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December CRCA Newsletter (2011-12-26)

The December 2011 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 ]


 

Mike Bauer to Serve on ERC (2011-12-24)

Governor Scott appointed Michael Bauer to the Environmental Regulation Commission of DEP. Bauer is a long-time SW FL environmental professional. He has direct experience and knowledge of the Caloosahatchee & CRCA from his years at SFWMD & Audubon. [WCTV] [Michael Bauer]

2012-08-20


 

Priddy Appointed to FWC (2011-12-24)

Audubon greeted the news that Governor Scott appointed Liesa Priddy to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with enthusiasm. Liesa is a former president of First Bank of Immokalee and former Ava Maria stewardship board member. [Audubon News] [Experience]

2012-08-20


 

Dispersed Water Storage (2011-12-24)

Benita Whalen of SFWMD, Sarah Lynch of World Wildlife Fund and Len Shabman of DEP Florida Ranchlands Environmental Services Project present "Dispersed Water Storage and Treatment" about a system developed as first regional eco-systems model. [Presentation]

2012-08-20


 

Waterfront Redevelopment (2011-12-24)

On Jan 4th at the Royal Palm Yacht Club, CRCA-Riverwatch is hosting a dinner presentation by Don Paight, Executive Director of Ft. Myers Development on plans doe downtown waterfront redevelopment. [Details] [Background] [Invitation] [River District] [RSVP] [Payment]

2011-12-24


 

We Told You So (2011-12-23)

Fishing in Lake O is the best it's ever been because a hurricane-damaged dike combined with drought has forced the lake levels lower to where the littoral zone is now healthy & vibrant. Environmentalists advocated lower lake levels for many years. [TCPalm] [Clewiston Fishing Hero]

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Mullet Eggs Poaching (2011-12-23)

The appearance of dead mullet floating in Cape Coral canals is evidence of illegal mullet fishermen operating in the area at night. They kill the females and throw the males back. They are after the roe (egg sacks) of red mullet, called bottarga. [Details]

2012-08-20


 

Ceitus Mediation Formality (2011-12-23)

The long-awaited meeting between the Lee County Commissioners and the Cape Coral City Council is on Mar 13, 2012 in Cape Coral. The purpose of the meeting is to satisfy Florida Chapter 164 requirements for mediation before the lawsuit goes to trial. [Details] [Meeting Info]

2012-08-20


 

Profits Require Destruction (2011-12-23)

A group of 30 prominent industry groups, utilities and engineering associations signed a letter to EPA basically saying that they simply don't know how to make a profit or operate communities without destroying the environment. [Letter]

2012-08-20


 

Here We Go Again (2011-12-23)

Despite more water in Lake O than in the past 2 years, the Caloosahatchee is getting below its minimum needs. Now, east coast people are up in arms about water going to the estuary because they want the water saved for lawn watering. [Palm Beach Post]

2012-08-20


 

Here Is What Will Happen (2011-12-23)

Having done the scientific studies in the 90's to establish the "scientific" basis for protecting the Caloosahatchee Estuary, SFWMD now says they need more science before they will act upon conclusions of their own scientists reached a decade ago.

2012-08-20


 

Three Water Events in January (2011-12-23)

2012 is shaping up to be all about water. Join SCCF in events to learn more about how our water is managed, the progress of restoration projects that can store, treat & provide water and what’s ahead to assure fresh water is available for the future. [Details]

2011-12-23


 

Mercury Controls Tightened (2011-12-23)

EPA released new air-pollution standards that could force expensive upgrades at some Florida power plants - but have been long-sought by environmentalist. The standards reduce allowable mercury releases. Mercury is a major FL water & health issue. [News-Press] [Mercury Cycle]

2012-08-20


 

2012 SCCF Lecture Series (2011-12-23)

On Thursday, January 5th, 2012 The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society will launch the 2012 lecture series with a presentation by world renowned crane expert & defender, Dr. George Archibald. All are welcomed to attend. A $5.00 per person donation. [Details] [Defending Cranes]

2012-01-09


 

Florida Slime Crime Tracker (2011-12-22)

Sierra Club has created an interactive slime tour map called “Florida Slime Crime Tracker”. The Google map is now up and running. Unfortunately, the Caloosahatchee was fertile ground for slime pics & provided a disproportionate number of the photos. [Details] [Map]

2011-12-22


 

Untrue, Twisted & Misleading (2011-12-22)

In arguing to the ERC against a CWN amendment to surface water quality rules, DEP used "untrue, twisted & misleading" statements, says Linda Young. The amendment failed by unanimous vote of committee members, all aligning with corporate interests. [Notes] [Amendment] [Members and Agenda]

2012-08-20


 

No Mining Reclamation (2011-12-22)

In its latest elimination of water quality oversight, the Scott administration intends to close the DEP office overseeing phosphate mining. This is further evidence that Scott is dismantling any agency functions problematic to corporate supporters. [Details] [Tenoroc Budget] [Tenoroc Fish Mgnt]

2012-08-20


 

Slime Billboards on I-75 (2011-12-22)

In a movement that is sure to spread statewide (like an algal bloom) activists have erected Slime billboards on I-75. These will greet tourists returning to Florida this season. Hopefully the awareness will move the state to more action. [Article] [Billboard]

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Hydroperiod Dictates Habitat (2011-12-22)

In Florida, habitat type is largely determined by hydroperiod (how many months of the year the land is wet vs dry). The blog produced by Rob Sobczak of Big Cypress National Preserve explains the concept in a very understandable manner. [Web site] [YouTube]

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Clean Water Depends on Judge (2011-12-22)

With the Florida Department of Environmental Protection reverting to what critics once derisively called "Don't Expect Protection," Floridians who want clean rivers, lakes, streams and estuaries must depend on the federal courts. [Palm Beach Post]

2011-12-22


 

Rhetoric vs Actions (2011-12-22)

After firing national-caliber experts on Everglades and ecosystem restoration, Gov. Scott now says it's time to make progress on Everglades Restoration. This contradictory actions & talk leaves Floridians wondering what is the state's real intention. [Palm Beach Post]

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Ranchers Paid to Store Water (2011-12-22)

Florida's top environmental officials signed contracts with eight ranchers to store water on vast swaths of soggy pastures, as part of a simple project that officials said would require no costly land purchases, construction or complex engineering. [Palm Beach Post]

2011-12-25


 

Denham Campaign (2011-12-22)

Sanibel City Vice Mayor Mick Denham is currently leading a campaign against what he describes as an effort to "preempt local government" and undermine water quality in SWFL. Let's support Denham in this effort to protect our precious coastal water. [Island Reporter]

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U.S. Senate Looks At Water (2011-12-22)

A Dec 8 hearing of a Senate committee on energy & natural resources discussed U.S. & global water challenges. SFWMD's Melissa Meeker testified. By helping train international interns, CRCA works to address both local & international water priorities. [Details] [Testimony] [CSPAN]

2011-12-23


 

Jane Graham Organizes (2011-12-22)

After organizing a series of discussion sessions among Caloosahtachee and other "water reservation" advocates, Audubon's Jane Graham drafted a group letter for submission to SFWMD. Groups like Riverwatch add their names to the letter. [Draft Letter]

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Proper New Water Definition (2011-12-22)

The Lee County BOCC will consider a resolution that implores SFWMD to establish a water reservation for the Caloosahatchee Estuary that draws from all new water generated by SFWMD projects, not just from the still unfunded C-43 West Reservoir project [Resolution] [Sharing Water]

2011-12-25


 

The Audacity! (2011-12-22)

A rider sponsored by Senators Barrasso (R-WY) & Heller (R-NV) to HR 2354, to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, would permanently block the Corps from protecting U.S. waters by clarifying which wetlands & streams are protected by the CWA. [Details] [Web site]

2011-12-22


 

EcoWatch by Waterkeeper (2011-12-22)

Waterkeeper Alliance recently launched Ecowatch, a website hub for all things environmental news related. You are invited to utilize the site to get your message and stories out there by submitting original content. [Web site]

2012-08-20


 

SCCF Holiday Ideas (2011-12-21)

This holiday season, there are two ways to share seasonal cheer and support SCCF: with SCCF Gift Catalog and with Holiday Cards. Jaye Boswell has once again designed a special Holiday Card just for SCCF, this year featuring a gopher tortoise. [Details] [Gift Catalog]

2011-12-21


 

Conservation Easements (2011-12-21)

"A decade ago nobody wanted to talk about conservation easements, and now they may be our only way to continue our preservation strategy," says Ag Commissioner Adam Putnam about the challenges of funding the Florida Forever land purchase program. [Tallahassee Democrat]

2012-08-20


 

Living In a Dream State (2011-12-21)

A Tallahassee professor takes Gov Scott to task on his recent environmental head fake. She points out that he would have to do huge ecological penance to make up for his damage done in dismantled the Department of Community Affairs, & many others. [Tallahassee Democrat] [Dream State]

2012-08-20


 

Not Good Enough (2011-12-21)

In a letter to Gov Scott, the Feds told him that he needs to do better if they are going to take him seriously on his verbal conversion to being a supporter of FL ecosystem restoration. The letter was signed by Justice, Interior, the Corps, and EPA. [Letter] [Article]

2012-08-14


 

Legal Challenge Against DEP (2011-12-21)

Earthjustice, a non-profit public-interest law firm specializing in environmental issues, filed a legal challenge against Florida’s DEP because the state agency is failing to protect residents and tourists from dangerous toxic algae outbreaks. [Florida Sportsman] [Legal Challenge]

2011-12-21


 

Lawyers, Swamps, and Money (2011-11-28)

Lawyers, Swamps, and Money is an accessible, engaging guide to the complex set of laws governing America's wetlands. After explaining the importance of these critical natural areas, the book examines the evolution of federal law, principally the CWA. [Book description] [Order one now]

2011-11-28


 

SFWMD Library (2011-11-28)

SFWMD is committed to providing the public with the information & resources to participate fully in discussions & decisions on water resources. Get started through the SFWMD Learning Center. Learn more & help preserve our shared water resources. [SFWMD Learning Center]

2011-11-28


 

Carbon Capture Uncertain (2011-11-28)

In his recent rebuttal, Joseph Romm stated that there are simply too many unanswered questions for anyone to say today that we could rely on large-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the 2030s as a major climate solution. [Details] [Join the Live Debate]

2011-11-28


 

Cuba Oil Plans (2011-11-28)

Cuba may hire Chinese to drill for oil off the coast of Cuba–perilously close to Florida, only 60 miles from Key West. However, drilling along the Florida coast in U.S. waters is currently banned. But Cuba drilling may cause Florida to also drill. [Florida Weekly] [Map 1] [Map 2]

2012-08-21


 

Exotic Plants (2011-11-28)

Exotic plant species are invading Fla, overtaking native plant communities. They disrupt natural water flow, enable fires to spread & accelerate the decline of endangered plant & animal species. Do best to keep nonnative species out of your garden. [Herald-Tribune] [Useful Tips]

2012-08-21


 

John Sorey (2011-11-28)

John Sorey of Audubon to be next mayor of Naples. As Mayor, Sorey's said his priorities will be to protect the Naples brand, stimulate economic development, safe guard the environment and enact efficiencies and effectiveness to city operations. [Naples News]

2012-08-21


 

Caloosahatchee Algae Bloom Wins (2011-11-28)

Students from UF, USF & FGCU won cash awards for their research posters at the SW FL Water Resources Conference on Nov 18. First prize went to Laura Markley for investigating causes of algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee Estuary. [Laura] [Poster] [Group] [Conf] [All Posters]

2012-08-20


 

November CRCA Newsletter (2011-11-28)

The November 2011 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]

2012-01-11


 

Ridiculous Redistricting (2011-11-28)

The proposed redistricting would put the Caloosahatchee in three primary Congressional districts (14,12,&21). Previously it was split between two. A fair redistricting would retain two districts. Lehigh is split from Lee Co. and goes with Glades Co. [SW Florida] [Old] [New] [Comparison] [Fair] [State Senate]

2012-08-20


 

About Our Water & Environment (2011-11-27)

As in previous years, the 2011 leadership course for Hendry & Glades included presentations & tours about the Caloosahatchee, Lake O and other water & environment issues. Among those presenting were CRCA officers Margaret England & Dr. John Capece. [2011 Agenda] [Participants] [EDC Web Site] [EDC Facebook]

2012-08-21


 

Tribute at Memorial Cypress (2011-11-27)

Almost 200 gathered at Fisheating Creek Campground on Nov 13 for a tribute to the memory and accomplishments of Ellen Peterson. This was followed by a procession of 50 vessels to Memorial Cypress for a final ashes ceremony. [Service Videos]

2012-08-21


 

Crossing the Rubicon (2011-11-27)

"The Rubicon’s dead end often collects vegetation, litter and other debris." So, Cape Coral proposes to solve the problem by flushing it to the Caloosahatchee via a new canal connection, really designed to improve boat access & property values. [News Press] [Location]

2012-08-21


 

Save Our Creeks Elects President (2011-11-27)

Given the passing of Save Our Creeks president, Ellen Peterson, the organization's board of directors met on Nov 25 to elect new officers. The new SOC president is Mary Rawl, who was a highly effective president of Riverwatch from 2005 to 2006. [New SOC Board of Directors]

2011-11-27


 

Lake Okeechobee Water Peaks (2011-11-27)

Lake Okeechobee water levels peaked on Nov 23 at 13.87 feet, a level 9" higher than 2010 & 3" above 2009. Flow to the estuary is 250cfs, already below the MFL. But Oct & Nov flows were high, so the 2011-2012 dry season effectively begins in December. [Lake] [Conditions] [Estuary]

2012-08-21


 

River Ride A Success (2011-11-27)

CRCA Director and River Ride organizer Keith Kibbey reports that in its 14th year, the River Ride attracted 121 riders. The weather cooperated and a fun, safe time was enjoyed by all. Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden provided safety escorts. [Pic 1] [Pic 2] [Pic 3] [Pic 4] [Pic 5] [Pic 6]

2012-08-21


 

Committee Fails to Serve (2011-11-26)

In addition to failing to agree on budget cuts, the Super Committee was unable to produce a Farm Bill, which it had oddly been assigned. Some thought the secret process was intended to preserve certain subsidies, like sugar, while cutting others. [Sentinel] [Industry] [Miami] [Secret?]

2012-08-21


 

Six-Hour Kayak Tours (2011-11-25)

Join the six-hour kayak trip, from Caloosahatchee to Hickey’s Creek on December 20, 2011 and January 26, 2012. All kayaking equipment is provided. Bring your own drink, lunch, sunscreen, binoculars and clothing/shoes that can get wet. $40 per person. [Dec programs at HMP] [Dec programs at CRP]

2011-11-25


 

Everglades Headwaters Proposal (2011-11-25)

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) responded to Rivers Coalition concerns expressed regarding the Proposed Everglades Headwaters, specifically related to the use of Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF). CRCA-Riverwatch supports the project. [USFWS analysis] [About] [Map]

2011-11-25


 

CO2 Restudy (2011-11-25)

Global temperatures could be less sensitive to changing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels than previously thought, a study suggests. People should still expect to see drastic changes in climate worldwide, but the risk is a little less imminent. [BBC News]

2011-11-25


 

Repairing Lake O (2011-11-25)

In order to protect South Florida from flooding, the Corp of Engineers is shoring up the nearly 80-year-old Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds Lake O, the nation's second largest freshwater lake. The old dam is on the country's critical repair list. [WPTV]

2012-08-21


 

Urban Waters Small Grants (2011-11-25)

EPA expects to award between $1.8 to $3.8 million in grants for projects across the country that will contribute to improved water quality and community revitalization. Proposals are due January 23, 2012. Deadline for submitting questions January 16. [Details] [Web site]

2011-11-25


 

Dudley Derails Fair Re-Districting (2011-11-25)

SW FL Tiger Bay will host former Congressman Dudley Goodlette at its Dec 1 Luncheon at Royal Palm Yacht Club. Goodlette opposes the efforts of Fair Districting advocates. Opponents are an odd mix of Republicans plus minority district Democrats. [Details] [Naples News] [Tiger Bay] [Fair Districts]

2011-11-25


 

C-44 and RSTA Construction (2011-11-25)

The USACE Jacksonville District awarded a contract to build the C-44 Reservoir and RSTA component of the IRL-S Everglades restoration project. The project will help address problems of the St. Lucie River, while the Caloosahatchee waits. [News Release] [Web site]

2012-08-21


 

Red Tide Off Collier Beaches (2011-11-25)

A widespread red tide at Collier County beaches has diminished slightly in intensity but still could have effects on people and wildlife, county pollution monitors reported Tuesday, Nov 22. More samples will be taken again soon. [Naples News]

2011-11-26


 

Ding Lecture Series 2012 (2011-11-25)

The eagerly awaited 11-week “Ding” Darling Nature Store Lecture Series kicks off at J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island January 20, 2012, with an expert on climate change. For more information, call 472-1100 ext. 241. [Details] [Web site]

2012-08-20


 

Extreme Weather Coming (2011-11-25)

A new report by some the world’s top researchers confirms that climate change will make the extreme weather we’ve seen recently even worse in the future. The report synthesizes two years work from 100 experts who analyze data from all over the world. [Details] [Huffington Post] [Report]

2011-11-25


 

Water District Plans to Sell (2011-11-25)

SWFWMD plans to sell off tens of thousands of acres of public parks and conservation land - some of it bought at the peak of the real estate boom - to the highest bidder in perhaps the worst real estate market since the Great Depression. [Herald Tribune]

2011-11-25


 

CRCA Christmas Party (2011-11-24)

You are invited to the CRCA-Riverwatch Annual Christmas Party on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM, followed by a walk at the LaBelle Nature Park at 4PM, at the home of Margaret England, 380 Riverview Drive, LaBelle, Florida. RSVP by December 2. [Invitation]

2011-12-24


 

Lake O Video Clips (2011-11-23)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released an excellent set of video news clips on CORPS projects on the Herbert Hoover Dike and Lake Okeechobee (history and projects). Well worth your time. It helps explain many issues of the Caloosahatchee. [Video Clips]

2012-08-21


 

Global Food Demand (2011-11-23)

According to a newly released projections, global food demand could double by 2050. We must obviously change/improve the way we grow food or else (1) more people will starve and (2)environmental destruction to expand farmlands will become the norm. [NSF.gov] [Images]

2012-08-21


 

Florida Water Democracy Deficit (2011-11-22)

A new paper from Jeffrey Lax & Justin Phillips at Columbia University helps to explain why water management policies in Florida have gone bad. The researchers identify, across the country, what they call a “striking democracy deficit” in the state. [Watery Foundation] [Paper]

2012-08-21


 

Lake Hicpochee...Finally! (2011-11-22)

Larry Hilton informed Glades County BOCC of a SFWMD project that will spend up to $19 million to provide better surface water quality and quantity by partially rehydrating Lake Hicpochee, a lake drained by the channelization of the Caloosahatchee. [Donna Storter Long BOCC Notes] [Location] [SFWMD Plans]

2011-11-27


 

River, Roots & Ruts Trail Run (2011-11-22)

The 9th Annual River, Roots and Ruts Trail Run will be held at Lee County’s Caloosahatchee Regional Park on Sunday, January 8, 2012. The Half Marathon and Relay 8:00 am, 5K Fun Run 8:15 am. The registration is open. Sign up today! [Fall Trail Mail] [Information] [Web site]

2012-01-09


 

Nutrient Reduction Seminar (2011-11-22)

Join the Nutrient Reduction Seminar on Dec 2 in Hillsborough Co. designed for decision makers in: storm water mgt, utilities, environmental services, land mgt, road & bridge, building and permitting, growth management, development review and others. [Details] [Register]

2011-11-22


 

Air Pollution Affects Water (2011-11-22)

Increases in air pollution and other particulate matter in the atmosphere can strongly affect cloud development in ways that reduce precipitation in dry regions or seasons. Air pollution is a culprit in worsening drought & flooding, a new study says. [NSF.gov] [Images]

2012-08-21


 

Water Equals Florida Jobs (2011-11-22)

The Watery Foundation estimates that agriculture creates 17 jobs per million gallons water used, whereas the non-ag economy of Florida creates 2400 jobs per million gallons of water. This underscores the water-intensive nature of Florida agriculture. [Details]

2011-11-22


 

Maybe They Are Serious (2011-11-22)

EPA told DEP that the numerical nutrient limits deal is off if the state exempts canals from pollution rules, a move being pushed by some of the state's most powerful industries. In such case EPA will impose its own stricter rules. [Palm Beach Post]

2012-08-21


 

Christmas Bird Counts (2011-11-22)

The most current list with contacts in Florida is posted on the FOS website. The newly developed page to register for counts on the Audubon CBC website won't be ready until the first week in December. Contact compilers to register for counts. [Compilers/Contacts list] [FOS web site]

2011-11-22


 

Scott Everglades Restoration (2011-11-22)

Scott must have been advised he needs to act like he cares about the environment on at least one issue somewhere, & since Everglades restoration is really just enhanced flood control & water supply in disguise, what's the harm in giving lip service. [Palm Beach Post] [Scott] [Bob Graham]

2012-08-21


 

Some Attitudes Have Changed (2011-11-22)

Demonstrating how valuation of wetlands have changed over the decades, Prof. Royal Gardner showed an old Disney video of the 7 Dwarfs destroying (reclaiming) swamps. Gardner gave an excellent presentation at the SW FL Water Resources Conf on Nov 18. [Sleepy Drains Swamp] [Presentations]

2012-08-20


 

Anyone But The Public (2011-11-20)

At the Ceitus Boat Lift mediation hearing, Cape Coral representation included two nameless persons. DEP was absent. The Cape representatives objected to public attendance at the hearing...and then blamed manatees for any water problems. How typical. [Hearing Notes] [Dec 6 Hearing Announcement]

2012-08-21


 

Arabian Sea Cyclones (2011-11-18)

Pollution is making Arabian Sea cyclones more intense. Researches say that pollution from human activities as simple as burning wood or driving a vehicle with a diesel engine can change massive atmospheric phenomena in a significant way. [NSF.gov] [Images]

2012-08-21


 

It Happens Regularly Now (2011-11-18)

Sea Level Rise is an almost daily reality in Miami. High tides started flooding downtown Miami almost a decade ago and these floods are a regular occurrence now. All low coastal cities will eventually become uninhabitable if we do nothing. [Grist.org]

2012-08-21


 

Ballast Water Regulations Letter (2011-11-18)

CRCA signed a letter opposing HR 2840, the Commercial Vessels Discharge Control Act of 2011 that would remove ballast water rules that help protect US waterways from exotic, invasive species. Zebra mussels have already invaded much of US waters. [Letter] [Zebra Mussels Map]

2011-11-27


 

Clean Water Sold Out (2011-11-17)

On Nov 2, EPA said it will give preliminary approval to FDEP's proposed numeric nutrient rule, without reviewing the comments submitted by so many of us on this very ineffective draft rule set. It appears EPA is posturing for the 2012 election. [Details] [EPA Letter]

2012-08-21


 

Lake O Through Gray Eyes (2011-11-12)

Audubon writer Ted Williams and photoprapher Katherine Wolkoff toured Lake Okeechobee with Audubon scientist Dr. Paul Gray and FWC biologist Don Fox to learn about the lake's history, degradation, and prospects for improvement. [Audubon] [Don Fox] [Photo Gallery] [Life Support]

2012-08-21


 

Too Strict, But Pointless (2011-11-11)

CWN says Rich Budell of the Florida Dept of Agriculture claims that the new DEP/EPA water quality regulations are too stringent for agriculture, but nevertheless won't affect agriculture. So maybe the proposed rules are contradictory..and pointless? [CWN Report] [Socialized Pollution]

2012-08-21


 

IFAS Sustainability Conference (2011-11-11)

UF-IFAS Extension faculty Roy Beckford and Martha Avila, with the support of Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah and North Port Commissioner Linda Yates, convened a very successful sustainability conference in Ft. Myers on Nov 10. [WINK News] [Agenda] [Roy Beckford] [Linda Yates]

2012-08-21


 

We Got Lucky! (2011-11-05)

Farmers told Riverwatch that if we were going to be saved from a 2011 dry season drought, it would happen in October. They were right! This Oct was the 4th wettest ever whereas Oct 2010 was the driest ever. [Briefing] [2010 vs 2011] [Current Restrictions]

2012-08-21


 

Super (Food) Committee? (2011-11-03)

The Super Committee was given 1 job - reduce the federal deficit. But somehow their duties expanded to include passing the Farm Bill – just the Farm Bill. It may be a secretive effort to cut the few ag programs & policies protecting our environment. [Rivers Network] [Florida Independent] [cartoon]

2012-08-21


 

WaterSIP funding (2011-11-02)

SFWMD approved grants for its Water Savings Incentive Program (WaterSIP). Cape Coral, LaBelle and Port LaBelle are among the 9 south Florida utilities receiving these under $50,000 grants for water conservation projects in their communities. [News Release]

2012-08-21


 

Clean Water Rules Too Weak? (2011-10-31)

The state's most recent attempt at developing standards for water quality in lakes, rivers and estuaries is under attack from critics who say the draft rules are too weak and won't satisfy the Federal Clean Water Act. [News Service of Florida]

2012-08-21


 

River of Grass Restoration (2011-10-31)

At the October 27 Task Force meeting the federal government and the State of Florida announced a fast-track planning effort to improve the Central and Southern Everglades by putting more fresh and clean water into the River of Grass. [Details]

2012-08-21


 

Manatee Rescue (2011-10-31)

The days are getting cooler, and Eastern Seaboard and Gulf of Mexico residents are asked to report sightings of endangered manatees to their local Marine Mammal Stranding Network. [Details] [Phone numbers] [Save the Manatee Club]

2011-10-31


 

More Rain...Please? (2011-10-31)

October rain has raised Lake O to 13.5 ft, exactly where it was a year ago. But last year the estuary received less than half its MFL (200 rather than 450 cfs). Since water continues to flow dfrom the Kissimmee Basin, so the lake could reach 14 ft. [Lake Okeechobee Stage]

2012-08-21


 

Riverwatch Hosts SFWMD (2011-10-31)

The October Riverwatch meeting held in LaBelle featured a presentation by SFWMD officials, Tommy Strowd (Dep. Exec. Dir.) and Dr. Susan Gray (Chief Scientist) on the design and progress of the C-43 West Reservoir at Berry Grove. [Group] [Tommy Strowd] [Dr. Susan Gray]

2012-08-20


 

October CRCA Newsletter (2011-10-31)

The October 2011 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]

2012-01-11


 

In a State of Flux (2011-10-29)

NASA published their 100th image in their State of Flux gallery showing images of change around our planet. So hopefully by now you’re in awe of our home planet & the ways in which it is constantly changing, & aware of the impact us humans can have. [Images] [More images of change]

2012-08-21


 

Action Alert (2011-10-29)

The Super Committee is making decisions that will profoundly affect the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink & other environmental factors that keep us healthy or prevent illness. Tell the committee to tackle the budget the right way! [Details] [Website]

2012-08-21


 

Karenia Brevis Bloom (2011-10-29)

The Karenia brevis bloom, first reported last month in SW Florida, currently extends offshore of Sanibel Island (Lee County). Widespread fish kills have been associated with this bloom & respiratory irritation is possible in & around the bloom areas. [Details] [Map of Red Tide counts] [Tables & maps]

2012-08-21


 

All-In-One Guide (2011-10-29)

Menasha Ridge Press is pleased to announce the publication of the much anticipated Paddling the Everglades Wilderness Waterway by Florida locals, Holly Genzen & Anne McCrary Sullivan. This book is your all-in-one guide to Florida's 99-mile treasure. [Details] [Purchase at Menasharidge.com] [Purchase at Amazon.com]

2012-08-21


 

Restoring the Everglades (2011-10-29)

Jacksonville District and its partners are working hard to restore the treasured Everglades ecosystem. View the "Restoring the Everglades" video produced by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District to learn more. [View the Video]

2012-08-21


 

Fast-Track Planning for Glades (2011-10-29)

Federal and state officials announced before SFERTF major revisions to the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The new plan, to be developed over 18 months, calls for such action in order to get projects moving forward at a faster pace. [Audubon of Florida News]

2012-08-21


 

Rooney Says Drill (2011-10-29)

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney is pushing a jobs bill advocating offshore oil & natural gas exploration in Florida's waters - despite a two-decade-old state ban on the practice. It's a bad proposal for a state whose economy depend on clean air & clean water. [TCPalm]

2012-08-21


 

Women Outdoor Weekend (2011-10-28)

Women's outdoor weekend is on March 16-18, 2012 at Caloosahatchee Regional Park. Come out and experience tent camping, hayride, kayaking, wood burning, archery, fishing, camp cooking, and more. Don't forget to bring your friends, sisters, and moms! [Details]

2012-08-21


 

Tamiami Trail Bridge (2011-10-26)

A one-mile bridge under construction on the Tamiami Trail west of Miami will help restore water's flow to a dry area of Everglades National Park. Tamiami Trail bridge restores flow to Everglades, but it won't be enough. [Tampa Bay] [Images]

2012-08-21


 

Sea Level Rise (2011-10-24)

The rising sea will wash across great swaths of South Florida. Salt water will contaminate the well fields. Roads and farmland and low-lying neighborhoods will be inundated. The soil will no longer absorb the recent, kind of heavy rainfalls. [Miami Herald]

2012-08-21


 

Fresh Water Needs (2011-10-24)

Data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service reflect the healthy productivity and yields of sugarcane during our worst drought years when the Caloosahatchee has been completely cut off and suffered losses of tapegrass and fisheries. [Data]

2011-10-24


 

Water Watch Briefing (2011-10-24)

Two significant rainfall events in October have helped replenish ground and surface water supplies in the South Florida Water Management District's 16-county region. However, water levels in some areas are still below normal for this time of year. [Details] [Website]

2012-08-21


 

LLGF Islamorada Seminar (2011-10-24)

On Nov 11 at 6pm - Nov 13 at 5pm. Experience the excitement of fishing! "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" offers training & real hands-on training to jump-start your learning experience. Win lots of door prizes, including famous artist prints, and more. [Details] [Facebook] [Website]

2011-11-30


 

RC Public Meeting (2011-10-24)

Rivers Coalition meeting is on October 27 at 11am at Stuart City Hall. The meeting will feature updates on rain events and water management conditions. There's plenty of free parking, and even coffee and donuts await you! [Details]

2011-10-28


 

Global Warming is Real (2011-10-24)

A new climate study shows that since the mid-1950s, global average temperatures over land have risen by 0.9 degrees Celsius (1.6 F), confirming previous studies that have found a climate that has been warming in fits & starts since around 1900. [Details]

2012-08-21


 

Decoding Sustainable Living (2011-10-24)

The UF, IFAS Extension in partnership with Lee County's Pollution Prevention Program & The Smart Companies are happy to invite you to its annual Sustainability Conference on Nov 10 from 8am-4:15pm in Ft. Myers. The Conference is $20, lunch included. [Details] [Facebook]

2012-01-11


 

SFWMD Partnering Session (2011-10-24)

The SFWMD Lower West Coast Service Center management team is pleased to invite consultants and members of the regulated community who conduct business with the agency to a partnering session on Nov 8th in Ft. Myers and Naples. [Flyer]

2012-01-10


 

Ceitus Lawsuit (2011-10-22)

On Oct 25 the Lee County BOCC voted 4-0 authorizing the County Attorney to enter mediation and then, if unsuccessful, file the Ceitus lawsuit against Cape Coral. CRCA President Pete Quasius also spoke at the meeting in support of this action. [Details] [Buchanan Comments]

2011-10-22


 

We Bought It, They Farm It (2011-10-21)

In June 2004 Gov. Charlie Chris signed a deal with the US Sugar Corporation, for the state to pay $1.75 billion buying US Sugar's property to use for Everglades restoration. Today US Sugar is still farming the land after SFWMD bought 26,791 acres. [Highlands Today]

2012-08-21


 

Action Alert (2011-10-21)

Send emails to FL DEP to let them know that thousands of Floridians want the toxic algal blooms, fish kills and sick waters to end. Please do all that you can to fully engage in this campaign to get protection from nutrients in Florida’s waters. [Details]

2012-08-21


 

SFWMD to Increase Water Storage (2011-10-21)

The SFWMD Governing Board approved eight cost-effective projects to increase water storage on ranches north of Lake Okeechobee while improving water quality for the Everglades as well as for the lake and coastal estuaries. [Details]

2012-08-21


 

Algae vs Wastewater Treatment (2011-10-21)

Some point to algae systems as a way to remove N & P from lake & runoff waters. But currently, technologies like the algae Turfscrubber cost $15-$60 per lb N removed. By comparison, wastewater plants cost $23-$28, reuse $27-$190, & STA's $150-$500. [Turf Scrubber]

2012-08-21


 

Rivers Saturated With Carbon (2011-10-21)

According to researchers, rivers and streams in the U.S. are releasing substantially more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than previously thought. Significant amount of carbon in land is leaking into streams and rivers, then to the atmosphere. [NSF.gov] [Images]

2012-08-21


 

Sanibel Comment to FDEP (2011-10-21)

James Evans, biologist for the City of Sanibel offered comments to FDEP regarding the Proposed Revisions to the Estuarine Numeric Nutrient Criteria. James says the opportunity for public input was insufficient & the comment period should be extended. [City of Sanibel comments]

2011-10-22


 

Water Atlas Website (2011-10-21)

CHNEP has developed a new fully operational Water Atlas website. This is one of the most useful and valuable resources. Here you can find virtually any water resource data you can think of in the 8 county CHNEP area. The website is updated daily. [Details] [Website]

2012-08-21


 

Erie Algae (2011-10-21)

Although it is said that misery enjoys company, it brings no pleasure to people along the Caloosahatchee to see our fellow Americans and Canadians along Lake Erie experiencing algae blooms comparable to what we experience all too often. [Science News Blog] [Earth Observation-NASA]

2012-08-21


 

Start Over, SFWMD (2011-10-20)

Nicodemus Slough was once so important to the state that it paid millions to purchase it from Lykes. Later it was turned back over to Lykes for nothing in a deal without meaningful public input. SFWMD now pay Lykes to store water there. [Highlands Today]

2012-08-21


 

Land, What Land? (2011-10-20)

Noticeably absent from Gov Scott's "restoration plan" for the Everglades is any use of the 27,000 acres SFWMD bought from US Sugar for $197 million. At thet time, in 2010, water managers assured taxpayers that the land was necessary for the clean-up [Palm Beach Post]

2012-08-21


 

Never Give Up! (2011-10-20)

Ellen Peterson, although gravely ill & hospitalized, simply never gives up advocating for Fisheating Creek & protection of its land. Ellen was the driving force behind the state acquiring land & forcing open public access, previously blocked by Lykes

2011-11-02


 

Annual Native Plant Sale (2011-10-20)

Annual Native Plant Sale is on Saturday, Oct 22 from 9am–2pm at Lee County Manatee Park. All plants are from local growers and appropriate for Southwest Florida growing conditions. For more information call Rachel 239-543-9910 or Nancy 239-707-1307. [Details] [Flyer]

2011-10-28


 

Fifth Annual STA5 (2011-10-20)

Hendry-Glades Audubon has scheduled their 5th Annual Christmas Bird Count for Saturday Dec 31, 2011. Birders, compilers, counters and photographers are needed to help with the survey. To volunteer e-mail Margaret England mlelighthouse@embarqmail.com [Details]

2012-01-10


 

Thank Heaven, It Rained! (2011-10-20)

The storm system that swept across South & Central Florida on Saturday, October 8, 2011 didn’t quite measure up to Tropical Storm Fay, which single-handedly busted a two-year-long drought in 2008. But it came close, by making big dent in the drought. [Miami Herald]

2012-08-21


 

Water Shell Game (2011-10-20)

John Cassani in his comment titled Caloosahatchee woes begin with corrupt pro-farm policy, addressed an important process issue in regard to the quantity of consumptive use permits issued, the volume of water they represent & their periodic renewal. [News-Press]

2012-08-21


 

Remembering Ellen Peterson (2011-10-20)

Ellen Peterson nee Salisbury 87, of Estero, Florida passed away on Oct 14, 2011. She was born in Georgia on Dec 5, 1923. Ellen Peterson was a fierce, protective voice for all living creatures on Earth: human, animal and plant. Ellen is our hero! [Ellen Peterson] [Going-away Celebrations]

2012-08-21


 

The Other Shoe (2011-10-20)

As predicted, with the North Spreader Canal stormwater treatment system gone from removal of Ceitus Boat Lift, the next target of polluters will be the South Spreader-the last of the 3 original spreader systems set up to control pollution in Cape Co. [Cape Coral Daily Breeze]

2012-08-21


 

Action Alert (2011-10-17)

FDEP drafted a state rule that would replace the EPA numeric nutrient criteria. Let's bombard FDEP with our comments against the draft rule & prove that Floridians do not want less protection for our water bodies but rather, we want more protection. [Details] [Policy Alert]

2012-08-21


 

Eric Draper Comment (2011-10-17)

Eric Draper of Audubon of Florida says that continued investment in our future water infrastructure and natural systems is necessary for Florida's future. Lower credit ratings could hinder efforts to, for example, restore the Everglades. [TCPalm]

2012-08-21


 

Karenia Bloom Image (2011-10-17)

Beautiful MERIS aerial image taken on Sep 9th in the Gulf off Sarasota & Lemon Bays of what appears to be red tide blooms. The area outlined in magenta is K.brevis. The area to the north extending to Sarasota also with high FLH may also be K.brevis. [Image] [MERIS Images]

2011-10-17


 

HGAS Newsletter (2011-10-17)

Hendry Glades Audubon Society presents its quarterly newsletter "Crested Caracara" plus exciting 20% discount being offered to HGAS members & friends by the Ah-Tha-Thi-Ki Museum. Please submit photos & news items to Kim Willis kim_willis@comcast.net [HGAS Newsletter]

2012-01-11


 

Good News (2011-10-17)

By taking advantage of low water levels that extended into the summer wet season, the SFWMD was able to complete several successful environmental enhancement projects, such as planting native trees and bulrush and stocking apple snail eggs. [Details]

2012-08-21


 

Simply Not Good Enough (2011-10-17)

Commenting on the draft Charlotte Harbor Estuarine Numeric Nutrient Criteria, the Watershed Council opposes CHNEP's proposal to create standards that would maintain pollution levels of the past 14 years & allow exceedances of these degraded levels. [Details] [Comment Letter]

2011-10-17


 

Judge Moreno Ruling (2011-10-17)

Florida needs to do more to address polluting phosphorus flowing into the northern reaches of the Everglades, but shouldn't face punishment for not yet meeting cleanup thresholds, according to a federal court ruling released September 30. [Sun-Sentinel] [Re: Judge Moreno Ruling] [Image]

2012-08-21


 

Drought, What Drought? (2011-10-17)

In a record drought year when the Caloosahatchee estuary received less than half its state mandated MFL, the other big user of Lake O water is setting sugarcane harvest records. The shared adversity concept of water allocation is clearly a farce. [Palm Beach Post 1] [Palm Beach Post 2]

2012-08-21


 

Everglades Division Disbanded (2011-10-14)

The Army Corps of Engineers disbanded its Everglades Division, signaling another potential slowdown for overdue restoration of the famed River of Grass and boosting South Fla's water supply. Army Corps says this doesn't derail Everglades restoration. [Sun-Sentinel]

2012-08-21


 

Oil Spill Dramatic Effects on Fish (2011-10-14)

Despite low concentrations of oil constituents in Gulf of Mexico waters from the Deepwater Horizon spill, fish were dramatically affected by toxic components of the oil. So found a team led by scientists Fernando Galvez and Andrew Whitehead of LSU. [NSF.org] [Photos]

2012-08-21


 

What You Can Do (2011-10-14)

While we can't do much to control pollution from Lake O & farm runoff, we can reduce the pollution reaching the Caloosahatchee from our own homes and lawns. CRCA has prepared a few suggestions on how you can limit contamination of stormwater runoff. [CRCA Suggestions]

2012-08-21


 

River Ride Rest Stops (2011-10-05)

Volunteers are invited to help staff the CRCA River Ride rest stops along the river, passing out drinks and snacks to the bike riders. The locations are in LaBelle (Bob Mason Park) and Ft. Denaud (bridge). Contact Keith to participate. [Email to Keith]

2011-10-05


 

Volunteers Needed (2011-09-30)

Volunteers are needed on October 1 from 9 am-1 pm to help collect and plant red mangroves as part of SCCF's ongoing Clam Bayou restoration. Please register prior to the event with Eric Milbrandt via email emilbran@sccf.org or phone 239-395-4617 [Details] [Flyer] [Map]

2011-10-28


 

September CRCA Newsletter (2011-09-27)

The September 2011 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]

2012-01-11


 

The Great Calusa Blueway (2011-09-26)

The 2011 Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival is on November 3-6. Festivities include competitive canoe/kayak races, seminars, family activities, environmental events, guided tours, and more celebrations along The Great Calusa Blueway. Plan to join in! [Details] [Website] [Facebook]

2011-11-30


 

FGCU Service Learning (2011-09-25)

Riverwatch will attend the FGCU workshop on integrating service learning into STEM courses. The presenter is from a community college in Hawaii where they have successfully integrated service learning into their programs. [Announcement]

2011-09-25


 

SFWMD Surplus Land (2011-09-25)

For sale...SFWMD surplus lands! These are SFWMD properties that are not needed for mission-related projects and may be (a) sold by public bid; (b) given to another governmental entity; or (c) swapped for needed land. [Lee County] [Hendry County] [Glades County]

2011-09-25


 

Caloosahatchee Park Programs (2011-09-25)

Lee County Parks & Recreation announces its October programs at Caloosahatchee Regional Park (18500 North River Road in Alva). The programs include Oxbow Kayak Clinic, Guided Nature Walk, Cypress Creek Kayak Tour and many others. [Details] [Map]

2011-09-25


 

Hickey Creek Park Programs (2011-09-25)

Lee County Parks & Recreation announces its October programs at Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park (17980 Palm Beach Boulevard). The pograms include Guided Walk, Caloosahatchee to Hickey’s Creek Kayak Trip and Astronomy for Amateurs. [Details] [Brochure] [Map]

2012-08-21


 

Conflict of Interest Debate (2011-09-25)

The News Press says SFWMD must revisit awarding $21 million to Lykes Bros, Inc. over the next 10 years for water storage. Storage is a good idea. The problem is the governing board’s chairman Joe Collins also happens to be vice president of Lykes. [News-Press] [Watery] [Audubon Disagrees]

2012-08-21


 

Buck Island Ranch (2011-09-25)

A ditch stores water on Buck Island Ranch in Lake Placid. The ranch is part of a pilot program to store water on private lands, which reduces the nutrients running into Lake Okeechobee and, sequentially, into the Everglades. [News-Press] [Where the water is stored]

2012-08-21


 

Most Anti-Environment House (2011-09-25)

Since the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives changed hands last Nov, the House has voted 125 times to undermine environmental laws and voted to block actions to protect the environment. This is the most anti-environment House in history. [Bay Daily]

2012-08-21


 

Oceans and Global Climate (2011-09-25)

The study, based on computer simulations of global climate leads to new conclusions. New findings on a link between oceans and global climate look at ocean depths. [NSF.gov] [Images] [Details]

2012-08-21


 

Unexpected Consequences (2011-09-25)

Sierra Club is suing University of Florida for violation of public records law because UF won't provide all information about its publication titled “Unintended Consequences” - a report used by some to fight against local fertilizer ordinances. [Gainesville Sun] [Sierra] [IFAS Pub]

2012-08-21


 

Water Resources Conference (2011-09-25)

The 21st Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference will be held Friday, Nov 18 at the FGCU Kapnick Center at Naples Botanical Garden. The 2011 conference theme is Blossoming Technology in Water Reources Management. [Web Site]

2011-11-30


 

Oxbow Survey Continues (2011-09-24)

On Sep 15 Robert Neal, civil engineer with Lee Co. Natural Resources Dept, assisted USF student Chloe Delhomme in her Caloosahatchee oxbows thesis research. The data collection trip was joined by Chloe's supervisors Kamal Alsharif & John Capece. [Photo1] [Photo2]

2012-08-21


 

Splashable Is Laughable! (2011-09-24)

EPA's recent approval of the FL DEP downgrading of state water bodies represents a massive retreat from cleaning up state waters. No longer are all Class III waters required to be swimmable & fishable. Now, "splashable" is considered good enough. [TampaBay.com] [Context]

2011-09-24


 

October CRCA Meeting Speaker (2011-09-24)

Mr. Tommy Strowd of SFWMD will be the speaker at the Oct 5 Riverwatch meeting at 6:30 pm in the LaBelle Beef O'Brady's. Mr. Strowd will talk about the C-43 West Reservoir (Berry Groves) & its potential to provide storage for the Caloosahatchee Basin. [Strowd] [map]

2012-01-10


 

Mica & Orwellian Doublespeak! (2011-09-24)

In a letter fitting of George Orwell's 1984 Doublespeak, Rep. John Mica, claims (with a straight face) that Florida was solving its water quality problems before EPA attempted to enforce pollution limits. He blames EPA for Clean Water Act failures. [The St. Augustine Record]

2012-08-21


 

FGCU Service Learning (2011-09-24)

On Sep 22, CRCA directors Margaret England & Marti Daltry signed up FGCU student volunteers interested in doing their "service learning" hours with Riverwatch. Helping with the table were Intelligentsia International interns Cedric, Mickael & Lutz. [Photo]

2012-08-21


 

How Dry Is It? (2011-09-24)

It's so dry that Lake O's bottom is burning. About 400 acres in Glades Co. inside the levee is on fire due to the low water levels uncovering organic (carbon-rich) soils which can burn when dried out. Muck fires this early in the year are rare. [TBO.com]

2012-08-21


 

Lake Bed Burning Has Benefits (2011-09-24)

Audubon chief scientist Dr. Paul Gray says that the Lake Okeechobee fires actually have some benefits. The fire can burn away ragweed, torpedo grass and other out-of-place plants. As in 2007, the Indian Prairie area is burning in 2011. [Sun-Sentinel] [Global Fires]

2012-08-21


 

The Less Deadly Fish (2011-09-24)

The mercury problem has gotten so bad that Martin County has released a list of the fish that are less likely to kill you if eaten. It's part of a booklet designed to promote better health among pregnant women and the rest of the population. [TCPalm] [Get the Booklet]

2011-09-25


 

No Substitute for Phosphorus (2011-09-24)

Globally, farmers use more than 17 million tons of mined P, costing nearly 30% of their budget. With current minable P deposits running out, it raises the question of why we allow so much of it to be wasted to water pollution. [Details] [Future] [Foreign Policy] [USGS Stats] [Minerals]

2012-08-21


 

Destruction Is Necessary (2011-09-24)

Pine Tarr, Inc. (Publix shopping center developers on Pine Island) say destruction of mangroves is necessary. That's nonsense! Lee Co. staff statistics show Pine Island has 754 acres of commercially zoned properties, 56% of which is vacant. [Details]

2011-09-24


 

Human Influences on Wildfires (2011-09-23)

Since the 1970s, wildfire are 4 times as frequency and consume 6 times as much land costing $1.5 billion per year. The National Science Foundation is exploring a new framework for evaluating human influences on wildfires. [NSF.gov]

2011-09-23


 

15th Annual River Ride (2011-09-23)

On Sunday, November 13, join Riverwatch for the 15th 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] [Web Site]

2011-11-20


 

It Will Be Really Bad! (2011-09-23)

Corps of Engineers Col. Alfred Pantano told the Lee County BOCC that this next year will be really bad relative to Lake O water levels. He also restated the Corps' support for moving water south when there is too much, benefiting the Caloosahatchee. [Video]

2012-05-19


 

Historical Estuary Flows (2011-09-23)

Research supports 650 to 2400 cfs as the healthy flow range to the Caloosahatchee estuary. A 1927 report by the George B. Hills Co estimates 1926 (a hurricane year) dry season average flow as 900 cfs. The question remains what were historical lows.

2011-09-23


 

Jim English to Lee BOCC (2011-09-23)

Pioneering family member Jim English addressed the Lee County BOCC about water management from Babcock Ranch, saying that the farming areas should develop water retention systems to halt the sheetflow crossing his property to the Caloosahatchee. [Video]

2012-08-21


 

Hawk Watch (2011-09-18)

Audubon of Southwest Florida invites everyone for a morning hawk watch led by birder extraordinaire Vince McGrath on Sunday, October 23, 8:00 am-10:00 am. The group meets at the Sanibel Lighthouse Parking Lot, 112 Periwinkle Way in Sanibel Island. [Details] [Facebook] [Web Site]

2011-10-28


 

Leaking Pipes Nationwide (2011-09-18)

Leaky water distribution pipes are a problem nationally, not just in Port LaBelle's 10 years old HDPE pipes. Dr. Sunil Sinha at Virginian Tech Univ has assembled a database called WATERiD to help understand when pipes might fail in future years. [Details] [WATERiD]

2011-09-18


 

2011 RedSnook Tournament (2011-09-16)

Save the Date! 2011 RedSnook Tournament on October 21-23. Great fishing relies on clean water! Join local angler's & guides for a fabulous weekend of fishing and at the same time raise money to help protect our local waters & juvenile game fish! [Details] [Web Site] [Register]

2011-10-28


 

2011 FARE Tour (2011-09-16)

September and October 2011 will be packed with renewable energy meetings across the state. It is important that FARE has a strong showing at these events. Please try to attend and be sure to tell them you are part of FARE. [Details] [Web Site]

2011-10-28


 

What is the Farm Bill? (2011-09-16)

The 2012 Farm Bill will be hotly debated in Congress over the next year as members look to cut spending from the federal budget. [Web Site] [Video]

2012-08-21


 

Help With Manatee Safety (2011-09-16)

Boaters can be active participants in manatee protection by holding aloft Save the Manatee Club’s public awareness banner whenever a manatee is sighted in areas where boats are motoring close by. Request for the free banners today! [Details]

2012-08-21


 

Sustainable Communities (2011-09-16)

The Sixth Annual Sustainable Communities workshop is on October 6th from 8:00am-4:30pm. Hal Knowles from University of Florida is the keynote speaker. $30 registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshment break. [Details] [Workshop Web Site]

2011-09-21


 

Fishing & Boat Show (2011-09-16)

Florida Sportsman Fishing & Boat Show is on Sep 24 at 10:00 am - Sep 25 at 4:00 pm at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US Hwy 301. This is a Family Fishing Festival, with seminars, demonstrations and sportfishing events. Don't miss it! [Details] [Facebook]

2011-09-21


 

Florida Energy Summit (2011-09-15)

The 2011 Florida Energy Summit hosted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be held Oct 26 through 28 in Orlando. The Summit will feature speakers and discussions on renewable energy and energy conservation practices. [Web Site]

2011-10-28


 

Dispersed Storage Projects (2011-09-13)

While its large, centralized storage projects may be having trouble moving ahead, SFWMD is implementing a series of water storage projects on private agricultural lands. These help reduce high flows to Lake O and the Caloosahatchee. [Presentation (3.13MB)]

2011-09-13


 

Water for Bioenergy Crops (2011-09-13)

Energy researchers and environmental advocates are excited about the prospect of gaining more efficient large-scale biofuel production by using large grasses like miscanthus or switchgrass rather than corn. But water is a significant limiting factor. [NSF.gov] [Images]

2011-09-21


 

Water Resources Roundtable (2011-09-13)

On Sep 15th from 12:30-2:30 pm. at FGCU, SFWC will host a Non-Governmental Organizations Water Resources Roundtable Discussion. The discussion will focus on water resource issues associated with the Caloosahatchee, Estero and Big Cypress watersheds. [Invitation]

2011-09-21


 

Hammond Remains on WRAC (2011-09-13)

SFWMD Board Chairman Joe Collins has reappointed Dr. Hammond to service on the SFWMD Water Resources Advistory Committee. This group meets periodically to consider issues of the region & make recommendations on District strategies & specific actions.

2012-08-22


 

Cela Tega 2011 (2011-09-13)

Mark your calendars for Cela Tega 2011 Conference on Economic Benefits of Conservation Lands, which will be held at FGCU in the Student Union Ballroom on November 2, 2011. For more information contact Dr. Nora Demers ndemers@fgcu.edu or (239)590-7211 [Details] [Web Site] [Register]

2011-09-13


 

Lean Restoration Machine (2011-09-13)

Meeker claims reducing spending at the SFWMD is not curtailing Everglades restoration efforts but streamlining operations, eliminating unnecessary expenses & getting back to its core mission of flood control, water supply & ecosystem restoration. [TCPalm]

2012-08-22


 

Big O Birding Festival (2011-09-13)

Mark your calendars for the largest bird-themed event on March 27-31, 2012 in South Central Florida, located on the Southwest shores of Lake O, the state's largest lake. Early registration begins in November. Call for details: 863-517-2136 [Details] [Web Site]

2012-08-20


 

Sea Level Rise & Our Aquifers (2011-09-13)

A rise in sea level of 1 inch results in 40 inches of lost fresh water below sea level inland. Thus, sea level rise will affect salt water intrusion far more than the damage already done by man in lowering Florida's fresh water aquifer levels. [Miami Herald]

2012-08-22


 

TMDL Tracker Release 2.0 (2011-09-13)

The DEP Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration is pleased to let you know about the availability of TMDL Tracker Release 2.0, a web application that allows users to retrieve information regarding TMDLs throughout Florida. [Details] [User Guidance]

2011-09-13


 

Help the LaBelle Nature Park (2011-09-13)

The Hendry/LaBelle Recreation Board and Coalition for Eco-Recreation would like to invite community organizations, youth groups, and individuals to help for 1–2 hours at the LaBelle Nature Park. Join volunteers on September 24th from 8:00-10:00 am. [Details]

2011-09-13


 

No Red Tide All Year (2011-09-13)

The Sep 2 status report of FWS shows that Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in waters of SW Florida nor has it been a problem throughout 2011. This may be due to the relatively low rainfall & runoff during the past year. [Red Tide Summary Report]

2012-08-22


 

Obama EPA Caves In (2011-09-13)

Both Republicans & Democratic administrations are doing very little for water quality & the environment. In the latest capitulation, the Obama EPA approved Florida's reclassification of water bodies to avoid cleaning them up. How disheartening! [Linda Young] [Cartoon]

2012-08-21


 

NE Interagency-FDEP Meeting (2011-09-13)

Combined Northern Everglades Interagency/FDEP Caloosahatchee River Pre-TMDL meeting is scheduled on September 20th at the SFWMD Ft. Myers Service Center. If you have any questions or for more information contact Pinar Balci, Ph.D. at 561-682-6982 [Details] [Agenda]

2011-09-13


 

Economics of Droughts (2011-09-12)

Droughts and floods in Florida cost millions, perhaps billions, of dollars in damages every year. A solution to high-cost droughts and floods is to restore the Everglades ecosystem so as we are able to better manage droughts, floods and reduce costs. [Palm Beach]

2011-09-22


 

More Stormwater Utilities (2011-09-12)

Polk County commissioners again talking about levying a fee to pay for fixing water pollution and flooding problems. The most common way to raise the money for this kind of project is through a stormwater assessment or a stormwater utility fee. [News Chief]

2012-08-22


 

Embarrassing for Florida (2011-09-11)

When facts don’t agree with your political bias, fire the scientists. That’s what Gov. Rick Scott & the Republican-controlled Legislature did. The Sierra Club explains this wasn't belt tightening, but an attack on science & on Everglades restoration. [Culture of Science] [Science Blog]

2012-08-22


 

Saving Everglades, Economy (2011-09-10)

The US Dept of Ag plans to spend $100 million for development rights on working ag lands north of Lake O. The Feds appear to be focusing on solving southern problems where their dollars will go farther - the far headwaters of the Everglades system. [St. Petersburg Times]

2012-08-23


 

Visually Blind Leads Truly Blind (2011-09-10)

Based on the complaint of a blind person, FL Supreme Court ruled Gov. Scott cannot halt agency rulemaking since this activity is subject to legislative oversight. This ruling applies equally to environmental rules by DEP and other state agencies. [WCTV] [Ruling]

2011-09-10


 

Deadly Stagnant Water (2011-09-10)

Brain-eating amoebas killed three people this summer. 16-year-old Courtney Nash died as a result of swimming in the St. John’s River. The St. John remains polluted because Florida legislators refuse to allow feds to fix severe water pollution. [Counter Punch] [CNN]

2011-09-10


 

The Ripple Effect E-News (2011-09-10)

Governing Board Chairman Joe Collins invites everyone to view The Ripple Effect, the South Florida Water Management District's monthly electronic newsletter that covers the latest water news — straight from the source. [August Ripple E-News]

2012-08-22


 

Scott Goes Fishing (2011-09-10)

Gov. Rick Scott went fishing in Florida Keys to promote a state tourism industry. Over the last 40 years, every governor, regardless of party or political views, has worked to safeguard Fla's natural riches. Scott, so far, has been the sad exception. [TBO.com] [Naples News]

2012-08-23


 

Climate Complication Factor (2011-09-10)

Researchers have discovered a new component to the ocean currents circulation which will require that they go back and revised their ocean flow models and projections for climate change. It's uncertain how big of a change this discovery will yield. [NSF.gov]

2011-09-10


 

Wanted: Status Quo Ante (2011-09-10)

To open up Fisheating Creek to canoes, dredging created too much flow. Weirs were built to halt the drainage. Now the question is, when can these weirs be removed, so the creek can once again be called south FL's last natural stream? [Details] [Editorial] [Audubon] [Pics]

2011-09-10


 

Wastewater Bacteria Batteries (2011-09-10)

All of us use water and in the process, a lot of it goes to waste. What if that wastewater could be turned into energy? It almost sounds too good to be true, but environmental engineer Bruce Logan is working on ways to make it happen. [NSF.gov] [Concept Diagram]

2012-08-22


 

Boat Building Festival (2011-09-08)

Mark your calendar for this wonderful event on March 8-12, 2012 at Lee Civic Center. Experience hands-on boat building with the help of professional boat builders. Registration fees will cover all tools, materials and professional instruction. [Brochure]

2011-09-10


 

Half Us, Half Random (2011-09-08)

Scientists are concluding that Arctic ice losses of the past decade have been partly (half) due to human activity and partly due to random climatic variation. As a result, Arctic ice could stabilize for the next decade before resuming its decline. [NSF.gov]

2012-08-23


 

Political Firings at SFWMD? (2011-09-08)

Dr. Chris McVoy lost his job at SFWMD in the Gov Scott budget cuts. McVoy was a Senior Scientist researching water flow patterns to the Everglades. McVoy was elected to the Lake Worth City Commission in 2010, despite business PAC opposition. [Palm Bch Post] [Eye on Miami] [Campaign] [Sierra]

2012-08-23


 

6th Annual NAMC (2011-09-08)

You are invited to participate in Hendry and Glades County's 6th Annual Florida Fall North American Migration Count (NAMC) to be held Saturday, Sep 17 for half or whole day. Most teams will begin at 7 am. For information contact Margaret England. [Details]

2011-10-28


 

August CRCA Newsletter (2011-08-12)

The August 2011 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]

2011-10-28


 

SFWMD Board Meeting (2011-08-11)

A South Florida Governing Board Meeting will be held at the headquarters in West Palm Beach at 10:00 am on Thursday, August 11. It will follow a meeting of the Board's Audit and Finance Committee at 9:00 am. [Agendas & Minutes]

2011-08-11


 

Riverkeeper at Riverwatch (2011-08-11)

George Jones, Riverkeeper for Indian River Lagoon, will speak to the Sep 7 meeting of Riverwatch at Abes Kountry Kitchen in Ft. Myers at 6:30pm. Members & guest are invited. The CRCA board will meet at 7:30pm, after the Riverkeeper presentation. [Location Map]

2012-01-10


 

Thank You Dan & Nancy (2011-08-11)

Riverwatch awarded Dan Morrissey & Nancy Smith of Alva certificates of appreciation for hosting USF graduate student Chloe Delhomme in their home during her oxbow thesis research data collection project. [Data Collection Photo]

2012-08-23


 

Oxbow Restoration Revisited (2011-08-11)

As his internship with Intelligentsia International, Environmental Engineering student Sean Foorman of Stanford Univ is studing Oxbow 24, restored in 2005. Some of the equipment has been provided by John Cassani of LCHCD. [Photo 1]

2012-08-23


 

Eco-Breakfast (2011-08-11)

Annual Eco-Breakfast is on Oct 27, 2011 from 7am-9am at Riverside Community Center, Ft. Myers. This event is free and open to the public. The keynote speaker, Tom Swihart, will be speaking on Florida’s water: A Fragile Resource in a Vulnerable State. [Details]

2011-10-28


 

Maybe If You Squint (2011-08-10)

Fla. Crystals claims it is Carbon Free, as certified by Carbonfund.org. A full system analysis shows all farming on drained organic soils is not carbon free, rather it generates huge volumes of greenhouse gases from oxidation of the high-carbon soil. [Greenwashing] [Wright & Reddy] [Florida Crystals] [Web Site]

2012-08-23


 

Oxbows Research Report (2011-08-10)

At the Aug 3 meeting of Riverwatch two Intelligentsia International students, Sean Foorman from Stanford and Jeremie Sage from the National School of Public Works Engineering (France) reported on the 2011 survey of all 38 Caloosahatchee oxbows.

2012-08-23


 

Estuary Report Card (2011-08-10)

The next SWF Watershed Council meeting is scheduled for August 18 from 1:30–3:00 pm at the Royal Palm Yacht Club. Jennifer Hecker, Director of Natural Resource Policy will be presenting the results of the Conservancy 2011 Estuaries Report Card. [Details] [Report Card (2.93MB)]

2011-10-28


 

Ignorance Is Bliss (2011-08-10)

FL Dept of Health plans to curtail beach safety testing and is seeking federal approval. It seems the simplest way to solve the problem of unsafe beaches caused by bacteria & other contaminants is to stop the programs that test the water for safety. [News Journal]

2012-08-23


 

Stearns Shuts Out Public (2011-08-10)

In the latest example of one-sided public policy, Congressman Stearns is refusing to invite any clean-water advocates or members of the public to testify at a Congressional hearing on EPA's proposed limits for sewage, fertilizer & manure in FL waters [Florida Sportsman]

2012-08-23


 

Algae Blooms Everywhere Now (2011-08-04)

Algae blooms and dead zones are an annual occurrence for many water bodies, and this year seems to be worse than many. A dead zone is developing in the Chesapeake Bay and in the Gulf of Mexico. A huge algae bloom is covering Yellow Sea in China too. [Stormwater]

2012-08-23


 

Water Law Must Change (2011-08-04)

If state law truly requires that water managers starve the Caloosahatchee River system in favor of others in a drought, that law needs to change. Water releases are crucial to the river's health and its estuary in droughts such as the one we're in. [News-Press]

2012-08-23


 

Regulating Water Pollution (2011-08-04)

Florida is restarting efforts to develop tougher water pollution regulations to avoid an impending federal takeover of that responsibility. The EPA, though, remains set to implement its own standards if it finds the new state rules unacceptable. [Naples News]

2012-08-23


 

Florida Falling Behind (2011-08-04)

Two years ago, the Sunshine State seemed poised to assume its natural role as a national leader in renewable energy. Now, instead of emerging as a leader, Florida lags behind 29 other states in developing a renewable energy policy. [Tampa Bay]

2012-08-23


 

Emily Could Bring Rain (2011-08-04)

Tropical Storm Emily could bring the extended soaking water managers say is needed to lift South Florida out of a lingering drought. Storm projections on August 2 showed Tropical Storm Emily passing over or east of South Florida by Saturday. [Sun-Sentinel]

2012-08-23


 

Everglades Coalition Conference (2011-08-04)

The 27th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference will be Jan 5-8 at Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina in Stuart, Florida. For sponsorship information, please call (305)371-6399 x136. [Brochure] [Web Site] [Register]

2011-08-04


 

You Must Be Kidding (2011-08-03)

A ruling this month by a federal appeals court essentially giving the OK for the Corps to continue polluting the St. Lucie River might seem ludicrous to most people, but it's deadly serious and a continuing affront to the people of this region. [TCPalm]

2012-08-23


 

Mercury and Agriculture (2011-08-03)

The entire state of Florida is under a mercury advisory for more than 70 species of saltwater and freshwater fish, explains Melodie Naja, a water quality scientist. Eating them too frequently can cause serious neurological problems. [TCPalm]

2011-08-03


 

Inland Freight Station (2011-08-03)

The Florida Crystals proposed site for an inland port is located west of Belle Glade and north of South Bay. The site was negotiated with 1000 Friends of Florida as an acceptable location that would not interfere with any future flow way.

2012-08-23


 

Water Wars (2011-08-03)

During South Florida's ongoing drought, water managers have continued to release water from Lake O to agriculture, utilities and industry-entities that have what are known as consumptive use permits. That left the environment high and dry. [News-Press] [Commentary]

2011-08-03


 

Ceitus - Memo (2011-08-03)

Memo to all Ceitus environmental stakeholders: Attached is a copy of Lee County's appeal to the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. It was filed on July 2011 and the case number is 2D11-3401. [Memo] [Appeal]

2012-08-23


 

Estuary Economics Off Agenda (2011-08-02)

The National Academy of Sciences held a meeting on Jul 25-26, 2011 in Orlando to review of EPA's economic analysis of final water quality standards for nutrients for lakes and flowing waters in Florida. No estuary economics were on agenda. [Agenda]

2011-08-02


 

Facts & Fiction (2011-08-02)

Rae Ann Wessel of SCCF in her recent commentary said that the serious and persistent algae blooms that continue to affect Southwest Florida — and other areas of the state — are the direct result of too much nutrient enrichment of our region's waters. [Captiva Sanibel]

2012-08-23


 

Sugar Program (2011-08-02)

Mary Barley of Everglades Trust wonders if Frank Ortis who applauded the sugar program knows the truth about this program. The sugar program has made Big Sugar very rich. Big Sugar can buy the favors of politicians with ease, and it does just that. [Gainesville.com]

2012-08-23


 

How Wrong Can She Be? (2011-08-02)

Nancy Smith of Sunshine State "News" assails Audubon's Eric Draper and misrepresents the causes of improper Lake O water releases. Anyone involved in the process knows the Corps often tries to do the right thing, but SFWMD sways the decisions. [Sunshine News] [Draper Response] [Audubon Letter]

2011-08-03


 

Doing Much With Little (2011-08-02)

The River Network released a staffing and budget survey of 91 watershed organizations across the USA. The median budget of the responding groups is $300,000. This compares to Riverwatch's annual budget of around $12,000. [Sallary Survey]

2012-08-23


 

Who Is Sunshine State News? (2011-08-02)

Who are these people at Sunshine State News operating as the Fox News of FL print journalism. Editor Nancy Smith (unrelated to CRCA member Nancy of Alva) produces much of its content after, self admittedly, "30 minutes in a rubber room to recover." [Eye on Miami]

2011-08-02


 

Public Enemy: Methylmercury (2011-08-02)

Rivers Coalition, who for years have been fighting pollution of the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon by nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, was told that the South FL ecosystem may have a more serious public enemy #1: methylmercury. [TCPalm]

2012-08-23


 

Win in Court, Lose in Reality (2011-07-27)

In the 20 years since the state settled a lawsuit over restoring the Everglades & then violated the settlement, a cottage industry of well-paid lawyers specializing in the Everglades cleanup has been arguing: who is to blame & how to get the job done [Palm Beach Post]

2011-08-11


 

Water Watch Briefing (2011-07-26)

According to the SFWMD Jul 11, 2011 water watch briefing, frequent rain over the last few weeks of the wet season has improved drought conditions, but significant time and rainfall are necessary for this short-term relief to bring long-term recovery. [Water Watch Briefing]

2012-08-23


 

Energy Investment (2011-07-26)

Global investment in renewable energy research shows China as number one, followed by U.S. and Europe. China leads the way in investing in renewable clean energy technologies (wind, solar, biomass, biofuels, etc.). [Details]

2012-08-23


 

Report Fish Kills (2011-07-26)

Many factors may contribute to a fish kill. Some fish kills are complex and involve a variety of factors that may not be easily discernable. Report fish kills, even though they're common this time of year. The FWC Fish Kill Hotline 800-636-0511. [The Marine Scene] [Report Fish Kill]

2011-07-26


 

Old Do-Nothing Proposal (2011-07-26)

Cape to repeat same old do-nothing proposal. It is the identical plan Cape Coral ordered their contractors to put in the EMA report last fall. They continue to claim this plan to be the product of the EMA Committee even though it was voted down. [Details] [Spotlight on Cape Coral]

2011-07-26


 

Nutrients Not The Cause? (2011-07-26)

A long list of companies and organizations attempt to claim that nutrients are not the cause of the 2011 algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee. They blame the lack of flow. Obviously they are wrong. Clean stagnant water will not bloom into algae.

2012-08-23


 

Water Restriction Relief? (2011-07-26)

Because of South Florida's lack of water storage, about 10 billion gallons of stormwater was drained into the ocean from local flood-control canals during the first two weeks of July, according to the SFWMD. [Sun-Sentinel]

2012-08-23


 

Flood Insurance Reform (2011-07-25)

House of Representatives voted to reform the National Flood Insurance Program. H.R. 1309, the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011, extends the program and provides funding for it through 2016. [Stormwater]

2011-07-25


 

Caution for Collier Beachgoers (2011-07-25)

Collier County officials warned people should exercise caution when going to the beach as there are a large number of stressed and dying animals in the surf zone that could cause injury if stepped on. Algae appears to be killing and stressing fish. [News-Press]

2011-07-25


 

Methylmercury Threat Reveal (2011-07-25)

A water quality specialist from the Everglades Foundation Dr. Melodie Naja will provide new research on methylmercury at the Rivers Coalition meeting at 11AM Jul 28 at Stuart City Hall. Admission & parking are free, & even a donut & coffee await you. [Details]

2011-08-11


 

Predicting Abundance of Species (2011-07-25)

Animal species all follow the same rule for how common they are in an ecosystem, scientists have discovered. And the rule is simple. Research leads to new "scaling" rule for abundance and production of animals. [Size Abundance] [NSF.gov]

2011-07-25


 

Restricting EPA Water Rules (2011-07-25)

The U.S. House of Representatives took a wrong turn with passage of a measure that would restrict the EPA from imposing stricter water quality standards on states. This is a disservice to Florida’s fragile and polluted waterways. [Bradenton]

2012-08-23


 

Students Wrap Up Project (2011-07-25)

Chloe Delhomme, Jeremie Sage and Sean Foorman led the group of 10 students surveying all the Caloosahatchee oxbows this summer. The 2011 survey will be the most complete since the SFWMD survey in 1978. CRCA also did surveys in 1996, 2001, and 2005. [Hendry Glades]

2012-08-23


 

Rock Mining (2011-07-24)

Frustrated with stalled Everglades restoration, Palm Beach Co. Commission Chairwoman Karen Marcus contends that state and federal officials need to hurry up and determine what land is needed for Everglades restoration before it ends up as rock mines. [Sun-Sentinel]

2012-08-23


 

Watching, Not Doing (2011-07-24)

Rodger Schlickeisen, President of the Defenders of Wildlife in his recent commentary analysis stated that Obama's administration’s conservation record falls far short of what it promised, what was expected of it and – most importantly - what we need. [Details]

2011-07-24


 

Another Step Backward in Cape (2011-07-24)

To avoid a water rates increase, Cape Coral may downgrade its biosolids wastewater product from Class AA to Class B. City Council supported moving forward with outsourcing its biosolids production. The Cape always chooses cheap over clean. [Daily Breeze]

2012-08-23


 

Losing On All Fronts (2011-07-24)

Non-native lionfish have been sighted from Miami to North Carolina since 2002. They were first documented in the Keys in 2009 and have recently been found off Lee County. Intruder dines on a region's native fish. [News-Press] [Lionfish sighting reports]

2012-08-23


 

Letter to the Editor (2011-07-22)

Michael Collins a former chairman of SFWMD in response to the op-ed commentary "Would you trade water for a pizza? Our governor did," said Florida needs to support a well-planned, scientifically sound Everglades restoration blueprint like the CERP. [Palm Beach Post]

2012-08-23


 

Mangrove Law Under Attack (2011-07-21)

The developer-proposed repeal of mangrove protection on Pine Island was presented to the Lee County Commission in June. Commissioner Judah has since said he will vote against the proposal when it comes up for final review (September or October). [Letter]

2012-08-23


 

Dirty Water Bill (2011-07-21)

Thanks to those who wrote or called House members about HR 2018, the Dirty Water Bill. Unfortunately the House passed the bill by a vote of 239-184. In the weeks ahead the bill will be sent to the Senate and we will ask for your support again. [Details] [Think Progress]

2012-08-23


 

Fertilizing the River (2011-07-21)

Lawn fertilizing practices that would be illegal in Lee County are common practice in Hendry & Glades Counties, where lawn maintenance companies & homeowners regularly improperly fertilizer, dumping nitrogen & phosphorus into the Caloosahatchee.
[Lee Rules] [Hendry/Glades Photo]

0000-00-00


 

Another Nail in the Ceitus Coffin (2011-07-21)

On June 1, DEP dismissed with prejudice the Chap 120 action of Lee County appealing the denial of the Ceitus Barrier reconstruction permit. The appeal was joined by The Snook Foundation, Greater Pine Island Civic Assoc and Southeast Florida Council. [Final Order of Dismissal]

2012-08-23


 

Caloosahatchee Condition Report (2011-07-21)

Caloosahatchee Condition Report released July 5, 2011 is now available online. The report provides a scientific assessment of the current conditions in the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary. [Memorandum] [Details]

2011-07-21


 

SER Annual Symposium (2011-07-19)

The Society for Ecological Restoration will be holding their Annual Symposium in Quincy, Florida from October 17-21, 2011. It will be held at the University of Florida/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center. [Registration Form]

2011-10-28


 

Lake Rises to 10 Feet (2011-07-19)

Lake Okeechobee water level rose above 10ft on July 14 & reached 10.20 on July 21, another sign of South Florida’s improved water supply situation thanks to a July drenching. Lake O in June had dipped below 10 feet for the first time since 2008. [Sun-Sentinel]

2012-08-23


 

Meeker Calls for Patience (2011-07-19)

The new executive director of the SFWMD wants "patience"? We're all out. Only results will satisfy South Florida residents jaded by years of bureaucratic failures and false promises — and noxious requests for "patience." [TCPalm]

2012-08-23


 

August Riverwatch Meeting (2011-07-18)

At the Aug 3 Riverwatch board meeting, Jeremie Sage and Sean Foorman will describe research surveys of the 38 oxbows from Franklin Lock to LaBelle. The meeting will be 6:30pm at the Bridge Street Coffee House in LaBelle. [Location] [Boot Data]

2012-08-23


 

Hatching In Your Hand (2011-07-18)

They are so cute at that age! Kids and adults alike can experience hatching alligators at Gatorama near Palmdale in Glades County, just south of Fisheating Creek. The Gatorama 2011 Hatching Festival is Aug 20-31. Reservations can be made Aug 1. [Gatorama Web]

2011-10-28


 

July CRCA Newsletter (2011-07-18)

The July 2011 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]

2011-10-28


 

Alva Up in Arms (2011-07-14)

Alva residents are making a statement: We need to take control of the algae blooms. Despite the blooms having washed to sea, Alva is still concerned. The small town compares the algae bloom to the BP oil spill, traceable to corporate indifference. [Florida Independent]

2012-08-23


 

Algae Bloom Effects (2011-07-14)

The Everglades Foundation explains the algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee. It is important to know the varying types of algae as well as the types of toxins present in algae. These toxins impact wildlife AND human health. Plus its just plain icky. [Everglades Foundation] [Mark Renz Algae] [Renz Photos]

2011-07-14


 

John Mica Guts Clean Water (2011-07-14)

Representative John Mica of Florida was the primary sponsor of HR2018 that passed the House and amends the Clean Water Act to eliminate Federal authority over water quality. If the bill passes the Senate, President Obama says he will veto. [St. Petersburg Times] [Summary]

2012-08-23


 

Dirty Water Action Alert (2011-07-14)

Clean Water Network calls for your immediate action. HB 2018 threatens fundamental protections of the Clean Water Act. The CWA is an important tool signed in 1972 by Richard Nixon to protect and restore bodies of water throughout the country. [Clean Water Network]

2011-07-18


 

The Truth of Tomatoes (2011-07-12)

Tomatoes is a water user and a source of agricultural income for our region. It is also one of the sources of fertilizer and pesticide inputs to our waters. As the NPR report explains, here in Florida we farm the weather rather than the soil. [NPR]

2012-08-23


 

River Making Economic Impacts (2011-07-12)

Crabbing has been poor due to the high salinity in the Caloosahatchee. To help the blue crab, a 10-day closed season was put in place. This exemplifies the economic significance of the Caloosahatchee. Take care of it and it will take care of us. [News-Press]

2011-07-12


 

Water Class Warfare? (2011-07-12)

The major water users in Palm Beach have neighbors angry and are receiving warnings and citations from code enforcers. It is incredible how much water they used in Palm Beach, even during the most extreme dry season on record. [Wall Street Journal]

2012-08-23


 

Outreach To EPA (2011-07-12)

Floridia environmental groups reached out to the EPA for federal water quality standards. This toxic algae bloom has Floridians concerned about the future of our water. The Caloosahatchee, and the rest of SW Florida, cannot afford recurring algae. [Florida Current] [Florida Water Coalition]

2011-07-12


 

We Can Pollute; You Cannot Sue (2011-07-12)

In a classic case of Catch-22, a federal court has ruled that if you wait to sue the government until after evidence of pollution is apparent then you lose for waiting too long. If you sue early you still lose for lack of evidence of actual harm. [TCPalm]

2011-07-12


 

Help Needed On Pine Island (2011-07-12)

The Florida Sea Grant is planning a scallop search on Pine Island. Both snorkelers and boat captains are needed to help monitor the scallop population in the bay. See the flyer for more details. [Florida Sea Grant]

2011-07-12


 

Mine It From Our River (2011-07-12)

Phosphate mined in the USA comes from Florida, which has 10% of the known world reserves. Most Florida P has already been mined and the world will probably reach "Peak P" in 2030. Thus, wasting it in ways that contaminate our waters is very foolish.
[Yale Environment 360]

2011-07-14


 

Is Nitrogen the Next Carbon? (2011-07-12)

The application of nitrogen into our ecosystems via fertilizer and other uses has potential to alter our environment's future. Our widespread use of nitrogen could have a greater impact on the environment than carbon. [Yale Environment 360]

2011-07-12


 

Learn About Paddle Florida (2011-07-12)

The goals of the group Paddle Florida are to promote water conservation, wildlife preservation, restoration of Florida springs and waterway protection. Its web page documents many paddling trips around the state, but they have yet to visit SW FL. [Paddle Florida]

2011-07-12


 

Setting New Lows (2011-07-12)

Average ice extent fell below that of June 2007, the previous record low year. The Arctic ice has entered a critical period; the next few weeks' weather will determine if the Arctic sea ice cover will set new record lows for the entire year. [Graph] [National Snow & Ice Center]

2012-08-23


 

Whistling in the Dark? (2011-07-10)

Palm Beach Post says although Melissa Meeker has inherited a lot of problems, she has the ability to "steer the ship" in the right direction for generations to come. Even with a small budget, Meeker must stay the course and get SFWMD to work well. [TCPalm]

2012-08-23


 

A Preventable Crime (2011-07-08)

Rae Ann Wessel states that the recent river algae condition should be a crime. The worst part of this travesty is knowing that it can be prevented with improved water management practices. Imagine how clean the river would be if it were a crime! [Caloosa Belle]

2012-08-23


 

Defining New Panther Range (2011-07-08)

Glades Commissioner Russell Echols says that the panther population has grown so much they may not need Glades County land. The perspective is not surprising for a rural county facing economic hardship and bearing the cost of panther protection. [Hendry Glades Sunday News]

2011-07-08


 

Manning, Mann, & Hall (2011-07-08)

Three Lee County Commissioners voted to approve a permit allowing Cape Coral to continue discharging stormwater to Matlacha Pass through the spreader canal without replacement of the Ceitus Boat Lift. Judah and Bigelow opposed the action, but lost. [Buchanan Email] [Cartoon] [Details]

2011-07-08


 

Back Ten Feet (2011-07-06)

Sue Scott, one of the original FYN instructors, started a video series on YouTube. "Back Ten Feet" teaches homeowners how to transform their yards into attractive, water & wildlife friendly habitat using native plants and good stewardship practices. [Episode 1]

2011-07-17


 

Beta Testing For Water Atlas (2011-07-06)

CHNEP has released the "Beta" version for its Water Atlas. This atlas has a large online database with water information available to the public. Check out the page and leave a review on the test version! [Beta Water Atlas]

2012-08-23


 

Droughts Are Like Recessions (2011-07-06)

Even though we have been receiving large amounts of rainfall lately, it is important to recognize that our drought has not fully passed. Just like a recession, droughts do not end with a brief increase in activity. Lake O still needs loads of water. [News-Press]

2012-08-23


 

River Hypoxia and Salinity (2011-07-06)

Dissolved oxygen and salinity data were recently released for three locations in the river. DO levels are relatively low overall, and salinity levels are highly stratified. The runoff water is purging the shallower water of salt but not deeper water. [Hypoxia Data]

2011-07-06


 

John Lopinot Photo Workshop (2011-07-06)

Hendry-Glades Audubon has invited award winning photo instructor John J. Lopinot to present a 3 day photo workshop Friday August 12- Sunday August 14. The workshop costs $100. The last date for registration is July 12. [Details]

2011-07-17


 

Dry Season Ends June 23 (2011-07-06)

Rains began on June 17. The Corps had to start releasing water from S-79 (Franklin Lock) to the estuary 5 days later. We can thus declare an end to the 2010-2011 dry season on June 22. The final dry season flow was 220 cfs, 33% of minimum need.
[Data] [Final Dry Season Cartoon]

2011-07-06


 

Request to the Corps (2011-07-06)

The SWF Watershed Council sent a request to the Army Corps of Engineers for opening LORS 08 for revision and incorporate modeling in the Beneficial Use zone of the lake release schedule. We will see how the Corps responds in planning for next year. [SWFWC Request]

2011-07-06


 

Just Answer The Question! (2011-07-06)

An FDEP spokesperson answered a citizen's email regarding the lack of water released to the Caloosahatchee River. The problem is that the FDEP answer lacked one important thing... an actual answer. FDEP continues to dodge important FL water problems. [FDEP] [Citizen Response]

2012-08-23


 

No Human Contact (2011-07-06)

Mark Perry discusses the interconnectedness of the world's future and the health of our oceans and calls for better management of our water resources. The people of Florida understand how important water is, it's our state government that doesn't. [TCPalm]

2012-08-21


 

Be Careful What You Wish For (2011-07-06)

Michael Valiquette warns that there are negative consequences to releasing the water from Lake O. The standing green algae and polluted water could prove to be detrimental to the current health of the river. Could you imagine things getting worse? [PURRE]

2011-07-06


 

Are Things Going South? (2011-07-01)

SFWMD Director Melissa Meeker asked for more time to develop the plan for the flow-way projects that involve buying US Sugar land to send water south towards the Everglades. Time is not a luxury that we have, the Florida environment needs help now. [TC Palm]

2012-08-23


 

Cartoon Justice from DEP (2011-06-30)

When FDEP refused the Ceitus appeal, they made a sham of the justice system. They are trying to create as many distractions as possible to prevent a solution. This absurdity cannot be accepted and the barrier must go back in. [News-Press] [Comments]

2011-06-30


 

Like It Never Happened (2011-06-28)

Carcasses of dead fish have just finished rotting on Florida's beaches due to the BP oil spill, but the Florida Legislature and Gov. Scott are reviving a request to open the Florida coastline to oil drilling. They intend to drill, no matter what. [Miami Herald] [Cartoon]

2011-06-28


 

FDEP Keeps Pushing Back (2011-06-28)

FDEP dismissed, with prejudice, the Lee County administrative appeal on the denial of the Ceitus reconstruction permit and said Cape Coral must file the appeal. FDEP is using every resource it has to prevent putting the barrier back in the water. [FDEP]

2012-08-23


 

Co-Op Wants Shared Adversity (2011-06-28)

John Hundley asserts that growers have taken an equal loss to the environment from the drought. Unlike farmers, green is not a good color for the river. But shared adversity requires that stakeholders be willing to share, which is simply not the case [News-Press]

2011-06-28


 

This Does Not Feel Democratic (2011-06-28)

Tom Swihart calls the legislative session a reversal of four decades of water policy in FL. Gov Scott and his henchmen will be making water decisions behind closed doors instead of in a public forum. Swihart says: "Tallahassee does not know best." [News-Press] [Cartoon]

2011-06-28


 

Have You Seen This Yet? (2011-06-28)

The current Caloosahatchee River Conditions Report is available and to no one's surprise the results are very poor. This condition must change. Photos and past conditions reports are available online. [Conditions Report] [Photos] [Previous Reports]

2011-06-28


 

Water Supply Districts (2011-06-24)

In a letter to the Water Management Districts, Gov Scott effectively redefines the mission of all 6 organizations; transforming them into water supply districts and permitting rubber stamp offices, drastically short of meeting our water challenges. [Letter to FWMDs]

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Obama EPA Surrenders? (2011-06-24)

EPA is backing off attempts to establish nutrient limits for Florida waters. This is either Washington's way to force the state's hand or a decision by the Obama administration not to alienate Florida in the run-up to the 2012 election. [St. Petersburg Times]

2011-07-12


 

June CRCA Newsletter (2011-06-20)

The June 2011 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]

2011-10-28


 

Scraping the Bottom at 223 cfs (2011-06-19)

In October when Riverwatch created a scale to track Caloosahatchee dry season flows, we never anticipated it getting this bad. The 223 cfs average is a third of what is needed. Thank goodness it has finally started to rain & the river may flow soon. [cartoon] [graph] [web data]

2012-08-23


 

EPA to DEP: Put Up or Shut Up (2011-06-17)

EPA offered to back off its proposed numeric nutrient criteria (limits)...if Florida creates a set of nutrient limits of its own that EPA can approve. Despite their best efforts, FDEP has not yet been able to ease pollution limits for its waters.
[Inside EPA]

2011-06-17


 

Riverfront Development Meeting (2011-06-17)

The Phase 1 Riverfront Development Plan will be presented June 21st at 6PM in the Harborside Event Center. The presentation will include a storm water detention basin, public walkways surrounding the basin, open space, and a "Q&A" session. [Details]

2011-06-17


 

Hammond Uncertain on WRAC (2011-06-17)

SFWMD Board member Dan Delisi has appointed H.M. Ridgley of Evans Properties to the Water Resources Advisory Council (WRAC). Hopefully Bill Hammond, appointed to WRAC by Delisi's predecessor, will be reappointed by some other SFWMD Board member. [St Petersburg Times]

2011-06-17


 

Yuck! What is that Green Stuff? (2011-06-16)

Folks who live along the river are seeing an algae sludge on the riverbanks. River accumulations of nutrients paired with warm water temperatures promote growth, resulting in toxic algae blooms. The river condition is horrid; the estuary needs help. [Conditions] [Notice] [Caloosa Belle]

2011-06-16


 

Sampling Volunteer Needed (2011-06-15)

CHNEP is searching for a volunteer willing to help with environmental sampling. Training and Equipment are provided by CHNEP and sampling takes about half an hour and occurs on the first Monday of each month at sunrise. See the link for more details. [CHNEP]

2012-01-11


 

1 Inch Prevents Green River (2011-06-15)

CRCA and SCCF state that an inch of water released from Lake O per month would prevent our yearly algae blooms. SFWMD stopped the Caloosahatchee releases in March but Southern releases continue at one inch per week from Lake O. [Advertisement] [Photo Gallery]

2011-06-15


 

Obscene Legislative Claims (2011-06-14)

Trudi Williams, Ft. Myers Rep. to the FL House, says it is obscene that her bill failed to clear the FL Senate. Her unprecedented bill would have forbid enforcement of federal water quality rules in Florida that attempt to limit nutrient pollution.
[Florida Independent]

2011-06-14


 

Surprise! Caloosahatchee is Poor (2011-06-14)

CHNEP held a meeting on June 15 to discuss its new watershed report. The report says that the Caloosahatchee condition is poor. Water flows are unnatural and dissolved solids are high causing seagrass and mangrove loss. The river is hurting. [flow graph] [Report]

2011-06-14


 

Drought Dries Up Wells (2011-06-14)

The drought has started to impact our aquifers. The aquifer providing water to wells in north Cape Coral is approaching a record low level. Not many wells are in trouble yet, but one in Lehigh Acres is "in the red." The problem could escalate. [News-Press]

2011-06-14


 

Message From CRCA President (2011-06-14)

CRCA President Pete Quasius is trying to get a Riverwatch member appointed to the SFWMD Water Resources Advisory Commission through discussions with SFWMD Governing Board Member Dan Delisi and WRAC Chair Kevin Powers. Stay tuned. [Message from the President]

2011-06-14


 

Not-So Unprecedented Actions (2011-06-14)

The St. Petersburg Times reported that Gov. Scott's action against Florida water laws was an interference we've never seen before. Nancy Smith asserts that Ex-Gov. Crist also manipulated the WMDs in his efforts to buy sugar lands for the Everglades.
[St Pete Times] [Sunshine State News]

2011-06-14


 

Everglades Foundation Rebuttal (2011-06-14)

Responding to a story by Sunshine State News, Kirk Fordham points out that simply building random, disconnected regional "water projects" will not save the Everglades, the estuaries or our water supply. A coherent program is the only real solution. [Response] [Sunshine News] [News-Press]

2012-08-23


 

$128 Million Is A Lot Of Money (2011-06-14)

Gov. Scott's $128 million SFWMD budget cut is causing jobs, salaries, benefits and six service centers to be removed from SFWMD spending. The Ft. Myers center remains open. Melissa Meeker has not hesitated to swing Scott's budget axe. [Palm Beach Post]

2011-06-14


 

Delisi to Meet With Riverwatch (2011-06-14)

The next Riverwatch meeting will be held on July 6 at 6:30 PM at Abe's Kountry Kitchen in the VIP room. Dan DeLisi, the new SFWMD Governing Board member, will be attending the meeting to answer questions from the Riverwatch. [Directions]

2011-10-28


 

Riverwatch On Facebook (2011-06-14)

Be sure to visit and "like" the CRCA Facebook Page! Announcements, news updates, photos and more are posted on the wall. This is a great way to stay up to date with the Riverwatch and the Caloosahatchee River. Share the page to friends and neighbors! [Facebook Page]

2011-06-14


 

The Enemy is Everywhere (2011-06-13)

SFWMD Board member, Dan DeLisi wrote an essay about the enemies of the environment. He describes how people often compromise their ideals to keep a job. "Green Development" is sometimes just a marketing tactic in pursuit the other green - money. [Shareable]

2011-06-13


 

Rural Area Plan Ad-Hoc Meeting (2011-06-13)

The Rural Area Plan Ad-Hoc Committee will be conducting a meeting Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Emergency Medical Services Training Room, 1050 Forestry Division Road, LaBelle, FL. [Google Maps]

2011-06-13


 

More Media Madness (2011-06-13)

A Daily Breeze article oozed disinformation. It's just one of Cape media's many poor articles on the Ceitus Barrier issue. With the City of Cape Coral backed by DEP and the Governor's blind pursuit of deregulation, Matlacha Pass stands little chance. [Daily Breeze] [Letter To Editor] [Cartoon]

2011-06-13


 

Fool Me Once... (2011-06-13)

SW FL backed the installation of Lake O pumps for Forward Pumping, a practice that could provide water for the Caloosahatchee estuary. Those pumps are now being used to empty the lake to supply farms and urban use. But nothing for the Caloosahatchee. [Palm Beach News]

2011-06-13


 

Good Clean Fun & Learning (2011-06-10)

The May/June edition of the SFWMD newsletter "Freddy Flash" featured the efforts of Riverwatch and Port LaBelle Utility System to instruct kids on water conservation. The conservation project is funded by a SFWMD WaterSIP grant.
[Freddy Flash Pg 9] [Sunday News]

2011-06-10


 

Duda Development Hearing (2011-06-10)

A. Duda & Sons is proposing thousands of acres of new urban development in the farming areas south of LaBelle. A hearing in Hendry County is planned for June 21 at 8:00 am at the Hendry County Courthouse. [Caloosa Belle]

2011-06-10


 

Looking for a Sediment Solution (2011-06-08)

A study on Canal Creek, a Chesapeake Bay tributary, is attempting to use activated carbon to treat contaminated sediment in the creek bed. Activated carbon, used in water filters, could be used in the Caloosahatchee if the study is successful. [Baltimore Sun]

2011-06-08


 

Does This Merit A Release? (2011-06-08)

The Lee County Health Department released a warning that cyanobacterial toxin was found in the water of the Caloosahatchee. This toxin is a threat to human health and causes fish kills. A release from reluctant SFWMD could help mitigate the problem. [Health Dept]

2012-08-23


 

Swinging a Righteous Sword (2011-06-08)

The environment warrior who fights invasive snakes that threaten the Everglades, has so far been AWOL in the larger environmental battle, water quality. Congressman Tom Rooney has instead lead efforts to thwart water pollution control regulations.
[Palm Beach Post]

2011-06-08


 

We Want To Protect Our Water (2011-06-08)

Riverwatch will be signing on to an EvCo letter to the US EPA that would promote guidance on identifying waters that are protected by the Clean Water Act. This letter encourages protection of waterways to protect Florida's ecosystems. [EvCo Letter]

2011-06-08


 

Missing The Core Issue (2011-06-08)

An article on the algae bloom didn't mention that the SFWMD's inability to share water adversity stopped water releases to the Caloosahatchee. The low river flow facilitated growth. Shared adversity is in the rule book, but seldom actually practiced. [News-Press]

2011-06-08


 

Water the Way it Should Be (2011-06-07)

Cynthia Barnett addresses the water "status quo" in Florida as a system requiring a change of framework. Barnett reminds us that Scott dissolved boards designed to manage water and assert the need for change in our habits and attitudes toward water. [St Petersburg Times]

2011-06-07


 

Overlooking The Bigger Problem (2011-06-07)

Phosphorous may not be the biggest problem in our waters. Sulfates can facilitate creation of methyl-mercury, which has serious impacts on humans and the ecosystems. Sulfates are receiving increasing attention, including a Jun 21-22 SFWMD workshop. [TC Palm] [Workshop]

2011-06-07


 

Lake O Plummets Below 10ft (2011-06-06)

Lake O water levels have dropped below 10 feet, the lowest since 2007. Tributaries like Fisheating Creek are bone dry and sending no water to replenish the depleted lake. The rainy season may have begun on May 17 and could start a rise. Let's hope! [Palm Beach Post] [Editorial]

2011-06-14


 

Hold SFWMD Accountable (2011-06-06)

Instead of operating as a regulatory body, SFWMD should be a regulated entity, subject to external oversight on its adherence to laws in the execution of its stormwater utility mandate. Simply stated: they must be held liable for their actions. [Editorial]

2011-06-07


 

Attempted Water Rollback (2011-06-06)

There was a bill introduced into the House of Representatives that could dismantle the Clean Water Act. This bill was sponsored by Congressmen Mica and Rahall and has the potential to cripple CWA authority to prevent pollution.
[Editorial] [Cartoon] [HR 2018]

2011-06-06


 

New Exec Dir, New Org Chart (2011-06-03)

Melissa Meeker blazed a trail through the SFWMD as its new Executive Director. She cut salaries, reorganized top manager positions and announced additional downsizing. Meeker announced to SFWMD that the changes were to reflect Gov. Scott's tax cuts. [Palm Beach Post] [Announce] [Org Chart]

2011-06-03


 

What Are The Bees Telling Us? (2011-06-03)

Audubon of SW FL has announced the premiere of "Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?" Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, "If bees disappear from the earth, then man will only have four years of life left." Are we testing his his theory? [Queen of the Sun] [Trailer] [Premiere]

2011-06-03


 

FDEP Standards And Loopholes (2011-06-03)

FDEP has started forming its own water criteria pollutant regulations, and loopholes around those regulations. Two workshops, one on June 14 & 16 provided details and discussion on the potential rule.
[Clean Water Network]

2011-06-03


 

Do We Respect Water Enough? (2011-06-02)

Cynthia Barnett, a Floridian environmental journalist, will be releasing a book (9/20/11) that addresses the water crisis in America. She states we need to change our water use habits, which includes sending more water to environmental uses. [Review] [Interview] [Pre-Order]

2011-06-02


 

Please, Just Figure It Out! (2011-06-02)

Communities across Florida have been developed to use miles of roads and pipes for stormwater drainage and landscape irrigation systems. Water management problems threaten the future of Lehigh Acres and other communities with increasing populations. [Editorial]

2011-06-02


 

He Said What?? (2011-06-02)

Environmental nemesis Rick Scott vetoed a rainwater harvesting and water reuse appropriation, stating a $2 bucket would work just fine. Climate change and droughts make water management difficult enough; Scott is compounding the problem. [Watery Foundation] [Watery Foundation]

2011-06-02


 

11 Year-Olds Welcome at Camp (2011-06-02)

The Teen Odyssey Summer Camp at Caloosahatchee Regional Park near Alva is now open to 11 year-olds. Come take a walk on the wild side! Camp dates are June 20-24 and July 11-15. Cost is $65 per week per student. Make it a great summer! [Flyer]

2011-06-02


 

Vue Tower Turnabout (2011-06-02)

Riverwatch lead a fight against the construction of the Vue tower near Centennial Park in 2005. The property is now up for sale and could be purchased for the park. This result demonstrates the importance of CRCA efforts. See agenda item 20. [City Council Agenda]

2011-06-02


 

Wanted: Florida Wet Season (2011-06-02)

The drought has continued into the "wet season" and could potentially reach what is classified as a D4 or an 'exceptional' drought. If it reaches D4, this drought will surpass the extreme drought of 2007. We desparately need rain, and soon. [Palm Beach Post]

2011-06-03


 

How to Deal with Low Flow (2011-06-01)

On June 29, Merritt Frey of the River Network will be offering a online seminar that will highlight the various tools that are able to address low flow problems under the clean water act. The webinar is at 1 PM EST and the cost is free. [Details]

2011-06-01


 

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