanibel.com] [Naples News] [Dauray] [Board] [We Want Water]

2011-06-23


 

Stable and Sterile (2010-11-28)

Seawalls make it much easier for people to live along the river but they make it hard for wildlife to live in the river. Seawalls, which line vast stretches of the Caloosahatchee, don't offer the food and shelter Florida fisheries need to survive.
[Amy Bennett Williams]

2015-11-05


 

Scott Asks EPA to Slow Down (2010-11-28)

Newly elected Florida Governor is poised to eliminate a host of protections for the Caloosahatchee. In one of his first acts he has written to EPA calling for them to back off in implementing any water quality rules in Florida. [Scott Letter to EPA] [Naples Daily News]

2011-06-23


 

New FL Water Quality Rules (2010-11-28)

The US EPA has issued its water quality standards for Florida to take effect in 2012, assuming no political reversals. The rule allows subareas of Florida to have site-specific water quality standards based on EPA guidelines. [Miami Herald] [News Press] [EPA Water Quality Rule] [Fact Sheet]

2011-06-23


 

Riverwatch Holiday Party (2010-11-22)

The Riverwatch Holiday Celebration & Campfire will be Sat, Dec 11 starting at 4pm. The location is 6651 Bright Road in North Ft Myers. Bring a chair and dish to share. RSVP: 239-731-7559. Come ready to share holiday wishes around the campfire. [Invite & Map]

2011-06-20


 

New Oxbow Study Planned (2010-11-21)

Plans are being developed to resurvey the old Caloosahatchee River sections (oxbows). The oxbows were previously surveyed in 2001, 1996 and 1978. Chloe Delhomme, a graduate student at USF & former CRCA intern, is doing the project as her thesis. [2001 Survey]

2011-06-23


 

October Newsletter (2010-10-27)

The October 2010 CRCA newsletter is available online. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email. [October Newsletter] [Newsletter Archive]

2011-06-23


 

Sustainability Key to Ag Future (2010-10-26)

Dr. F. William Ravlin, Chair of Univ of Florida Science & Technology Committee for Agricultural Experiment Station Planning identifies sustainability, climate change, and energy security as new additions to the tradition challenge of feeding people. [Letter to UF]

2012-01-11


 

Clean Water Network Update (2010-10-24)

CWN says EPA's proposed Numeric Nutrient Criteria (limit rule) has loopholes buried in the narrative that would make current federal & state protections weaker, not stronger. The NNC would not apply to agriculture or municipal stormwater runoff. [CWN of Florida]

2011-06-23


 

Edenfield Supports Clean River (2010-10-24)

Terry Miller running for Lee Co. Soil & Water District believes that government doesn't work and he wants to get elected so he can prove it. But opponent Ron Edenfield says soil and water districts are actually very important to the Caloosahatchee. [News Press]

2011-06-23


 

Fun River Activities (2010-10-24)

Caloosahatchee Regional Park in Alva offers adult and children's activities on the river including kayak trips, wet walks and other fun, educational events. Plan on taking part in what they offer.
[Activities Flyer] [Just for Kids] [Hickeys Creek NOV 2010]

2011-06-23


 

Migratory Bird Count (2010-10-24)

On Sep 18, 2010, a total of 109 species in Hendry County and 97 in Glades were spotted out of a total of 395 species on the spotting list. Totals for birds spotted were more than 17,000 in Hendry and almost 3000 in Glades. [Hendry Bird Tally Sheet] [Glades Bird Tally Sheet] [Web Site]

2011-06-23


 

The Next Generation of Challenges (2010-10-24)

The 20th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference on Nov 19 at Royal Palm Yacht Club in Ft. Myers will look back on the past 20 years of water resources management challenges and forward to the next 20 years. [Web Site]

2011-06-20


 

Too Much Nitrogen Everywhere (2010-10-24)

The National Science Foundation reports that humans are overloading ecosystems with nitrogen. While nitrogen is an element that is essential to life, excess nitrogen pollutes fresh waters and coastal zones, and may contribute to climate change. [NSF Study] [Nitrogen Cycle]

2011-06-23


 

Dye Test Show No Surprises (2010-10-24)

Fluorescent yellow and green Fluorescein dye was released into the Cape Coral Spreader Canal to verify flow directions and patterns. Results confirmed that the proposed new placement of the Ceitus Boat Lift is better than the old location. [Report] [News Press]

2011-06-23


 

FGCU Students in Action (2010-10-24)

Over 80 FGCU students & faculty participated in a 350.org Global Work Party on Oct 10 to address carbon emissions and global warming by planting trees, constructing bird and bat houses & other projects as the local event mirrored worldwide. [Naples Daily News]

2011-06-23


 

Putting Green to Work (2010-10-24)

American Rivers' new report evaluates the water infrastructure investment pioneered under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) that provided $1.2 billion for green infrastructure, water & energy efficiency, and environmental innovation. [Report] [Funding]

2011-06-23


 

Rivers Do Not Always Survive (2010-10-24)

An NSF report documents how globally, rivers and streams are being drained due to human use and climate change. Some affected rivers have dried and no longer run, while others have seen increases in the variability of flows due to storm floods. [NSF Press Release]

2011-06-23


 

SFWMD to Decide in Ft. Myers (2010-10-24)

At its Governing Board meeting on Nov 9 and 10 in Ft. Myers, SFWMD will decide whether to approve or deny the Conservancy of SW FL petition that SFWMD establish a reservation of 450 cfs rather than an MFL of 300 cfs for the Caloosahatchee estuary. [Naples Daily News]

2011-06-20


 

EPA Has Fallen Far Behind (2010-10-24)

By not enforcing the law, "they are putting the population of Florida at risk and endangering their health," said civic activist Ann Hauck, who has been complaining to Congress that EPA is not working in the public interest but for special interests. [St. Pete Times]

2011-06-23


 

The Benefits of Restoration (2010-10-24)

A report commissioned by the Everglades Foundation estimates that an $11 billion restoration of the Everglades would yield $46 billion in benefits to the economy from water treatment, fishing and real estate. [Sun Sentinel] [Report]

2011-06-23


 

CRCA Board Meeting (2010-10-24)

The next Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association board of directors meeting will take place at Bridge St. Coffee and Tea Shop on Wednesday, November 3 at 6:30 pm. The coffee shop is on Ft. Thompson west of Bridge St in LaBelle.

2011-06-20


 

Sustainable Technology Conf (2010-10-24)

Lee Extension hosts scientists, entrepreneurs and leaders from academia, industry & government who will share research and development information on innovative solutions. Haborside Event Center, Ft. Myers. [Announcement]

2011-06-23


 

CRCA Officer is Citizen of the Year (2010-10-21)

Riverwatch V.P. Margaret England was presented with the 2010 Citizen of the Year award by Randy Daniels, representing the Greater LaBelle Chamber of Commerce at their annual banquet attended by 120 members and guests, including Riverwatch officers. [Caloosa Belle]

2012-05-19


 

Stormwater Online Magazine (2010-10-05)

You can now subscribe to the FREE online version of Stormwater, the magazine of water pollution reduction technology. This publications documents most of the solutions that will be used to achieve TMDL goals throughout the USA. [Oct 2010 Edition] [Subscribe]

2011-06-23


 

Amy Williams Speaker (2010-10-03)

Amy Bennett Williams, lead writer of the recent News Press "River at Risk" series, is the featured speaker at the 13th Annual Environmental Breakfast on Oct 28 at 7am in the Riverside Community Center in Ft. Myers. Free, but reservations required. [What, Where, When]

2011-06-20


 

Final Stakeholder Vote (2010-10-01)

With all votes recorded, 14 (70%) of stakeholders voted that Cape Coral's proposed set of projects were insufficient to offset the water quality damage from their removal of the Ceitus Boat Lift. 4 (20%) voted for the projects and 2 (10%) abstained. [Letter] [NSEMA Stakeholder Votes]

2010-10-01


 

Mayor Goes Off the Deep End (2010-09-30)

Cape Coral Mayor John Sullivan said, "eco-terrorists putting a gun to our head," effectively referring to Riverwatch, Lee BOCC, Charlotte BOCC, Audubon, Sierra, SCCF, Conservancy, RGMC, Snook Found, PURRE, Watershed Council & Pine Island Civic Assoc. [Cape Coral Breeze] [Background]

2011-06-23


 

Ding Darling Family Fun Day (2010-09-30)

Join in the fun at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island on Sunday, Oct. 17 starting at 11am. Included are free goodie bags, wildlife encounters, cartoon contest, reptile show, eagle presentation, butterfly house, and face painting. [Web Site]

2011-06-20


 

Clean Water But No Bears (2010-09-29)

Stephen Colbert has lent his name to water & outdoors issues by telling Obama & top administration officials to prioritize river protection & establish a National Blueways Initiative - all Americans might have the opportunity to enjoy healthy rivers. [American Rivers]

2010-09-29


 

Hall Wants to Save River (2010-09-29)

Tammy Hall who chairs the Lee County Commision, underlines that the Commissioners stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the community to ensure that the Caloosahatchee River is protected and preserved. They will do their best to save the river. [NewsPress]

2010-09-29


 

Hendry Seeks Approval for TDR (2010-09-29)

In reviewing Hendry County's proposed transfer of development rights (TDR) program, Florida DCA points to a list of holes through which sprawl & natural resource degradation can occur. The County is attempting to revise the plan to gain approval. [DCA Objections] [Hendry County TDR] [Rural Lands Plan]

2011-06-23


 

Budget Finalized (2010-09-27)

A new finalized budget for fiscal year 2011 for the District: After several public hearings & a vote in September 21, the Governing Board approved a $1.07 billion budget for new & ongoing work to manage, protect and restore the water resources of SF. [SFWMD]

2010-09-27


 

Water Saving Tips (2010-09-27)

Those who arrive at Southwest Florida International Airport, are now being greeted by a few smiling faces with some water-saving advice. Small advice that can have a big impact: Reuse your hotel towels & turn off the tab while brushing your teeth... [SFWMD]

2010-09-27


 

Water Conservation Grants (2010-09-27)

Both LaBelle & Port LaBelle draw from aquifers near the Caloosahatchee. SFWMD has awarded grants to both communities to promote water conservation in the Caloosahatchee watershed in a effort to protect dry season flows to the Caloosahatchee Estuary. [SFWMD]

2010-09-29


 

The Ripple Effect (2010-09-27)

The Ripple Effect is the South Florida Water Management District's monthly electronic newsletter that covers the latest water news ­straight from the source. Read more... [The Ripple Effect] [SFWMD-News]

2010-09-27


 

How Much Will It Cost? (2010-09-27)

The American Water Works Association has released its estimates of the costs of complying with the proposed EPA numeric nutrient limits for Florida waters. It is estimated that compliance will cost less than $15 per person per year. [AWWA]

2010-09-27


 

Drew Wants Delay (2010-09-26)

DEP Head Mimi Drew says that even if EPA comes out with a numerical nutrient standard, she want them to delay implementation because Florida is going to be left in a really difficult situation since 50% of its waters are impaired. [Jacksonville.Com] [Delay Cartoon]

2011-06-23


 

Riverkeeper On Area Agenda (2010-09-25)

The Sep 23 meeting of Watershed Council included a discussion led by Pete Quasius and Indian River's George Jones of the portential for a Riverkeeper for the Caloosahatchee. John Capece pointed out the even greater need in the Charlotte Harbor area. [George Jones Indian Riverkeeper]

2011-06-23


 

Clean Water Foes (2010-09-23)

It’s predictable that developers, farmers, mining companies & manufacturers would like to maintain the status quo of water pollution - it is cheaper for them. That's why they try to make us believe that keeping our water clean, would cost too much. [The Lake Wales News]

2010-09-23


 

New Everglades Report (2010-09-23)

According to a new report by the The National Research Council, the multi-billion-dollar effort to restore the Everglades has made slow but tangible progress until today. Now, analyses of the tradeoffs between water quality and quantity are needed. [NewsPress] [Report]

2010-09-23


 

Tough Medicine for Everglades (2010-09-22)

According to documents posted by PEER, EPA has ordered Florida to take immediate & dramatic attempts to reduce water pollution in the Everglades. If the state doesn't accept, it may lead to a federal takeover of state water pollution controls. [Details]

2010-09-22


 

Sink Hears about River (2010-09-21)

CRCA members John Capece and Rae Ann Wessel talked to candidate for FL Governor, Alex Sink, about Caloosahatchee issues during a campaign stopover in LaBelle. Sink emphasized the need for Kissimmee Basin & Lake O Basin projects to protect the river. [NewsPress] [Caloosa Belle 1] [Caloosa Belle 2]

2010-09-21


 

Criticism Ignores Key Facts (2010-09-21)

Kevin Powers, member of the governing board of SFWMD, points out that the criticism of U.S. Sugar land acquisition ignores key facts: The districts cannot only immediately use the purchased acres of land expand their network of treatment wetland... [TCPalm]

2010-09-21


 

Calusa Paddling Festival (2010-09-21)

Join the 5th annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival on Oct 29 - Nov 7 on the gulf coast of SW Florida. The festivities of this one-of-a-kind eco-event include canoe/kayak races, fishing tournaments, guided tours & family activities. [Flier]

2011-06-20


 

Join Oct. 20 Forum (2010-09-21)

Public pressure over the last 15 years has helped the Caloosahatchee gain key allies to start tending to the august water body's health and welfare, but the 75-mile river is still very stressed. Join the meeting on Oct. 20 to help the Caloosahatchee! [NewsPress] [McGregor]

2010-09-21


 

A Plan for Orderly Sprawl (2010-09-21)

A proposed TDR (Transfer of Development Rights) program would create a system for moving rural land development rights (1 unit per 5 acres) to the near-river areas and other unincorporated parts of Hendry County. [Phase 1] [Phase 2] [Phase 3]

2010-09-21


 

Ceitus Boat Lift Debate (2010-09-21)

Opinions on the Ceitus Boat Lift are divided: Michael Valiquette endorses the decision of the Lee County Commission to replace the Boat Lift. Dr. Gordon Ultsch has a different viewpoint - the saltwater canals are doing fine with the boat lift gone. [NewsPress]

2010-09-21


 

In Favor to Replace Barrier (2010-09-21)

At the Charlotte BOCC meeting Phil Buchanan, Rae Ann Wessel, Kathy Malone, Buddy Doll, and Rick Lauber spoke in favor of replacing the Ceitus boat lift. The Charlotte County Commission voted unanimously to replace the boat lift.
[Rae Ann Wessel]

2010-09-21


 

Public Can Safe River (2010-09-21)

"United we can save the Caloosahatchee and our coastal waters. Divided we foul our economy and our children's legacy." With four comments on the current state of the river, local residents agree that only teamwork can save the Caloosahatchee. [NewsPress] [River Editorial Cartoon]

2010-09-21


 

September Newsletter (2010-09-15)

The September 2010 CRCA newsletter is available online. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email. [September Newsletter] [Newsletter Archive]

2011-06-23


 

Scientific Concensus Not the Issue (2010-09-14)

An NSF study says people who have a strong attachment to commerce & industry tend to be skeptical, while people with egalitarian values tend to believe that industry harms the environment. Scientific information does not decide people's opinion. [NSF]

2010-09-14


 

Lee BOCC 5-0 for Ceitus (2010-09-14)

Lee County Commissioners voted 5-0 to replace the Ceitus boat lift, thus disagreeing with Cape Coral that voted 6-2 the day before to not replace the structure. Leo Amos & other residents documented extensive damage caused by removal of the lift. [Details] [Remarks] [NBC-2] [News Press]

2010-09-14


 

Oppose NEB Package (2010-09-14)

“I do not agree with the proposal [NEB package], and I feel I must oppose it” - this is how shoredrive residents urge the Lee County Commissioners to cast their NSEMA Stakeholder vote. See their explanation. [Details]

2010-09-14


 

Letter to the Editor (2010-09-13)

"Whatever happens, we believe it is imperative that the barrier not be put back in." Peter Brandt and Oliver L. Clarke believe that the NSEMA projects will result in a significantly greater benefit to the environment than replacing the barrier. [CapeCoralDailyBreeze]

2010-09-13


 

River in Danger (2010-09-13)

The region’s life-sustaining artery, the Caloosahatchee River, is in critical condition - clogged, contaminated and controversial. Despite 15 years of efforts by citizens and scientists. Read more about the current conditions and how residents act. [NewsPress]

2010-09-13


 

Native Plant Presentation (2010-09-11)

The October 6 Riverwatch meeting features John Sibley who will describe how using plants helps protect our river. The presentation is at 6pm at All Native Garden Center, 300 Center Road, Fort Myers.
[All Native Garden Center] [Map]

2011-06-20


 

14th Annual River Ride (2010-09-11)

On Sunday, November 14, join us for the 14th Annual River Ride, the recreational bike ride around the Caloosahatchee. Routes for 15, 30, 40, and 62 miles. Register in advance or on the morning of the event at Caloosahatchee Regional Park. [Registration] [Website]

2011-06-20


 

Not Subservient to Sugar (2010-09-10)

In successfully advocating an improved water release schedule from Lake O to the Caloosahatchee estuary, Lee Co Commissioner Ray Judah accused SFWMD of subservience to the sugar industry. SFWMD Exec Dir Carole Wehle challenged the characterization. [News Press]

2011-06-23


 

Past Wetland Harm (2010-09-10)

While a most welcome discussion, SFWMD is taking a political risk asking the question, What should be done about water use permitting & past harm to wetlands from these water uses? It should make for a very interesting meeting on Sep 16 in Ft Myers. [SFWMD]

2010-09-10


 

Corruption A Growing Problem (2010-09-10)

Water management officials are taking measures to guard against corruption within SFWMD. Supporters of Amendment 4 (Hometown Democracy)point to rampant corruption in land use decisions as a reason to support the amendment. [SunSentinel] [Video]

2010-09-10


 

Swimming Advisory (2010-09-09)

Water quality at the Cape Coral Yacht Club beach does not meet the criteria for enterococcus bacteria recommended by the EPA. Since water contact may pose an increased risk of disease, people are advised to avoid swimming in this area. [NewsPress]

2010-09-09


 

$1 Billion Budget Passed (2010-09-09)

The Everglades restoration land deal with U.S. Sugar moves forward - without rasing property taxes - under a $1 billion budget approved by SFWMD. The district's proposed budget includes $197 millions to buy 26,800 acres of farmland from U.S. Sugar. [SunSentinel]

2010-09-09


 

Watershed Academy Seminars (2010-09-09)

Participate in a free webcast seminar sponsored by the EPA's Watershed Academy. The webcast is due on September 15, 2010 with the following topic: A Watershed Dialogue - How Can We Build the Capacity and Effectiveness of Watershed Groups? [Details] [EPA]

2010-09-09


 

Migratory Bird Count (2010-09-09)

Obtain a snapshot of the progress and shape of spring and fall Migration. Obtain information on the abundance & distribution of each species. Initiate more participation among birders... Participate in The North American Migration Count in Florida. [Details]

2010-09-09


 

Still Not Good Enough (2010-09-09)

Concerning the Adaptive Protocols for Lake O Operations, James Evans, chairman of SWF Watershed Council, says that the proposed draft is an improvement compared to the previous version, but still falls short of protecting the Caloosahatchee Estuary. [Announcement] [Comment Letter]

2010-09-09


 

Support FYN! (2010-09-09)

The FYN program is in jeapardy of being cut by the Lee County Board of County Commisioners... Attend the next budget (public hearing) meeting on September 8, 2010 at 5.05 pm at the Commission Chambers in Fort Myers to support FYN! [Details]

2010-09-09


 

WMD Meeting on Caloosahatchee (2010-09-09)

Tired of dirty river water spoiling a day on the water? Frustrated your favorite Caloosahatchee fishing hole is void? Concerned about health impacts of harmful algal blooms on the river, estuary and our beaches? It's time to Speak Up! [Details]

2010-09-09


 

Losing Land to a Sea Invasion? (2010-09-08)

Politicians and retired military leaders will hold a town meeting to discuss connections between climate change and national security. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Norman Seip will attend the meeting on August, 31. [TBO]

2010-09-08


 

Criticism of Dredging Program (2010-09-08)

Residents decry the dredging program - it is one of the many that experienced a budgetary hit over the years. From once six dredges only two are left. The residents demand more attention for the canals and fear a depreciation in value of their homes. [CapeCoralDailyBreeze]

2010-09-08


 

EPA Proposes Rules (2010-09-08)

The cash-strapped SFWMD has 10 years to build at least 42,00 acres of treatment so that water flowing into the Everglades meets federal standards. The agency and EPA have been accused not to enforce the Clean Water Act - now EPA proposes new rules... [PalmBeachPost] [Water World]

2010-09-08


 

Half-Empty or Half-Full? (2010-09-08)

The Southern Region Team webinar series begins January 2011 on Water Conservation. All webinars will be held from 10.30-12pm. The next year's topic: Half-Empty or Half-Full? Each program will be aimed at county educators and the interested public. [Announcement]

2010-09-08


 

Shared Adversity (2010-09-08)

Concerns about environmental impacts on the Caloosahatchee River and estuary have been raised by a Lake O water-management plan. The proposed adaptive protocols pit a public crop against a private crop without "Shared Adversity" is not acheived. [NewsPress]

2010-09-08


 

Weir on Fisheating Creek (2010-09-07)

One of South Florida's last natural large streams is now saddled with a flow block intended to prevent or halt possible excess flow from Cowbone Marsh on Fisheating Creek. FWC's canoe path plan was limited to cutting plants & muck, no sand dredging. [Weir Photos] [DEP Files]

2011-06-23


 

DEP Free Webinar Series (2010-09-06)

DEP’s Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA) is hosting this free webinar series on various days from September through December on various topics ranging from sea level rise, coral, oysters, seagrass, and GIS. [DEP Flyer] [Web Site]

2011-06-20


 

Conservancy Pulls the Trigger (2010-09-05)

Groups & governments in SW Florida have for a decade toyed with the idea of going to court over low & high flows to the Caloosahatchee Estuary in a manner similar to actions for the St. Lucie & Everglades. Conservancy of SW FL has filed the action. [Filing] [Petition] [Phase 1] [Court Web]

2011-06-23


 

It Is That Time Of Year (2010-09-05)

As the campaigns kick into high gear, all sides of the Everglades, Caloosahatchee, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie ecosystem issues vie for the loyalties of candidates. Everyone needs to make their voices heard by voting...or just paying. [Florida Crystals Sugar]

2011-06-23


 

Creek Up or Down? (2010-09-02)

Something is amiss in Fisheating Creek. Countering a possible misinformation regarding flow rates, water depths, & channel dredging in Cowbone Marsh, Ellen Peterson documented normal to high water levels in the Creek and in Cowbone Marsh on Aug 29. [Details]

2010-09-02


 

Waste Not, Want Not (2010-09-01)

Although Florida leads the nation in water reuse, the potential for reclaiming water goes untapped in many areas. To find out if reclaimed water is available in your neighborhood, look for purple pipes or purple fire hydrants. [Easyasone.Wordpress]

2010-09-01


 

Cleanup Plans Can Change (2010-09-01)

The SFWMD may be allowed to abandon a $700 million reservoir project in the southern Everglades Agricultural Area. A court-appointed Special Master said the Everglades would benefit more from the district's purchase of 27,000 acres from U.S. Sugar. [PalmBeachPost]

2010-09-01


 

Damage in Matlacha Shores (2010-09-01)

Since removal of the Ceitus Lift, waters in Matlacha Shores are being polluted with greater sediment loads, as shown in aerial photos. Residents assert that oyster beds & sea grasses are being destroyed as a result of the sediments & other loads. [Pic1] [Pic2] [Details]

2010-09-01


 

Boating & Waterway Workshop (2010-08-31)

Register soon for the Southwest Florida Regional Boating and Waterway Workshop! It is due on September 9-10, 2010 in the City of Punta Gorda. Innovative strategies to balance economic vitality with ecologically sound management will be discussed... [Announcement] [Flyer]

2010-08-31


 

CHNEP Not Convinced (2010-08-31)

Shoreview Drive residents thank Ann Thomas for speaking at the CHNEP meetings and representing the interests/concerns of residents advocating the need to replace the Ceitus Boat Lift. CHNEP voted not to replace the barrier. [Ann Thomas]

2010-08-31


 

Nature Festival (2010-08-30)

The Eleventh Annual Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 29, 2010 in Port Charlotte. This family-friendly event invites people to learn more about Florida's environment and offers many exciting activities. [Details] [Flier]

2010-08-30


 

Pitch In, Pump Out (2010-08-30)

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Clean Vessel Act grant program launched Pitch In - Pump Out, a new awareness campaign to decrease boater sewage. Sportsman Capt. Rick Murphy will advertise the message on TV and radio aids. [TradeOnlineToday] [Full Release]

2010-08-30


 

The Big Threat: Oil or Algae? (2010-08-30)

It was so nasty that people thought the BP oil spill had finally washed up on southwest Florida beaches. But it was just our annual attack of algal blooms fouling the shores, killing wildlife and chasing away tourists. [HeraldTribune]

2010-08-30


 

Government Inadequacy (2010-08-30)

"Here in Southwest Florida, we are nothing and will have nothing without our precious water." Sam Bailey, a nearly 90 years old board member of PURRE, is devastated by the lack of interest the government is taking in the Lake Okeechobee problem. [Daily Breeze]

2010-08-30


 

Scallops For Pine Island Sound (2010-08-30)

As Florida's human population increased during the 1960's and the water quality declined, the scallop populations crashed. Restoration projects however, have helped bay scallops back. In Pine Island Sound volunteers could discover many of them now. [NewsPress]

2010-08-30


 

Court Overrules Insanity (2010-08-28)

A Leon County Court ruled SB 360 unconstitutional. The law favored developers by shifting burdens to local governments and taxpayers, including eliminating transportation concurrency requirements. [Announcement] [Background] [DCA Info] [Ralf Brookes]

2011-06-23


 

2010 Audubon Assembly (2010-08-27)

Join your Audubon friends and stoke your passion for birds and conservation at the 2010 Audubon Assembly on October, 22-23 in St. Petersburg. Learn about protecting Florida's precious nature, the effects of the gulf spill and join the field trips... [Assembly Schedule]

2010-08-27


 

Bluegill Like the Oxbows (2010-08-27)

A Caloosahatchee research paper documents how striped mullet (Mugil cephalus) and pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides) are more abundant along the river's mainstem, while snook (Centropomus undecimalis) and bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) are more abundant. [Research Paper]

2011-06-23


 

Water Quality May Be Cut (2010-08-27)

Lee Commissioners may soon cut the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) program budget severely. FYN works to improve water quality & conservation in our communities. Contact the Lee County Commissioners and tell them the FYN program is important. [FYN Program]

2010-08-27


 

Mark Your Calendar! (2010-08-26)

The University of Florida Institute of Food & Agriculture Science invites you to the 2nd Annual Clean Energy & Sustainable Technologies Conference, due on Oct 29 in Fort Myers. Information about research and innovative ideas can be shared. [Details] [Agenda] [SponsorshipForm]

2010-08-26


 

Cape Coral Calls This Pristine? (2010-08-26)

Once, the Cape Coral's freshwater canals provided a picturesque image and supported a variety of wildlife. Today, many of them are virtually lifeless and packed with aquatic weeds. The reason - excess nutrients from fertilizers and septic tanks. [NewsPress] [Pristine?] [Photos]

2010-08-26


 

Less Rain, More Flow (2010-08-26)

The Caloosahatchee Basin has received less rain in 2010 than in 2009, but destructive flows to the estuary at S-79 have been higher. The cause: greater water releases from Lake O at S-79 in 2010. Summer rain in the basin is below average. [SF Watershed Journal] [Flow] [Rain]

2010-08-26


 

Breakfast Discussion & Planning (2010-08-25)

The 13th Annual Environmental Breakfast sponsored by Audubon, SWFCEE, and other groups will be Thursday, Oct 28, 7-9am in Fort Myers. This year's featured program: A river runs through it. A Waterkeeper alliance for 2010? Reservations are required. [Announcement] [Riverkeeper]

2010-08-25


 

Citizen Input to CHNEP (2010-08-25)

Shoreview Drive neighborhood residents attempted to advise the CHNEP Policy Committee to vote in favor of replacing the Ceitus Boat Lift barrier on the Cape Coral Spreader Canal system. Shoreview Drive is where the flow discharges to Matlacha Pass. [Email] [Map]

2010-08-25


 

Cape Coral Tracer Test (2010-08-25)

On Aug 24 FDEP conducted a dye tracer test in the Cape Coral North Spreader Canal to check the validity of computer modeling of the Cape's Environmental Management Agreement (Ceitus Boat Lift) project. The discolored water is not harmful. [NewsPress]

2010-08-25


 

August Newsletter (2010-08-24)

The August 2010 CRCA newsletter is available online. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email. [August Newsletter] [Newsletter Archive]

2011-06-23


 

Joe Mc Clash Tells the Truth (2010-08-23)

Many politicians oppose Amendment 4 for different reasons - they have grown too myopic in office, don't trust the voters or shake the influence of lobbyists... Now Commissioner Joe McClash speaks his opinion, challenging opponents of Amendment 4. [Florida Hometown Democracy]

2010-08-23


 

Reminder of Old Florida (2010-08-23)

You want to dwell in nostalgia about the old-time, unspoiled wilderness of Florida? On Babcock Ranch Preserve near Fort Fyers it is possible. Try not only nature trails and a swamp buggy tour - also visit the history museum and the snake exhibit... [Details]

2010-08-23


 

Protest Ceitus Delay (2010-08-22)

Phil Buchanan writes in opposition to the continued delays by Cape Coral and DEP in concluding the EMA process. What was to be a 1 year process is now at 2.3 years and counting. The outcome of the Ceitus Boat lift vote is known, but delays continue.
[Delay Protest] [Obfuscation Cartoon]

2011-06-23


 

Do Too Much, Or Do Too Little (2010-08-21)

After an oil spill that dried up panhandle tourism, a Destin engineer is still against extreme action on water quality disasters. A military-dominated part of the state should recognize that fighting real threats builds, not degrades an economy. [Opinion] [Twisted]

2011-06-23


 

Fisheating Creek Controversy (2010-08-20)

Some locals say creating a canoe trail through Cowbone Marsh in Fisheating Creek resulted in lower creek levels and excessive water losses from the marsh. Others say the project was limited to vegetation clearing and is not causing excess drainage.
[Halt] [Feasibility] [Memo] [Trail]

2010-08-20


 

Alligator Hatching Festival (2010-08-20)

Now it's the time for little baby alligators to wiggle out of their eggs... The Alligator Hatching Festival from Aug 22 - 31 gives guests the possibility to see the hatching of alligators. A great opportunity for children to learn more about nature! [NewsSun]

2010-08-20


 

The Fight Will Go On (2010-08-19)

"We will not allow this deal to end here without a fight to acquire all the necessary option land to restore." For PURRE the land purchase deal is a step to restore the historic flow through the River of Grass to Florida Bay, but it's not big enough. [CaptivaSanibel]

2010-08-19


 

Family Fun Day (2010-08-19)

Bring your family for a fun afternoon - fish along the banks of the Caloosahatchee, kayak the river, hike the nature trails or swim in the pool. Food will be available for sale. The event is scheduled for September 6, 2010 in LaBelle. [Details]

2010-08-19


 

New Chief for USGS (2010-08-18)

Doug Beard has been selected as the chief of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Center. The NCCWSC is helping understand climate change impact on fish and wildlife. Current projects include studies of alterations in Florida's ecosystem. [USGS]

2010-08-18


 

LaBelle Heritage Museum (2010-08-16)

Riverwatch has written a letter supporting the LaBelle Heritage Museum grant application to purchase the Jennings Hardware building on Bridge St. Relocation of the museum will help revitalize the downtown river district of LaBelle. [Details]

2010-08-16


 

September Board Meeting (2010-08-16)

The September CRCA Board meeting will take place in LaBelle on September 1 (the first Wednesday of the month), at 6:30pm in the Bridge Street Coffee Shop, 23 E. Thompson Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935. [Map]

2010-08-16


 

Sugar Purchase Finalized (2010-08-16)

SFWMD Governing Board approved a revised land purchase from U.S. Sugar for Everglades restoration. In addition to the initial 26,800 acres, the agreement provides options to buy another 153,00 acres. [SWF Online] [SWFMD] [Details]

2010-08-16


 

Next Bunnell Public Meeting (2010-08-16)

The next Bunnell public meeting is scheduled for August, 31 and September 1, 2010 at 1pm (Aug. 31) and 9am (Sep. 1). Location: Flagler County Commission Board Chambers, Government Services Complex, 1769 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell, Florida 32110. [Agenda (Aug. 24)] [Agenda (Aug. 31 & Sep. 1)] [Agenda (Aug. 26)] [Draft Reports]

2010-08-16


 

A Dream Loses Grandeur (2010-08-13)

In the end it was too much. Too much money, too much land to handle, too much fight with critics and the courts. Gov. Charlie Crist's dream to buy huge swaths of sugar company land for the Everglades restoration finally vanished into thin air. [NewYorkTimes] [Map] [Background]

2010-08-13


 

Lake Okeechobee Monthly (2010-08-13)

Lake Okeechobee is famous for its fishing, but the birds and wildlife are abundant and beautiful too. Cap. Mike Shellen sends out monthly reports on the current state of the lake and gives useful tips on bass fishing. [TCPalm]

2010-08-13


 

Start of Alligator Hunt (2010-08-13)

The statewide alligator hunt begins an hour before sunset Sunday, August 15th. During four weeks hunters are given the possibility to seek a true trophy kill - an alligator more than 9-foot-long. The alligator population is in good shape this season. [TCPalm]

2010-08-13


 

Tourists for Okeechobee County (2010-08-13)

Local leaders have taken first steps in building a destination resort in Okeechobee County. The proposed Outdoor World Village would create more ecotourism and demands to protect the water quality of Lake O and thus the Calooshatchee River. [TCPalm]

2010-08-13


 

Hog Days of Summer (2010-08-12)

We all know that it's summer and a very hot one at that. We can't escape from the heat and humility of SW Florida. Of course hogs don't sweat, but we sure do. We sweat a lot. Here are some tips that deal with running in the hog days of summer. [Details] [How to Avoid Heatsroke] [How to Acclimate the Heat]

2010-08-12


 

Rivers Coalition Complains (2010-08-12)

The Rivers Coalition is disappointed that the state's newly reduced plan to purchase two properties in the Everglades Agricultural Area will not provide the needed flowway to move water from Lake Okeechobee into the Everglades to reduce discharges. [TCPalm] [River Coalition]

2010-08-12


 

Not Yet Good Enough (2010-08-11)

According to SCCF, the Conservancy, and other groups, the stated policy in the Adaptive Protocols for Lake Okeechobee Operations is unacceptable to the citizens of Southwest Florida. The Governing Board is requested to revise the document.
[SCCF to Gray] [SCCF to SFWMD Board] [Conservancy of Southwest Florida]

2010-08-11


 

More Citrus Less Cane (2010-08-11)

A new U.S. Sugar land deal represents a shift from targeting sugarcane land for a southern flowway. The original 151,000 acres is now reduced to 26,800 acres. It is uncertain how the citrus land will be cost-effective for water storage. [Sun Sentinel] [SGC] [Map]

2010-08-11


 

$6B WRDA Bill Passed (2010-08-11)

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a $6 billion Water Resources Development Act that authorizes about 300 water projects. The U.S. House WRDA bill does not include the C43 project due to lack of support by our local Congressmen. [Details]

2010-08-11


 

Majority Vote for Ceitus (2010-08-11)

A majority of the 20 stakeholders have voted to reconstruct the Spreader Canal barrier: Andress, Audubon, Buchanan, Calusa Land Trust, GPICA, PURRE, RGMC, Riverwatch, SCCF, Snook Foundation and Watershed Council. [Details] [CLT] [SCCF] [Andress]

2010-08-12


 

Mimi Drew Heads FDEP (2010-08-11)

Mimi Drew has been appointed by Gov. Crist to become interim head of Florida Dept of Environmental Protection. Mike Sole resigned the post after many years of service. Drew was deputy to Sole. [Miami Herald] [TampaBay.com]

2010-08-11


 

Purple Martins in Fort Myers (2010-08-11)

Although the purple martin is small bird, it inspires huge admiration among those who house them. Hendry Street in Fort Myers is a favorite haunt. The Bar Association's owner, Ron Kopko, now offers free bird whistles and a free drink to spectators. [NewsPress]

2010-08-11


 

CRCA Votes for Spreader Canal (2010-08-10)

On Aug 4 directors of CRCA-Riverwatch voted unanimously that the Cape Coral proposed NEBs were an insufficient substitute for a properly managed spreader canal system with a boat lift or lock near Ceitus. Upland water management is also essential.
[CRCA Letter]

2010-08-10


 

The Call of the Creek (2010-08-10)

The Glades County Tourism Development Council is assisting Fisheating Creek Outpost with planning for their grand opening, The Call of the Creek, Saturday Sep 18 from 9am-1pm. Vendors and volunteers are wanted. Many activities will be offered. [Details]

2010-08-10


 

Restore C43 Project to WRDA (2010-08-10)

Area groups are asking Congressmen Connie Mack and Tom Rooney to restore the C-43 West Reservoir project back to the WRDA authorization list. Mack previously supported the project. The project can be added in House-Senate Conference. [Details] [Action] [The Process]

2010-08-10


 

Everglades Restored to List (2010-08-09)

After being removed by the Bush administration a few years ago, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has restored the Everglades' proper place on the "in danger" list of World Heritage Sites. [Details] [Background]

2010-08-09


 

North Fort Myers Utility Sold (2010-08-09)

According to the Florida Governmental Utility Authority the $55 million purchase of the North Fort Myers Utility Inc. System has been completed. From now on customers will have to pay on average $20 a month more for purchase, upgrades and operations.
[Details]

2010-08-09


 

Fool Me Once... (2010-08-09)

After almost a decade of work, The Southwest Florida Feasibility Study has been downgraded. It is no longer the federal/state-funded component of CERP for SW FL; it is now just a list of good project ideas...suggestions really. [Details]

2010-08-09


 

Watershed Council Speaker (2010-08-09)

The Watershed Council meeting is Aug 19, 2-4 pm at the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Fort Myers. Featured speaker for the Water Wisdom Program is Kathie Ebaugh, Lee Co Planner, who will discuss the New Horizon 2035 Initiative. [Details] [Agenda]

2010-08-09


 

PURRE Advocates Bigger Deal (2010-08-09)

The State of Florida's historic deal to purchase U.S. Sugar lands do restore the Everglades, the natural water system and the estuaries of South Florida has been looted. What once included 180,000 acres now is reduced to a number of 26,800 acres. [PURRE] [Website]

2010-08-09


 

TDR for Hendry County (2010-08-09)

The next Rural Lands Study meeting Hendry County meets 3pm Aug 12 in LaBelle. Topics to be discussed are the status of rural and agricultural lands plan, issues raised by DCA, proposed revisions to goals, objectives and policy. [Agenda] [Element 1A] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] [Map 4]

2010-08-09


 

Williams Refudiates EPA (2010-08-05)

Rep. Trudi Williams appears to refudiate EPA's efforts to create water quality standards for the Caloosahatchee. Williams said that the river has always been brackish, but EPA now wants it clear. (Yes, the reporter confirms that is what she said.)
[Farmer & Rancher] [Website]

2010-08-05


 

River Hit with Algal Bloom (2010-08-03)

A blue-green algal bloom has spread out in the Caloosahatchee River. High water temperatures and a low salinity support the growth of the bacteria causing the bloom that looks like algae. If the extent increases, many fish could be killed. [Details]

2010-08-04


 

Pollution Limits Vital (2010-07-30)

Big Polluters are trying to stop the new pollution limits that the EPA plants to implement in October. These limits would help reduce sewage and fertilizer pollution in Florida. Contact your congressman today to keep these limits. [Sierra Club] [Take Action]

2010-07-30


 

WRDA Act of 2010 (2010-07-30)

The 2010 Water Resources Development Act was introduced by Chairman Oberstar. Four CERP projects had the chance of being included. However, the C43 Reservoir project report was pulled by Congressman Rooney as part of an earmarks political dispute. [T&I] [Oberstar] [Facts] [Bill]

2010-07-30


 

Releases Rise to 2000 cfs (2010-07-29)

From July 23-August 6, the target of Lake O releases will be raised to 2000 cfs. Increased precipitation and changes in inflows to the lake have led the Corps to this decision. The goal of this increase is to restore the storage capacity. [Caloosa Belle]

2010-07-29


 

Computer Glitch to Blame (2010-07-29)

The DEP says that no water escaped from the Everest plant but that the inaccurate readings came from a computer glitch. There will be no fines or enforcement actions since nothing actually happened. Employees must now manually check readings. [NBC-2]

2010-07-29


 

60,000 Mangroves This Summer (2010-07-28)

On July 16, scientists and volunteers planted 150 mangrove trees. They plan to plant 60,000 trees by the end of the summer. When Clam Bayou was closed from the Gulf of Mexico, oysters and mangroves died. The Bayou is now open and growth is starting. [NBC-2] [Flyer] [Video]

2010-07-28


 

Clewiston Waterfront Summit (2010-07-28)

On August 3 at 8:30am, the Corps will discuss the condition of the Herbert Hoover Dike. The City of Clewiston will talk about the economically importance of coordinating regional waterfront development with the Dike rehabilitation project. [Summit] [Agenda] [RSVP List]

2010-07-28


 

Jeff Burns Joins PURRE Board (2010-07-27)

Jeff Burns, a Sanibel and Captiva native, has joined the PURRE Board of Directors. He is very involved in community events and last year he helped plan the PURRE event Evening in Italy. He presently works as a realtor with The Burns Family Team. [PURRE]

2010-07-27


 

Wastewater Whistleblower (2010-07-26)

A tip from an operator at Everest Parkway sewer plant in Cape Coral claims officials attempted to hide evidence from DEP of a 2009 discharge into the Caloosahatchee of 3.5 million gallons of treated wastewater. Such discharges were common years ago. [News Press]

2011-06-23


 

Appropriations Bill (2010-07-26)

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee's Interior and Environment Subcommittee met on July 22. They decided not to vote on the Multiple Peril Insurance Act of 2009 which would include coverage for windstorms. [CWN] [Summary Table] [Earmark List] [Chairman's Statement]

2010-07-26


 

Stormwater Training Seminar (2010-07-26)

On September 10, the FSA will be hosting a training seminar for stormwater managers and consultants. Low impact development techniques and best management practices will be discussed...and probably opposed, given FSA's record. [FSA] [Register] [Sponsor]

2010-07-26


 

Regional Planning Council (2010-07-26)

A meeting will be held on July 28 from 9-1pm at the SWFRPC to discuss the North Spreader Environmental Management Agreement. The purpose is to provide guidance for the final CHNEP NSEMA vote. The meeting is open to the public. [Agenda] [WebEx] [NSEMA Process]

2010-07-26


 

Water Resources Development (2010-07-23)

James Oberstar, House transportation and infrastructure chairman, plans to mark up a Water Resources Development Act reauthorization as early as July 26. He told Republicans Members that he plans on ignoring their earmark requests. [Roll Call]

2010-07-23


 

New Stormwater Model (2010-07-23)

A stormwater computer model was revealed on July 23 at NC State University. This model predicts runoff impacts from development. Although this model was built for North Carolina and surrounding regions, it can serve as a blueprint for other areas. [NC State University]

2010-07-23


 

Aquifer Storage and Recovery (2010-07-23)

Two CERP projects have been constructed: the Kissimmee ASR and Hillsboro ASR. Summer excess water can be stored underground in freshwater bubbles then pumped out again in the dry season for use. ASR is still being tested for broader use. [SFWMD]

2010-07-23


 

Hottest June on Record (2010-07-23)

At 1.93°F (1.07°C) above the 20th century average of 55.9 °F (13.3°C) land temp, June 2010 was the hottest June on record. The first half of 2010 was also the hottest since 1880. [Global Warming House Committee] [Blog]

2010-07-23


 

SCCF Shows Damage (2010-07-22)

The SCCF has six sensors that have been monitoring the Caloosahatchee River. Since the releases from Lake Okeechobee began, the salinity of the Calosahatchee dropped to zero and remains there today. The Corps will reevaluate conditions on July 23. [NBC-2] [Video] [Readings]

2010-07-22


 

July Newsletter (2010-07-21)

The July 2010 CRCA newsletter is available online. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email.
[July Newsletter] [Newsletter Archive]

2010-07-21


 

You Are Kidding, Right? (2010-07-21)

The Florida Legislature doesn't think the BP oil spill is a good enough reason to add an offshore oil drilling ban constitutional amendment referendum to the November ballot. This makes Crist's break with his former party complete. [SCCF] [Audubon] [Cartoon] [House] [Senate]

2010-07-21


 

The Leak Begins Again (2010-07-20)

The government reported that oil began seeping into the Gulf again on July 19. The oil is leaking more slowly than before the cap was put in place July 15. This leak came after days of warning that the cap might result in new leaks. [AP]

2010-09-10


 

26,000 Acres for Conservation (2010-07-20)

The government purchased 26,000 acres of ranchland for $89 million. This land includes Fisheating Creek which runs through Glades County. Fisheating Creek also flows into Lake O to the Caloosahatchee and out to the Gulf. [News Press]

2010-07-20


 

New Horizon 2035: Lee County (2010-07-20)

A meeting of the SW FL Watershed Council will be held on July 22 from 2-3:30pm at the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau offices. Kathie Ebaugh will speak about the County's New Horizon 2035 initiative.
[SW FL Watershed Council]

2010-07-20


 

River Alert: HR 1264 (2010-07-20)

It appears the Federal Government may be seeking to nationalize hurricane insurance by adding it to the federal flood insurance program. This would set us up for even more improper development...and future costly bailouts. [American Rivers] [Take Action]

2011-06-23


 

Adaptive Protocols Not Enough (2010-07-19)

Audubon asserts that SFWMD adaptive protocols for managing Lake Okeechobee do not meet their stated goals. The AP5-50 protocol leaves the Caloosahatchee Estuary releases at significant harm levels while not limiting irrigation uses in the watershed. [Audubon]

2011-06-23


 

Enviro-News (2010-07-19)

Enviro-News is a great resource for a variety of individuals, ranging from scientists to librarians. It is an Internet distribution site where subscribers receive news relating to environmental issues. [USDA] [Subscribe]

2010-07-19


 

Webtool for Professionals (2010-07-19)

This Webtool assists in determining the costs and benefits of source water protection activities. In addition, the user can identify options for pollution reductions, identify omissions and distortions, and can compare results to stakeholder beliefs. [Webtool]

2011-06-23


 

Get Amendment on Nov Ballot (2010-07-19)

Legislators are meeting in Tallahassee from July 20-23 to discuss a constitutional amendment banning oil drilling off the Florida coast. An initiative must be submitted by Aug 3 for it to appear on the November ballot. Your action is needed! [SCCF]

2010-07-19


 

Voice Your Concerns (2010-07-17)

The 2011 Interior Bill may be up for discussion as early as July 21. The proposed Crenshaw Amendment would prohibit the EPA from finalizing the rule on numeric nutrient criteria in Florida. Contact your local representatives today. [Conservancy of Southwest Florida]

2010-07-17


 

Environmentalist Remembered (2010-07-17)

Johnny Jones was a true environmentalist who passionately cared about his local surroundings. One of his greatest accomplishments was securing the restoration of the Kissimmee River. His notable work also involved the Everglades and Big Cypress.

2010-07-17


 

Let the Cleanup Begin (2010-07-17)

Now that the BP well is finally capped, America can begin its real clean-up...of the waters, shores, and its governance. These catastrophes don't just happen...they typically have a cause rooted in failed policies, regulations, and enforcement. [CBS] [NYTimes] [Washington Post] [Cartoon]

2010-07-17


 

Intracoastal Waterway (2010-07-16)

Click on the link below and learn about the Okeechobee Waterway with this interactive PDF map. Clicking on the map stars will take you to the Corps website where you can view more information about the structure or feature. [Okeechobee Waterway]

2010-07-16


 

Aronberg Slams BP Influence (2010-07-16)

Attorney General candidate Dave Aronberg is questioning the influence of BP in Florida politics and calling for a permanent ban on Florida offshore drilling. Aronberg calls on a real renewable energy policy as the solution.
[Naples News] [Aronberg Opinion]

2010-07-16


 

June Newsletter (2010-07-16)

The June 2010 CRCA newsletter is available online. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email.
[June Newsletter] [Newsletter Archive]

2010-08-26


 

Water Quality Newspeak (2010-07-16)

Seeming to mock its mission statement, "improve water quality through enhanced stormwater management practices" FSA helped lead the charge to redefine and degrade Florida water use classification standards to avoid the requirement to clean our waters [Florida Tribune] [Florida DEP] [Kurt Spitzer Petition]

2010-07-16


 

Will Floating Gardens Help? (2010-07-16)

Floating gardens are being tested as scrubbers for algae in Jacksonville. Retention ponds have been built around the city to lessen the amount of nitrogen & phosphorus going into the St. Johns River; however, these ponds can only remove 35 percent. [The Florida Times-Union] [Plant Nutrition Uptake]

2010-07-16


 

July: Florida Rivers Month (2010-07-16)

Gov. Charlie Crist has designated July as Florida Rivers Month. Over 50,000 miles of rivers and streams cover the state. Since 1999, Florida has invested $3.7 billion to protect the state's rivers. [DEP]

2010-08-26


 

Tea Party Forces Out Member (2010-07-16)

After protests by Tea Party activists, SFWMD governing member and Florida House candidate Pat Rooney, Republican, has resigned from his SFWMD seat, thus avoiding a vote on the U.S. Sugar lands purchase. [Sun Sentinel] [The Deal]

2011-06-23


 

$24 Million for Hoover Dike (2010-07-15)

The Corps awarded $24 million to reconstruct another 3.4 miles of the Hoover Dike around Lake O. With 17 miles of the 134 total now being reconstructed at a cost of ~$7 million per mile, it will only take 10 more years & $1 billion to finish. [TCPalm]

2010-07-15


 

Hands Across The Sand (2010-07-15)

There were 901 events worldwide in 37 countries. 797 of these were in the USA, spanning over 537 cities. Over 1000 people participated in the SW Florida region. The pictures linked below are from the Barefoot Beach event. [Picture] [Picture] [Picture] [Picture] [Video]

2010-07-16


 

Vicki Departs Riverwatch (2010-07-15)

After years as CRCA Treasurer, Vicki Barnhorst is headed for California. Shown in photo from left to right are Mary Ruth Prounty, Linda Mattos, Marti Daltry, Annette Snapp, Gloria Saigo, Ron Zimmerly, Vicki Barnhorst, Wayne Daltry, & Ashley LaVela.

2011-06-23


 

Tea Party Protests Restoration (2010-07-15)

At the July 14 meeting of SFWMD, about 100 activists rallied to oppose the purchase of U.S Sugar lands in the EAA, which Gov. Charlie Crist unveiled in 2009 as part of a plan to save the Everglades & south Florida estuaries. [Palm Beach Post]

2011-06-23


 

Dissent to Cape Coral Plan (2010-07-14)

Four of the 19 stakeholders have already submitted their final votes on the Ceitus issue. The dissents of the GPICA and Phil Buchanan are provided below. Eleven of the 19 say they will vote against the Cape plan and reconstruction without a lock. [E-mail] [GPICA Dissent] [SWFWC Letter] [Phil Buchanan Dissent] [SCCF Letter]

2010-07-14


 

Climate Center Under Fire (2010-07-11)

An e-mail leak revealed that scientists at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit failed to share data with critics. Although they withheld information, a report found their research to be credible. [MSNBC]

2011-06-23


 

U.S. Sugar Deal Only Option (2010-07-11)

The 180,000 acres south of Lake Okeechobee that U.S. Sugar is willing to sell will allow the restoration and prevention of damage to the waterways. However, some feel that the deal will consume all the money that would be used for restoration.
[Sun Sentinel] [Ray Judah Editorial]

2010-07-11


 

Taste of Lee (2010-07-11)

Come taste locally grown food and freshly caught seafood on July 24 from 9am - 2pm at the Taste of Lee which will be held at the First Baptist Church of Ft. Myers. There will be free tastings as well as fruit trees for purchase. [2009 Video]

2010-07-11


 

More Releases from Lake O (2010-07-10)

Starting July 11, releases from Lake O will average 1.16 billion gallons per day or 13,000 cfs for a 12-day span. The releases have damaged oyster populations and created algae. A forecast for increased precipitation prompted the Corp's decision. [TCPalm]

2010-07-10


 

Thank You New Members (2010-07-10)

Riverwatch would like to take the time to sincerely thank John and Gillian Paul who are both sponsors and members of the association with a $450 contribution. Riverwatch greatly appreciates your support and your interest in local water issues.

2010-07-10


 

Tea Parties Protest Sugar Deal (2010-07-10)

Tea party groups plan to protest the US Sugar deal supported by Charlie Crist when the SFWMD meets on July 14. One chairman of the South Florida Tea Party is encouraging people to join the protest at noon outside the SFWMD headquarters. [Sunshine State News]

2010-07-10


 

Legislative Session Likely (2010-07-10)

Deepwater Horizon has affected Florida's economy. The economic situation will become clearer in late July once June's tax receipts are due. Some believe a session is likely after August 4. Economics has become more important than politics [Naples News]

2010-07-10


 

Canals: A Part of History (2010-07-09)

Canals have a diverse history in SW Florida. They have been used by both farmers and tourists alike. Lee County has 283 square miles of inland waterways. Although the canals are old, they still need proper management. [News Press]

2010-07-09


 

WaterSense Makes Cents (2010-07-09)

Showerheads have been added to WaterSense's list of efficient products. In order to make the list, the products must be at least 20 percent more efficient than standard models. In 2009, their list saved consumers $267 million in water & sewer bills. [EPA]

2010-07-10


 

Save the Monarchs (2010-07-08)

Harsh weather has nearly cut the population of monarch butterflies in half. Turning your backyard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat will benefit monarchs and other wildlife as well. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while helping to restore their numbers. [NWF] [Certified Wildlife Habitat]

2010-07-08


 

The Priceless Mangrove (2010-07-07)

Snook are plentiful in the mangrove swamp of Jack Island State Park. Mangroves produce an abundance of mosquitofish which feed the snook every year. Mangrove forests provide a cheap way to restore snook and tarpon populations after a hard winter. [Snook Foundation]

2010-07-08


 

Court Halts Mining (2010-07-06)

Mosaic Fertilizer and the Army Corps of Engineers received a restraining order over the new phosphate mine permit. The plantiffs, including the Sierra Club, claim it violates the Clean Water Act and will affect the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor. [Court Order]

2010-07-06


 

Will Oil Affect Bird Migration? (2010-07-06)

The Gulf is a popular location for birds during their 6-month span migration period. The oil spill will greatly affect this process. The birds who remain in the Gulf will suffer the most damage. Audubon volunteers are observing habitat conditions. [Audubon] [Bird Habitat]

2010-07-06


 

10 Days Not Enough (2010-07-06)

Lake O's releases will be gradually reduced from an average of 756.2 million gallons per day to zero on July 9-10. Some believe the 10-day cutback is a step in the right direction but stopping the releases permanently would be the real solution. [TCPalm]

2010-07-06


 

LaBelle Drawbridge Closed (2010-07-06)

The LaBelle Drawbridge over the Caloosahatchee will be going through electrical, mechanical and structural repairs. This $5 million project began on June 1 and will continue through August with delays carrying over into 2011. [SWFlorida Online]

2010-09-10


 

38 Tons and Counting (2010-07-06)

Trash is a big problem for local canals and rivers. Since the canals are not regularly maintained, the job frequently falls upon concerned citizens who volunteer to cleanup. Littering affects the economy since dirty water does not attract tourists.
[News Press] [Video]

2010-07-06


 

Okeechobee Live (2010-06-25)

Lake O now has 3 webcams focusing on spillways. The cameras broadcast 24 hours per day. Two of the spillways, Moore Haven west into the Caloosahatchee and Port Mayaca east into the St. Lucie. These are two major outlets for releases. [TCPalm] [Live Webcam]

2010-06-25


 

Final Vote on Ceitus Issue (2010-06-23)

By Aug 17 the 19 stakeholder organizations are to vote and send a letter stating whether they approve the NEB package or would prefer to rebuild the Ceitus boat barrier on the Cape Coral Spreader Canal. Riverwatch will vote at its July 7 meeting. [Letter] [Rating Revision] [Appendix]

2010-06-23


 

Bass Plentiful in Lake O (2010-06-22)

Although conditions are not ideal for bass, they are abundant in Lake Okeechobee. Over the last ten years, the fishing in Lake Okeechobee has had its rough patches. Locals say that the lake hasn't returned to its fishing glory but is improving.
[Miami Herald]

2010-06-22


 

Hands Across the Sand (2010-06-22)

An international call to end offshore oil drilling and promote clean energy will take place on June 26. People will gather at beaches around the world, join hands and create a chain along the beach, leaving only their footprints behind.
[Eco-voice] [Hands Across the Sand]

2010-06-22


 

75 Parts per Billion (2010-06-22)

Each year 500 to 600 metric tons of phosphorus enter into Lake Okeechobee. The goal is to reduce the phosphorus levels to 75 parts per billion once both phases of Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area are completed. [TCPalm]

2010-06-22


 

Where Should the Water Go? (2010-06-20)

The SFWMD is looking for new ways to deal with the water from Lake Okeechobee, lessening the releases that flow into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries. The SFWMD also wants to find long-term solutions for water storage. [SFWMD]

2012-01-11


 

Nice Guys Finish Last (2010-06-20)

Big profits trump environmental concerns. Some hope comes from the U.S. Sugar deal which can help provide a flowway from Lake Okeechobee. This would end the freshwater releases that are harming the nearby estuaries. [TCPalm]

2010-06-20


 

The Groundbreaking Project (2010-06-20)

Audubon’s Lake Okeechobee expert, Dr. Paul Gray, attended the groundbreaking on June 18, 2010, for the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area (STA), located on the northeast shore of Lake Okeechobee. [Audubon of Florida News Blog]

2010-06-20


 

Food Fight! (with words) (2010-06-18)

Bubba Wade, VP of U.S. Sugar & former SFWMD Govering Member, disputes Wedgworth's claims regarding Everglades restoration as misrepresentation. He states that US Sugar land provides benefits of restoring a flow path to the Everglades. [News-Press] [Wedgworth Editorial]

2010-06-18


 

Spinning Science-based (2010-06-18)

Judge Alan Gold will hold a contempt hearing in October against EPA and Florida for failing to comply with phosphorous limits in the Everglades. Florida and Congress are circumventing the EPA using the term "science-based" to again slow the process. [Miami Herald] [Science Cartoon]

2010-06-18


 

Rooney on House Ag Committee (2010-06-18)

On June 16, U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) was appointed to the House Agriculture Committee. Florida's 16th district, where Rooney presides, is one of the largest agricultural producing areas in the country. Florida's ag concerns will now be heard.
[Congressman Rooney]

2010-06-18


 

Endangered Rivers 2010 (2010-06-18)

The 10 most endangered rivers for 2010 are: Upper Delaware River, Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, Gauley River, Little River, Cedar River, Upper Colorado River, Chetco River, Teton River, Monongahela River, and the Coosa River. [National Parks Traveler] [American Rivers]

2010-06-20


 

Climate Change Planning (2010-06-17)

On June 24 from 3-4:30 pm, Lisa Beever, director of the CHNEP, will give a lecture called Climate Change Planning and Southwest Florida. Her talk will cover climate change, habitat responses and plans to deal with these in the future.

2010-06-17


 

Development to Blame (2010-06-17)

Local Tony Chatowsky feels that blaming the release of waters from Lake O into our rivers and estuaries for the decline in fish is too simplistic. Instead, he feels that development plays a large role. Development is permanent unlike water inflows. [TCPalm]

2010-06-17


 

Wayne Daltry Joins Board (2010-06-17)

The 2010-11 CRCA Board of Directors was elected at the annual membership meeting on May 2. Wayne Daltry joins the list of long-serving directors.

2012-01-11


 

Map Modernization Underway (2010-06-17)

Map Modernization will help fix the many flood maps in the nation that are out-of-date. The SWFMD ranks as the highest risk district in Florida. Florida has over 1.8 million flood insurance policies which is 41 percent of the U.S. total. [Eco-voice] [SFWMD]

2012-01-11


 

Needed Climate Bill Unlikely (2010-06-17)

President Obama's address on June 15 focused on the oil spill and the need for energy legislation. However, he had a minimal effect on Congress. Powerful Congressmen, like Joe Barton of Texas, are determined to maintain the status quo on energy. [Reuters] [Rep. Barton] [Protests] [Address] [Video]

2010-06-17


 

2010-2011 Riverwatch Officers (2010-06-16)

Officer elections were held on June 2. Congratulations to: Annette Snapp, President; Margaret England, Vice President; Vicki Barnhorst and Marti Daltry, Co-Treasurers; John Capece, Recording Secretary; and Linda Mattos, Corresponding Secretary.

2010-06-16


 

Summer Camp for Kids (2010-06-14)

From Jun 28-Jul 2 and Aug 2-6, kids 11-16 can hike, bike, kayak & participate in other environmental activities at Caloosahatchee Regional State Park. Cost is $57 per week. Call 239-533-7440. [Brochure] [Info] [Register] [Programs]

2010-06-14


 

Calling All Voters (2010-06-13)

On June 15 at 9:30am, Lee County Commission will vote on replacement of the North Spreader Canal System Ceitus Barrier/Boat Lift. It will be held at the old Lee County Courthouse Chambers. Attendees can speak for 3 minutes each. [Map]

2010-08-26


 

Congress May Thwart EPA CWA (2010-06-13)

The scientific case to support water quality action is the water. The EPA proposed standards in Jan. to protect the water which would prevent harmful algae blooms. However, an amendment by Congressmen Boyd and Crenshaw may block any real standards.
[Miami Herald] [Action] [April Hearing]

2010-06-13


 

St. Lucie Algae Blooms (2010-06-11)

Algae blooms have been spotted in the St. Lucie River since the end of May. The algae is harmful to animals and humans. If no more water from Lake O is added, then the estuary can begin to heal since blooms cannot live in saltwater. [TCPalm] [Health Concerns]

2010-06-11


 

Manatee Rescued (2010-06-11)

Manatees suffered greatly this winter because of the cold weather. Death rates for these creatures were at record highs this year. The Lowry Park Zoo was able to treat and release one manatee into the wild who was suffering from "Florida frostbite." [ABC-7] [Video]

2010-06-11


 

1,800 Trees for Cape Coral (2010-06-10)

On June 12 at 9 am, Cape Coral locals will continue to move towards their goal of planting 1,800 trees this year. A pizza party will follow at 11:30 am. E-mail RussR @ RinglandConstruction.com if you would like to volunteer. [Photos]

2010-09-10


 

Sunshine Bass Abundant (2010-06-10)

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is encouraging the fishing of sunshine bass. This hybrid fish is a mix between female white bass and male striped bass. Locals have found shad to be quite successful in luring sunshines.
[Bellingham Herald]

2010-06-10


 

Red Snapper Ban (2010-06-10)

A 9-4 vote on June 9 by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council banned red snapper fishing until Dec 5. A 2008 report listed red snapper as an overfished species. An estimated 83 percent reduction in catch is needed to end overfishing. [Florida Today] [South Atlantic Red Snapper 13 MB]

2010-06-10


 

Seafood Hot line (2010-06-10)

Florida's Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services has set up a toll-free hot line and website to inform citizens about the safety of seafood. NOAA and FDA are testing both water and seafood. Hot line 800-357-4273. [Sun Sentinel] [Website]

2010-06-10


 

How Can SFWMD Pay For It All? (2010-06-10)

The SFWMD is reviewing it's $1 billion budget, looking for areas to save money while still maintaining water issues. The $536 million deal with U.S. Sugar is now struggling with the decrease in tax revenue which would affect Lake O to the Everglades. [Sun Sentinel]

2010-06-10


 

New Agricultural Institute (2010-06-09)

PSC Corporate College has created the ABTI, which will focus on homeland security, agricultural safety and water management. Programs will start in July and will provide education for agricultural workers from executives to migrant workers.
[Polk County Democrat]

2010-06-09


 

Lake O Adaptive Protocol (2010-06-09)

At the Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC) meeting on June 3, Calvin J. Neidrauer, P.E., Chief Engineer, SFWMD Operations Department made a presentation about Adaptive Protocols for Lake Okeechobee Operations. [Link]

2010-06-09


 

Fishermen Advocate for Canals (2010-06-09)

Fishermen are asking the state to change its Everglades restoration plans to allow for canals to remain. These canals were created to both convey water and to generate fill for adjacent roads and levees. They are now very popular fishing locations.
[Miami Herald]

2010-06-09


 

The Scenic Caloosahatchee (2010-06-09)

The Tony Rotino Senior Center in Cape Coral provides facilities for a variety of celebrations near the scenic waters of the Caloosahatchee. On June 24, a 5-hour cruise will immerse locals in the beautiful sights and sounds of the river. [News Press]

2010-06-09


 

Red Tide Water Samples (2010-06-09)

The FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute collected water samples to detect Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism. On the FWC website you can view results of water samples collected in specific areas. So far, so good this year. [Results] [Website]

2010-06-09


 

Unknown Cause of Death (2010-06-09)

Numerous fish deaths in St. Johns River resulted in 74 calls to a state fish-kill hotline by June 7. Scientists have not yet concluded the cause of these deaths. Fish were sent for analysis but it could take weeks to receive results.
[The Florida Times-Union]

2010-06-09


 

Drill, Baby, Drill (2010-06-09)

If elected governor, Attorney General Bill McCollum plans to focus on finding alternative water sources. Creating a water commission is a main item on his agenda. His administration would likely focus on resource exploitation aspects, not ecological. [Orlando Sentinel]

2010-09-10


 

Galt Preserve Meeting (2010-06-09)

On Jun 22 from 4-6pm at the Matlacha Community Center a public meeting will be held to discuss the planning process for recreational amenities. The plan is available for review. Written comments will be accepted before and during the meeting. [Site Plan] [Map]

2010-06-09


 

Oil Not Only Threat (2010-06-09)

The focus on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is causing people to ignore another serious issue. Lake O is releasing large amounts of fresh, nutrient-filled water into the Caloosahatchee. If nothing is done, conditions may be similar to 2005. [Island]

2012-01-11


 

Bird Populations on the Rise (2010-06-09)

A SFWMD report found that nests of wading birds have more than quadrupled between 2008 and 2009. The report estimated 8,169 nests around Lake Okeechobee which is the fourth highest count since the surveys began in 1957. [Surfbirds News]

2010-06-09


 

Sugar on Sugar (2010-06-09)

George Wedgworth of the Sugar Cooperative comments on the US Sugar buyout. He criticizes the cost and lease-back plan, instead advocating SFWMD focus on the Acceler8 projects, including the C-43 Caloosahatchee reservoir. Bubba Wade disagrees. [NewsPress] [Wade Editorial]

2012-01-11


 

New FTA Sub-chapter (2010-06-08)

Locals of Glades and Hendry Counties can look forward to upcoming paddling and hiking trips, thanks to a new sub-chapter of the FTA. On June 6, members took a 7-hour paddling trip. The next meeting is in September with trips beginning in October. [SW Florida Online]

2010-06-08


 

Sawfish Hot Spots (2010-06-08)

FWS researchers have documented smalltooth sawfish moving 35 kilometers upstream the Caloosahatchee. Unlike other species, sawfish are reluctant to leave even when salinity levels change drastically during summer storms or spring drought. [Sun Newspapers]

2010-06-08


 

Next CRCA Meeting (2010-06-07)

The next Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association board of directors meeting will take place at Bridge St. Coffee and Tea Shop on Wednesday, July 7 at 6:30 pm.

2010-06-07


 

Cape Officials Not Serious (2010-06-07)

Cape Coral did not take the EMA process seriously. The NEBs package submitted to Lee County is the maximum they say they will support. It is not supported by many of the non-profit environmental stakeholders to the EMA. [Letter]

2010-06-07


 

Lake O Water Into Ocean? (2010-06-07)

Stephen Fitzpatrick thinks that recent opinions about the discharges of lake O raise objections but offer no solutions. He sees at least three plausible solutions. Sugar quotas are top on his list of complaints. [TC Palm]

2010-06-07


 

Sawfish Recovery Plan (2010-06-07)

In 2006 the National Marine Fisheries Service National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has prepared a Draft Smalltooth Sawfish Recovery Plan. The population is currently at a level less than 5% of its size at the time of European settlement. [Plan]

2012-01-11


 

Promises, Promises (2010-06-07)

SFWMD promised Sanibel that it would provide 450,000 acre-feet of temporary water storage so that the next time we had unusual rains they would not have to to force the Corps to release so much damaging water into the Caloosahatchee. Where is it? [Captiva Sanibel]

2012-01-11


 

Bicycle Friendly (2010-06-07)

Florida jumped 20 places to rank 12th in the nation among the most bicycle-friendly states, according to the League of American Bicyclists. Rural Hendry and Glades county are some of the more bicycle friendly local areas. [SW Florida Blogspot]

2010-06-07


 

Rainy Season Chorus (2010-06-07)

Cartoon frogs may say “ribbit, ribbit,” but in Southwest Florida, they’re just as likely to grunt like hogs, bleat like goats or chirp like birds. And now, as rainy season begins in earnest, is the perfect time to catch their quirky music. [News Press]

2010-06-07


 

Phosphorus Management (2010-06-03)

A presentation by K. R. Reddy, M. Clark, J. Mitchell, E. Dunne, A.Cheesman, and Y. Wang from the Univ. of Florida describes Phosphorus Management in the Okeechobee Basin: Legacy Phosphorus – Implications to Restoration and Management. [Presentation]

2012-01-11


 

BC Preserve Grand Opening (2010-06-03)

See here pictures of the Billy's Creek Preserve Grand Opening, which Rae Ann Wessel, Natural Resource Policy Director of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation and Linda Mattos, CRCA Director, attended on June 2. [Pictures]

2010-06-03


 

Pollution Eating Us Alive (2010-06-02)

Bacteria counts are high in the St. Lucie River estuary and the possible source of infections. Causes of high fecal coliform bacteria can be municipal wastewater treatment plant effluent, septic tank seepage, & livestock waste contamination. [Text]

2010-06-02


 

Take the Gloves Off (2010-06-02)

Sanibel Vice Mayor Mick Denham said at a city council meeting June 1 that he has had enough of the Caloosahatchee taking much more than its share of estuary-killing water from Lake Okeechobee. Strong actions, including legal, are being planned. [PURRE]

2012-01-11


 

Watershed Council Meeting (2010-05-28)

On Wednesday May 26,2010 a meeting of the Southwest Florida Watershed Council took place in the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Ft. Myers. Aim of the meeting was to find out which topics are most important to be discussed at the conference in November. [Agenda and Speaking Order]

2010-06-13


 

Discharges Of Dirty Water (2010-05-28)

The Army Corps of Engineers and Treasure Coast residents upset with discharges of dirty water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River Estuary actually agreed on something at a public meeting: That the water needs to go south. [TC Palm]

2010-05-29


 

Letter to Jim Farr (2010-05-28)

Ernie Cox writes to Jim Farr in support of a high numerical ranking for the Caloosahatchee Ecoscape Florida Forever project, for consideration by the Acquisition and Restoration Council at their next meeting. Click picture! [Letter]

2010-05-28


 

Ocean Conference (2010-05-28)

The Florida Coastal and Ocean Conference will take place at June 18 in Tallahassee. The conference will emphasize the need for and implementation of a comprehensive ecosystem-based approach to coastal and ocean management. [Invitation] [Website]

2010-05-29


 

Save Our Creeks (2010-05-27)

Save Our Creeks will be holding the Annual Meeting on June 12 at the Fisheating Creek Campground at 11 am Future plans will be discussed and officers and form committees elected. Bring lunch. SOC will bring drinks and plates. [SOC]

2010-06-05


 

May Newsletter (2010-05-26)

The May 2010 CRCA newsletter is available online. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email. [May Newsletter] [Newsletter Archive]

2010-08-26


 

Rooney Urges Corps (2010-05-26)

U.S. Rep. Rooney sent a letter to the Jacksonville District Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging the Corps to consider the environmental and economic ramifications of fresh water discharges from Lake O into the St. Lucie Estuary. [Big News]

2012-01-11


 

Land Deal (2010-05-26)

While debates continue to rage about the economics and politics of the $536 million land deal, Florida's wetland ecologists agree that, scientifically speaking, it is the best way to start to restoring much-needed water flow to Florida's "River of Grass". [Inside Science]

2010-08-26


 

The Vue Land In Foreclosure (2010-05-25)

A $17.4 million foreclosure is in process for The Vue project of Throgmartin that, with the City of Ft. Myers, took land from Centennial Park and would have cast a huge shadow over the rest of the park. [News Press]

2010-08-26


 

Flows Drown Estuary (2010-05-22)

Caloosahatchee River flows to the estuary as measured at Franklin Lock (S-79) have averaged around 5000 cfs in May. That's double the advised upper limit for estuary health and dwarfs last years wet season flows.
[Corps Flow Data]

2010-08-26


 

Brown and Caldwell (2010-05-21)

Florida Water News is one of a series of regional online water newsletters published by Brown and Caldwell. It contains stories of interest to water professionals about how communities in Florida are dealing with water issues.
[Link Florida Water News]

2010-05-21


 

Deeply Troubling Disregard (2010-05-21)

The Environmental Regulations Commission (ERC) today is a rubber stamp for DEP and the polluters it represents. They don’t even try to create an appearance that they care about hearing both sides. DEP is seeking to sidestep EPA water quality rules.
[ERC Members] [Clean Water Network]

2010-05-21


 

News From Everglades Summit (2010-05-20)

During the Everglades Summit on May 19 in DC, Tom Strickland announcement the Obama administration would allocate $324 million to dramatically expand bridging on Tamiami Trail. The plan would remove the asphalt dam across the Everglades.
[Miami Herald] [PhysOrg] [TCPalm]

2010-08-26


 

Dumping Lake Okeechobee Water (2010-05-20)

While South Florida braces for oil spill pollution potentially reaching its shores, weeks of dumping Lake Okeechobee water out to sea to protect South Florida from flooding has already created an environmental emergency to the north. [Sun Sentinel]

2010-05-20


 

CRCA June Meeting (2010-05-20)

The June board meeting of CRCA will take place at Linda's home on June 2, 2010. Members and their guests are welcome, but call Linda first at 239-694-5608 to make reservations as space is limited. [Map]

2010-05-21


 

Caloosahatchee River History (2010-05-20)

Joseph Thomas, President of the LaBelle Heritage Museum, was the speaker at the CRCA Annual Member Meeting. He presented the history of the Caloosahatchee River between the 1840s and 1950s. See some pictures he showed in his presentation. [Picture 1] [Picture 2] [Picture 3]

2010-05-20


 

Where Is My Kevlar? (2010-05-19)

On May 13 in Stuart, the Corps Colonel & SFWMD Governing Members were berated by an unrelenting series of hostile citizens speaking out forcefully against the high Lake O discharges to the St. Lucie & Caloosahatchee estuaries.
[TC Palm] [Sun Sentinel] [News Press]

2010-05-19


 

Could Oil Reach Us? (2010-05-19)

Caloosahatchee residents normally study tracking charts of hurricanes spinning in the Gulf of Mexico. But now an even slower moving threat is keeping everyone guessing where disaster will strike and at what intensity. [Weather Channel] [Loop Current Cycle] [Prediction Models]

2010-08-26


 

Moving Inland Port Side (2010-05-19)

Palm Beach County commissioners approved moving the site of a proposed "inland port" industrial distribution center to ease environmental concerns while trying to hold onto thousands of potential jobs. [Sun Sentinel]

2010-05-20


 

50% Dike Failure Chance (2010-05-18)

If a hurricane threatens the Lake Okeechobee area, experts say there's a 1-in-6 chance the dike would collapse and a 50-50 chance of it failing in the next few years. There is a clear threat to lake residents if water levels get too high.
[Palm Beach Post]

2012-01-11


 

Coloosahatchee Dry Season (2010-05-18)

On May 11, Army Corps of Engineers Commander, Colonel Al Pantano, addressed Lee County regarding the unseasonably high flow releases being discharged from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee. He basically said they have no other options for now. [SCCF]

2010-05-18


 

Restore the Spreader Canal (2010-05-18)

The final meeting of the Ceitus EMA was held on May 17. Non-binding straw votes were taken that clearly indicate what the final results of the last 2.5 years of work will be. The final vote will be 11 to 8 to put back the Ceitus Barrier.
[Ceitus EMA Meeting]

2010-05-18


 

Strategy for Chesapeake (2010-05-18)

The new federal strategy for the Chesapeake region focuses on protecting and restoring the environment in communities throughout the 64,000-square-mile watershed and in its thousands of streams, creeks and rivers. [EPA]

2010-08-26


 

Voters Favor Amendment 4 (2010-05-17)

Amendment 4 (Hometown Democracy) is gaining support from voters. A new poll says 61% would vote yes; 18% no and 21% still undecided about the proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution giving voters direct authority over land use changes. [Florida Hometown Democracy] [Link Website]

2010-05-17


 

Interview Michael Valiquette (2010-05-17)

PURRE Chairman Michael Valiquette appeared live on Fox-4 Rising to discuss the water releases from Lake Okeechobee. The Army Corps needs to fix the Herbert Hoover Dike, Mike stressed. [PURRE]

2010-05-17


 

Everglades Summit (2010-05-13)

The first-ever America's Everglades Summit, being held May 19 and May 20 in Washington, D.C., is a landmark event designed to build on growing support among policymakers for restoration of America’s Everglades. Over 200 will participate. [Summit] [Website]

2010-05-13


 

EPA: Pollution Reduction (2010-05-13)

Chesapeake Bay settlement has EPA agreeing to enforce pollution reduction goals. The Environmental Protection Agency will be legally bound to clean the soiled waters of the Chesapeake Bay after reaching an agreement to enforce tough new standards. [Washington Post]

2010-05-13


 

EMA Meeting Final Documents (2010-05-13)

In preparation for the final NSEMA Stakeholder Group meeting, the facilitators released the final set of reports, documenting the proposal on each side of the debate. Not much changed regarding what each side was ready to accept. [Coverletter and Agenda] [Materials] [Base Text]

2010-05-13


 

St. Lucie and USACE (2010-05-12)

USACE's is to begin a 10-day pulse release to the St. Lucie Estuary with 1,800 cfs average, measured at S-80; the pulse will be repeated until further notice depending on system conditions. [USACE]

2010-05-12


 

Corruption Upon Corruption (2010-05-12)

A reservoir purchased through a process frought with charges of corruption, could instead get tapped by Florida Power & Light's new power plant in western Palm Beach County. The purchase was originally promoted as being for environmental restoration.
[Sun Sentinel] [FPL Water Plan]

2010-05-12


 

The Green Monster (2010-05-12)

Algal blooms which are called 'Green Monster’ are returning to St. Johns River. Reports came of parts of the river south of Jacksonville once again turning a sickening green. See also YouTube Videos about the 'Green Monster'.
[Jacksonville.com] [Links to Videos]

2010-05-12


 

Stay Out Of St. Lucie River (2010-05-10)

Martin Co. Health Dept urged residents to avoid contact with St. Lucie River near the Roosevelt Bridge after testing revealed high levels of enteric bacteria. Lake O releases combine with local runoff and sewage plants to create bad conditions. [TC Palm]

2010-05-10


 

Too Much Mining (2010-05-07)

It's time county commissioners confronted the real question about mining in the agricultural area. Do they want to restrict mines to preserve farmland? Or do they want to accommodate a multimillion-dollar industry? [PalmBeachPost]

2010-08-26


 

Sawfish vs Spreader Canal (2010-05-07)

The issue of providing and protecting habitat for the smalltooth sawfish seems is being raised for all construction projects in the Cape Coral canals. This could be used as a reason to avoid reinstallation of Ceitus Boat Lift in the Spreader Canal. [DEP]

2010-05-07


 

Unseasonal Spring Rains (2010-05-07)

Lake Okeechobee releases cripple Caloosahatchee. Unseasonal spring rains are producing catastrophic conditions in the Caloosahatchee at a critical spawning period. To avoid a repeat of 2004-2005 we need to speak up now. [News Press]

2010-05-07


 

Corps Hosts Public Meeting (2010-05-07)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to attend an update meeting on Lake Okeechobee water management and the rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike. Date: May 11 at 6pm in Lee Co Admin Bld, 2115 Second Street. [US Army Corps Of Engineers]

2010-05-07


 

Fighting the Last War (2010-05-06)

The relevance (and irrelevance) of the Exxon Valdez Spill to the Deepwater Horizon Spill. By understanding some of the history of the Exxon Valdez cases, one can appreciate what the lawyers working on the Deepwater Horizon case have in front of them. [Marten Law]

2010-05-06


 

Charles T. Wells (2010-05-05)

Weeks after casting the deciding vote to approve a controversial ballot petition in Dec 2008, former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Wells joined a law firm aligned with the petition’s sponsor. Supporters of Hometown Democracy cry foul. [Broward Bulldog]

2010-08-26


 

Inland Port (2010-05-05)

State regulators and developers of an inland port reached a settlement that would move the proposed distribution center farther away from areas under consideration for Everglades restoration, but still not to where environmental groups advised.
[Sun Sentinel]

2010-05-05


 

Risk From Oil Spill (2010-05-05)

Scientists said the Everglades and Florida Bay would be particularly devastated if the oil somehow moved into it. If winds moved the oil it could cause irreparable harm to plants and wildlife in the Everglades, they said. [TC Palm]

2010-05-05


 

Six Mile Cypress (2010-05-05)

Lee County added 517 conservation acres at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve to its land conservation program. The ecological importance of the parcel is undisputed. But some still say the price tag stings. [NewsPress]

2010-05-05


 

Clean It Up Rally (2010-05-05)

Clean It Up Rally For The Gulf. Come out and support clean energy on Saturday, May 8, 2010, meet at 11 am at Lynn Hall Park, 950 Estero Blvd., Ft. Myers Beach. Join other Lee County residents and show your support of Gulf Coast protection. [Sierra Club]

2010-05-05


 

Watershed Council Workshop (2010-05-04)

On May 26 at 1pm in the Royal Palm Yacht Club, the Watershed Council will host an issues planning workshop to develop a list of watershed priorities for session topics of the Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference to be held Nov 19, 2010. [SWFWC] [Website]

2010-05-04


 

Billy Creek Preserve (2010-05-04)

You are invited to attend the Grand Opening Of Billy Creek Preserve on June 2, 2010. Billy Creek Preserve is a cooperative effort between the City of Fort Myers, Lee County and the SFWMD. [Preserve] [Press Release] [Announcment] [Map] [Art]

2010-05-04


 

Fertilizer Ordinances (2010-05-04)

Local fertilizer ordinances are safe - for now. Both the Senate and House bills that threatened local fertilizer ordinances failed to win passage in the closing moments of the 2010 Florida Legislative session on Friday. [PURRE]

2010-05-04


 

Blueways Festival (2010-05-03)

The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival has been selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for 2010. The annual canoe and kayak festival this year will happen Oct 29 – Nov 7 in the greater Fort Myers area and beach communities. [Blueways Festival]

2010-05-03


 

Gulf Spill (2010-05-03)

Gulf spill could take awful toll on wildlife. Local experts also fear effect on land. “Animals try to groom the oil off and they end up consuming oil, and that has all kinds of toxic effects,” said Yochem, a senior researcher at the Hubbs-SeaWorld. [Sign On San Diego]

2010-08-26


 

4000 cfs in Caloosahatchee (2010-04-30)

The current wet conditions combined with the lack of dike repairs around Lake Okeechobee and no alternative storage will result in the Corps of Engineers sending 4000 cfs down the Caloosahatchee River. Water in excess of 2400 cfs is considered bad. [US Army Corps of Engineers]

2010-08-26


 

Stop Fertilizer Preemption (2010-04-27)

The House passed HB 1445 on a 74-37 vote with our entire local legislative delegation voting in favor. The bill goes to the Senate for final passage. Urge our Senators to vote NO on 1445/382! See also details of the vote here!
[SCCF] [Sierra Club]

2010-04-27


 

April Newsletter (2010-04-26)

The April 2010 CRCA newsletter is available online. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email. [April Newsletter] [Newsletter Archive]

2010-06-13


 

Dry Season Rather Wet (2010-04-24)