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December CRCA Newsletter (2012-12-31)

The December 2012 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] [HTML version] [Newsletter Archive]

2014-04-18


 

Manatee Winter Program (2012-12-31)

Learn about Monatee food, habitat & challenges they are facing to survive involving in Monatee program (MP) from 2nd Jan - March 30, 2013. MP opens at 8am & the program continue from 11am & 2pm daily. Parking fee $ 2 to 5/hr & registration free. [Details] [News Press] [Events Schedule] [Registration]

2012-12-31


 

Climate Change (CC) Guide (2012-12-31)

According to Climate Vulnerable Forum, failure to implement Climate Change mitigation programs will result 100 million deaths worldwide by 2030 from catastrophic effects. Since FL is the topmost state threatened by CC, FL leadership is essential. [SunSentinel] [Public Perception ] [Kresge Foundation Grant]

2012-12-31


 

Another Newsletter Disclaimer (2012-12-30)

Views or opinions expressed in the CRCA web site & newsletter are solely those of the author(s) & do not necessarily represent those of “Riverwatch.” Comments & questions about editorial content & facts can be directed to John Capece, CRCA Secretary. [Disclaimer Image] [Cartoons Cartoon]

2016-07-01


 

Resignation by Lisa P. Jackson (2012-12-28)

Lisa P. Jackson is stepping down as administrator of the EPA after a four year tenure. She began her journey with high hopes of sweeping action to address climate change & other environmental problems but ended with a series of rear-guard actions. [New York Times] [Climate Change Challenges] [Science News] [News Press]

2012-12-28


 

Wetland Workshop (Webinar) (2012-12-28)

The Swamp School will be holding the 2012 Wetland Status & Trends Conference (Online) on Jan 9, 2-4pm. Tuition is $97. Among the topics will be changes to wetland delineation methods, newly expanded EPA Wetlands Enforcement, & the Clean Water Act. [Details]

2012-12-28


 

Confessions of an Enabler (2012-12-28)

Paula Dockery, a Republican and former state senator from Lakeland apparently regrets that she voted to confirm DEP head Herschel Vineyard given what he and Governor Scott have been doing to DEP, DCA, and Florida’s environment in general. [Florida Voices]

2012-12-28


 

Corps to Address Rivers Coalition (2012-12-28)

The 1st 2013 meeting of Rivers Coalition will held on Jan 31 at the city of Stuart Commission Chambers. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas M. Greco (guest speaker) will talk to the Rivers Coalition & the public regarding ecosystem restoration. [Details] [Kids Initiative] [Sign Petition]

2012-12-28


 

Donation Time (2012-12-27)

The Riverwatch donation letter was sent out in mid December. Thank you to those who already sent in very generous donation checks or credit card payments. It is your support that allows CRCA to continue its River Advocacy on all our behalf. [Donation Request Letter] [CRCA Highlights] [Donate Online] [Request a Remittance Envelope]

2012-12-27


 

Eelgrass Dispersal (2012-12-27)

Sarah Sumoski published a study of seed dispersal in the eelgrass beds of Chesapeake Bay. It shows that marine animals can disperse eelgrass seeds. Eelgrasses are declining in the Caloosahatchee as well so this research may also help our region. [Sportsman News] [Caloosahatchee eel grass]

2012-12-27


 

Nature Walk 2013 (2012-12-27)

The Seasonal guided walks at Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve in North Fort Myers will start from 2013, 2nd Saturday of each three consecutive months (Jan to March). The walking time ranges from 9 to 10:30 a.m. There is no program & parking fee. [News Press] [C2020 Flyer]

2012-12-27


 

Both Brazen and Unrelenting (2012-12-27)

A former DEP employee asserts that 58 employees were laid off by DEP in a concerted effort to loosen regulation of polluting industries. DEP was never great, but now it's all a political sham. It will take Florida decades to recover from this. [Tampabay News]

2012-12-27


 

Water and Birds Linked (2012-12-26)

This year's wading bird nest total is 39% below average. Back to back droughts followed by a rainy 2012 resulted in yo-yoing water levels that disrupts nesting. Also, the small prey fish prey base has yet to recover from previous droughts. [Huffington Post]

2012-12-26


 

Southwest Florida Weather (2012-12-26)

Despite below-average temperatures in Nov, 2012 was a hot one for Southwest Florida, with the mean temp of 76.5F, the 4th warmest on record. SW FL has had temperatures of at least 80 degrees 290 times this year & 15 times in December. [News Press] [Monthly] [Yearly] [Climate Change Denier Cartoon]

2012-12-26


 

Coal in Your Stocking (2012-12-26)

A new study finds that the western part of the massive West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is experiencing nearly twice as much warming as previously thought and could upset the surface mass balance of the ice sheet, accelerating sea-level rise. [National Science Foundation] [Claims Journal]

2012-12-26


 

When You Are In A Water Hole,.... (2012-12-26)

Stop pumping! That's the most effective way to restore aquifer levels in North Florida so says a new report by Dr. Robert White to Suwannee River WMD. The report looks at other solutions like direction injection and recharge basins. [Lake News] [Aquifer Recharge]

2012-12-26


 

Fracking Water Report (2012-12-24)

The EPA released a progress report on its national study to understand the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Next, EPA is hosting a public webinar in Jan 3rd & 4th 2013 to talk about project specific updates. [Details] [Article] [Fracking Water Cycle Graphic]

2012-12-24


 

Bird Festival 2013 (2012-12-24)

Glades & Hendry counties are the mecca for bird watching from Mar 12 to 16 during the Big "O" Birding Extravaganza The event is a Glades/ Hendry County cooperative event on the Southwest shores of Lake Okeechobee. [Daily Schedule] [Flyers]

2012-12-24


 

Second Term Pastures Greener? (2012-12-24)

The second Obama's term will include increased ESA listing decisions, continued disputes between environmental groups, agencies, & developers over energy development on public lands; & disputes over the designated areas for wildlife. [Article] [2009 Controversy] [First Term ]

2012-12-24


 

Ta-Da! DEP Adopts BMAPs (2012-12-21)

The DEP announced adoption of 2 Basin Management Action Plans in Southwest Fl, one for Hendry Creek & Imperial River & the other for the Caloosahatchee River (CR). Stakeholders are expected to reduce 148,000 pounds/yr of total N2 in 1st 5 year. [News Press] [CR BMP ] [CR Final Order]

2012-12-21


 

Mercury in Seafood (2012-12-21)

Americans are eating fish from waters where mercury accumulates from atmospheric emissions derived from the burning of fossil fuels. Scientists have created the first complete picture of the way mercury moves from these sources & up to food chain. [Article] [Sources to Seafood] [Youtube]

2012-12-21


 

Proposal to President Obama (2012-12-21)

The Sierra Club & their coalition partners sent more than 40,000 letters to President Obama demanding action to clean up the slime in Fl waterways. The EPA gave attention to demands & they are considering strong nutrient criteria to protect water. [Take Action] [Public Influence]

2012-12-21


 

Concurrency Report 2012 (2012-12-20)

The 2012 Concurrency Report was accepted by Lee County Commissioners on Nov. 13. The report inventories infrastructure for solid waste disposal, surface water management, potable water, sanitary sewer, parks and recreation. [Concurrency Report]

2012-12-20


 

Endangered Species (2012-12-20)

According to a new report, declining quality & availability of fresh water in Florida is putting wildlife at risk. There are 10 species that are endangered as a result of water mismanagement. The FL Snail Kite is one of the top ten in list. [New Report] [Public News Service]

2012-12-20


 

Water Resources Conference (2012-12-20)

Focus of the 22nd Annual Southwest FL Water Resources Conference on Fri, Jan 25 is water & energy. Riverwatch, AWRA, & others are bringing in national speakers from the Government Accountability Office, Congressional Research Service, EPA, & more. [Agenda & Contents] [Web Site]

2012-12-20


 

Water Info on Smartphones (2012-12-19)

The EPA has launched a new app & website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers & streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. These app & website uses GPS technologies. [Details] [Waterway Factsheet] [Pollution Categories] [User help] [Questions & Answers]

2012-12-19


 

Unhealthy Rivers in Florida (2012-12-19)

22 rivers were studied from Miami to Pensacola. Nearly half are in decline because of pollution from lawns, street runoff, wastewater and agriculture, & because of shrinking flows caused by drought & rising demand for water by cities and industries. [Florida Rivers] [Caloosahatchee] [Rae Ann Comments] [Internactive Graphic] [Special Reports]

2012-12-19


 

World Class Ecosystem Education (2012-12-19)

The Conservancy of SW FL’s Dalton Discovery Center recently opened in Naples. It features state-of-the-art experiences with SW FL ecosystems: Uplands, Everglades, Mangroves, Sandy Beaches, & Ocean. [Press Release] [Naples News]

2012-12-19


 

Safe Driving to Save Panthers (2012-12-18)

As of Nov 27, 2012, total number of documented Florida panther deaths is 24. Two thirds died due to vehicle strikes. While building road underpasses could help, a loss of habitat to development is putting a constant squeeze on this endangered specie. [Naples News] [Opinion]

2012-12-18


 

ACES Conference (2012-12-18)

Riverwatch Secretary Dr. John Capece and his research team presented talks & posters addressing issues of the Caloosahatchee, EAA, and water storage at the ecosystems services valuation conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Dec 10-13. [County Level Program] [LCA Poster] [Ecosystem Services]

2012-12-18


 

Vulnerable Florida (2012-12-18)

When people think about global warming sea level rise, they envision a far distant future, problem that their great-grandchildren will have to deal with. That may not be the case. Ocean levels have already risen 7-8 inches over the past 50 years. [Article]

2012-12-18


 

State vs Federal Water Rules (2012-12-17)

State & private agencies say EPA should have let FL implement & regulate its own water rules rather than those set by the EPA that they say will cost the state millions of dollars to comply. After all, FL has such a great record on protecting water. [Article] [EPA Action in FL Waterways] [EPA Approval] [Causes of Federal Rules]

2012-12-17


 

FDACS Request for Extra Funds (2012-12-17)

FDACS is requesting additional fund from lawmakers to develop best management practices (BMPs) for ranches & farms around Lake O, & in the St. Lucie & Caloosahatchee River watersheds. BMP is critical to reduce the historical phosphorus loads. [History of FDACs] [Everglades Review] [Ripple Effect]

2012-12-17


 

If At First You Do Not Succeed (2012-12-14)

SFWMD announced a "new vision" process for Caloosahatchee estuary restoration. With progress at a stand-still on previously identified problems & solutions, the stakeholders need to revisit the issues and update their plans, priorities & schedules. [News Release] [Opinion] [Visioning] [Strategies] [LWC Water Supply Plan]

2012-12-14


 

Mussels Filter Rivers (2012-12-14)

More than 60 species of mussels and clams live in Floridaʼs freshwaters. They are an important functional component of the freshwater ecosystems, because they function as the rivers’ filters as well as food source for many fish, birds, and mammals. [Biologicaldiversity.org] [Florida's Freshwater Mussels] [Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society]

2012-12-14


 

Senate Ready But House Not (2012-12-14)

Senate's Environment & Public Works Chair B. Boxer (D-CA) & ranking D. Vitter (R-LA) hope to move Water Resources Development Act 2012 (WRDA) out of committee within the first month of the new Congress. But House chair J. Mica (R-FL) is hedging. [ENS WRDA Update] [Houma Today] [Politico]

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Paddle in Everglades (2012-12-14)

On Feb 16 takes place an Annual Everglades Area Tours Paddle-In, a social event bringing together paddling folks for a day of family-oriented fun. The non-profit Florida Society for Ethical EcoTourism is the beneficiary for this year's event. [Event Information] [Florida SEE]

2012-12-14


 

Santa Arrives at Manatee Park! (2012-12-07)

Calusa Blueway Outfitters announces Santa will arrive @ Manatee Park on Sunday, December 16th @ 11:00am. Bring your camera & your wish list for Santa. Santa will greet kids under the Oak Tree at the Amphitheater. All kids will get goodie bag. [Santa Press ]

2012-12-07


 

CHNEP Grant to CREW (2012-12-07)

The CREW Land & Water Trust has been awarded a Public Outreach Grant from the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program to partially fund second year of its scholarly nature walks led by professionals, known as CREW Strolling Science Seminars. [Press Release] [Strolling Science Seminars]

2012-12-07


 

CEPP Public Meetings in FL (2012-12-07)

Five Public meetings on Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) will held throughout south FL between Dec. 10 & Dec. 18. Each meeting will host an open house from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by formal presentations and public comments. [Dates & Location of Meetings]

2012-12-07


 

Corps Presents Its Plans (2012-12-06)

On Dec 10 in Ester and Dec 12 in Clewiston at 630pm, the Corps of Engineers presents the proposed alternatives for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). This includes the C-43 West Reservoir & the BOMA treatment projects. [Details] [CEPP Fact Sheet] [CEPP Area Coverage] [Estero] [Clewiston]

2012-12-06


 

Great Outdoors Progress Report (2012-12-06)

On Dec 4 the Obama Administration released the 2012 America's Great Outdoors Progress Report, detailing key successes of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, including advancing local conservation priorities. [Progress Report (photos omitted)] [Web Site]

2012-12-06


 

Invitation to Wildflower Preserve (2012-12-06)

Lemon Bay Conservancy invites you to a free "Open House" at Wildflower Preserve on December 8th from 9 am to 2 pm. Wildflower Preserve is an 80-acre former golf course on the Cape Haze peninsula that is being restored as awildlife preserve.

2012-12-06


 

Southwest FL Nature Festival (2012-12-05)

The 9th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival is a great way to learn about & enjoy the local environment through lectures, boat rides, birding walks and other guided field trips. Join the Festival between Jan 18 & 20 to explore the local nature. [YouTube] [Festival Attractions]

2012-12-05


 

November Was Driest Ever (2012-12-05)

South Florida had its driest November on record (only 0.29 inches, which is 1.50 inches below normal). Regardless, the Corps continued to drain water out of Lake O, although releases have been reduced in recent weeks as the Lake continues to drop. [Sun Sentinel] [Lake O Stage] [Warm Weather]

2012-12-05


 

Water Supply Plan Adopted (2012-12-05)

SFWMD approved its Lower West Coast Water Supply Plan for the Caloosahatchee region. Responding to criticism that the Plan lacks its required restoration component and vision, SFWMD is creating a working group to update goals and assess status. [Approved Water Supply Plan] [LWC Planning Document]

2012-12-05


 

Mines & Water Supply Debate (2012-12-04)

A proposal to funnel water from Martin County's largest rock mine to West Palm Beach could result in larger discharges of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie River. This project is also associated with a trail of political donations. [TC Palm] [Web Site]

2012-12-04


 

PDT Meeting for CEPP (2012-12-04)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and South FL Water Management District is holding a Project Delivery Team (PDT) meeting for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) on Dec 5 from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. The meeting will be held via teleconference. [Webmeeting Registration] [Webmeeting Address]

2012-12-04


 

Everglades Coalition Conference (2012-12-04)

Everglades Coalition 28th Annual Conference will be held on Jan 10-13 in Coral Gables. The conference will focus on reviewing restoration progress, overcoming challenges and seizing new opportunities to protect our economy as well as our environment. [Brochure] [Past Conferences] [Web Site]

2012-12-04


 

Waterways Score: FL 18 - EPA 82 (2012-12-03)

Florida's new water protection rules haven't entirely prevailed over the USEPA. The Feds are issuing their own rules on 82,000 of 100,000 miles of waterways. Meanwhile, the state DEP anti-pollution criteria will cover just the remaining 18,000. [Industry Reaction] [Associated Press]

2012-12-03


 

Annual River Trail Run (2012-12-03)

The 10th Annual River Roots & Ruts Trail Run will be on Jan 6 at the Caloosahatchee Regional Park. Runners get a special edition long sleeve shirt made in the USA by RaceReady. The event benefits Riverwatch & other groups. Register online. [Details] [Registration]

2012-12-03


 

EPA Water Rules Public Input (2012-12-03)

EPA seeks public comment on its recently released rules for inland & coastal waters. EPA will host a public information sessions in Tampa on Jan 17-18, along with web-based public hearings on Jan 22-24 to gather input. [EPA Approval Water Rule] [EPA Decision] [EPA Approval Letter] [Cartoon] [Eric Smith Cartoon Web Site]

2012-12-03


 

Estuaries Posters Available (2012-11-30)

CHNEP created a poster of the animals that live in estuaries. Posters show the geographic & biological diversity of estuaries which are home to 80% of world’s fish species & 45% of US endangered species. Interested groups can distribute the posters. [Charlotte Harbor Newsletter] [Poster Image]

2012-11-30


 

FDEP Study on Aquatic Life (2012-11-30)

FDEP is initiating a study on aquatic life in South Florida canals. The objective is to provide resource managers with recommendations by assessing the aquatic life & determining their interrelationships with other affecting variables. [South Florida Canals] [Legacy Canal & Aquatic Life]

2012-11-30


 

EPA Request to Federal Court (2012-11-30)

EPA is asking a federal court to extend deadline for issuing new water quality rules for Florida. EPA said rules proposed by the state lack waterways that should be included by 2009 court.Other representatives like Earthjustice are against EPA. [Delay in Issuing Water Quality Rules] [Extension Request] [Earthjustice Objection]

2012-11-30


 

Water Program Expanded (2012-11-29)

FRESP was initiated in 2005 and currently includes 8 water storage projects. Another 8 contracts spanning Okeechobee, Polk & Highland counties are being planned. New projects will add 4,800 acre-ft. of regional water storage. [Water Program Expanded] [FRESP Details]

2012-11-29


 

Schedule of County Summit (2012-11-29)

16 county summit meeting is rescheduled for Dec 6 at 10:00 am at the Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom, located at 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee. The confirmed presentors in summit include Allan Dodd, Melissa Meeker & Ernie Barnett. [Flyers]

2012-11-29


 

BOMA Moves Forward (2012-11-29)

A water quality project in which Lee County invested $10 million has started to move forward. The intent is to use an old grove in Glades County on the south shore of the Caloosahatchee as a treatment area to remove nitrogen from Lake O discharges. [Project Management Plan] [Wetland Performance Evaluation] [Conceptual Plan]

2012-11-29


 

November CRCA Newsletter (2012-11-29)

The November 2012 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] [HTML version] [Newsletter Archive]

2013-02-20


 

Public Opinion Meeting on FMP (2012-11-28)

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge will host a scoping meeting to get comments on what the public would like to include in Fish Management Plan (FMP). The scoping meeting will held on Dec 12 at Wellington Community High School. [Scoping Meeting] [Details]

2012-11-29


 

Oops! A Million Will Fix It (2012-11-27)

EPA asserts that the FWC Fisheating Creek channel clearing contractor did in fact cut into sediments (dredge). FWC is thus resposible for $1.25 million in restoration costs. This finding supports the assertion of Lykes, Army Corps, & Audubon. [News Press] [Cookie Cutter] [EPA FINDING & ORDER] [Fisheating Creek Documents] [Legal Case]

2012-11-27


 

Holiday Gift From You & CRCA (2012-11-27)

The Win-A-Canoe Contest is back again this year thanks to The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. Buy tickets online, at Estero Outfitters, or from CRCA directors. Also, Riverwatch can mail your gift of contest tickets with a card to friends & family. [Card Sample] [Order Tickets & Gift] [Canoe Picture]

2013-02-20


 

Estero Outfitters Benefit Event (2012-11-27)

Join Riverwatch and the many others attending the Annual Estero River SUP, Canoe, and Kayak Regatta on Jan 19. The event is a benefit for Josh Stuller and includes recreational, educational & competitive events. Guaranteed fun for all! [Outfitters Web Site]

2013-02-20


 

SWF Watershed Council Meeting (2012-11-27)

SWF Watershed Council meeting will be Nov 29 from 1:30-3:00 pm at the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Fort Myers. John Cassani, Lee County Hyacinth Control District Resource Mgr & a Council board member will present on watersheds & biodiversity issues. [Membership Renew] [Membership Details]

2012-11-27


 

CRCA Holiday Party (2012-11-27)

All are welcome to join Riverwatch members for their annual holiday party. This year we will go on a 2-hour cruise on Sun, Dec 16, 3-5pm aboard the Capt JP departing from Downtown Ft. Myers. Cost: adults-$10 kids-$5, a great Sunday family outing. [Details] [Capt JP Photo] [Reservations] [Directions] [Capt JP web site]

2012-12-27


 

Be Informed On Fracking (2012-11-27)

Hydraulic fracturing is expected to create more jobs & even make the nation independent on the foreign fossil fuel. However, many harmful environmental impacts come along with the drilling & extraction process. Floridians should learn & take action. [Fracking News] [The Washington Post ]

2012-11-28


 

Gator in the Bay (2012-11-26)

Miami's "Art Basel" festival will feature a 230-ft long alligator cruising Biscayne Bay. The art project will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and is intended to focus public attention on Everglades issues. The head toured of SW FL over Thanksgiving weekend. [Visitor Information] [Art Base] [Construction]

2012-11-26


 

Politicians in NASCAR Jackets (2012-11-26)

In discussing south Florida water management problems, Leon Abood from the River Coalition proposes that politicians be required to wear "NASCAR jackets" so the public knows which donors are sponsoring which politicians and by how much. [NASCAR Jacket] [YouTube Video]

2012-11-26


 

Connecting the Dots (2012-11-25)

Documenting the demise of Florida’s springs and its inland aquifers reveals the true story behind the firing of one of Florida’s longest-serving and most respected WMD directors, David Still. He sought to protect the springs and was pushed out. [Tampa Bay Times] [Special Report]

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Preservation Value Inflation (2012-11-25)

Lee County Clerk, Charlie Green released a series of critical audits of county land purchases over recent years. A committee, including Watershed Council founding member Noel Andress, has recommended improvements to the Lee County Commission. [Committee Roster] [County Clerk Audit] [Committee Recommendations] [News Press]

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Murky Waters (2012-11-24)

Water releases from Lake O turned kayak fishing in St. Lucie Estuary from sight-fishing fun to blind-casting frustration. The Corps stopped lake releases on Nov  7. But estuary waters are still murky, making sight-fishing impossible. [The Miami Herald]

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Commemoration of Ellen Peterson (2012-11-24)

Environmental activists are invited to an Eco-Spiritual Gathering of Activists in Commemoration of Ellen Peterson, 9am-4pm on Saturday, Dec 1 at Happehatchee Center. Guest list is limited to 100 people, so mark your calendars and register today! [An Invitation] [Web site] [Directions]

2013-02-20


 

Kevin Cam & Andrew View (2012-11-24)

The News-Press now has a special web site called "Playing In Paradise" featuring videos by journalist Kevin Lollar & amazing photographs by Andrew West. Lucky for Kevin, this whale shark only eats algae, something we have lots of in SW Florida. [Kevin Cam]

2012-11-24


 

ECOSWF Annual Meeting (2012-11-23)

The annual meeting of ECOSWF will be held on Jan 26, 11AM-2PM in Port Charotte. David Guest, managing attorney of Earth Justice, environmental law firm will discuss current Environmental Litigation, some dealing with the Caloosahatchee. [Flyer] [Web Site] [Letter Campaign] [Caloosahatchee Case]

2012-11-23


 

Lake Stage Starts Downward (2012-11-23)

With the rainy season over, Lake Okeechobee has started to drop. Storing more water north of the lake is a primary tool for reducing damage from high water discharges to the Caloosahatchee. But filling all available storage reduces flood protection. [Lake News] [Lake Stage Graphic]

2012-11-23


 

Ecosystems Services Conference (2012-11-23)

The 2012 ACES conference Dec 10-14 in Ft. Lauderdale will focus on assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions. The active participation of representatives from NGOs, universities including tribal communities. [Flyer] [Conference Agenda]

2012-11-23


 

Re-plumbing the Everglades (2012-11-23)

Various components of Florida Everglades are degrading day by day. This degradation can be stopped only through the collaborative work of scientists, policy makers and reasonable cost effective management practice. [Details]

2012-11-23


 

Peddling Perfection (2012-11-21)

It was another picture-perfect Florida day for the 16th annual Caloosahatchee River Ride on Nov 11. Over 100 riders joined in the event. Thank you to all riders! We look forward to seeing you again next year. Congrats to event organizer Keith Kibbey! [Photos]

2012-11-21


 

Landfill Debate in Charlotte (2012-11-20)

A Landfill proposed in Charlotte along SR 74 is the subject of a meeting on Dec 6 in Punta Gorda. The location is on the boundary of several watershed flowing to Chalotte Harbor and the Caloosahatchee Estuary. [Agenda] [Maps] [Site Report] [Video] [Opposition Web Site] [Another Web Site]

2012-11-23


 

Ceitus Salinity Readings (2012-11-20)

In his salinity data collection for the North Spreader Canal System for the 2012 rainy season, Phil Buchanan focused on Back Bay, the Matlacha area most directly affected by the removal of the Ceitus Barrier. [Details] [Salinity Readings]

2012-11-20


 

Will Water be Available? (2012-11-20)

How long will water be available to nourish life on Earth? Researchers will address water resources management & policy in a changing world at American Geophysical Union conference in December. In the U.S., more than 36 states face water shortages. [NSF.gov]

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Status of the Ceitus Issue (2012-11-20)

All five Lee County commissioners have agreed to proceed to the next stage of the litigation, which is to arrange for the appointment of a mediator as required by Chapter 164 of the Florida Statutes. [Details] [cartoon]

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Carbon Tax V2.0 (2012-11-20)

Given that Hurricane Sandy is widely credited with reversing Romney's presidential race momentum, climate change is suddenly a hot topic again. The issue is resurfacing in talks about a once radical idea: a possible carbon tax. [The Washington Post] [Karl Rove]

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Bigelow & Judah Legacies (2012-11-20)

Judah was the environmental crusader, fighting to keep land and water preserved & pristine, willing to battle any powerful adversary. Bigelow was a risk taker, willing to take stands on issues, asking the tough questions. Both supported Riverwatch. [News-Press]

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Hands Across the Harbor (2012-11-20)

The Charlotte Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency, the Punta Gorda Community Redevelopment Agency & Waste Management of Charlotte County invite you to join the healthy living movement at the 5th Annual Hands Across the Harbor event on Jan 26, 2013. [Details] [Registration]

2012-11-21


 

Water Supply Augmentation (2012-11-20)

During many years the Caloosahatchee Estuary lacks fresh water to maintain dry season salinity balance. Computer simulations show a WSA strategy can provide some of the needed fresh water for the Estuary. CRCA seeks a water reservation from any WSA. [Details] [CRCA position on Backpumping (2007)]

2012-11-20


 

2012 Solar Workshop (2012-11-19)

UF/IFAS, Lee County Extension Sustainability Program in collaboration with Skyheat Assoc. present Solar Workshop - Solar Cell phone chargers with Professor Richard Komp on Dec 5 from 9am-4pm in Ft. Myers. Reserve now, space is limited to 30 people. [Details] [Flyer] [Web site]

2014-01-17


 

Pay Now or Pay Later (2012-11-19)

After Hurricane Sandy, NY City is faced with possibly constructing flood gates at a cost of $20 BILLION. Coastal areas everywhere will face similar costs since climate change deniers & the politicians they supported blocked progress on the issue. [Storm Water]

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China, Water and Food (2012-11-19)

China's massive population is gradually crawling out of poverty and seeking the food consumption levels people in the West have enjoyed for decades. This has huge implications on China's and the world's water and land resources. [PBS]

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The Absolute Pits (2012-11-19)

DEP employees who survive the ongoing staffing purges are being directed to drum up instances of how they have achieved "job creation" and cost savings for regulated industries, suggesting a fundamentally new, bizarre mission for DEP. [PEER]

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Congratulations, Karen! (2012-11-19)

Former CRCA director Karen Bickford, who since 2006 has handled water quality planning for Lee County, was been awarded the Together We Mean Community award for Q4,2012 which recognizes employees who go above and beyond their assigned duties. [Details]

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Charlotte Nature Festival (2012-11-13)

Please join us at the thirteenth annual Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival - a day to learn about and enjoy the natural environment of southwest Florida, on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 10 am to 3 pm in Port Charlotte. [Ticket information] [Web site] [Online form]

2012-11-21


 

Fisheating Creek Suit (2012-11-13)

In the Fisheating Creek legal action, one side seems to be claiming that no dredging occurred whereas maybe they should be asserting that legitimate attempts to restore navigation for canoes & kayaks went awry due to improper dredging by an agency. [The Miami Herald]

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Toxic Coal Ash (2012-11-13)

Every year, the state of Florida produces more than 8 billion pounds of coal ash-a toxic byproduct. A Clean Water Fund report says coal ash poses significant threats to public water resouces and public health (cancer & nervous system damage). [Creative Loafing Tampa]

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Protecting Florida Ranchlands (2012-11-13)

With 1.63 million cows, Florida ranks 11th in beef cows and 19th in total cattle nationally. With so many acres in pasture, it's important that ranching areas not invade, but provide wildlife-friendly connectivity between Florida's natural lands. [On Earth]

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Climate Change & Florida (2012-11-12)

For the first time in almost 30 years, climate change was not talked about in the presidential or vice presidential debates. But the candidates cannot ignore the reality of climate change, especially in Fla. Climate change must be faced by everyone. [News-Press] [Huffington Post]

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St. Lucie River (2012-11-12)

After 50 days, the Army Corps of Engineers on Nov 7, halted releases of polluted, silt-laden fresh water from Lake Okeechobee into the brackish St. Lucie River estuary. As of Nov 1, the flow has been about 850 cubic feet per second since Sep 19. [TCPalm]

2012-11-12


 

December Programs at CRP (2012-11-12)

Join the December 2012 public programs at the Caloosahatchee Regional Park located at 18500 North River Road in Alva. For more information, call Kelly at (239)822-5212. Register online at the Lee Parks web site or by calling (239)533-7440. [Programs]

2014-01-28


 

December Programs at HCMP (2012-11-12)

Join the December 2012 public programs at the Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park 17980 Palm Beach Boulevard. For more information, call Kelly at (239)822-5212. Register online at the Lee Parks web site or by calling (239)533-7440. [Programs]

2013-02-20


 

Big O Birding Festival (2012-11-12)

For an opportunity to enjoy the wonders of the Everglades with birders from across the country, join us at the Big O Birding Festival March 12 - 16. It's a 4-day safari through Hendry and Glades counties with birding enthusiasts and nature lovers. [Flyer] [Hendry-Glades Birding Map Poster] [Short Version Registration Form] [Web site]

2012-11-12


 

Thank You Ray Judah (2012-11-08)

With the elections over Rae Ann Wessel of SCCF submitted a letter to local papers thanking Com. Ray Judah for his great service over the past 24 years. He has been a powerful force for the environment and our community on the Lee County Commission. [Island Reporter]

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Ceitus Boat Lift Negotiations (2012-11-08)

Cape Coral’s City Council voted 7-0-1 not to extend Ceitus negotiations with Lee County. The only astention was incoming councilman Marty McClain. Abstention is the nearest thing to a progressive stance that can be found in the Cape these days. [News-Press] [Daily Breeze]

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Great Barrier Reef Collapse (2012-11-08)

Australia development triggered a massive coral collapse at the Great Barrier Reef more than 50 years ago. Polluted runoff clouded the pristine Pacific water & poisoned the native species. It also promoted algal blooms which prevented coral regrowth. [Fox News]

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Win Some, Lose Some...more. (2012-11-08)

The 11th Circuit Court refused to review an EPA rule that exempts the transfer of polluted EAA canal water into Lake Okeechobee. These transfers are therefore not subject to the permitting requirements of the Clean Water Act. [Opposing Views] [Court Ruling] [Save the Twinkie cartoon]

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Kicking and Screaming (2012-11-08)

Cape Coral said "No one is happy about paying this money because of federal regulations." in grudgingly buying Alva land for under $1 million to mitigate Scrub Jay habitat impacts from building the 215-acre Festival Park that cost them $27 million. [News-Press] [CapeCoral.com] [Daily Breeze] [Cape Fact Sheet]

2012-11-23


 

November CRCA Meeting (2012-11-03)

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium will host the Nov 7 meeting of the Riverwatch Board of Directors. Meeting begins at 6:30pm. Mary Rawl, director of the Center, will provide food & drinks. All CRCA members are welcome to attend. [Google Map] [CNCP Web Site]

2012-11-12


 

Small Marine Organisms (2012-11-02)

Warmer waters could significantly change ocean distribution of populations of phytoplankton, tiny organisms that could have They will thrive near the poles and shrink in equatorial waters, with a major feedback pushing climate change. [NSF.gov] [Photos]

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Secrets of Red Tide Sought (2012-11-02)

On Oct 26 researchers with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota collected water samples containing Karenia brevis off Sanibel to better learn about the mysterious formation & life cycle of the microscopic marine algae that causes red tide in SW FL. [News-Press]

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As Government Budgets Shrink (2012-11-02)

As budgets and political will shrink, the burden of violations detections shift to advocacy groups, such as Riverkeeper. One wonders if this is the most effective and efficient way for the public to achieve accountability and legal adherence. [The Augusta Chronicle]

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Manufacturing Consent (2012-11-02)

Leo Amos points out how the state contract "mediator" has been consistently attempting to "Manufacture Consent" by creating the illusion that the majority of Ceitus issue stakeholders agreed to what was really just a minority report created by DEP. [Email]

2016-07-01


 

Hg & SO4 Reference (2012-11-02)

SFWMD report chapter 3B updates the status of mercury and sulfur monitoring in South FL and highlights the progress on research findings. Along with Volume III, Appendices 3-1 and 3-2, this chapter fulfills the Everglades Forever Act requirement. [Report]

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Florida Panther Festival (2012-11-02)

The 2nd annual Florida Panther Festival will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 10 am to 4 pm at North Collier Regional Park. Free Admission. For more information, visit the website or phone 353-8442, ext. 222. [Flyer] [Fact sheet] [Web site]

2012-11-12


 

Free Wildlife Tours (2012-11-02)

Join Fish & Wildlife Service on its new E-tram for a journey through Pelican Island NWR to experience wildlife up close while making a strong connection to the natural world. Space is limited. MUST call for reservations. See poster for details. [Poster] [Facebook]

2012-11-03


 

October CRCA Newsletter (2012-10-29)

The October 2012 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] [HTML version] [Newsletter Archive]

2013-02-20


 

Audubon Volunteer Award! (2012-10-28)

Margaret England was awarded Audubon Volunteer Award for Everglades Conservation, presented at the Audubon Assembly in Sarasota Oct 27 by Audubon FL CEO Eric Draper. Margaret is President of Hendry-Glades Audubon and Vice President of Riverwatch.

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Running High, Running Red (2012-10-25)

As of Oct 22, flows to the Caloosahatchee Estuary continue to run at 3400 cfs, well above the maximum advisable limit of 2800 cfs. Shore waters are also experiencing red tide and other phytoplanton blooms resulting in fish kills. [SCCF Conditions Report]


 

Florida Fish Advisories (2012-10-25)

After testing for Mercury, Florida advises eating no more than 1 meal per month of bass taken from the Caloosahatchee or Lake Okeechobee. But bass from Fisheating Creek area should not be eaten at all. Some other types of fish can eaten weekly. [Eating Limits]

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FDA to Oversee Insect Project (2012-10-24)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal agency overseeing plans by the British genetic engineering firm Oxitec to release altered mosquitoes in the Keys, part of a plan to head off outbreaks of dengue fever. [Details]

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Putnam on Water & Land Campaign (2012-10-24)

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam urged the state to review which agencies are managing particular tracts of state land and he expressed concerns about spending more money on buying conservation land. [The Florida Current]

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The Federal RESTORE Act (2012-10-24)

Several of the counties belonging to a consortium that is preparing a plan to spend some BP oil spill money objected to a request by Gov. Rick Scott to appoint one-fourth of the consortium and its chairman. [The Florida Current]

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Water & Land Legacy Amendment (2012-10-24)

Florida lawmakers have cut conservation spending more deeply than any other part of government. Conservation is a value all Floridians deeply cherish across party lines. The Water & Land Legacy amendment simply seeks to hold the environment harmless. [Details] [Take Action Today!]

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15% More Will Do It (2012-10-23)

The State endorsed a plan claiming it will clean up the Everglades by building 6500 more acres of filter marshes on top of the existing 45,000 acres. 15% more of the same will probably not be enough but it placates the judge at a cost of $888 million [The Miami Herald]

2012-10-24


 

Sustainability & Livestock Health (2012-10-23)

The Council for Agricultural Science & Technology has developed recommendations in response to public & scientific concerns about the relationships between animal health, food safety, & sustainability in our food supply. [CAST Commentary Paper] [Video] [CAST Web site]

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Public Issues & Conflict (2012-10-23)

You are invited to the Public Issues and Conflict Management Training on December 5-6, 2012 at 5PM in Lakeland. The CHNEP is hosting this two-day training to help its partners in their efforts to protect the natural environment of Florida. [Details]

2013-02-20


 

LWC Water Supply Plan Update (2012-10-23)

According to the SFWMD, comments provided by the LWC Stakeholders on the Draft 2012 LWC Water Supply Plan Update do not warrant substantive changes to the findings, conclusions and guidance in the Update. So, there will be no WRAC issues workshop. [Details] [Oct6-12 Comments] [Sep 29-Oct 5 Comments] [Sep 28 Comments] [WSP Update] [Web site]

2012-10-23


 

Action Alert (2012-10-23)

Restoration funding is at risk. Great Waters Coalition is asking for organizations and businesses to sign-on to Stop Funding Cuts to Great Waters Restoration Programs. Sign-on deadline: COB, Friday November 9th, 2012. [Details] [Sign-on] [Web site]

2012-10-23


 

Take Action Today (2012-10-23)

Urge Congress to oppose devastating cuts to critical conservation funding and stop the dirty water amendments that put our clean water at risk. Tell Congress: Don’t Cut Funds For Clean Water Protection. [Take Action Now]

2013-02-20


 

Top 10 Things - Climate Change (2012-10-23)

The onslaught of extreme weather and record temperatures this year have had an impact on people globally, directly through drought and temperature, and more indirectly impacting food prices and public transportation. [Think Progress]

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Red Tide at Naples Beaches (2012-10-23)

A red tide has worsened along Collier County beaches bringing dead fish onto Naples-area beaches. The bloom of microscopic algae can release a toxin that kills marine life and causes watery eyes, coughing and a throat tickle. [Naples News]

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Champion of the Everglades Awards (2012-10-23)

Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades announced 2012 Recipients of Annual Champion of the Everglades Awards: U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Ron Bergeron and Florida Wildlife Federation. Awards will be presented on Dec 8, 2012. [Details] [Web site]

2012-10-23


 

Expanding Sustainability (2012-10-23)

The UF-IFAS Lee County Extension in partnership with Lee County's Pollution Prevention Program invites you to its 4th Annual Clean Energy & Sustainable Technologies Conference on Nov 9th from 8:30AM-3:30PM in Ft. Myers. Cost is $25 (includes lunch) [Details] [Registration/Agenda] [Sponsorship] [Web site]

2012-11-12


 

The Future of Water (2012-10-22)

Alan Farago, president of Friends of the Everglades, on the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act talks about the past history and the future of water. [Details]

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Cape Coral Troubled Waters (2012-10-22)

No doubt the decision of the ad hoc committee of two county commissioners and two Cape Coral officials on the Ceitus boatlift to not set an ending point for the talks and to allow more findings left everyone attending the last meeting unhappy. [News-Press] [Cartoon]

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Every Little Bit Helps (2012-10-22)

To help stabilize salinity of Caloosahatchee, State engineers installed 2 pumps on an old citrus farm in W Hendry County. Both pumps are operational now, drawing diverting 5% of the fresh water headed towards the Caloosahatchee estuary. [News-Press] [Fox4] [abc7]

2012-10-22


 

Osorb Cleans Up Toxic Water (2012-10-22)

Chemist Paul Edmiston's search for a new way to detect explosives at airports instead led to the creation of what's now called "Osorb," swellable, organically-modified silica, or glass, capable of absorbing oil and other contaminants from water. [NSF.gov] [Video]

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The Ripple Effect Newsletter (2012-10-22)

At a budget hearing held on Sep 25, the SFWMD Board finalized & adopted the $567.3 million budget that will fund the agency's mission for the next 12 months. A full 75% of the FY2013 budget is dedicated to benefiting water resources protection, etc. [October Newsletter] [Web site]

2012-10-22


 

Assessment Survey Needed (2012-10-22)

Lee County Parks & Recreation wants to hear from you! Please take the time to give us your comments and feedback concerning Lee County Parks & Recreation facilities, the activities you participate in and the programs, facilities. Thanks! [Assessment Survey] [Web site]

2012-10-22


 

Connected to Caloosahatchee (2012-10-22)

Experts say they want the lake between 12.5 & 15.5-feet above sea level. Right now, it's at 15.6. The Corps started water releases after Tropical Storm Isaac. And just under a billion gallons of water has been released every day since Sep 19. [abc7]

2012-10-22


 

Letter to The Editor (2012-10-22)

Mark Perry, executive director of the FL Oceanographic Society, encourages everyone to get involved in efforts to ensure water flows naturally South from Lake O to feed Everglades; more algae blooms & toxic water is not needed in St. Lucie River. [TCPalm]

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There is No Real Problem (2012-10-22)

Opponents of restoring the Cape Coral Spreader Canal by replacing the Ceitus structure simply think proponents are engaged in "end of the world" hysterics. They think that it's a waste of money to salvage that coastal system. [Mayor Sullivan Letter] [John Manning Response Letter] [Scott Assessment of Hysterics] [Feb 7 Meeting Video]

2012-10-24


 

Annual Total in Half Season (2012-10-19)

2012 forecasted an average year with 9-15 named storms, including 4-8 hurricanes. As of Sep 1 the total was 12 storms, 7 hurricanes. But the 6-month season was only half over. Upper level wind shear kept the storms under Cat 3. [NSF.gov] [Images]

2016-07-01


 

Munich Re (2012-10-19)

A recent study release by Munich Re, the world's largest re-insurance firm (insuring the insurance companies), sees climate change driving increased disasters & predicts the trend will continue, though a number of experts question that conclusion. [USA Today]

2016-07-01


 

Fisheating Creek (2012-10-19)

David Guest who filed a petition for an administrative hearing last week with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is questioning the agency’s relationship with Florida agriculture giant Lykes Bros. But the Audubon Society disagrees. [News-Press]

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Ignore Half the Mandate (2012-10-19)

The proposed SFWMD Water Supply Plan claims, "water demands of the LWC Planning Area can continue to be met.." This is only true if SFWMD ignores the half of the WSP mandate that reads to "ensure adequate supply of water to protect natural systems.." [SCCF Assessment] [Cassani Comments]

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Lake O Draining Increases (2012-10-19)

To lessen Lake Okeechobee flooding threats, the Army Corps of Engineers is moving more than double the amount of lake water being dumped out to sea, despite concerns about environmental damage to coastal estuaries. [Sun-Sentinel]

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Water System and Land Use (2012-10-19)

To better understand how planet Earth's water cycle works, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) awarded grants totaling almost $27 million through the Water Sustainability and Climate program. [NSF.gov]

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AQUARIUS - A New Platform (2012-10-19)

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has selected AQUARIUS as its new platform for water time series data management nationally. Over 3000 USGS professionals will rely on AQUARIUS for time series data storage, processing, review, and reporting. [Aquatic Informatics]

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Lake Okeechobee Discussion (2012-10-10)

Dr. Paul Gray, researcher and advocate for Lake Okeechobee ecological issues is the Riverwatch guest speaker at the January 2, 2013 meeting at the Calusa Nature Center in Ft. Myers from 7-8pm. The presentation is free and open to public. [Details] [Registration] [Driving directions]

2012-11-12


 

Sierra & Fracking (2012-10-07)

Oil and gas drilling have huge environmental consequences.' In South Florida, the most likely target for fracking is the Lower Sunniland Trend, two miles below an area stretching from Fort Myers to Miami. [News Press] [Gift Subscription] [Global Frack-down]

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Cash & Sludge Down the Drain (2012-10-07)

Cape Coral was unable to auction off $15 million in biosolids equipment even at a 75% discount. The equipment converts waste water sludge into a marketable fertilizer pellet, but the market has evaporated. [News Press] [Water World] [Hi-end Market Problems] [E-edition for $1/wk]

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Fisheating Creek Controversy (2012-10-05)

EarthJustice is suing FDEP over Fisheating Creek issues. After dredging resulted in over-drainage of Cowbone Marsh and scoured out a deeper channel, DEP and others have taken actions many consider excessive and harmful. [Press Release] [Cowbone Video] [FEC Documents]

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Mercury Problem in South FL (2012-10-04)

The SW FL Watershed Council met on Oct 25 at the Royal Palm Yacht Club. Dr. Darren Rumbold of FGCU spoke about the levels and impacts of mercury contamination in fish plus its linkages to the sulfur in water and soil. [Dr. Darren Rumbold Bio] [Details] [Presentation Summary]

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Cape Will Never Agree (2012-10-04)

Led by Mayor Sullivan and David Scott (geologist), the Cape attendees at the Ceitus meeting were loud and unruly—they giggled every time somebody used the word “environment” and mocked any suggestion of scientific data. [Meeting Report] [Cartoon] [Cochrane & Snowden] [Doin' My Toons]

2016-07-01


 

Speak to the Environment (2012-10-03)

The News Press challenged VP Biden to use part of his Ft. Myers campaign to discuss ways the federal government can help this state protect wetlands and other environmental areas. They asked him to discuss his plans for clean energy & air. [News Press Editorial]


 

Only a Passing Reference (2012-10-03)

Vice President Joe Biden spoke in Ft. Myers but did not take up the News Press challenge to speak to environmental issues. He made only a small reference to renewable energy during a mostly Medicare & economy speech. [Letter to VP] [30% Environmental] [Swing Myth] [Analysis]

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A Negotiated Settlement (2012-10-02)

Views or opinions expressed in the web site & newsletter are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of “Riverwatch.” Comments & questions about editorial content & facts can be directed to John Capece, CRCA Secretary. [email to CRCA Secretary]

2016-07-01


 

Sweet 16 River Ride (2012-09-24)

On Sunday, November 11, join Riverwatch for the 16th 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. [Caloosahatchee Regional Park map] [Register with form] [Register online]

2012-11-12


 

Survives Through Its Waters (2012-09-23)

It is time for all of us to protect our waterways. In an election season, when people point fingers at a failing health system, a failing Social Security system and a failing economy, there may be no bigger crisis than water quality. [News Press Editorial] [Democratic Eco-platform] [Republican Eco-platform] [Libertarian Eco-platform]

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September CRCA Newsletter (2012-09-21)

The September 2012 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] [HTML version] [Newsletter Archive]

2012-11-12


 

Defunding Attempt Thwarted (2012-09-20)

Ray Judah's seat is not even vacant yet, but winds of change are in the air. Commissioner Tammy Hall again sought to end Lee County's legal efforts to restore Ceitus Boat Lift. Her attempt failed, but may return once Ray is gone. [Why Ceitus Matters] [Actions] [Salinity Consequences] [Cartoon]


 

Water & Land Legacy Amendment (2012-09-20)

Florida's Water and Land Legacy Campaign is in the thick of volunteer recruitment. Please consider helping the campaign by sending an email alert to your members, recruiting volunteers at meetings or by posting a campaign write-up in your outreach. [Kickoff Meeting Announcement] [Details] [Publicity Toolkit] [Full Text]

2016-02-04


 

Service Learning Park Cleanup (2012-09-19)

Join us for the LaBelle Nature Park Cleanup on Saturday, Oct 6 from 8am to 1pm. Free lunch is provided. FGCU Service Learning students are welcome. For directions call Margaret England at 863-517-0202 or email margaret@caloosahatchee.org. [Flyer]

2012-10-24


 

Piling It On (2012-09-16)

One wonders if Drew Barlett actually believes what he writes in editorials about the greatness of FL's commitment to clean water. It's astonishing how politicians can see a completely different reality than what objective observation shows. [Barlett Letter]

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Havens & Frazer on N&P (2012-09-16)

For many years, environmental agencies have sought to improve the water quality of lakes and estuaries by reducing inputs of phosphorus. New research indicates that we must reduce both phosphorus and nitrogen to reverse eutrophication symptoms. [Details] [Website]

2016-07-01


 

Difference of Approach (2012-09-16)

The Republican platform advocates state implementation of ag BMPs & dismatling EPA (federal backstop enforcement of water quality) reflecting the Florida debate where CRCA has often advocated EPA actions to motivate greater progress in & by Florida. [Platform Water Highlights]

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Clean Energy Stimulus (2012-09-16)

Despite all the right-wing carping, the big 2009 stimulus bill was successful, well-administered, and virtually scandal-free, writes Michael Grunwald in his new book. And it gave a huge boost to renewables and cleantech. [Grist.org]

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Watershed Council Meeting (2012-09-16)

The next regular meeting of the SWF Watershed Council will be Sep 20th from noon to 3pm at Ft. Myers RPYC. Forum on RSW Airport Environmental Management: Water and Wildlife. Members and guest lunch at noon, $20. Program open to public at 1:30 pm. [Details]

2012-10-24


 

The Water Games (2012-09-16)

According to John Cassani no other resource more importantly controls the economy and way of life in a state where water wars are far from fictional. Special interest consumers control our water. [Cassani Opinion] [Earthjustice Filing] [NewsPress]

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To Dump or Not To Dump (2012-09-15)

Lake O having reached 15 feet is at an ideal storage level for the coming dry season, unless of course another large storm hits and the lake water can't be discharged down the Caloosahatchee fast enough to save the still incomplete dike. [Lake O Stage Chart (Sep 18)] [Sun Sentinel] [Caloosahatchee Impact] [Piping Problem]

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Lake Posturing (2012-09-15)

SFWMD board members took positions on Lake O when discussing Lower West Coast Water Supply Plan. DeLisi said this was not the place to deal with Lake O, while Collins stated that the lake should be held at a higher level once the dike is repaired. [Case for Low Lake] [Case for Higher Lake]

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Like 20 Years of CO2 (2012-09-15)

While scientists stare in shock and awe at this year's data on the Arctic's unprecendented ice melt, the BBC explains how the loss of the ice's reflectance is the equivalent of adding 20 more years of CO2 emissions to our atmosphere. [BBC Article] [Straight Dope] [Watch Weather-girl Goes Rouge]

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Annual Total in Half Season (2012-09-15)

2012 forecasted an average year with 9-15 named storms, including 4-8 hurricanes. As of Sep 1 the total was 12 storms, 7 hurricanes. But the 6-month season was only half over. Upper level wind shear kept the storms under Cat 3. [Miami Herald] [2012 Hurricane Season] [Science of Hurricanes]

2016-07-01


 

Vinyard Defends Cuts (2012-09-15)

Speaking at a water-policy forum on September 6 in Orlando, Herschel Vinyard, secretary of the Florida DEP, said the state's five water districts are now spending about $1 billion a year to regulate and protect surface and aquifer waters. [Orlando Sentinel]

2012-09-15


 

Toll on Turtles (2012-09-15)

Before TS Isaac, Sanibel had 104 sea turtle nests and Captiva had 21 nests on the beach. Storm surge on Monday washed out or washed over 75% of remaining nests on Sanibel and Captiva Island beaches. TS Debby earlier in the summer was worse. [Fox-4] [Photo] [YouTube] [Facebook]

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CRCA Facebook (2012-09-15)

We are up to 92 likes. Please visit our Facebook page and like us today! Facebook with its easily-accessible style, compliments the CRCA web site which is designed to provide a more permanent record of issues and positions. [CRCA Facebook]

2016-02-04


 

Panther Presentation (2012-09-14)

On Oct 3 at the Port LaBelle Inn, Riverwatch is sponsoring a presentation titled: Giving Panthers Room to Roam. The panther talk begins at 7pm. You can come early at 6pm if you want to join the group for dinner. [Details] [Panther & Bear in Picayune] [Port LaBelle Map] [RSVP]

2012-10-24


 

Stay & Socialize (2012-09-14)

After the Oct 3 Panther presentation, Riverwatch members and guests will socialize at the Port LaBelle Inn lounge. Set aside post-bar driving concerns by staying the night at the Inn for only $65. [Directions] [Port LaBelle Inn Web Site] [Sign]

2012-10-24


 

Totally and Entirely Absent (2012-09-14)

Lisa Interlandi of the Everglades Law Center insisted on restoration of discussion of an initial "reservation" and other essential elements of a Caloosahatchee restoration plan in the Lower West Coast Water Supply Plan. [Pete Quasius Speaking] [Link to Video (4:59:15 hrs)]

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Signing a Success (2012-09-07)

Amy Bennett Williams spoke on Caloosahatchee history, Riverwatch's role in preserving that heritage, and read a canoe journey essay. Afterward Amy signed copies of her book for many of the nearly 50 dinner meeting attendees. [Pic1 by C. Krieger] [Amy & CRCA President] [Signing] [Audience pic by M. Fidler] [Photo History Book Purchase]

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Democratic Environmental Platform (2012-09-06)

The 2012 Democratic Party Platform states they will work to ensure the integrity of the waters Americans rely on by supporting initiatives that restore our rivers, oceans, coasts, and watersheds, including the Florida Everglades. [Democrats on Environment] [2012 Democratic Platform]

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Republican Environmental Platform (2012-09-05)

At the same time even military engineers issue warnings about sea level rise, the Republican Party 2012 platform completely ignores the issue. In 2008, the GOP platform advocated responsible measures to address climate change. This year, it's gone. [2012 GOP Environmental Platform] [Full GOP Platform] [2008 GOP Environmental Platform] [TakePart.com] [Forbes]

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Bill 1 = $206 Million (2012-09-05)

Perhaps the first in an endless series of Climate Change bills is coming due in Miami. Increased flooding due to Sea Level Rise is dictating that Miami Beach revamp its stormwater system. Florida bills will steadily grow from millions to billions. [Miami Herald] [SE FL Sea Level Rise]

2016-07-01


 

14 Feet and Still Rising (2012-09-02)

On Sep 2, Lake Okeechobee stage surged past 14 feet. That's a 0.20-foot per day increase. The lake will continue to rise for another week or more. If another tropical storm approaches, water managers will have to consider dumping water down C-43. [Lake O Stage Chart (Aug 28)]


 

Isaac Delivers Rain (2012-08-27)

Isaac was an ideal tropical storm - little in the way of damaging winds, but a good soaking. 2 to 12" fell in the Kissimmee Basin; 8" directly on the lake. Lake O could rise to perhaps 14' - a good level, as long as another storm doesn't follow. [Lake O Stage History] [Regional Rain]

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August CRCA Newsletter (2012-08-22)

The August 2012 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] [HTML Version] [Newsletter Archive]

2012-10-24


 

Cape Coral Gag Order (2012-08-21)

Cape Coral Councilman John Carioscia, said that by passing a resolution to no longer discuss Ceitus and not giving the Lee BOCC the full 180 days agreed to, the council would "go against its word." [Daily Breeze] [Resolution]

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AWRA to Cedar Key (2012-08-19)

Florida Section American Water Resources Association presents "Water! The Key to it all in Cedar Key" on Friday, Sep 14, 2012 in Cedar Key library at 12 noon. Join AWRA in Cedar Key for a wonderful series of presentations and technical tours. [Details] [Registration] [Website]

2012-10-24


 

Conservation Lands Stewardship (2012-08-19)

CHNEP is pleased to host a conservation lands stewardship conference for everyone interested in stewardship of conservation lands on Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 from 8AM to 5PM at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor St, Punta Gorda). [Details] [Registration]

2012-10-24


 

SFWMD FY2013 Budget (2012-08-18)

On August 1, SFWMD submitted to the Legislature its tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2013. Total budget: $568.2 million, reduction of $11 million from 2012 amended budget. The proposed budget receives acceptance or rejection in September. [Notes] [FY2012 Budget Submission]

2012-08-18


 

LaBelle Nature Park Cleanup (2012-08-18)

On July 7 FGCU students joined with Intelligentsia International college student interns for a trails clearing project sponsored by Rotary & CRCA. Thank you Margaret for hosting the luncheon at her home next to the Nature Park. [Article]

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Caloosahatchee River Lawsuit (2012-08-18)

On July 23, 2012 Earthjustice filed lawsuit in federal against the US Army Corps of Engineers (who control the locks & water flow) because the agency acting on the advice of SFWMD is repeatedly violating water protection laws for the Caloosahatchee. [Details] [Lawsuit]

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A Thousand Pricks (2012-08-18)

Florida's environment has suffered the death of a thousand pricks over the decades, but we've remained quiet. We've lost our ability to hear the warning voice or perhaps for political reasons we've simply chosen to ignore it. [Details]

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Hiaasen Thanks the Courts (2012-08-18)

Without judges who are willing to yank a federal agency chief or even a governor into court, what remains of the Everglades has no chance of rebounding. To leave its fate in the hands of Tallahassee and Washington would be a death sentence. [Miami Herald]

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Pantano Now in Afghanistan (2012-08-18)

After providing years of progressive leadership on Caloosahatchee issues, Col. Pantano Jr. took command of the US Army Corps of Engineers in northern Afghanistan at the unit’s headquarters at the Qalaa House compound in Kabul in July. [Details]

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New Carbon Accounting Method (2012-08-18)

Scientists at Michigan State Univ are working on a way to develop new carbon accounting method to reduce farmers' use of nitrogen fertilizer. Large amounts of nitrogen fertilizer lead to nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. [NSF.gov]

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Ways to Save Everglades (2012-08-18)

Riverwatch President Pete Quasius participated in a So FL Ecosystem Restoration Working Group meeting on June 26 in Jensen Beach to discuss ways to save Everglades. There were about 40 people from government agencies and conservation. [TCPalm]

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CRCA Newsletter Resumes (2012-08-18)

Riverwatch newsletter "The Flow" returns after 4 missed months following 57 consecutive monthly editions. It returns thanks to a generous donor...details next month. CRCA invites others to donate in support of river publications & events. [August Newsletter]

2014-04-18


 

Drought Sends Cows to FL (2012-08-18)

Florida normally ships calves to the corn. But the drought has the Midwest and West sending cows to FL for food and water. Is this the first stage of a long-term trend as climate change induces economic and ecological adaptations? [2012 Spring] [Cattle Shift 2011] [Recent Price Hikes]

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Caloosahatchee BMAPs (2012-08-17)

Caloosahatchee estuary basin management action plan (BMAP) policy briefing is on Aug 30 from 9:30AM-12:00PM at South West Florida Regional Planning Council in Ft. Myers. The primary topic of discussion will be the ongoing process of BMAP development. [Details]

2012-10-24


 

Radio Green Earth (2012-08-17)

Radio Green Earth is an award winning weekly program produced for Public Radio focusing on environmental education. The show offers current environmental news from experts on subjects such as alternative energy, energy efficiency and much more. [Website]

2012-08-17


 

Wind Report (2012-08-17)

The Energy Department released a new report on August 14 highlighting strong growth in the U.S. wind energy market in 2011. According to the 2011 wind report, the U.S. remained one of the world’s largest and fastest growing wind markets in 2011. [Energy.gov] [Wind report]

2012-08-17


 

Exporting Water in a Drought (2012-08-17)

The U.S. is the third largest exporter of water in the world - a wild thought against the backdrop of a national drought. The U.S. is net exporter, which seems like a good idea - until we have a drought. It's time to change how we think about water. [Huffington Post]

2012-08-17


 

Action Alert (2012-08-17)

The Obama Administration is putting together its budget for the next fiscal year. Please urge the President and his senior environmental team to reject calls to cut conservation programs and to instead support critical funding for river restoration. [Details] [Take Action Today!]

2013-02-20


 

Save the Date (2012-08-17)

Save the date for the Everglades Coalition 28th Annual Conference hosted by the Everglades Foundation on January 10-January 13, 2013 at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida. [Details]

2013-02-20


 

Lionfish Threaten FL (2012-08-17)

It's officially open season on Lionfish. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking the public for help in taming the undersea predators. The Lionfish is nice to look at, but it is extremely dangerous to Florida's underwater eco-system. [Details]

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The New Climate Dice (2012-08-17)

Dr. James Hansen and his colleagues in the recent report "Increasing Climate Extremes and the New Climate Dice" reconfirm their conclusion that the increasing extremity of heat waves and the area covered by extreme events is caused by global warming. [Report] [Ice Volume] [Dr. James Hansen] [Ice Death Spiral]

2016-07-01


 

Artificial Reefs (2012-08-17)

Authorities have lowered 40 artificial reefs into the Gulf of Mexico off a Florida Panhandle county on Aug 9 as part of a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Each piece weighs more than 4,000 pounds. [Naples News]

2012-08-17


 

Swimming with Manatees (2012-08-17)

Discover the underwater world of the West Indian Manatee on the Nature Coast of West Central Florida. Experience what lies under the surface of the Kings Springs of the Crystal River. Snorkeling from the Miss Crystal River is an exciting adventure. [Manatee Facts & Information] [Website]

2012-08-17


 

Sugar Fact Check (2012-08-17)

The sugar lobby will have you believe that the sugar program is a 'no cost' program that is working for U.S. consumers, businesses and workers. In reality, the program is primarily only benefitting well-off farmers and sugar companies. [Fact Check]

2012-08-17


 

Remembering John Ogden (2012-08-17)

National Audubon's staff and environmental activists suffered a tragic loss this spring with the death, at 73, of John Ogden, a great scientist and an influential conservationist in the preservation of Florida's Everglades. [Details]

2012-08-17


 

Voters Snooze on Environment (2012-08-17)

Less than 30% of Lee Co Democrats voted in the primary on Aug 14. On the Republican side, long-time river advocate Ray Judah lost his primary race for re-election to the Lee County Commission. His leadership on eco-issues will be missed! [Letter to Editor]

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Water Supply Augmentation (WSA) (2012-08-17)

SFWMD Governing Member Dan DeLisi spoke to a crowd of over 40 people at the Aug 1 CRCA meeting in LaBelle. He explained that backpumping (WSA) would consistently deliver more dry season water to the estuary. The group debated merits of this option. [SFMWD Info] [Audio Recording]

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Backpumping (WSA) - Opinion (2012-08-16)

Rae Ann Wessel of SCCF said backpumping is not an option we can afford. Transferring the obligation for clean up from the polluter to the public increases the cost of cleanup and transfers the financial obligation and expense to the public taxpayer. [Opinion] [SCCF comments]

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White House on Everglades (2012-08-16)

The White House released a report on Everglades, progress and next steps for restoring a treasured landscape and sustaining a way of life. For the restoration an additional $246 million is invested in the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget. [Report]

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Seaweed Future Biofuel? (2012-08-16)

Professor Avigdor Abelson of Tel Aviv University and his colleagues are developing methods for growing and harvesting seaweed as a source of renewable energy. It's a promising source of bioethanol that has remained virtually unexplored until now. [Details]

2012-08-16


 

Tour de North Port (2012-08-16)

Join People for Trees, Inc. for Tour de North Port on Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 at 7AM. The tour begins at Dallas White Park. The cost is $35 per rider, $10 age 16 and under. Family ride (up to 6 riders) $50. Registration closing date online: October 19. [Details] [Registration]

2012-08-16


 

Volunteers Needed (2012-08-16)

Volunteers are wanted to help with all aspects of the 2012 Blueway Paddling Festival. The festival uses an armada of volunteers, so we need you. Volunteers receive event-staff T-shirts and admission to the events at which they volunteer. [How to Volunteer] [Festival Info] [Sign up today!]

2012-11-12


 

Swamp Walk at Big Cypress (2012-08-16)

Join Clyde and Niki Butcher for the Labor Day Weekend (Sep 1-3, 2012) and enjoy a swamp walk in their back yard. Cost $50 this fee includes a $25 credit to use in the gallery the day of your walk. Child under 18 is Free with paid adult 6% sales tax. [Details] [Reservations] [Website]

2012-10-24


 

Ding Darling Days (2012-08-16)

22 Annual "Ding" Darling Days will be October 14-20, 2012 at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel Island. Contact J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR by calling (239) 472-1100 or emailing at Toni_Westland@fws.gov [Poster] [Brochure] [Website]

2012-10-24


 

Election Results (2012-08-16)

View the Florida election results (2012 primary election) as reported by Supervisors of Elections to the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections. You can also download and view an Excel spreadsheet with results. [Election Watch]

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Mecca Farms Deal Approved (2012-08-16)

The Palm Beach County Commission on August 14 endorsed a $55 million deal that would allow the SFWMD to acquire the 1,919 acres west of Palm Beach Gardens, once intended to become home to The Scripps Research Institute. [Sun-Sentinel]

2012-08-17


 

North Spreader–Ceitus Barrier (2012-08-15)

The Aug 6, 2012 Cape Co. Council meeting finally showed a glimmer of sanity regarding the Ceitus Boatlift issue. Former Cape Co. Councilmember Pete Brandt writes that Ceitus barrier advocates are Pine Island Ecofreaks, no longer Marsh Grass citizens. [Cape Coral Daily Breeze]

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Ceitus Barrier Issue (2012-08-15)

The attached email (although somewhat unbelievable) is actually from Don Stilwell. Phil Buchanan encourages all friends of Pine Island not to let Don Stilwell get elected. Phil prefers Pendergrass. [Email]

2012-08-15


 

Water Supply Augmentation (2012-08-15)

The idea of allowing water from agricultural fields south of Lake Okeechobee to flow back into the lake to be used for environmental releases down the Caloosahatchee River is causing a stir among environmentalists. [News-Press]

2016-03-15


 

Backpumping OKd (2012-08-15)

An old source of Lake O pollution could return after South Florida water managers on Aug 10 opened the door to renewed "back-pumping." Supporters say back-pumping during the rainy season would make more water available during drought. [Sun-Sentinel]

2016-03-15


 

A Dry Wet Season So Far (2012-08-15)

Much of the SFWMD's 16-county region experienced below-average rainfall in July. Lake Okeechobee is 1.87 feet below average and has risen only half a foot since the wet season began in early May. Sep-Oct rains are needed in the Kissimmee Basin. [News Release] [Jul 2012 Rainfall] [Aug 17 Briefing] [Article]

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SCCFs Letter on Backpumping (2012-08-15)

Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation wrote a letter to SFWMD to provide comments on revisions to the Adaptive Protocols for Lake O Operations (AP) and the SFWMD proposal regarding backpumping for water supply augmentation. Lee County supports. [SCCF letter] [IFAS fact sheet] [Lee County letter]

2012-08-15


 

Reducing SFWMD Unwise (2012-08-15)

Last year’s massive funding cuts to water-management districts severely compromised agencies’ ability to carry out core missions of water supply, flood control, & in South FL’s case, Everglades restoration. Reducing tax rate for water district unwise [Miami Herald]

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No More Pollution into Lake O (2012-08-15)

Some may think taking water from the Everglades Ag. Area and storing it in Lake O for later use in the river would improve the health of the Caloosahatchee. In reality, this short-term solution would offer little to help the river in the long term. [Palm Beach Post]

2012-08-15


 

Rock Mining Mitigation (2012-08-14)

The SFWMD is working on a new plan to restore more than half of the 26,800 acres that in 2010 cost taxpayers $197 million in a deal with U.S. Sugar Corp. Rock miners would pay for the restoration in compensation for the environmental damage they do. [Sun-Sentinel] [Science Article] [Mining Issues]

2016-03-15


 

Dinner & Presentation (2012-08-08)

On Wed, Sep 5, Riverwatch hosts a presentation "Along the Caloosahatchee River" by Amy Bennett Williams. Join CRCA for the gourmet buffet dinner at 6pm ($25) and the presentation at 7pm (free) at Royal Palm Yacht Club. [Details] [RSVP] [Register] [Payment]

2012-10-24


 

Backpumping Proposal Presentation (2012-07-31)

Riverwatch will discuss the Lake O Backpumping proposal at its Aug 1 meeting at Beef O'Brady's in LaBelle. Presenters include Dan Delisi, SFWMD Governing Member. Meeting starts at 6:30pm. Come early to order dinner. Register to attend at RSVP link. [Map] [RSVP] [Directions]

2012-08-17


 

Rotary & Riverwatch Park Day (2012-06-14)

Riverwatch and Rotary Club of LaBelle will host FGCU students and others from the community for a project day in LaBelle Nature Park. We will be installing plant ID posts, clearing the trails, and exotics removal. Free Lunch! [JPG Announcement] [PDF Announcement]

2012-08-02


 

$880M In New Projects (2012-06-05)

A 12-year, $880 million plan to clean up the Everglades was released on June 4, the latest development in a nearly 25-year legal fight over water quality in the fragile ecosystem. [News Press] [Audubon Florida] [Eco-Voice] [AD Plan]

2016-03-15


 

CHNEP Micro Grants (2012-06-05)

CHNEP awarded the $12,000 allocated for micro-grants (usually up to $250/project) for this fiscal year. The guidance encourages people to apply for projects that can begin in the next fiscal year, after Oct 1, 2012 and be completed by Aug 31, 2013. [Apply for a micro-grant]

2016-03-15


 

Hardee Phosphate Mine (2012-06-05)

The Jacksonville District Department of the Army has received an application from CF Industries, Inc. requesting a 20 year permit to mine phosphate ore located on 18,287 acres of property in Hardee County, Florida. [Public Notice]

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Caloosahatchee River Release (2012-06-05)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to action on a recommendation from the South Florida Water Management District by releasing water down the river in an effort to prevent harmful algal blooms. [Video by Andrew West]

2012-08-17


 

Bill a Bad Deal (2012-06-05)

As the nation focuses on controlling federal spending and reducing our debt over the long term, the WAVE4 Act (HR 4342) would shift the burden for funding costly inland waterway infrastructure expenses onto taxpayers. [The Izaak Walton League] [Web site]

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CEPP PDT Meeting (2012-06-05)

Please join CEPP via telecom and the web; Monday June 11, from 10am to 12pm; to go over the configurations you and your groups developed south of the redline at their 31 May PDT meeting. [Details] [Web meeting address]

2012-08-02


 

Sustainable Energy 2012 (2012-06-05)

Gulf Coast Energy Network and Energy Services invite all industry professionals and advocates for sustainable energy to participate in this exciting workshop on Friday, July 25, 2012 in Pensacola, Florida. [Details] [Web site]

2012-08-17


 

CO2 at 400 ppm (2012-06-05)

The world's air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant. Years ago, it passed the 350 ppm mark that many scientists say is the highest safe level for carbon dioxide. It now stands globally at 395. [Naples News] [CO2 Concentration Graph] [NASA]

2016-03-15


 

Lake Trafford Tape Grass (2012-06-05)

FGCU faculty and students were out on May 31 moving aquatic vegetation around Lake Trafford. Researchers hope tape grass beds will expand throughout the 1,600-acre lake in Collier County and help it recover from decades of degradation and fish kills. [News Press] [Photo]

2016-03-15


 

River Advisory Lifted (2012-06-05)

The Hendry & Glades County Health Departments have lifted the advisory for the Caloosahatchee River waters but they're still advising people to use caution. While the advisory is no longer in place, the conditions are still possible for algae growth. [Details]

2016-03-15


 

Expedition Wraps Up (2012-06-02)

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition crossed the finish line nearly 100 days after setting off in the Everglades on a 1,000-mile journey to the Georgia state line. Their goal - inspiring the creation of a permanent unbroken wildlife corridor. [Details] [Listen to expedition reports]

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Gulf Restoration Network (2012-06-02)

An estimated $60 million in early restoration projects soon will begin along the Gulf Coast following the nation's largest oil spill, the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustee Council announced. [DEP News]

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Reuse Activities (2012-06-02)

Reuse has become an integral part of wastewater management, water resource management, and ecosystem management in Florida. During the past 20 years, Florida has risen to be recognized as a national leader (along with California) in water reuse. [Details] [Reuse Inventory Database and Annual Report]

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WRAC Meeting (2012-06-02)

The next Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC) meeting will be held on June 7, 2012 at 10:00AM at Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, 2201 Second Street in Ft. Myers. The meeting agenda is available online as as well as past meeting minutes. [Agenda] [Past meetings]

2012-08-17


 

A Shot of Solar Efficiency (2012-06-02)

Florida Gulf Coast University is hoping to revolutionize solar energy, starting with a single battery. That battery, purchased for $30,000 from an Australian company, captures energy created by solar panels and saves it for a cloudy day. [News Press]

2016-03-15


 

FYCCN (2012-06-02)

Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN)is a bold new program jointly sponsored by the FWC and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida leads the effort to reconnect Florida's children with traditional outdoor activities. Join FYCCN today! [Details] [FYCCN Website]

2012-08-17


 

Why Are You Not Protesting? (2012-06-02)

Edward O. Wilson dropped by the Grist office recently and asked why young people aren't out protesting the mess that's being made of the planet. Help us come up with a good answer. [Grist] [The Social Conquest of Earth by Wilson]

2016-07-01


 

Sisters In Slime (2012-06-01)

The Caloosahatchee has found a sister-river in Florida now that the traditionally clean Sante Fe River is now suffering an algae bloom. The Sante Fe is tied to the groundwater springs, completely disappearing underground for part of its run. [Ocala.com] [Santa Fe River kiosk sign]

2012-06-01


 

Targeting Farm Bill (2012-06-01)

Conservative groups have made it official — they hate the Senate farm bill and will push Tea Party fiscal hawks in Congress to defeat it. They are opposed to food stamps provisions of the Farm Bill.

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Wacky Plans (2012-06-01)

Managers from the state DEP proposed selling Florida lands to European governments, moving state offices inside parks to save rent and grinding state forests into fuel pellets. Shame on Florida's top environmental officials for their wacky plans. [Details]

2012-06-01


 

Unconvincing Propaganda (2012-06-01)

John Cassani of Alva commented on the recent Guest Opinion by Drew Bartlett of DEP explaining what a priority it is for DEP to get “Florida’s water right”. Cassani says if that was true Florida’s waters wouldn’t be in the condition they are now. [Cassani Opinion] [Bartlett Editorial]

2012-08-17


 

Suspended By DEP (2012-06-01)

Florida's top state wetlands expert Connie Bersok has been suspended after she refused to issue a permit on a controversial project — one that she said her boss was willing to bend the rules to approve. [Tampa Bay]

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Environmentalists Battle DEP (2012-06-01)

Environmentalists battle DEP along with industry groups over water quality. Isn't it a crying shame that the DEP, who used to be on our side (we thought), now has to be sued over and over again to do the right thing? [Florida Current]

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Love Bugs (2012-06-01)

Every May Southwest Florida is home to the harmless, love-making insects. But this spring, you may not see as many lovebugs as seasons past. Lee County Extension Director Stephen Brown explains lack of rainfall has dried out the love-making season! [Wink News] [Lovebug map]

2012-08-17


 

Florida Crystals Plan Facility (2012-06-01)

Florida Crystals Corp. and IDI, an Atlanta-based, privately held logistics real estate company, have entered into an alliance for the planning and marketing of a South Florida inland port in western Palm Beach County, company officials said on May 24 [Palm Beach Post] [CP Executive]

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Jun 2012 Events Calendar (2012-05-27)

Several programs are being offered at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge during the month of June 2012. Please come and join! The refuge is located off U.S. 441/SR 7, two miles south of SR 804 and three miles north of SR 806. [Details]

2012-08-17


 

N Ft Myers Filter Marsh (2012-05-25)

Construction of an 18-acre filter marsh at Powell Creek Preserve will be completed by Aug 2012. The project is being financed by $1.06 million from Lee Co., $440K from the state DEP & $300K from the SFWMD. The purpose of the marsh is to clean water. [News Press] [Filter Marshal Map] [Island Sun News]

2012-05-25


 

Land Swamp (2012-05-25)

A proposed land swap with the South Florida Water Management District would allow Palm Beach County to get rid of Mecca Farms in exchange for about $30 million and 1,751 acres of land at six sites throughout the county. [Palm Beach Post]

2012-08-17


 

DEP - Get the Water Right (2012-05-25)

The future of Florida's environment and economy depend on the health of our waterways. That's why one of the top priorities of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is getting Florida's water right, in terms of quality and quantity. [Details]

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All Talk No Action on Water (2012-05-25)

Annette Long of Chiefland expressed her opinion on Drew Bartlett's statement that DEP is working to "get the water right" here in Fla. Long says, nothing has actually been done. Lots of meetings. No new rules. No numeric criteria. No plans for any. [Gainesville Sun]

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Water for the Caloosahatchee (2012-05-25)

Input from the scientists suggests that the ecology of the St. Lucie estuary is satisfactory while the Caloosahatchee estuary needs water. A 10-day pulse release to the Caloosahatchee begins when the current local runoff through S-79 falls to 500cfs. [Details]

2012-08-20


 

Task Force Meeting (2012-05-25)

The next meeting of the South Fla. Ecosystem Restoration Task Force will be held on Jun 19, 2012 in the Mark Udall (formerly Yates) Auditorium located at Main Interior, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240. The meeting time: 12:30-4:30PM. [Web site]

2012-08-17


 

Project Delivery Team Meeting (2012-05-25)

The USACE and SFWMD will be holding a Project Delivery Team meeting for the Central Everglades Planning Project Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 9:00AM to 4:30PM at the Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33406.

2012-08-17


 

Tamiami Trail Bridge (2012-05-25)

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 but it would not be enough. An additional 5.5 miles have been authorized by Congress. [Tampa Bay Times] [Map] [Craig Pittman Audio Comment]

2012-08-17


 

Water Rainbows (2012-05-24)

The Whitest Kids U' Know (WKUK), an American sketch comedy troupe made an extremely funny show called "Ocean 2.0", about the oil spill in the South Pacific, and how Unified Petroleum are making sure to set our oceans on fire. [Watch the Show]

2012-05-24


 

Everglades Foundation CEO (2012-05-24)

The Everglades Foundation named Eric Eikenberg the Foundation's new Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Eikenberg will lead the Foundation's science, advocacy, communications and legal team that is recognized for its expertise in Everglades restoration. [Announcement] [About Eikenberg]

2012-05-24


 

Lake O Releases (2012-05-24)

CRCA along with other West Coast Stakeholders signed in a letter strongly urging the District to recommend to the Army Corps to initiate the flushing releases to the Caloosahatchee Estuary to reverse the public health threat of harmful algae blooms. [Letter]

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Advisory Caloosahatchee River (2012-05-24)

The Hendry and Glades County Health Departments have issued an advisory on April 13, 2012 to warn people against exposing themselves, their pets or their livestock to the waters in the Caloosahatchee River. [Advisory]

2012-05-24


 

Smoking Gun! (2012-05-24)

Increased ocean acidification is leading to larval oyster failure in hatcheries. As atmospheric CO2 levels continue to rise, this may be the proverbial canary in the coal mine (pardon the irony) for other ocean acidification impacts on shellfish. [NSF] [Images]

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Global Warming (2012-05-24)

Global warming may initially make the grass greener, but not for long, according to new research results. The findings, show that plants may thrive in the early stages of a warming environment but then begin to deteriorate quickly. [NSF] [Images]

2012-08-20


 

Land Auction (2012-05-24)

Cape Coral took part in a land auction on April 9 in an attempt to purchase land in the northwest for use in the upcoming utilities expansion. The 491 parcels of foreclosed property have an approximate value of $20 million for just over 652 acres. [Cape Coral Daily Breeze]

2012-08-20


 

Along the Caloosahatchee (2012-05-24)

Images of America released a new book entitled "Along the Caloosahatchee River" by Amy Bennett Williams, a journalist and editor of Tropicalia magazine. The book tells the Caloosahatchee's story in a photographic-focused historical chronicle. [Cape Coral Daily Breeze] [Order one for $21.99]

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Panther Zone Protected (2012-05-23)

Conservation partners protect 1,278-acre American Prime property land near Caloosahatchee River critical to wildlife movement and population growth of highly endangered Florida panther. [Nature.org] [Conservation project map]

2012-08-20


 

The Everglades Winner (2012-05-23)

Andy Powell, Vice President of Wright Construction Group won a 30x40 giclee print of “The Everglades” by Caroline Krieger Comings. Caroline provided “The Everglades” as a fundraising donation to CRCA. Many thanks Caroline and congratulations Andy! [Krieger Artwork] [Wright Construction Group]

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DEP Vinyard and EPA (2012-05-23)

EPA is still deciding what to do about DEP chief Hers Vinyard who claimed his expertise in handling pollution permits as a qualification to serve as an environmental official, which makes his appointment illegal due to conflict of interest rules. [Press Release] [Florida Current]

2012-05-23


 

EPA to Re-Propose Water Rules (2012-05-23)

The deadline for the US EPA to re-propose new water pollution rules for Florida rivers and streams was May 21, 2012. In February federal judge had rejected the agency’s proposal and told them to come up with new water quality standards. [WFSU]

2012-08-17


 

Matlacha Property Purchased (2012-05-23)

Lee County responded regarding Cape Coral purchase of properties within Matlacha informing about the possibility of annexation. However, since there are no residents on these properties to vote against annexation the Council won't annex. [Lee County Response]

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C-43 Chlorophyll Transect (2012-05-23)

To date, three chlorophyll A transects have been completed upstream of S-79 on the Caloosahatchee River (Apr 13, Apr 18 and May 7, 2012) according to SFWMD. Data were collected with a flow-through mapping system. To date no microcystin was detected. [Details] [Data Graphs]

2012-08-20


 

Biodiversity Loss (2012-05-23)

Loss of biodiversity appears to affect ecosystems as much as climate change, pollution and other major forms of environmental stress, according to results of a new study by an international research team. [NSF] [Images]

2012-08-20


 

Beauty of Nature & Poverty (2012-05-23)

Using nature's beauty as a tourist draw can boost conservation in China's valued panda preserves, but it isn't an automatic ticket out of poverty for the humans who live there, a unique long-term study shows. [NSF]

2012-08-17


 

St. Lucie River Restoration (2012-05-23)

After a parched dry season, the rainy season is only a month or so away. If it's a particularly wet one, we can brace ourselves for more Health Department warnings and algae outbreaks on the St. Lucie River. So enjoy the river while you can. [TCPalm]

2012-08-20


 

Trading Economies (2012-05-23)

Water allocation decisions favor the inland Ag. economy over the Caloosahatchee esturary economy of fishing and tourism. This year the sugar industry set records, while the estuary set records for devastated seagrass beds. Balance is an elusive goal. [Palm Beach Post]

2012-08-20


 

Just the Facts, Please (2012-05-23)

Farmers pay $10/lb to apply phosphorus to their fields. Government spends $350/lb to remove P using STAs. But it costs farmers only $47/lb to reduce their discharge of P. Something in our approach doesn't add up! [Details]

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Ceitus Decision Put Off (2012-05-22)

In a joint meeting on May 15, 2012, Cape Coral’s City Council and the Lee County commission decided to keep studying whether to re-install the controversial Ceitus Boat Lift. The meeting produced an agreement to revisit the issue within 180 days. [News Press] [Buchanan's Comment]

2012-08-20


 

Wet Summer Predicted (2012-05-22)

According to forecasters & water managers, summer in South Florida will be a bit wetter than normal this year. South Florida’s wet season, which usually begins around May 20 & runs until mid-Oct, typically produces about 70% of the regional rainfall. [The Miami Herald]

2012-08-17


 

Trying Again (2012-05-22)

The Lee County BOCC will again try to meet with the Cape Coral City Council. Last time the City cancelled the meeting to avoid discussing the Ceitus Boat Lift issue. Once this meeting is concluded, Lee County can move forward with its legal action. [Agenda] [For Ceitus (Erwin for Lee Co)] [Against (Janicki for Cape Coral)]

2012-08-17


 

State Mercury TMDL (2012-05-22)

Larry Fink of Waterwise Consulting is gearing up for the series of upcoming DEP meetings to discuss development of a statewide TMDL for mercury that takes into account that some people consume more than that the average quantities of fish. [Details]

2012-08-17


 

Lakes Up Slightly (2012-05-22)

Lake Kissimmee and Lake Okeechobee have come up slightly in the past week after welcome rains. Kissimmee stood at 49.17 feet above sea level. It was was at 49.05 feet a week ago. Okeechobee is at 11.74 feet compared to 11.57 feet a week ago. [Details]

2012-08-17


 

New Website is Up! (2012-05-22)

FL-CWN launched its new website. It provides regular blogs by different experts and activists from around the state. If you have any information or comments for the blog that you want to share, just register and you can submit it for publication. [Weekly Update] [FL-CWN New Website]

2012-08-20


 

Linda Young Wins Case (2012-05-22)

Linda Young of the Florida Clean Water Network, joined by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, won a court case challenging Florida DEP and US EPA's lax approach to enforcing Clean Water Act standards. [Linda Young message] [Summary Judgement Order]

2012-08-20


 

Define Primarily For Me (2012-05-22)

A Florida Constitutional amendment states that those in the EAA who cause water pollution EAA shall be primarily responsible for paying the costs of the abatement of that pollution. But that requirement is subject to interpretation and debate. [Sun-Sentinel]

2012-08-20


 

Fresh Water Releases (2012-05-22)

The SFWMD released 15,000 gallons of water per second from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee because of concerns about the water quality. Fresh water releases from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahacthee helped flush out the stagnant water. [abc-7]

2012-08-20


 

Trying to Keep Promises (2012-05-22)

John Manning promised that if elected to the Lee County Commission he would work to reconstruct the Ceitus Barrier to stop the excess fresh water and pollution from Cape Coral from being dumped in Matlacha. He's doing it. [Reelect Commissioner Manning] [Manning Fundraiser] [Fundraising Card]

2012-08-20


 

SFWMD (2012-05-22)

SFWMD has responded to the Everglades Coalition pollution cost estimates with some facts but also some statements that sound like they were written by an ad agency for private companies, not like a government agency using taxpayer dollars. [Details]

2012-08-20


 

CRCA Board Meeting (2012-03-28)

The next Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association board of directors meeting will take place at Bridge St. Coffee and Tea Shop on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm. The coffee shop is on Ft. Thompson west of Bridge St in LaBelle.

2012-04-09


 

450 Not Enough...and Soon Gone! (2012-03-23)

The Corps increased average dry season flow to 422cfs, almost reaching the MFL required 450cfs. But that did not budge estuary salinity below an ecologically intolerable 15 psu. Worse, once Lake O drops below 12.60ft SFWMD takes over & all flow ends. [Flow File] [Conditions Report] [Flow Graph] [Flow Data] [Stage Data]

2012-05-19


 

SFWMD vs Caloosahatchee Estuary (2012-03-23)

On Mar 15 SFWMD voted to cut off all flow to the estuary when Lake O drops to 12.6ft (soon). SCCF is mounting a campaign to call & email SFWMD and have people attend the board meeting on Apr 12 to oppose the complete cut-off of the Caloosahatchee.

2012-08-02


 

March CRCA Newsletter (2012-03-23)

The March 2012 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. [March Newsletter] [HTML version] [Newsletter Archive]

2012-08-08


 

Prank to Slow Progress on Ceitus (2012-03-20)

Cape Coral wants to stop the replacement of the Ceitus Barrier, their latest prank was to cancel a meeting between the County & them claiming that the County did not have their “science” together to show that there was a need to replace the Barrier. [Leo Amos comment] [Phil Buchanan comment]

2012-08-14


 

Incentivize Sustainability (2012-03-20)

American Farmland Trust (AFT) urged Congress on March 15 to consider the environmental impacts of farm safety-net reform and reiterated key AFT policy positions in support of a strong and equitable farm support system. [EcoWatch]

2012-08-14


 

Significance of Biofuels (2012-03-20)

Paul Woods, president and CEO of Algenol Biofuels Inc. stated that presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is wrong about significance of biofuels while he clearly is prognosticating about the fate of algae biofuels without any knowledge on the topic. [News Press]

2012-03-20


 

Support to Pass WRDA in 2012 (2012-03-20)

Lee County Board of County Commissioners Chairman John Manning wrote a letter to Congressman Connie Mack requesting his support to pass the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) C-43 Reservoir in 2012. [Letter]

2012-08-14


 

Farm Bill Conservation Programs (2012-03-20)

The Farm Bill that faces renewal in 2012 is a broad piece of legislation, with programs that influence everything from the cost of corn to how easily people can access carrots and cabbage. [Huffington Post]

2012-08-14


 

Low Marks for Congress (2012-03-20)

Environmentalists called the 2011 session "the most anti-environmental session in history," citing votes on everything from offshore oil drilling safety and royalty reform to rejecting federal efforts to impose water-quality standards on Florida. [Orlando Sentinel]

2012-08-20


 

Drugs in Our Waters (2012-03-20)

Last Call at the Oasis was produced by Participant Media. Dir. Jessica Yu (the Oscar-winning Breathing Lessons) talked to experts ranging from hydrologists to an expert in how a cocktail of pharmaceuticals are finding their way into the water supply. [Details] [Trailer] [Facebook]

2012-08-20


 

Indian Removal Act of 1830 (2012-03-19)

Seminole Tribe of Florida Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum presents "A Conservation About The Indian Removal Act of 1830" with Pedro Zepeda on March 21, 2012 at 6:30pm at Edison State College/Hendry Glades Center in LaBelle. The presentation is open to all. [Flyer]

2012-03-23


 

Big O Morning Blend (2012-03-19)

Check out the Big O Birding Festival on Fox 4 Morning Blend with Crazy Bill Wood, Margaret England (CRCA VP) and Jillian Paladin Sparks give some insight to this year's big event! [Watch the video] [Festival details]

2012-08-14


 

Marshall Plan 6 (2012-03-19)

To keep the Marshall Plan 6 in the configuration proposal competition, John Marshall wrote up a description of the plan and its merits based on discussions at the March 9 CEPP workshop. [CEPP Workshop]

2012-05-19


 

Welcome Back, Mary! (2012-03-18)

The CNCP has selected former Riverwatch President Mary Rawl as their new Executive Director. Mary was president during a dynamic period, when CRCA nominated the Caloosahatchee to be named among America's 10 Most Endangered Rivers. [Announcement]

2012-08-20


 

Water Pollution Rules Delay (2012-03-18)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would delay the rules — bitterly opposed by farmers, industries and utilities — because of “uncertainty” surrounding alternative standards the state has been working to complete. [The Miami Herald] [Greenwire]

2012-03-18


 

Temporary Closure Postponed (2012-03-18)

The Corps of Engineers has postponed the closure date of the Moore Haven Lock after taking into consideration additional concerns expressed by local business owners. The lock will now be closed effective June 11 to install the MPS on the gates. [News Release] [Moore Haven Closure Update]

2012-08-14


 

Saving Lake Okeechobee (2012-03-18)

Florida's Everglades have a huge advocate in Nathaniel Reed, who's been fighting for decades to preserve the vast ecosystem. In the "Saving Lake Okeechobee" video, he reflects on the condition of the Everglades' lifeblood — Lake Okeechobee. [Video] [Audubon Magazine]

2012-03-18


 

Ceitus Boatlift Meeting Cancelled (2012-03-18)

The joint board meeting with the City of Cape Coral scheduled on March 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm at the City Chambers has been cancelled at the City’s request. The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date. [Details] [Cape Coral Daily Breeze]

2012-05-19


 

Caloosahatchee Beach (2012-03-18)

Hollywood Beach is really Caloosahatchee sand from a mine in Ortona owned by E.R. Jahna Industries Inc. Other cities and counties that have used Caloosahatchee sand include Key West, Key Biscayne, North Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County and others. [Sun-Sentinel] [Hollywood Beach]

2012-03-18


 

Wrap-up Clean-up (2012-03-18)

In her final session as Appropriations Chair for the Florida House, Denise Grimsley introduced $500,000 funding for a water quality project of Port LaBelle Utility System. If approved the money will repair some old sewer pipes that are leaking. [Highlands Today]

2012-05-19


 

Ethical Ecotourism (2012-03-18)

Ecotourism guides now have an additional certification program. While the UF/IFAS Natural Naturalist program has been developing nature-based guides for years, the Florida SEE has developed a more specific "best-practices" instructional program. [Web site]

2012-08-14


 

Mutually Exclusive Logic (2012-03-18)

As the world contemplates a runaway greenhouse effect from thawing oceans and permafrost methanes, others plan to drilling & extract the remaining methane hydrates to burn and create even more CO2. [Greening of Oil]

2012-08-14


 

Sleeper Bill (2012-03-18)

HB594 (Special Districts as Municipalities) may be the sleeper bill of the session. It allows special districts to more easily incorporate as cities. This could have significant statewide implications if the Chapter 298 districts pursue this.

2012-05-19


 

Whack-A-Mole Year (2012-03-18)

As has been typical of recent years in the Florida Legislature, the efforts of environmentalists have been dominated by simply stopping really bad legislation. The bill changing the definitions of high water marks to give away public lands, died. [Details]

2012-08-14


 

So Much For Good Ideas (2012-03-18)

Not only the Florida Legislature rescind its own septic tank inspection law this session, it made sure that no communities could pass local ordinances requiring regular inspections of septic tanks in support of water quality protection programs. [Details]

2012-08-14


 

Not Just Early Blossoms (2012-03-18)

This Spring is the 4th warmest on record. Some plants and animals are responding to early springs and longer summers in different ways and at different speeds, creating havoc for some species. [NSF 1] [NSF 2]

2012-03-18


 

RESTORE Act Deal (2012-03-18)

Senator Rubio voted against a BP Oil Spill penalties bill because it included an interest rate adjustment delay of $3.5 billion (which he calls a tax increase) that would support the Land and Water Conservation Fund. [Nola]

2012-08-14


 

NE Interagency Team Meeting (2012-03-18)

Northern Everglades Interagency Team Meeting is scheduled for Mar 28, 2012 from 9:30am-12:30pm at the Okeechobee Service Center Auditorium (205 N Parrott Avenue, Suite 201). Video-conferencing will be available at the Lower West Coast Service Center. [Agenda]

2012-05-19


 

CRCA Annual Meeting & Fun Day (2012-03-12)

CRCA members and friends are invited to the Riverwatch annual meeting and fun day to take place at Franklin Locks South on the Caloosahatchee in Alva on March 24th from 8 am to dusk at Pavilion #1. Come early, stay late! [Details] [Map]

2012-05-19


 

Dinner & Presentation (2012-03-11)

On Wed, May 2, Riverwatch hosts a presentation on the impact of sea level rise on the Caloosahatchee River by CHNEP Director Lisa Beever. Join CRCA for the gourmet buffet dinner at 6pm ($25) & the presentation at 7pm (free) at Royal Palm Yacht Club. [Details] [RSVP] [Payment]

2012-03-11


 

When It Heals (2012-03-04)

Ray Nelson of LaBelle will have to wait until his arm heals so he can fully enjoy his second place prize at the Riverwatch contest held at the Swamp Cabbage Festival on Feb 25-26. He won a kayak trip for four, guided by Estero Outfitters.

2012-08-20


 

FGCU Service Learning (2012-03-04)

Krista Cochran completed her FGCU Service Learning hours requirement by helping Margaret England and other Riverwatch directors talk to visitors of the CRCA booth at the 2012 Swamp Cabbage Festival. Thank you, Krista!

2012-08-20


 

Stop Ag. Fertilizer Runoff (2012-03-04)

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch of Stuart, Florida calls everyone to sign and support the petition addressed to RIVER KIDZ: Local, State and Federal Governments: Stop Ag. fertilizer runoff to the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River. [About this Petition] [Petition Letter] [Cartoon] [Sign this Petition] [River Kidz Facebook]

2012-08-14


 

Billy Creek Artist (2012-03-04)

Artist and Billy's Creek resident Caroline Krieger Comings is interviewed about her involvement in Friends of Billy's Creek and how living so close to nature inspires her art. [Waters We (Billy's Creek)] [A Video Interview] [Caroline Krieger's Gallery]

2012-08-20


 

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