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11th Annual River (2013-12-18)

11th Annual River, Roots & Ruts Trail Run is Sun, Jan 5 2014 at the Caloosahatchee Regional Park. They are Individual Half Marathon ($45) , 2 Person Relay Half Marathon ($90) & 5K FunRun ($20). [More Information] [Register]

2013-12-18


 

Correlation vs Cause & Effect (2013-12-18)

A reader took issue with a news box. To clarify, the intend wasn't to suggest a cause & effect relationship between sea level rise & flood insurance rates, but to point out that their correlation stems from common statistical & modeling methods. [Explanation] [Flood Insurance] [Cartoon]

2013-12-18


 

2013 Not The Best Year (2013-12-18)

Global warming or animals extinction, 2013 was not the best year in human history. Enough fossil fuels were burned so that carbon pollution levels hit the milestone of 400 parts per million. Scientists confirmed, again, that this is bad news. [Article]

2013-12-18


 

Sea Level Rise (2013-12-18)

How high will they go? Scientists don't know exactly how much the seas will rise, but they see an accelerating climb that could range from 8 inches to more than 6 feet by century's end. [Graphic] [USA Today]

2013-12-18


 

Warmest November (2013-12-18)

November, 2013 is the fourth-warmest year on record. Fueled primarily by phenomenal warmth in Russia, the Earth as a whole had its warmest November on record, according to data released Tuesday by scientists at the National Climatic Data Center. [USA Today] [Graphic]

2013-12-18


 

EvCo Conference (2013-12-17)

Jan 9-11, 2014 Everglades Coalition Conference Keynote Speakers. EvCo is an alliance of more than fifty local, state & national conservation & environmental organizations dedicated to full restoration of the greater Everglades ecosystem. [Web Site] [Conference Schedule] [Register]

2013-12-18


 

TWW Fly-In Event (2013-12-17)

Feb 25-26, 2014 - Washington DC. The Teaming With Wildlife Coalition’s annual FLY-IN event a good way to support Tribal Wildlife Grants Program for preventing fish & wildlife from becoming endangered in every state & territory. [Web Site] [More] [Register]

2013-12-17


 

Achieving Efficient Misdirection (2013-12-17)

While the SFMWD chief focuses on cutting the budget, it's important not to forget the primary rule of reaching a goal efficiently - first, point yourself in the right direction. Operational efficiency is far secondary to mission misconception. [TP Palm]

2013-12-17


 

Weather Impact on Manatees (2013-12-17)

The Caloosahatchee River is a winter stronghold for manatees because the Florida Power & Light plant along State Road 80 discharges warm water into the Orange River. It's a man-made refuge that has been controversial among boating interests. [News Press]

2013-12-18


 

December CRCA Newsletter (2013-12-17)

The December 2013 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


 

Teen Clean Up Caloosahatchee (2013-12-16)

A visit to a Lee County commissioners meeting resulted in an effort to clean parts of the Caloosahatchee River by youth at the Quality Life Center in Dunbar. That discussion piqued the teens & they began looking for a way to help the environment. [News Press]

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Water Resources Development Act (2013-12-15)

Florida Members of Congress (Frankel, Brown & Webster) serve on the conference committee to reconcile the House & Senate versions of WRDA, which will authorize but not fund the Caloosahatchee Reservoir. The bill will be final in early 2014. [Senate Version] [House Version] [Conference Com Members]

2013-12-15


 

Corps Speaks to Riverwatch (2013-12-14)

The Corps of Engineers will discuss Everglades Restoration, including Caloosahatchee River, with CRCA members and visitors at the Calusa Nature Center on Jan 8 at 7pm. Location: 3450 Ortiz Av, Ft. Myers. [Event Details]

2014-01-27


 

Sugar Money to Committee (2013-12-13)

Each Florida senator on the Negron Indian River Lagoon Com. has benefited from Big Sugar donations. Joe Negron received a large donation ($150,000). But then, it's probably hard to find a Florida legislator who has not received sugar money. [Article] [Cartoon]

2013-12-14


 

Economic Impact Data Survey (2013-12-13)

DEP continues eroding Florida's environmental regulations with campaigns to dismantle crucial rules designed to prevent costly damage to our natural resources, health and safety. It will continue as long as these politicians remain in office. [More]

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Nelson Claims No-fair! (2013-12-13)

Sen Bill Nelson claims that Federal Flood Insurance rate hikes are unfair & should be phased in more gradually. With 1.1 million people facing premium increases, there may be a new constituency for action on Climate Change issues. [House & Senate Inaction] [Actuarially Correct] [Nelson Speech]

2013-12-13


 

Real Estate Divestment (2013-12-12)

Waterfront land values will soon be affected by sea level rise. U Miami professor H. Wanless has long studied climate change & envisions as much as 2ft by 2048, 3ft by 2063 & 4 to 6ft by 2100. Wanless speaks at a Jan 31 conference co-hosted by CRCA. [Miami Herald] [Conference]

2016-02-04


 

Oxbow Science Update (2013-12-11)

In her presentation on Oxbows as a potential restoration indicator, Chloe Delhomme summarized her 2011 research, which formalized CRCA work going to 1996. Oxbow restoration should parallel general river flow & water quality restoration efforts. [Presentation] [2014 Oxbow Tours]

2013-12-11


 

Hard Questions (2013-12-11)

At the Caloosahatchee Science Workshop at FGCU, the SFWMD Exec. Dir. was asked some hard questions by Jennifer Hecker, Bill Hammond, & Ray Judah. One asked why SFWMD was not taking actions within its current powers, like an improved stormwater rule.

2013-12-12


 

Plan What? (2013-12-11)

In his Nov 19 Caloosahatchee Science Workshop speech, SFWMD Executive Director Blake Guillory said, "I didn't know anything about Plan 6 until two weeks ago." He also said, "Are we completely discounting Plan 6? No, we are looking into it." [2006 White Paper] [Plan 6 Diagram] [2007 Powerpoint]

2013-12-12


 

River-Aquifer Connections (2013-12-11)

SFWMD scientists Elizabeth Geddes and Emily Richardson are among those leading an effort to create an ambitious regional groundwater model to better understand surficial & intermediate aquifers, which can affect water flows in the Caloosatchee. [Agenda] [Model Update] [Hydrostratigraphy]

2013-12-11


 

Love The Lake (2013-12-11)

The 3rd Annual Love the Lake 5k/10k and Half Marathon is Sat, Feb 15 at Roland and Mary Ann Martin's Marina in Clewiston. Registration includes: FREE Post-Race Pancake Breakfast, FREE Admission to Hendry Co Fair on Sat, Event T-shirt & Goodies Bag! [Registration Form] [Web Site]

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2014 Donations and Dues (2013-12-11)

On Dec 4 Riverwatch sent out its 2014 dues notice & donations invitation. Thank you to those who responded so generously in the first weeks. This annual appeal accounts for almost half of CRCA income, so please send what you can as soon as you can. [Join/Renew] [Donate]

2016-02-04


 

Rain Gardens (2013-12-11)

Officials in Naples are hoping more people will plant rain gardens at their homes. A dozen Boy Scouts built a demonstration rain garden, near the community development building for the city of Naples, to show just how beautiful and useful it can be. [News Press]

2013-12-11


 

Salvaging Trust (2013-12-11)

Lee commissioners used 20/20 land conservation money to plug their 2013 general budget shortfall. To restore the public's trust in the program that voters approved years ago, Pendergrass says the future of 20/20 should again be left up to voters. [News Press] [Theft By Deception]

2013-12-11


 

Loss of Wetlands (2013-12-10)

Over a four-year span, the U.S. lost more than 360,000 acres of freshwater and saltwater wetlands to fierce storms, sea-level rise and booming development along the coasts. Wetland restoration projects are failing to keep pace with the losses. [The Washington Post]

2013-12-12


 

Mound Key Tours Donated (2013-12-10)

Beginning Dec 2, six boat tours to Mound Key donated by Banana Bay Tours will be conducted to raise funds for a documentary about the remarkable island capital of the Calusa Indians, in production by the Friends of Koreshan State Historic Site. [Flyer]

2013-12-12


 

Some Things Never Change (2013-12-10)

While many have moved on from past denial to now simply debating and magnitude of sea level rise, some still hold the line on thought evolution. However all agree on the inevitability of death and taxes, both of which offer potential solutions. [Denial Position]

2013-12-10


 

Salinity Approaches Harm (2013-12-10)

For the period Dec 3-9, average flow at S-79 was 739 cfs. Estuary salinity was 9.4 psu. While these are marginally acceptable levels, outside the estuary large numbers of dead fish and numerous sharks washed up on local beaches. [Conditions Report] [Past Reports] [Full Report] [Salinity Graph]

2013-12-10


 

State Water Policy (2013-12-09)

According to Pam McVety, Florida needs leadership and money to implement existing best in the nation state water policy. She accuses Republicans because they have hired nonprofessional and fired professional water managers, cut the water budget, etc. [Article]

2013-12-12


 

Hello! Anybody Home? (2013-12-09)

The Watershed Council wrote to SFWMD asking that they explain how new developments in this basin will achieve a net improvement in nutrient loads to the Caloosahatchee Estuary as required by the BMAP. No response has been received since Oct 22. [Letter]

2013-12-09


 

Shift in Water Districts (2013-12-06)

Environmentalists say the state’s five water management district boards are now stacked with representatives of industry and business and lack members with a primary focus on environmental protection. This happen because Scott was elected Governor. [Daily Commercial]

2013-12-09


 

Controversy: Net Ban (2013-12-05)

To avoid catching juvenile fish the law says nets cannot have mesh sizes greater than two inches. But this decision is contested by Florida’s inshore fishermen who don't are agree with the minimal size which makes it hard to catch larger fish. [News Press] [Video]

2013-12-06


 

Freshwater Plants Perish (2013-12-05)

As sea level rises, Everglades freshwater plants perish. University of Miami researchers used satellite images to confirm that salt water intrusion in the Everglades is changing the plant communities and the wildlife that depend on these habitats. [Article] [More Information]

2013-12-05


 

Alan Farago Opinion (2013-12-05)

Alan Farago aims to break the chokehold of Miami's developers and lobbyists on the public commons. He makes the case that donating to environmental groups that promote and help elect better candidates is the more cost-effective approach. [Article] [Eye on Miami]

2013-12-05


 

Webinar Florida Greenways (2013-12-05)

Dec 11 will be the webinar -Florida Greenways and Trails System Planning-. It will focus on the First Coast Connectors and the East Coast Greenway, intended to provide a continuous greenway from Maine to Key West. [Article] [Donate] [Register]

2013-12-06


 

Nanogrid & Water Pollutants (2013-12-05)

After the violent ravages of oils spill on our shores, a solution found by NSF might help clean up residuals. Nanogrids are a copper tungsten oxide grid that grab and then break down hydrocarbons when exposed to sunlight. [Article] [More Information]

2013-12-05


 

Development or Destruction (2013-12-03)

The Swamplands Act of 1850 transferred about 20 million acres of Florida's wetlands - the entire original Everglades - from federal ownership to the new State of Florida in order to reclaim the swamp lands within their limits. [Facebook] [South Florida Wild]

2013-12-04


 

Green Policy Interview (2013-12-03)

Emilio Vergara, a former water management district director shows dissatisfaction with political officials saying the state's environmental rules are being restructured to accommodate special interest profits at the public expense. [Orlando Sentinel] [Blog]

2013-12-03


 

The Ripple Effect (2013-12-03)

The SFWMD Board approved a key water storage project near Lake Istokpoga. The 1,200 acre project is 3 above ground impoundments to hold storm water that would otherwise flow directly into canals leading to Lake O and coastal estuaries. [Article] [Calendar] [Twitter]

2013-12-04


 

Panther Festival (2013-12-03)

The Panther Festival will be at North Collier Regional Park on Nov 16. Also on Nov 17 is the Panther Bike Ride Field Trip, a leisurely Panther Bike Ride in Bear Island to explore Panther Habitat. [Flyer]

2013-12-03


 

Legal Land Battles (2013-12-03)

Environmental groups claiming that the South Florida Water Management District has missed a deadline for a key restoration project (purchase of sugar lands) and the state agency charged with enforcement won't punish the district. [Palm Beach Post]

2013-12-04


 

Ride Tide is Killing Manatees (2013-12-02)

Red tide can kill manatees. At non-lethal levels red tide can have dramatic effects on a manatee’s nervous system. Symptoms of red-tide poisoning in manatees include seizures, inability to swim, arching of the back, flaring, and contortion. [News Press] [Video]

2013-12-02


 

Typhoon & Global Warming (2013-12-02)

Yeb Sano, leader of the Philippine's delegation to the UN climate talks in Warsaw, drew a standing ovation following his emotional speech. Typhoon Haiyan with 195mph winds surpasses Camille as the strongest recorded storm ever to hit land. [Article] [Take action] [Website] [Connection Uncertain]

2016-07-01


 

Fertilizer Rules (2013-12-02)

Weeki Wachee is a first-magnitude spring classified as "impaired" because of nitrogen pollution. Therefore Hernando County trotted out UF Prof. Laurie Trenholm to basically say what homeowners & the turfgrass industry are doing is just fine. [Tampa Bay Times]

2013-12-08


 

Water for Sake of Growth (2013-12-02)

Agriculture Commission Adam Putnam says Florida's freshwater supply is its top problem as it tries to maintain economic and residential growth. Florida needs to find a sustainable water supply if it wants to continue to grow. [NaplesNews]

2013-12-09


 

Riverwatch Holiday Party (2013-11-10)

CRCA Annual Christmas Party is Sat, Dec. 7, 4-8pm at the Daltry’s home, 1995 Longfellow Drive, N. Ft. Myers. CRCA provides the ham. Please bring a dish to share w/4 others. RSVP to Marti 239-997-0673 by Dec 5. [RSVP by email]

2014-01-27


 

1st CRCA President Passes (2013-10-10)

Jim Haggart passed away on Oct 2 in Ft. Myers. A Nebraska lawyer and activist, he moved to Florida in 1992. In 1995 Jim was a co-founder and first president of Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association (Riverwatch). We continue his vision. [Obituary] [CRCA Incorporation by Haggart]

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Crisis Press Yields Hearings (2013-10-03)

Florida Congressmen Trey Radel & Pat Murphy organized an unprecedented bipartisan hearing to discuss solutions for the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie. A welcome bipartisan change from recent years of inaction on the WRRDA parts of a larger solution. [Huffington Post] [Congressmen] [News Press]

2016-07-01


 

WRRDA Out of Committee (2013-10-03)

Congress passed the Water Resources Restoration & Development Act out of the Transportation Committee on Oct 3, a real achievement, overcoming the 2010 opposition to the C-43 reservoir project which was previously called an earmark by certain Reps.

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Negron Bombshell or Posturing? (2013-10-03)

State Senator Negron dropped a bomb at the Congressional hearing by calling for the Corps, DEP, & SFWMD to not be allowed to discharge polluted water from Lake O. But it may be an empty gesture since the Supreme Court ruled to allow it.

2015-10-27


 

Attend the Clean Water Rally! (2013-10-03)

On Saturday, Oct 19, a rally for clean water will unite residents and businesses from across the state! It starts at noon at Crescent Beach Family Park, 1100 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Riverwatch will be there! [Rally Flyer]

2014-01-27


 

Most Is Runoff Local (2013-10-03)

SFWMD data shows that 62% of wet season water flow to the Caloosahatchee Estuary is from the local watershed and the remaining 38% is from Lake O. Water quality proportions are not the same, but similar. So, fixing Lake O discharges isn't enough. [SFWMD Presentation] [Enlarged Graph]

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Ding Darling Temporarily Closed (2013-10-02)

As part of the federal government shutdown resulting from political pressure to halt Obamacare, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge located at the end of the Caloosahatchee River is closed. The wildlife are not locked out, only visitors and staff. [WINK News] [Wildlife Drive Reopening Delayed] [Director Paul Tritaik] [Closing the Gate]

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October Riverwatch Meeting (2013-10-02)

The October CRCA Board meeting will take place in LaBelle on Oct 9 at 6:30pm in the Bridge Street Coffee Shop, 23 E. Thompson Avenue, Labelle, FL 33935. [Map]

2014-01-27


 

Chamber Hears About River (2013-10-02)

Ray Judah is questioning how the governor is going to get the water from the lake to the bridge and suggested that Scott's $90 million proposal will alleviate just 10 percent of the problem, calling it the "10% Solution." [Pine Island Eagle]

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Southern Fish Moving North (2013-09-29)

As waters warm, New England fisherman are seeing an increase in croaker, cobia and spot, species more commonly found in waters off the mid-Atlantic. Other marine species such as blue crabs are also becoming more numerous farther & farther north. [Miami Herald]

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Connect the Dots, People! (2013-09-29)

Vibrio vulnificus bacteria has killed 9 & stricken many others in Florida this year. Growth of the cholera-like bacteria increases as waters become warmer & coastal salinity decreases in the wet season, after hiding in sediments during winter months. [Tampa Bay Times] [Editorial] [Research] [Horrible] [ProMed] [Linkage]

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FGCU-SL#5: Petition Signatures (2013-09-28)

Join other volunteers and gather signatures for "Florida's Land and Legacy Amendment" at Nov 10th River Ride Event, Caloosahatchee Regional Park. 7am-noon. Help reach the goal of 76,000 additional volunteer collected signatures before Nov 30. [Southwest FL] [Volunteer Page] [Email Inquiry]

2016-07-01


 

FGCU-SL#6: River Ride (2013-09-28)

FGCU Service Learning opportunity on Sunday Nov 10 at the 17th Annual River Ride: (1) 7am-noon, Caloosahatchee Regional Park - registration table. (2) 8am-noon, rest stop in Ft. Denaud. (3) 8am-noon, rest stop in LaBelle. [Email Inquiry]

2015-10-08


 

Once More Unto the Breach (2013-09-28)

Attorney Ralf Brookes (on behalf of Riverwatch and 6 other petitioners) notified DEP and Cape Coral of legal action on the restoration of the Spreader Canal System by replacement of the northern barrier structure (previously the Ceitus Boat Lift. [Press Release] [60-day Notice] [Cape Reaction] [News Press] [Notice (7MB)] [Lehigh Acres Citizen]

2016-07-01


 

Sea Level Insurance Rise (2013-09-28)

If you don't believe in climate change and sea level rise, then maybe you can ask the federal government for a waiver on the ten fold rate hike in your Flood Insurance Program premiums. Some are asked to pay an additional $10,000/yr or more. [Legislative Setup] [NRDC] [Doing the Math] [Florida Premiums Increase]

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FGCU-SL#1: Park Clean-up (2013-09-17)

The next Riverwatch clean-up of LaBelle Nature Park will be on Saturday, Nov 23 from 8am to noon, with a free lunch and river issues discussion afterward. FGCU students can earn up to 5 service learning hours at this event. [Map] [Article] [Flyer]

2014-01-28


 

FGCU-SL#2: Water Conference (2013-09-17)

FGCU students can assist Riverwatch and other SW FL water-related organizations by helping to organize and implement the 23rd Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference. Students make up half the attendees and manage key activities. [Full Description] [Conference Web Site] [Email Inquiry] [Photo]

2015-10-08


 

FGCU-SL#3: Web Site Content (2013-09-17)

You can help build the Riverwatch web site and newsletter by creating content in the form of these news boxes. FGCU students can earn service learning hours by reviewing river news items and creating summaries. SOP provides training and SOP. [News Entry Page Image] [Email Inquiry]

2016-07-01


 

FGCU-SL#4: Oxbow Research (2013-09-17)

Adventurous FGCU students can assist Dr. John Capece with Caloosahatchee oxbows research by going on a half-day trip (4 to 6 hours) to measure water flow velocities in the old parts of the river. [Photo-1] [Photo-2] [Photo-3] [Email Inquiry]

2016-07-01


 

Air Potato Mapped in Park (2013-09-16)

To track progress in eradicating air potato in the LaBelle Nature Park, John Capece, Nargis Abduvohidova and Nicolas Roussell mapped the infestation of the vine along the park trails. The plant is most prevalent near the entrance and to the east. [The Culprit] [Park Infestation Map]

2016-07-01


 

Hit the Snooze Button Again (2013-09-15)

A combination of fires and floods that some attribute to climate change crashed the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) web site that tracks ice melt and sea level rise. Act of God or just another wake up call? Where's the snooze button? [NSIDC Crashed Site] [Climate Central] [Text Notice] [National Snow & Ice Data Center]

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Plan 6 Imperative (2013-09-15)

Riverwatch President Wayne Daltry acknowledges recent reports that ASR will not achieve its CERP goals which forces re-examination of the entire CERP water budget. Barring any other proposal equivalent in volume, some version of plan 6 is imperative. [Wayne Daltry Commentary]

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Brain & Brawn Family Effort (2013-09-15)

Mark Terrell and his granddaughter Austin helped Riverwatch remove air potato plants at LaBelle Nature Park on Sep 14. Mark works for FDACS and released a special beetle into the park a month ago to help stop the vines.

2013-09-15


 

CEPP Public Meetings (2013-09-10)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will be holding a series of public meetings to discuss the draft report for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). Four meetings will be held from September 16 - 19 across S. Florida. [More Information]

2014-01-28


 

September CRCA Newsletter (2013-09-10)

The September 2013 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]

2014-04-18


 

New and Improved Mack (2013-09-09)

Connie Mack has a selective memory. He touts his support of the 2007 Water Resources Development Act but overlooks his opposition to including the Caloosahatchee Reservoir project in the 2010 WRDA. Too many politicians assume public forgetfulness. [News Press Editorial] [Historical Contradictions]

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Reason With Hurricane Season (2013-09-09)

Meteorologists wonder why this hurricane season has been mild. Many storms were expected due to El Nino in the Pacific and high water temperatures in the Atlantic/Caribbean. The lack of El Nino has combined with high wind shear to stifle hurricanes. [News Press] [El Nino/La Nina] [Vertical Shear ]

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Balancing Water Policy (2013-09-09)

About 75% of pollution into the Caloosahatchee comes from upstream sources. John Cassani argues that Florida Legislature needs to shift the financial responsibility from the Taxpayers to the sources of the water quality issues, Corporate Agriculture. [News Press Editorial]

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New York Times (2013-09-09)

S Florida water problems have attracted the NY Times. They write: Life in and around the estuaries has come to a standstill this summer. Fishing piers sat forlorn. Fish capable of swimming away have already done so. Salinity in the estuary is zero. [New York Times]

2016-07-01


 

Southern Flow-Way Unlikely (2013-09-09)

A Southern Flow-Way to the Everglades is unlikely to occur. The cost would be $14 Billion plus $500 Million per year to maintain. Furthermore, remaining Sugar land must be bought and phosphorous levels would be too high to enter the National Park. [Sunshine State]

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Nature Park Clean-up (2013-09-08)

On Saturday, Sep 14, come join CRCA members and FGCU students for a LaBelle Nature Park clean-up and luncheon. We will be going after those persistent air potato plants that are smothering so many of SW Florida's natural lands. Come lend a hand! [Details] [Flyer]

2014-01-28


 

Get Canoe Contest Tickets Now (2013-09-08)

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] [Email for Tickets] [Order Tickets & Gift Online] [Canoe Picture]

2016-02-04


 

Register Early for River Ride (2013-09-08)

On Sunday, November 10, join Riverwatch for the 17th 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. [Register with form] [Register online] [Caloosahatchee Regional Park map]

2016-02-04


 

Water Quality Forum (2013-09-06)

More than 100 residents, elected officials, natural resources scientists and others gathered on September 5th to talk about water pollution that has plagued both coasts this summer. Topics discussed included Dam Safety, Sugar lands and Pollution. [News Press]

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More Ideas, Few Decisions (2013-09-06)

The overall consensus of the Town Hall meeting in Fort Myers was there was a lot of information but no permanent decisions. Both the Corps and SFWMD presented long term solutions but gave no definite decisions of what they are going to do. [NBC-2]

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Put Nature First (2013-09-05)

Gov. Rick Scott's plans to sell conservation lands to raise funds to buy land more critical to environmental conservation has sound theoretical basis. However the sale should be based on sound environmental considerations, not financial calculations. [Tampa Bay Times]

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8th Annual Migration Count (2013-09-05)

The 8th Annual Hendry-Glades Fall North American Migration Count (NAMC) will take place on Saturday September 21, 2013. Additional counters, compilers and photographers are still needed. Contact Margaret England if you would like to volunteer. [More Information]

2014-01-28


 

Up the River Downtown (2013-09-05)

Organizers of Up the River Downtown, an event designed to raise awareness of a healthy river, are waiting on the results of toxicology tests on algae samples collected by the St. Johns Riverkeeper. The results will determine the fate of the event. [Jacksonville]

2013-09-05


 

Everglades Coalition Conference (2013-09-05)

The 29th Everglades Coalition Conference will be held January 9 - 11th, 2014 at the Naple Beach Hotel & Golf Club. The conference aims to raise timely and critical issues for in-depth debate with community and political leaders. [Website]

2014-01-28


 

Bi-Coastal Rally (2013-09-04)

Hundreds of people from South Florida gathered near the U.S. Sugar Corp. refinery in Clewiston on September 1, to speak out about water pollution that’s plagued the state this summer. Those attending were officials, environmentalists, businesses etc. [News Press]

2016-07-01


 

Up the Food Chain (2013-09-04)

Toxins from Blue-Green algae have been found in 67% of fish and shell fish in the James River between May and October 2012. These toxins can build up to levels that the World Health Organization considers unsafe for consumption. [Bay Daily]

2016-07-01


 

Cattle Barge or Pirate Ship? (2013-09-04)

David Carr, a local CPA, discovered in the Caloosahatchee waters along the mangroves across from Rumrunners in Cape Coral an old cattle barge that once serviced nearby Punta Rassa, a major cattle­shipping port at the turn of the 20th century. [News Press]

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New Sea Sickness (2013-09-04)

Lake Worth Mayor Tom Ramiccio thinks the half-mile Plunge Against the Grunge he made on July 4 to call attention the lagoon's dirty water put him in a hospital for three days - and left him with a mysterious month-long illness. [Sun Sentinel] [Sun Sentinel 2]

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Cayo Costa Conservation Lands (2013-09-04)

State officials are still looking to sell conservation lands in an effort to "trade up and get better land". Commissioners requested an analysis of how environmentally valuable the lands are to determine if they are taken off the for sale list. [News Press]

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Coastal Estuaries in Peril (2013-09-04)

An Open Public Forum will be held at the Cape Coral Library on September 7 from 2:00 - 4:00pm. This will discuss the challenges and solutions to stop polluted water releases from Lake O. Program will include speakers Ray Judah and Jennifer Hecker. [Poster]

2014-01-28


 

Town Hall Meeting (2013-09-03)

A special town hall meeting on Thursday, September 5, 2013, hosted by Lee County and the City of Sanibel will be held to discuss the freshwater releases. Commissioner Tammy Hall and Mayor Kevin Ruane will serve as facilitators for the event. [Announcement] [Agenda]

2014-01-28


 

Florida Panthers Future (2013-09-03)

For Florida Panther populations to grow and spread they must first travel North from the Everglades and cross the Caloosahatchee River. Dwayne House, a cattle rancher, purchased 1,278 acres for his cattle and the Panthers can now cross the river. [Tampa Bay Times] [Video]

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Oil Drilling Protest (2013-09-03)

A proposed oil well in Golden Gate Estates has residents concerned. This stimulated a group of 150 protesters to march along Naples beach on August 31 where they constructed a model oil rig behind Gov. Rick Scott’s beachfront home in Naples. [News Press]

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Extension Service Cuts (2013-09-03)

Lee County residents are upset about the proposed cuts to the budget for the UF-IFAS Cooperative Extension Service. This office handles local horticultural, environmental, and youth programs. Funding responsibility is shared by UF and each county. [News Press Mailbag] [News Press] [Keep Extension]

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Caloosahatchee Condition Report (2013-09-03)

On August 21, the USACE reduced discharges at S77 to 6500cfs. On August 24, with the Lake elevation returning to the low sub-band, discharge was further reduced to 4,000cfs. However high flows are expected so all storage options should be utilized. [Report]

2014-04-18


 

3 to 2 Ceitus Vote (2013-08-30)

Lee County BOCC split 3 to 2 to continue funding Ceitus data collection. Mann and Kiker (Ray Judah's replacement) were against while Manning, Hall and Pendergrass voted for. Those in favor were lukewarm in their support for the larger Ceitus effort

2016-07-01


 

Everglades Term Limits (2013-08-30)

The Florida Senate Select Committee have focused intently on finding short term solutions that match up with the elected official term limits. These short term limits are in direct contrast to the long term requirements to fix south Florida's water. [Watery Foundation]

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State Not Trustworthy (2013-08-30)

In the 1980's Lee County and individuals purchased properties on Cayo Costa and donated them to the State of Florida for preservation. By proposing their sale the State has again proven itself an untrustworthy steward of our environment. [Letter to Lee Commissioner]

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Seizure of Sugar Land (2013-08-30)

City commissioners have requested a resolution favoring state action to seize land owned by U.S. Sugar Corp., a step they hope will speed up efforts to stem pollution of the estuaries, by allowing use of a southern flow way for Lake O releases. [TC Palm]

2016-07-01


 

Lee County Slash UF Funding (2013-08-30)

University of Florida officials Monday slammed Lee County’s plan to slash funding for Extension Services — a 91-year-old program that educates residents on gardening, sustainable farming and personal finance. [News Press]

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Like a Duck to Fresh Water (2013-08-30)

Freshwater, nutrients and duckweed just love each other. High watershed runoff combined with Lake O releases are causing Cape Coral canals to experience extensive duckweed growth, which does not normally occur in these canals due to salinity. [News Press] [Duckweed Cartoon]

2013-08-30


 

Fertilizing During Summer (2013-08-29)

Cris Costello of the Sierra Club challenges a news story based on an IFAS/UF study of lawn fertilization in summer months that suggests it is OK. It is Not! The information presented to the media was flawed, incomplete and filled with omissions. [Letter] [Journal Article]

2013-08-29


 

Sell It and Build (2013-08-29)

Govornor Scott's DEP plans to sell off lands on Cayo Costa is drawing wide criticism from Southwest Floridians. The lands targeted for surplusing are adjacent to existing homes and their sale would probably result in additional residential development on the sensitive island. [Buchanan Campaign] [Cayo Costa Cartoon]

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Do not Go Near the Water (2013-08-29)

The Lake O releases have caused much damage to the river and estuary ecosystems in Southwest Florida. These releases must stop to prevent further damage and other sources of storage need to be utilized. It is time for important changes to be made. [Youtube]

2016-07-01


 

Leaf Feeding Beetle (2013-08-29)

A leaf feeding beetle, Lilioceris cheni, was introduced into Florida in 2012 from China for biological control of air potato. Initial results are promising. If you have seen it in your area, send a photograph and location to Paul.Pratt@ars.usda.gov. [Air Potato Biocontrol] [More Details]

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IPCC Report Leaks (2013-08-28)

Some Draft copies of the IPCC 2013/2014 report have been leaked. For the past seven years the trend has been that the "worst-case" predictions of the previous report have become the "most likely" predictions of the next. This is thought to continue. [EcoWatch]

2013-08-28


 

Amoebae Live in Muck (2013-08-28)

The best way to prevent exposure to Naegleria is to avoid stirring up bottom sediments, as this is where the amoeba lives and feeds on bottom sediments composed of fallen leaves and dead plants. [Water Management Guide] [EASI News]

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Officials Want Action (2013-08-23)

Sanibel official says it’s time for government agencies to stop talking and start spending money on local water quality issues. It was suggested that residents and business owners put pressure on state and federal agencies involved in water quality. [News Press]

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What Scott Is Up To (2013-08-23)

Gov Scott & cronies' true intent was to clear the way for big business (agriculture, power, mining, land development,...) to be able to avoid having to deal with distracting and worrisome environmental and growth management regulations. [Watery Foundation]

2013-08-23


 

Negron Hearing (2013-08-23)

State Sen. Joe Negron opened an eight-hour hearing of his select committee on Lake Okeechobee. Hundreds gathered to listen to the potential short term solutions. Among the ideas; water ranching, reducing number of septic tanks near the river etc.. [Palm Beach Post]

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Caloosahatchee Condition Report (2013-08-21)

The freshwater plume is still beyond the Caloosahatchee estuary into the Gulf beyond the barrier islands of Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach with the past seven day’s flows averaging 9,452 cfs. This continues to affect oysters populations in the estuary. [Report]

2014-04-18


 

Sea Level Rise Dampened (2013-08-20)

Three atmospheric patterns came together above the Indian and Pacific Oceans in 2010 and 2011. They drove much precipitation over Australia that the world's sea level dropped. The circulation patterns have returned to normal & sea level rise resumed. [NSF]

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Letter to the Senator (2013-08-20)

In an open letter to the senator, Nathaniel Reed highlights a number of issues that need to be resolved. Jump starting of the CEEP for a southern flow-way and more efforts to capture and store water upstream by flooding the Kissimmee watershed. [Letter]

2013-08-20


 

Lakes and Ponds Worksop (2013-08-19)

Charlotte Harbour National Estuary Program (CHNEP) and the City of Bonita Springs are offering a Neighbourhood Lakes and Ponds Management workshop to help officials and homeowners understand how to best manage their lakes and ponds for water quality. [Press Release] [Flyer]

2014-01-28


 

20/20 Conservation Plan Cut (2013-08-19)

Lee commissioners decided to eliminate funding for Conservation 20/20. The land purchasing program was adopted in 1996 after a public referendum voted in favor of 0.5 mils funding. But now, commissioners eliminated it without consulting voters. [News Press]

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Watershed Council (2013-08-19)

FGCU faculty member, Dr. Serge Thomas, presented the nutrient dynamics of neighborhood rentention ponds. He explained that the existence of some types of algae mats are healthy and witness that the ponds are performing their nutrient removal function


 

Caloosahatchee Condition Report (2013-08-15)

Very high flows at S79 continue to push the freshwater plume beyond the Caloosahatchee estuary. It is requested that SFWMD and the Corps utilize all emergency storage on all available lands in the Kissimmee, Caloosahatchee watersheds and the EAA. [Report] [Previous Reports]

2014-04-18


 

SFWMD Surplus Lands (2013-08-14)

CRCA signed a letter to SFWMD regarding plans to sell off public lands along the Caloosahatchee. Such transfers would be premature prior to fully considering issues of flood control, sea level rise mitigation, buffers and water storage. [Letter]

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Resolutions on Water Quality (2013-08-14)

Two Districts of Florida Realtors have endorsed improved management and rehabilitation of aquatic ecosystems. They request that Florida Realtors pursue all legislative avenues and encourage realtors to monitor water resources in their local areas. [District 3] [District 5 ]

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NOAA RESTORE Act (2013-08-14)

The NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program will host five virtual engagement opportunities this month. A short overview of the program will be provided as well as an opportunity to ask questions and gather input on research and observing needs in the Gulf [Register Now]

2013-08-14


 

Cactus Cleans Toxic Water (2013-08-13)

Prickly pear cacti may be a natural, cheaper answer to water cleanup. Engineers from the University of South Florida have been using the 'Flesh' called Mucilage to clean up oil and other toxins from water. [News Press]

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Brain Eating Amoeba (2013-08-13)

A 12-year-old boy has contracted a rare and deadly infection from a “brain-eating” amoeba after playing in contaminated water in LaBelle. The organism, Naegleria fowleri, is found in warm freshwater and can cause rare and deadly brain infections. [News Press] [Fact Sheet] [More Information]

2016-07-01


 

First Claim Against Corps (2013-08-13)

The first official claim for lost wages has been filed against the Army Corps of Engineers for the toxic waterways on the Treasure Coast. Local Charter Angler argues his river charter fishing business has suffered since the locks were opened. [CBS 12 News]

2016-07-01


 

Still Wet and at Capacity (2013-08-13)

Lake O is now at 16.01 ft NGVD and the seasonal forecast continues to be wet. Lake level is expected to reach the high lake management band and flows into the Caloosahatchee will continue to remain at capacity with flows at S-79 around 10,000cfs. [Periodic Scientists Call Presentation]

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Lake Okeechobee (2013-08-12)

Given the difficult situation between safety of the Herbert Hoover Dike and the potential environmental disaster resulting from Lake O releases. Responsible resource management is required urgently, but what price is to be paid before action occurs. [SWFWMD Matters]

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Reality Check (2013-08-12)

Some officials have been accused of not listening at a meeting about algae in our rivers. However, If the prevailing politics don't allow officials to actually do anything about the problems being described to them then maybe they should multi-task. [Video]

2016-07-01


 

Senate Launches Website (2013-08-08)

Senator Joe Negron, announced the creation of a microsite dedicated to collecting public comments on the economic and environmental impacts of ongoing releases from Lake Okeechobee as well as short-term solutions or alternatives. [Press Release] [Website]

2013-08-08


 

Dark, Fast and Fresh (2013-08-08)

Since May 8, the Corps have released 145.9 billion gallons of water down the Caloosahatchee. In the same time, 182.4 billion gallons of runoff entered the river between the lake and Franklin lock. Now, the river is running faster than seen for years. [News Press]

2016-07-01


 

Oil Drilling Protest (2013-08-07)

A few dozen appeared holding signs to cars and passers-by displaying their opposition to the Dan A. Hughes, Co. to drill in Golden Gate Estates. With slogans such as "Honk if you don't want oil spills". [Fox Video]

2013-08-07


 

The Sugarland Rally (2013-08-07)

This event is a peaceful, historic gathering for all Floridians and organizations in support of putting an end to the Lake Okeechobee discharges, letting the water flow south to the Everglades, and restoring the health of our beautiful Florida waters [Facebook]

2014-01-28


 

Solutions for Lake O Basin (2013-08-07)

In a letter to Senator Negron, the Exectutive Director of Audubon Florida states that the discharges to the coastal estuaries are an ongoing tragedy that demands urgent government response and that real solutions require long-term thinking. [Letter]

2013-08-07


 

Corps Dispute Rumors (2013-08-06)

As the Corps continues to release water to the estuaries they also flooded the press to deflect negative public reaction, some justified, some misplaced. They justify their actions with public safety concerns, ignoring their decades of inaction. [News Press]

2013-08-06


 

Speak Up for the Caloosahatchee (2013-08-06)

The SCCF state that "We need your help now to speak up for the health of our natural communities, our local economy and our quality of life" Short term and long term solutions are required at both the Federal and State levels. Changes are needed NOW! [Action Alert]

2013-08-06


 

Stop Everglades Pollution (2013-08-06)

“The Everglades is dying,”. Tribal Leaders urged Congress to help them reduce the levels of phosphorous in the water to save what’s left of the ancient Everglades and preserve the Miccosukee way of life. [Sun Sentinel]

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Caloosahatchee Condition Report (2013-08-01)

Average flow at S79 was 9,422cfs during the last 30 days, three times the harm threshold. Has caused mortality of marine organism and seagrass habitat loss in the lower estuary. It is requested that SFWMD and Corps utilize any and all storage areas. [Full Report]

2014-04-18


 

Messing Up the River (2013-08-01)

Action is needed for the long term health of the river. We need to; improve storage of our own run off by increasing storage of storm water, develop a southern flow-way and end back-pumping into lake Okeechobee when releases are occurring. [News Press]

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Democrats Target Sugar Money (2013-07-31)

The Martin County Democratic Party announced an anti-sugar resolution during a Rivers Coalition meeting. The committee will not support state legislative, county commission or other local candidates who have taken campaign money from U.S. Sugar Corp. [Treasure Coast]

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EPA Chief to Act on Climate (2013-07-31)

The new head of the EPA told an audience at Harvard Law School that cutting carbon pollution will “feed the economic agenda of this country” and vowed to work with industry leaders on shaping policies aimed at curbing global warming. [Washington Post]

2013-07-31


 

Red Tide Affects Scallops (2013-07-31)

24 Scallops were found during the 2013 Pine Island Sound Scallop Search. This is very low but was expected due to the Red Tide. Long term health of the Scallops cannot be determined, but if this continues next year, aggressive action may be required. [News Press]

2013-07-31


 

Green Chunks (2013-07-31)

In July 31 letters to the News Press, residents complain that "my canal has huge green chunks floating in it and if it gets any thicker I probably could walk across." and about the "Water Calamity" affecting SW Florida due to Lake O releases. [News Press]

2016-07-01


 

Can You Hear Us (2013-07-30)

A SFWMD report claims that no public comments regarding which of its land parcels in SW Florida to release for sale have been submitted. However, Riverwatch and other groups did submit comments. Why have these not been picked up and reflected on?

2013-07-30


 

Lake Okeechobee Dumping (2013-07-29)

The already present black plumes in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, produced by run off have been worsened by the increased flows from Lake Okeechobee laced with nutrients, animal waste and silt from farming practices. [Miami Herald]

2013-07-29


 

SFWMD Takes Action (2013-07-29)

SFWMD have taken action to reduce freshwater flows to the estuary by installing a temporary pump at the C-43 storage site. However, this will have an effectively negligible affect on the flows into the estuary. Therefore more needs to be done! [News Release]

2013-07-29


 

Fisheating Creek Backfilling (2013-07-26)

An administrative law judge in Tallahassee has rejected the permit to backfill Fisheating Creek. It was rejected on the grounds that the proposed backfilling would adversely affect public welfare and the conservation of fish and wildlife. [Recommended Order]

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CRCA Input, County Response (2013-07-26)

Riverwatch President Wayne Daltry has communicated concerns to Lee County about high flows to the estuaries and the lack of viable options. Responding for the County, Roland Ottolini points out that solutions are being sought but progress is slow.

2016-07-01


 

Cane Toads on Sanibel (2013-07-25)

SCCF discovered a population of Cane Toads on Sanibel. They pose a threat to native wildlife as they produce a toxin (bufotoxin) that is both irritating and deadly to smaller wildlife. Report any sightings of giant toads so they can be removed.

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Caloosahatchee Condition Report (2013-07-25)

Average flow at S79 has been 8,124 cfs, well above the 4,500 cfs harm threshold. Very high flows of 12,540 cfs have moved the freshwater plume out of the estuaries to the Gulf side of the barrier Islands. All storage mechanisms need to be utilized. [Full Report] [Past Reports]

2013-07-25


 

Let Er Rip (2013-07-25)

The Corps have decided to open the Lake Okeechobee gates to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers to their maximum capacity. Massive flows to the estuaries will continue to impact the marine environment and may have economic implications.

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South Florida Soaked (2013-07-24)

South Florida has experienced above average rainfall since June 1. 19.09 inches of rain have fallen from the start of June through mid-July, representing 147 percent of average. Water levels are currently at or above scheduled levels in key areas. [News Press]

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Shared Flood Control (2013-07-24)

During heavy rainfall neighbourhood ditches, swales and conduits carry water to the canal system. In order for this integrated system to be efficient property managers and homeowners associations are encouraged to do their part to keep water flowing. [News Press]

2013-07-24


 

Lake Okeechobee Danger Zone (2013-07-24)

As water levels increase dike integrity is a major concern. The Bromwell Report (2006) states, at water levels of 18 ft there is a 46% chance of dike failure. If water levels increase a Hurricane could result in dike failure with serious consequences [Bromwell Report] [Water Level]

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National Stormwater Calculator (2013-07-24)

The Environmental Protection Agency have released the National Stormwater Calculator. This will help property owners, developers, and urban planners make informed land-use decisions to protect waterways from pollution caused by stormwater runoff. [Press Release]

2013-07-24


 

Funding for Waterways (2013-07-23)

Governor Rick Scott's $1.2 billion budget will include support for restoration projects in the Everglades, springs water quality improvements and the purchase of conservation land. It priority of projects that will protect and renew our waterbodies. [BoatingIndustry]

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Environmental Disaster (2013-07-23)

Pelicans, Dolphins and Manatees are dying in the Indian River Lagoon. But the cause of this remains a mystery. Or is it that no one wants to know? Plenty of clues exist that explain the issues. And this isn't the only environmental issue in Florida. [Gainsville Sun]

2013-07-23


 

Periodic Scientists Conference (2013-07-18)

The presentation suggests that the Corps will be sending 4000cfs down the Caloosahatchee out of Lake Okeechobee. Combined with basin runoff, the estuary will continue to get large volumes of fresh water. [Presentation]

2013-07-18


 

Caloosahatchee Condition Report (2013-07-18)

Report states that continued high flows are expected from the watershed runoff. Therefore requests that the SFWMD utilize all storage options to reduce flow to the estuaries including maximizing storage in the Kissimmee Lakes and all DWM projects. [Summary] [Full Report] [Previous Reports]

2013-07-18


 

Water and Food (2013-07-17)

In America the average person uses nearly 2,000 gallons of water a day. 95% of this isn't from showers and using washing machines - its from food, energy and the products you use every day. [Hidden Water] [Daily Dose]

2013-07-17


 

Caloosahatchee Condition Report (2013-07-17)

Above normal rainfall has resulted in excessively high flows, reducing salinity throughout the estuary. Sustained flows above 2,800 cfs have caused mortality of marine organisms and seagrass habitat in the lower estuary and San Carlos Bay. [Full Report] [Past Reports]

2013-07-17


 

Farm Bill (2013-06-12)

On Monday, June 10, 2013, the Senate passed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that expands government subsidies for crop insurance, rice and peanuts while making small cuts to food stamps. [USA Today]

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Florida Gives Big Sugar Break (2013-06-12)

The most deceptive and egregious action against taxpayers during the 2013 Florida legislative session was passage of HB 7065 and SB 768, which amended the 1994 Everglades Forever Act. [Miami Herald]

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When You Waste Food... (2013-06-12)

According to the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank, inside the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted every year worldwide is 45 trillion gallons of water. This represents a staggering 24 percent of all water used for agriculture. [NPR]

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U.S. Offshore Wind Power (2013-06-12)

Offshore wind energy has felt just out of America’s reach for quite some time now. While Europe has more than fifty projects up and running off their shores, here in the U.S. we are struggling to catch up. [Eco Watch]

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NPS to Promote Bicycling (2013-06-12)

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Adventure Cycling Association on April 30, 2013, formalizing a partnership to promote collaboration between bicycling interests and the National Park Service. [Action Hub]

2013-06-12


 

Mercury Levels in Sharks Worrying (2013-06-12)

High levels of mercury are being found in fish along the Gulf of Mexico. A study looking into the problem has been going on for decades; but levels are getting higher and researchers say sharks maybe key to finding a solution. [nbc-2]

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Leadership Changes at SFWMD (2013-06-12)

The recent resignation of the SFWMD's executive director, Melissa Meeker leaves some big shoes for the district to fill. Her departure is among a number of recent leadership changes at the helm of the state’s largest water control district. [WGCU]

2013-07-17


 

Where Does Soil Charcoal Go? (2013-06-07)

Most scientists thought charcoal was resistant. They believed that once it was incorporated into soils, it stayed there. No one really thought it dissolved, but it does. It's exported into wetlands and rivers, eventually making its way to the oceans. [National Science Foundation]

2016-07-01


 

There are Plenty of Fish (2013-06-07)

According to the recent report on the status of improving stocks, released by the NOAA, the number of stocks subject to overfishing fell from 36 to 29, a record low. Ninety percent of the 284 monitored stocks no longer fall into that category. [New-Press]

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Algae Shuts Down Water Plant (2013-06-06)

Concentrations of potentially-toxic blue green algae in the Caloosahatchee River has caused utility managers to close a Lee Co. treatment plant. County plant operations manager Hank Barroso said thsystem will remain offline until conditions improve. [News-Press]

2016-07-01


 

Ice Free Arctic Summers (2013-06-06)

According to federal scientists, the Arctic Ocean summer ice may melt completely, possibly within the next decade or two. North Pole will lose its summer ice cap after 2050 due to a warming climate melting sea ice. [News-Press]

2016-07-01


 

FL Wildlife Corridor & Expedition (2013-06-06)

On June 4, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will issue a resolution recognizing the Florida Wildlife Corridor, a visionary project to connect the remaining natural lands, waters, working farms, forests & ranches from the Everglades to Georgia. [Details]

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Too Much on Environment (2013-06-06)

Bob Graham in his opinion stated that Florida's conservation groups, not given an equal seat at the table when legislation is being crafted or considered, must fight back bad bills to hold on to what is left of our environmental legacy. [Sun-Sentinel]

2016-07-01


 

Environmental Warfare (2013-06-06)

We managed to survive the cold war, but the challenges to our environmental security remain. We need to stop treating the idea of biodiversity as a philosophical preference and embrace it as a strategy of survival. [The New York Times]

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Building Better Budgets (2013-06-06)

A new report released by Smart Growth America reveals how much municipalities can save, on average, by using smart growth development strategies. The report also examines how much revenue smart growth development generates compared to alternatives. [Details] [Complete Report] [Web site]

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Ceitus Overview (2013-06-06)

On May 5, 2013 Phil Buchanan spoke about the history of Ceitus Boat Lift controversy to the Riverwatch group. If you belong to a group that would like to see the presentation live at one of your meetings Phil will be glad to attend. [Presentation (PDF)]

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Preserving Everglades (2013-06-03)

Gov. Rick Scott in his recent editorial stated that preserving Everglades is crucial to ecosystem and that millions of Floridians rely on the Everglades as a source of freshwater, jobs and recreation. [News-Press]

2013-06-03


 

Conservation 20/20 Land Deals (2013-06-03)

Lee County commissioners approved safeguards to protect taxpayers from overpriced Conservation 20/20 land deals. The rules were recommended by a blue-ribbon committee formed in response to Clerk of Court findings that Lee paid too much for land. [News-Press]

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$7.5 Million for River Cleanup (2013-06-03)

About $7.5 million in state and federal money is being earmarked to help clean water flowing into the St. Johns River from farm areas near Palatka, according to state Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard. [Jacksonville]

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Estuary Residents and Floods (2013-06-03)

Some Southwest Florida property owners are going to see drastic increases in their flood insurance rates. These policyholders will incur the full rate increase at once on October 1, 2013 when policies need to be renewed. [News-Press]

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WRDA: Nelson-yes, Rubio-no (2013-05-17)

The Senate on Apr 15 put aside its partisan differences to extend the federal government’s main water resources law (WRDA), which promotes investment in port improvements, flood protection, dam and levee projects and environmental restoration. [The Washington Post]

2013-05-17


 

River of Grass Flows Again (2013-05-17)

On May 15, 2013 about 10:00 am, a worker driving a backhoe cracked apart the roadbed of the old Tamiami Trail letting the shallow water of the famed River of Grass flow into the Everglades National Park the way it did eight decades before. [Tampa Bay Times]

2013-05-17


 

Nonpoint Source News-Notes (2013-05-17)

Nonpoint Source News-Notes Issue May 2013, #94 is now available online. This issue of NPS News-Notes explores new and innovative programs, tools and resources that are available to help manage polluted runoff. [NPS News-Notes Issue #94] [Previous Issues]

2013-05-17


 

LWC Water Supply Plan (2013-05-17)

2012 Lower West Coast Water Supply Plan approved by the District's Governing Board on November 15, 2012 addresses the water supply related issues of the region and provides a framework to meet the water needs of the region through 2030. [Memo to Stakeholders] [Water Supply Entity Statutory Requirements] [LWC Final Order] [Plan documents ]

2013-05-17


 

ICARE Event (2013-05-17)

Institute for Culinary Awareness Research & Education (ICARE) Eco-Fair is on May 17 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm and May 18 from 10:00am - 3:00pm, free event to be held outside at Invest in America's Veterans Foundation in Cape Coral. [Poster] [Web site]

2013-08-27


 

Ceilley on Trafford (2013-05-17)

FGCU scientist David Ceilley has worked on Caloosahatchee River ecology in past years. Today he is focused on restoration of Lake Trafford after massive fish kills more than a decade ago prompted a dredging project to remove the bottom muck. [News-Press] [About Lake Trafford] [Lake Trafford map] [Video]

2013-05-17


 

Land Policy Reversal (2013-05-17)

Florida is in the midst of an about-face on the conservation front, with some elected officials saying the state has too much public land & some should be sold to the private sectors. Florida’s legacy of land preservation may be headed for extinction [News-Press] [Popular public lands in Lee County] [Interactive map]

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Huge Victory for Florida Waters (2013-05-17)

Florida Environmental Regulation Commission (ERC) rejected Gov. Rick Scott and DEP's plan to allow more toxic chemicals in Florida waters at a April 23 meeting. ERC told DEP to come back in the late summer or early fall with a better proposal. [Details]

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Analysis of Climate Records (2013-05-17)

The most comprehensive evaluation of temperature change on Earth’s continents over the past 1000-2000 years indicates that a long-term cooling trend ended in the 19th century. The study also finds that the 20th century ranks as the warmest century. [National Science Foundation]

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Sunlit Snow Triggers Ozone Depletion (2013-05-17)

National Science Foundation-funded researchers at Purdue University have discovered that sunlit snow is the major source of atmospheric bromine in the Arctic, the key to unique chemical reactions that purge pollutants and destroy ozone. [National Science Foundation]

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Dunk City Dark Side (2013-05-17)

Attention that FGCU basketball attracted wasn't all good. It gave a national audience to the sorted history surrounding the siting of the campus back in the 90's. Many complained it epitomized sprawl under the guise of creating a "green university." [Mother Jones]

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Stepping up to the Green Plate (2013-05-17)

Agriculture may appear to be lacking in modern sustainability practices, but many farmers and ranchers are implementing procedures to protect their environments. Environmental protection services are implemented on ranches, farms & dairies across FL. [TCPalm]

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Downside of a Cycle (2013-05-16)

Florida’s stone crab season ended mid May ranking the worst season ever, according to Lee County commercial fishermen. Crabs were so scarce that the fishermen brought their traps ashore weeks early because the catch wasn’t paying for fuel and bait. [News-Press] [Video]

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FGCU Land Deal (2013-05-16)

FGCU has declined a local developer’s offer to donate 600 acres to the school, but isn’t ruling out revisiting the proposal later. O.J. Buigas of Private Equity Group had met with FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw on May 10 to discuss the deal. [News-Press] [CRCA President's previous comment]

2013-05-16


 

Just Say No to P (2013-05-16)

Scotts turn around on fertilizer! Proof that repeating the message and holding the line can result in change. Some good movement we all have played a role in changing the world today. [The Columbus Dispatch]

2013-05-16


 

Climate Change Statements (2013-05-16)

A common skeptic argument is that climate has changed naturally in the past, long before SUVs and coal-fired power plants, so humans can't be the cause of the current global warming. Peer-reviewed research shows this is not the case. [Climate Change Statements] [Skeptic Arguments]

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Sustainable Growth Elusive (2013-05-16)

John Cassani in his opinion in the News-Press wrote that sustainable growth plan proves to be elusive in Lee County. He encourages everyone to consider attending one of the town hall meetings on the comprehensive plan changes and voice your concerns. [News-Press]

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First Flush (2013-05-16)

Each year, typically in June, Southwest Florida has its sustained rainy days. Water quality scientists refer to these rain events as the “first flush,” and this year it took place a month to six weeks earlier than usual with 1.83 inches on May 1. [News-Press] [Filtering Runoff]

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Scenic River Venue Closing (2013-05-16)

Riverwatch & Watershed Council have traditionally held many of its events at the Royal Palm Yacht Club. But as of May 17 the club is closing. More than half of the 22 annual SWFL Water Resource Conferences have been hosted at the scenic yacht club. [News-Press] [RPYC Timeline] [RPYC website]

2016-02-04


 

Audubon vs. Sugar (2013-05-16)

Four days after Audubon filed a legal challenge to no-bid leases that allow Florida Crystals to farm on state land in the Everglades for another 30 years, a lawmaker called by the company filed a measure to quash the complaint. [The Palm Beach Post]

2013-05-16


 

Sugar Act Then and Now (2013-05-16)

Richard Geisinger Jr. writes in the Apr 13 Stuart News about the Jones-Costigan Amendment (Sugar Act 1934). It was passed to salvage an ailing sugar industry after the Great Depression. Coistigan sponsored a failed anti lynching bill the same year. [Stuart News ]

2015-10-16


 

God and Climate Change (2013-05-16)

If the trajectory of climate change isn't real or won't bother God, then climate change is not a religious concern. But if we answer that the likely effects will not delight God, then climate change is a religious and moral issue. Much to contemplate [Sojourners]

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Southwest Florida Rains (2013-05-16)

From record heat to record cold, from abnormally dry conditions to full-on rain, 2013 has been a roller coaster ride, weather-wise. The first 10 days of April have produced more than half the rain we typically see all month. [News-Press] [Southwest Fla. coastal rainfall totals]

2016-07-01


 

Florida Water Rally (2013-05-16)

On Apr 15 Environmentalists gathered in 10 Florida cities to protest state Senate and House bills that would replace the EPA's water quality rules with the FL DEP's standards, which will promote further pollution of state waters. "EPA YES; FDEP NO". [News-Press]

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H20 Ignorance Has No Humor (2013-04-07)

Two radio DJs were temporarily suspended after some in the public paniced when Val St. John and Scott Fish told listeners that Dihydrogen monoxide (water...ha,ha!) was coming from taps. Ignorance...or confusion with Carbon monoxide; you decide. [Felony Charges?] [News Press]

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Dynamic Duo Serve CRCA (2013-04-04)

The new president & vice president of CRCA are Wayne Daltry & Marti Daltry. Marti previously served two terms as president but this is the first CRCA officer role for Wayne. Standing committee chairs were also appointed at the Apr 3 board meeting. [Nominating Committee Report] [Election & Appointments]

2016-02-04


 

Yet Another Potential Disaster (2013-03-29)

The Conservancy of SW FL & the Center of Biological Diversity plan to sue the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service over its intent to turn over enforcement of endangered species protection to the State of Florida. Letting the fox gaurd the henhouse is wrong. [CBD Press Release] [Sierra Club Press Release]

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March CRCA Newsletter (2013-03-29)

The March 2013 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]

2014-04-18


 

No Red Tide (2013-03-28)

For the first time in six months, biologists detected no presence of red tide along the Southwest Florida coast. Red tide can cause fish kills and respiratory illnesses in mammals, including humans, once levels reach 10,000 cells per liter or higher. [New-Press]

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Wildflower Festival (2013-03-28)

CREW 11th Annual Wildflower Festival will be on April 5-6. Admission to the festival grounds is FREE and includes exhibits, demonstrations, presentations, food vendors, and special kids’ activities. Guided hikes require a fee and pre-registration. [Details] [Flyer] [Wildflower Hikes Tickets] [Website]

2013-06-12


 

Farming State Lands (2013-03-28)

A proposed state law (HB 33 and SB 466)would make it easier for Florida cattle ranchers and other owners of property next to state-owned land to acquire or lease that public land, in exchange for a conservation easement on their property. [Florida Today] [Video]

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LaBelle & Ft. Myers Earth Day (2013-03-28)

Earth Day activities in LaBelle will be on April 27 at Barron Park (where 29 crosses the river). In Ft. Myers, Earth Day will be at Koreshan State Historic Site, April 20, 10am-4pm. Riverwatch members will be there to help share the message.

2013-03-28


 

Ceitus Mediation Agreement (2013-03-27)

Phil Buchanan urges Lee County Commissioners to reject the Ceitus mediation agreement and resume enforcement of the Clean Water Act for the sake of our environment, our quality of life, our tourist-based economy, and our taxpayer coffers. [Details]

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Sugar Harvest (2013-03-27)

The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative has wrapped up its 2012-2013 harvest, producing the 7th largest crop in its 51-year history - 5.3 tons of sugar per acre from this year's harvest, demonstrating no stress from lack of irrigation water from Lake O. [Palm Beach Post]

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Blue Mussels & GHG (2013-03-27)

Mussels make use of what are called byssal threads-strong, silky fibers-to attach to rocks, pilings and other hard substrates. Now, scientists have discovered, the effects of ocean acidification are causing mussels get tossed about by wind and waves. [National Science Foundation ]

2016-07-01


 

Caldwell Agrees on Farm Fees (2013-03-27)

A House water-quality bill was modified Mar 20 after Lehigh Acres Rep. Matt Caldwell, and groups such as Audubon of Florida made agreements and concessions in Tallahassee. Amended bill will actually increase the amount farming companies will pay. [News-Press] [Palm Beach Post Editorial]

2013-03-27


 

Manatee, Pelican Deaths (2013-03-27)

The mysterious deaths of dozens of manatees and hundreds of pelicans may be an indication that the ailing Indian River Lagoon, among the state's most magnificent waterways, is headed for one of the more epic collapses of a Florida ecosystem in years. [Orlando Sentinel] [Video interview with Kevin Spear]

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Ceitus Saga Drags On and On (2013-03-27)

On Mar 26, the Lee County Commissioners reviewed the draft Ceitus Mediation Agreement with Cape Coral. Commissioner Manning motioned to add the tolling provision and approve the Mediation Agreement, which was accepted by a 4 to 0 vote. [Details] [Buchanan Remarks to BOCC]

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Who Will Get SFWMD Post? (2013-03-27)

Three of the most powerful unelected, unpaid government seats in South Florida are vacant as of this month, and Governor Rick Scott is expected to soon announce which of the 11 candidates will fill those voids. [News-Press]

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Plant More Pines! (2013-03-27)

Southwest Florida is in dire need of more native slash pines in our yards, business landscapes and public spaces. Planting more pines creates shade, habitat, noise buffering, storm protection, visual screening and a sense of place. [Details] [Flyer] [Press Release]

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Why Climate Change is Different (2013-03-27)

There are two features of climate change that make it importantly different from other environmental problems, not just in degree but in kind: 1) carbon dioxide is not like other pollutants; 2) climate change is irreversible. [Grist] [Carbon Bath]

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Everglades Restoration Order (2013-03-27)

Environmentalists are asking a federal judge to set deadlines and order the state of Florida to bring the Everglades back to health. Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno delayed any order until after the state's legislative session ends in May. [Sun-Sentinel]

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Tamiami Trail Bridge Opens (2013-03-27)

On Mar 19, state officials, local dignitaries and conservationalists gathered to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Tamiami Trail bridge project. The Tamiami Trail bridging seeks to restore historic water flows to the Everglades. [WLRN] [Audubon of Florida] [Photo]

2016-02-04


 

RESTORE Act Funding (2013-03-27)

DEP has created an online project submittal form for the public to suggest potential projects for the state to consider submitting for RESTORE Act Funding. Project submittals will be evaluated carefully by DEP in consultation with FL FWC Commission. [Details] [Potential Projects] [Submit a Project] [Website]

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Only $6 Billion for RESTORE Act? (2013-03-27)

The trial against BP stemming from the 2010 explosion of a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico began on Feb 25, 2013 in New Orleans. The plan, worth a total of $16 billion, would limit the fines paid by BP under the Clean Water Act to $6 billion. [New York Times]

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Climate Change Infographic (2013-03-27)

Thanks to extensive research and noticeable changes in weather and storm prevalence, it’s getting harder to turn a blind eye to the reality of climate change. The extreme weather of the last decade is at least partially caused by global warming. [Learn Stuff] [Climate Change Infographic]

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Spring Break Red Tide (2013-03-27)

Just in time for Spring Break vacationers, Dept of Health reminded people to use caution when on the beach or in waters with red tide. Adverse health effects on humans and pets can be prevented by staying away from affected areas (the beach). [Press Release]

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Angler Action (2013-03-27)

Logging and recording your trip and catch information at Angler Action not only builds valuable data for recreational fisheries, but also functions as a record of your own fishing activity. Be a part of improved fisheries management. [Angler Action Info Center]

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Breaking Ground at Babcock (2013-03-27)

The Babcock Ranch city project is back after going dormant due to the 2005 housing crash. Ground-breaking is in 2014. Kitson sold 73,000ac of ag tracts, undevelopable wetlands & forest to the state for $5000/ac, leaving 19,000 ac for development. [News-Press] [Syd Kitson] [History] [Video] [Kitson & Partners]

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SWF Critical Turtle Habitat (2013-03-27)

The USFWS, under legal pressure from environmental groups, proposed designating 740 miles of beaches from North Carolina to Florida to Mississippi as critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles. Public comment on the proposal accepted until May 24. [Naples News]

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Master Naturalist Course (2013-03-27)

Join the Florida Master Naturalist Program's (FMNP) Coastal Systems course being offered at the Randell Research Center's Calusa Heritage Trail beginning Apr 12, 2013 from 9 am to 4 pm. The cost for the course is $225, which includes all field trips. [Details]

2013-06-12


 

US FWS User Fees Granted (2013-03-27)

More than $882.4 million in excise tax revenues generated in 2012 by sportsmen and sportswomen will be distributed to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across the nation. [Outdoor Hub]

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Officers Election Meeting (2013-03-21)

The Wednesday, April 3 meeting of Riverwatch will be held at Bridge Street Coffee Shop at 23 Ft. Thompson Ave (west of Bridge St) in LaBelle at 6:30pm. At this meeting the new board of directors will elect officers for its 2013-2014 year.
[2013-2014 CRCA Board Members] [Photo]

2013-06-12


 

Saving Cowbone Marsh (2013-03-20)

Photos in a report by David Bogert show that Cowbone Marsh was dredged through solid peat soil, not floating tussock vegetation. Cutting into soil was not an authorized action. The damage to the Marsh and Fisheating Creek needs to be repaired. [David Bogert Report] [USACE Article]

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Majesty of the Oak (2013-03-19)

For information on the recommendations for your plant community, bring your ideas to the Coccoloba Native Plant Sale at Rotary Park on Saturday, Apr 20th, from 9am to 2pm. Experts will be on hand to provide advice and answer your questions. [Majesty of the Oak] [Flyer]

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Pine Island Plan Under Attack (2013-03-19)

The Pine Island Land Plan, a major feature of Pine Island for the last 25 years, is again under attack. This is the third time the Plan has come under attack-all three times by the Lee Co. Attorney's Office and all three times at interval of 7 years. [Details]

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Mercury Levels Exceed (2013-03-15)

New evidence reveals humans & marine ecosystems around the world are contaminated with mercury and that mercury levels in humans & fish regularly exceed health advisory guidelines. High levels of mercury can permanently damage the brain and kidneys. [Press Release] [Report by IPEN & BRI] [Global Mercury Hotspots] [Mercury-Free Initiatives]

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FDEP Missed Boat (2013-03-15)

Leo Amos of Matlacha believes FDEP has done nothing for our environment in Lee County, except to make a consent order that created five years of animosity between Lee County and the city of Cape Coral over the replacement of the Ceitus barrier. [News-Press] [Ceitus Cartoon]

2013-03-15


 

North Spreader Salinity Readings (2013-03-15)

The salinity readings continue to indicate that the only salt water entering the Spreader is in the dry season through the opening created by the removal of the Ceitus Barrier. With the Ceitus Barrier, the Spreader would be fresh water year-round. [Details] [Salinity Readings] [Buchanan recording salinity readings]

2013-03-15


 

Spreader Systems (2013-03-15)

Phil Buchanan points out that USACOE is doing FPIR/FEIS for the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands project on the east coast to "spread" storm water into the wetlands, while FDEP agrees to dismantle the very same type system on the west coast. [Details] [Cartoon]

2013-03-15


 

Caloosahatchee Visioning Begins (2013-03-15)

On Mar 19 Patrick Field & Bennett Brooks of Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge MA began interviewing Riverwatch officers & many others to initiate the Caloosahatchee Ecological Vision Process. Field & Brooks have So. Florida issues experience. [Poster] [Patrick Field] [Bennett Brooks] [Web site] [Q&A] [Consensus Building Institute]

2013-03-15


 

Estimating Ecosystem Services (2013-03-15)

Dr. Richard Weisskoff in his review of James Beever's recent report on Estimating and Forecasting Ecosystem Services, commented Beever's report as a stunning, ambitious, and potentially highly-effective report, not available in the literature yet. [Weisskoff Review] [Beever Report] [James Beever]

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DeLisi Resigns from SFWMD (2013-03-14)

Southwest Florida representative Dan DeLisi resigned from South Florida Water Management board and accepted the district's executive staff position of Chief of Staff. DeLisi was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in May of 2011 and was to serve until 2015. [News-Press 1] [News-Press 2] [Dan DeLisi Letter of Resignation] [Video]

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Candidates Vie for SFWMD Board (2013-03-14)

8 candidates-7 Republicans & 1 Democrat-are vying for 3 vacant seats on the SFWMD board. Terms will expire in Mar for board chairman Joe Collins, vice chair Kevin Powers & board member Dan DeLisi who resigned to become the district's chief of staff. [Palm Beach Post]

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Fisheating Creek (2013-03-14)

The Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) wants to fill in part of the Fisheating Creek channel. A hearing on this issue was held in Tallahassee from Mar 4-11, 2013. Looks like we are still in the same old battles that Ellen Peterson waged for years. [Details]

2016-02-04


 

The Rising Seas Lectures (2013-03-14)

Join world-renowned Nobel Peace Prize climate scientists Dr. Pier Vellinga and Dr. Henry Pollack for three special engagements in Sarasota and St. Petersburg to learn the latest science and projections for sea level rise in Florida. [Details] [Rising Seas website]

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CHNEP Water Atlas (2013-03-03)

CHNEP & USF have produced a water atlas with the purpose of presenting key geographic & scientific information in ways that are meaningful to people and to implement our data management strategy. [CHNEP Water Atlas] [Florida Water Atlas]


 

Beautiful Island Purchase (2013-02-27)

The draft projects recommendation list for the RESTORE program (funded by BP oil spill monies) shows CRCA as requesting $6.5 million to purchase parts of Beautiful Island, which the property appraiser lists as taxed at $225,000. [RESTORE Project List] [Location Map] [Parcel Values] [20/20 Map] [Lee Conservation 20/20 Review]

2013-02-27


 

CRCA Annual Meeting at Big O (2013-02-26)

The 2013 CRCA Annual Meeting will be at the Port LaBelle Inn from 4:30-5:30pm on Sat, Mar 16. Afterward members can attend the Big O Birding Festival photo contest reception then dinner & keynote speaker for $55. [Directions] [Sign on SR 80] [Register for Dinner] [Directors to be Elected] [Big O Dinner & Speaker]

2013-02-26


 

Canoe Contest Winners (2013-02-25)

The 2013 Canoe Contest winners are: 1st Place (MadRiver Canoe): Rhonda Roff & children, 2nd Place (Estero River Outfitters Guided Kayak Trip for 4): Diane Penn, & 3rd Place (Family Membership in Caloosa Nature Center): John Venham. Congratulations! [Valholly Frank & Justin Roff]

2013-02-25


 

Election of New Directors (2013-02-25)

The Riverwatch Bylaws require the Annual CRCA Meeting to be held on the 3rd Sat of March, which is the 16th. Riverwatch members should contact Margaret England or John Capece if they are interested in serving as a director. [Bylaws] [Current Slate of Directors] [Email Us] [Annual Meeting Details]

2013-02-25


 

Continuous Acheivement (2013-02-25)

The DEP's mini comment period for the triennial review has been extended up to March 4. Public effort also helped to get victory for Blackwater State Forest to stop the proposed legislative bill by Rep. Broxson that would allow oil & gas drilling. [Triennial Revenue]

2013-02-25


 

Nature Guide to Pine Island (2013-02-25)

On Feb 23 Phil was at Phillips Park at Pine Island Center for a book signing of "The Nature Lover's Guide to Pine Island." A retired attorney, Phil completed the UF-IFAS FL Master Naturalist training program. Calusa Land Trust benefits from sales. [Nature Lovers]

2013-02-26


 

February CRCA Newsletter (2013-02-22)

The February 2013 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. [February Newsletter] [HTML version] [Newsletter Archive]

2014-04-18


 

Damage Claim Approval by BP (2013-02-22)

BP approved $1.3 million to be shared among the cities of Marco Island & Naples & Collier County to build a new system of artificial fishing reefs offshore. If the county decides to account for future lost revenues, the damage claim can go up. [Naples News]

2013-02-22


 

DEP Kicks Off Lake O Plan (2013-02-22)

On Feb 20, the DEP took a major step forward in drawing up a detailed restoration plan for Lake O & met with key area stakeholders. The DEP also committed $4 million toward restoring the lake through an Istokpoga Marsh water quality advance project. [Details] [Audubon Input] [BMAP map]

2013-02-22


 

Barbara & Butterflies (2013-02-22)

President Obama helped raise the profile of climate change again in a big way. That's why novelist & social crusader Barbara Kingsolver's latest novel comes at such an important time. Her book explores climate change, human frailty, & butterflies. [Audubon Magazine]

2013-02-22


 

Seminole Tribe Sponsors Contest (2013-02-21)

CRCA thanks the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. & Joe Frank for their annual donation of a Mad River 14-ft canoe for the Riverwatch contest at Swamp Cabbage Festival. This is the 6th year the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. has sponsored the contest.

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Estero River Helps CRCA (2013-02-21)

This is the 6th year Estero River Outfitters has provided the second prize for the Riverwatch Swamp Cabbage Festival canoe contest - a guided tour for 4 on Estero River. So, whenever you are looking for a fun day paddling SW Florida, remember Estero. [Estero River Outfitters]


 

Pharmed Fish (2013-02-21)

A Swedish study found traces of the anti-anxiety drug oxazepam downstream of a waste water treatment plant and also in fish tissues at high concentrations, reflecting bio-accumulation. The drug changed the behavior of the fish as well. [Medicated Fish] [Fish Hooked]

2013-02-21


 

Nature Center Contribution (2013-02-21)

Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium has provided the third prize for the Riverwatch Swamp Cabbage Festival canoe contest - a family annual pass to the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium. Thank you to CNCP! [CNCP]


 

Climate Rally Follows Obama (2013-02-21)

While 40,000 climate change activists rallied in DC, Obama left on his 747 for a round of golf in Florida. But Riverwatch members Joe Frank & Rhonda Roff (& children) tracked him down and single-handedly brought the climate rally to the President. [TCPALM] [Climate Concern Message] [Signs for Obama] [Climate Change Gathering] [Climate Rally] [Roff/Frank Family Rally]

2013-02-21


 

Frontal Assault by Cape Coral (2013-02-21)

David Scott spearheading the Cape Coral side has been increasingly vitriolic in his pressure on the Lee BOCC to drop its Ceitus legal action. Riverwatch joined with Lee County in the original legal action and still supports the effort. [Details]

2013-02-21


 

Caloosahatchee Condition (2013-02-21)

The Feb 16 cold front dropped 2-3 inches of rain. This runoff combined with a 10-day pulse release from Lake O to reduce salinities at Fort Myers. The 30-day moving average dropped below 10 psu to put it back into MFL compliance. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Report]

2013-02-21


 

Reducing Mercury Emissions (2013-02-20)

On Jan 19 delegates from more than 130 nations adopted the first legally-binding international treaty aimed to reduce mercury emissions. Mercury contamination is a major problem which has serious implications for pregnant women and young children. [The Hindu] [Treaty Negotiation Document] [Mercury Treaty Information]

2013-02-20


 

No More Ray of Hope (2013-02-20)

The loss of Ray Judah & his leadership has changed the BOCC. It was a dependable protector of the environment with consistent 5-0 votes on Ceitus. Now that Judah is gone, Larry Kiker appears to have allied with Tammy Hall to abandon Ceitus advocacy. [Details] [Fishing Family Testimony] [News-Press]

2013-02-20


 

SB 948 Filed By Grimsley (2013-02-20)

SB 948 by Sen. Denise Grimsley, filed on February 18 would expand role of agriculture in water supply planning. SB 948 was filed amid concerns about billionaire Frank Stronach's recent purchase of 12,000 acres in Taylor County to raise beef cattle. [The Florida Current] [Water Presentations to Subcommitte] [Adena Spring Ranch Permit]

2013-02-20


 

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day (2013-02-20)

Mark your calendar for Exotic Pet Amnesty Day on Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium in Ft. Myers. This event provides people with the opportunity to surrender their exotic pets no questions asked! [Fort Myers PAD Event] [Flyer] [Adopter Information Form] [Animal Information] [Youtube Video] [Map]

2013-02-20


 

Flow Equalization Basins (FEBs) (2013-02-19)

SFWMD has moved away from deep (high-bermed) reservoirs and is focusing on shallow (4ft) Flow Equalization Basins or FEBs to feed water to the STAs. But FEBs won't move significantly more water south from Lake O towards the Everglades in the rainy season. [Details]

2013-02-19


 

Fish Rules App 2013 (2013-02-19)

Starting February 18th Fish Rules App 2012 will no longer be supported (it won't have any regulations). If you enjoyed Fish Rules 2012, please go to the App Store and download Fish Rules 2013 for just 99 cents a year. [Details] [Download Fish Rules 2013]

2013-02-19


 

Public Meeting (2013-02-19)

All are invited to a public meeting on Fisheating Creek on March 27 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Glades County Courthouse in Moore Haven. General subject matter to be considered: Fisheating Creek. Plans for hiking, biking and canoe trails and canoe access. [Details] [Map]

2013-02-19


 

Ceitus Barrier Restoration (2013-02-18)

Neither Cape Coral’s ASR wells, nor the SFWMD projects to divert Gator Slough water to the east, will do anything to help return historical fresh water flows to the fish nursery in the mangrove fringe, only the Ceitus Barrier restoration can do that. [Details]

2013-02-18


 

Speaking Up for the Everglades (2013-02-18)

In her letter to President Obama, Sarah Heard, chair of the Martin County Commission highlighted the importance of the Everglades restoration project and how vital his continues support is in saving this national treasure. [TCPALM]

2013-02-18


 

Everglades Bill Filed (2013-02-18)

Everglades bill filed on Feb 11, 2013 has been described as merely a starting point for the upcoming debate in the Legislature. SB 758 by Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, incorporates Gov. Rick Scott's 2012 Everglades restoration plan into Florida law. [The Florida Current]

2013-02-18


 

Florida Conservation Lands (2013-02-18)

Florida Natural Areas Inventory has recently published a Summary of Florida Conservation lands including Less-than-fee Conservation Lands with funding provided by Florida Department of Environmental Protection. [Conservation Land Summery]

2013-02-18


 

The Great Backyard Bird Count (2013-02-15)

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) Starts is Feb 15-18 and many bird watchers around the world are participating. Everyone can count the birds. These observations inform scientists & conservationists on how best to protect bird populations. [GBBC Details] [Participation Process] [GBBC Dataform] [GBBC 2013 Prizes]

2013-02-15


 

Transocean Ltd. Agreement (2013-02-15)

A federal judge approved Transocean Ltd.'s agreement with the Justice Department to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge & pay $400 million (2nd highest in environment criminal fines in U.S. history) for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. [Hoffingtonpost] [Finger Pointing] [Tansocean Cartoon]

2013-02-15


 

Caloosahatchee Feb 5-15 Pulse (2013-02-15)

Feb 11 was the 5th day of a 10-day pulse release. Higher flows from the current release are having the desired result providing a downward salinity trend at Ft Myers. A Red Tide Advisory & shell fishing ban remain in effect in Lee County. [Details]

2013-02-15


 

Great American Clean Up 2013 (2013-02-15)

Interested individuals and groups are encouraged to participate in Charlotte County’s Great American Clean Up annual event scheduled for March 2 from 9am to noon. The meeting point is at Cedar Point Environmental Park in Englewood. [Details] [Cedar Point Location Map] [Map]

2013-02-15


 

From Peter to Paul (2013-02-14)

Diverting rainy season storm waters away from Gator Slough will improve Matlacha Pass but will make things worse for the Caloosahatchee, & won't do anything to help the fish nursery in the Cape mangrove fringe (where the storm water actually belong). [Ecosystem Restoration Project Proposals ]

2013-02-14


 

Caloosahatchee Cruises (2013-02-14)

SCCF is offering 2.5-hour Caloosahatchee River cruises on Sundays (March 10, April 21 and Mothers Day, May 12). Reservations required. $40 per person. Space is limited. For reservations, call 472-2329. [Details]

2013-02-14


 

CRCA Officers on Fox (2013-02-14)

Riverwatch VP Margaret England and Treasurer Ron Zimmerly were featured on Fox 4 Morning Blend telling the viewing public about the upcoming Big O Birding Festival in Hendry & Glades Counties from March 12-16. [Link to FOX 4 Morning Blend Big]

2013-02-14


 

Big Year at Big O (2013-02-14)

Greg Miller, focus of the book and movie "The Big Year" about his birding adventure and record setting year is the featured speaker at this year's Big O Birding Festival. The festival too will set records this year with its many activities. [Event Details] [Greg Miller Birding] [YouTube Video]

2013-02-14


 

FL DEP is Protecting Polluters (2013-02-13)

The Florida Clean Water Network says that DEP came up with a very difficult statistical method that no one can understand & can be easily manipulated to achieve whatever the politically powerful polluters want. [Triennial Meeting Update] [Previous Meeting Details]

2013-02-13


 

Manatee Downlisting Update (2013-02-13)

UF researcher & the US Geological Survey found that manatee population is sharing the same single gene pool which is risk to the endangered marine mammal. The US Fish & Wildlife Service is considers moving the manatee from endangered to threatened. [Naples News] [Downlisting Decision Meeting] [Letter to Governor Crist] [IUCN Red List] [State Issues Articles] [Manatees & Weather]

2013-02-13


 

Water Resource Stewardship (2013-02-13)

On May 1 & 2, 2012 a group of agricultural land owners who collectively manage more than 5 million acres of ranch & crop land across the U.S., agreed that agricultural leaders must join with other water stewards to address water supply & mgt. issues. [Agricultural Water ] [Water Stewarrdship ]

2013-02-13


 

Collective Action & Cooperation (2013-02-13)

CEPP aims to send more water to the south, to the Everglades by reducing flow from Lake O to the river St. Lucie & Caloosahatchee to lower the salinity level in estuary. It is possible only through joint effort of all stakeholders to eliminate flow. [TCPALM]

2013-02-13


 

Both Sides of Their Mouth (2013-02-13)

SFWMD is applying for RESTORE funds (from BP oil spill fine) for Caloosahatchee Estuary projects citing needs based on the settings that result from the lack of the Ceitus Boat Lift. Still, DEP rejects to require Cape Coral to replace the structure. [Project Proposal]

2013-02-13


 

North Spreader System Update (2013-02-12)

"The corrupt & illegal agreement by DEP & Cape Coral Government to dismantle the North Spreader system was based on political thoughts, not ecological science or FL law. Some newspapers are spreading wrong message underestimating its capacity." [Details] [Recent Salinity Reading] [Ecosystem Management Agreement] [Final Amendment Order] [Original Consent Order]

2013-02-12


 

Big O Birding Festival Map (2013-02-12)

The Big O Birding Festival will bring visitors to over a dozen birding locations in Hendry and Glades Counties, including Big Cypress Reservation. Click on the Map link to see locations and get driving directions to each site. [Birding KMZ File] [Big O Birding Locations Map]

2013-02-12


 

Sportsmens Economic Impact (2013-02-11)

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) report on “2013 sportsmen’s economic impact on U.S. economy” states that hunting & fishing are huge & important parts of U.S. economy. In 2011, these sports contributed $90 billion to the U.S. economy. [Outdoorhub] [Economic Impact Report]

2013-02-11


 

Salt Marshes in Danger (2013-02-11)

Since 1945, 50% of salt marshes were lost due to physical infrastructures development. Now they are threatened by sea level rise. Jim Beever of SWFRPC offers 10 solutions to help prevent salt marsh losses as sea level rise. [News Press] [Video]

2013-02-11


 

CEPP Public Workshop (2013-02-11)

Central Everglades Planning Project public workshop, sponsored by the South FL Ecosystem Restoration Task Force will be held on Feb 13 from 9am-5pm in West Palm Beach. The purpose of the workshop is to continue to engage the public in the CEPP. [Logistics] [Agenda] [Calender] [Map] [Final CEPP 2012] [Draft Protocal 2011]

2013-02-11


 

Legal Challenge for Farming (2013-02-08)

Earthjustice filed a legal challenge on behalf of the FL Wildlife Federation to block Gov. Rick Scott & FL cabinet from allowing Big Sugar & corporate vegetable plantations to continue farming state-owned land in the Everglades for extra 30 years. [Earthjustice] [Final Petition]

2013-02-08


 

Nitrogen Pollution Reduction (2013-02-08)

The collaborative approach used to reduce nitrogen pollution in Tampa Bay has been formally designated by EPA as meeting new federal standards for water quality. Tampa Bay now has more seagrass than at any time since 1950 thanks to reduced N2 loads. [Details] [EPA New Water Rules]

2013-02-08


 

Conservation Forum Meeting (2013-02-08)

SCCF and the Everglades Foundation present the 5th Annual Conservation Forum on Feb 19, 2013 at 7pm on Sanibel Island. The Forum will focus on water quality issues related to the Everglades and the Caloosahatchee. The program is free. [Details] [Map]

2013-02-08


 

Riverwatch Supporters (2013-02-08)

Riverwatch thanks Gus & Anita Mastracci of The Villages and Bonita Beach for their generous contribution to Riverwatch, helping make possible the Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference co-sponsored by CRCA, Watershed Council, Audubon, & others.

2013-02-08


 

Not Even EPA Protection Levels (2013-02-08)

Florida DEP proposes to regulate carcinogenic chemicals at a MUCH less protective level than the EPA recommends. For all but four carcinogens are proposed to be regulated 3-5 times that required even in Alabama. [Details] [Carcinogens in Water]

2013-02-08


 

Hg Impact on World Wildlife (2013-02-07)

The 1st international treaty on mercury emissions reduction which aims to protect human health from serious neurotoxin will be signed in Oct 2013. In the study of mercury contamination impact on fish & wildlife, scientists found unexpected results. [Details] [Bioaccumulation Process] [International Treaty]

2013-02-07


 

Causes of Estuary Degradation (2013-02-07)

Storm water release from Lake “O” degrades the estuary ecosystem by algal blooming that kill off oysters & seagrasses. It also creates human health problem raising coliform levels in the water. Storm water flow to south to the Everglades is vital. [TCPALM] [Polluted Water Image]

2013-02-07


 

Water Conservation Exposition (2013-02-07)

The SFWMD’s 2013 Water Conservation Exposition & Vendor Fair will be held on Apr 12 from 8:30am-5:30pm in West Palm Beach. This event is a great opportunity for commercial & institutional facility managers to learn about water efficiency initiatives. [Details] [Flyer] [Map]

2013-02-07


 

Pine Island Birds in Danger (2013-02-05)

Abandoning fishing hooks & monofilament in the wild is the biggest danger to Pine Island birds. Other dangers include well-meaning but ill-advised feeding practice & improper use of rat poison. All of these risks are created by humans, so be careful! [Letter to the Editor]

2013-02-05


 

Forest Mgmt. Public Program (2013-02-05)

Hendry-Glades Audubon is hosting a free public program on Hendry & Collier County State Forests mgmt. in SWFL on Feb 11 at 7 p. m. at the Clewiston Museum 109 Central Avenue Clewiston, FL. FL Forest Service Forester, Heather L. Ferrand is presenter. [Details] [Map]

2013-02-05


 

Workshop on Exotic Plants (2013-02-05)

A workshop on the invasive exotic plant species will be on Feb 12 from 10:00 AM­ to 2:00 PM at Riverside Retreat at the Small Pavilion 7305 CR 78, LaBelle. Senior Forester, Clark Ryals will talk on the topic, registration fee is $10.00/ person. [Details] [Florida Invaders] [Map]

2013-02-05


 

US Climate Change Risks (2013-02-04)

A new report analyzes the effects of global change on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production & use, land & water resources for the next 25 to 100 years. It shows an area the size of Lee County could be submerged in FL by 2100. [Technical Input Report 2013]

2013-02-04


 

Miami Water Vulnerable (2013-02-04)

UF researchers rank Miami as the city with the second most vulnerable water supply out of a list of 225 US cities. Miami's low relative water availability is due to its low storage capacity and environmental limits on withdrawals. [Science News] [Water Availability Ranking Cities]

2013-02-04


 

Everglades Day Festival (EDF) (2013-02-04)

The “EDF” event held on Feb 9 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is free to the public. So, whole family can come & enjoy the various environment attractions. This year’s theme is “Healthy Everglades Healthy People”. [Details] [Flyer]

2013-02-04


 

Scott Budget Appreciation (2013-02-01)

On Jan 31, 2013, Gov. Rick Scott announced that $75 million budget is reserved for the FL Forever land buying program & another $60 million for the Everglades. Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg said governor’s commitment is appreciated. [News-Press]

2013-02-01


 

Everglades Transition Plan (2013-02-01)

The final Everglades Restoration Transition Plan (ERTP) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is available online. The Record of Decision for the plan was signed on Oct 19, 2012. This project is non-CERP (Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. [Final ERTP EIS] [Record of Decision] [Comments & Response]

2013-02-01


 

Wildlife in a Warming World (2013-02-01)

NWF’s report on "Wildlife in a Warming World” covers 8 regions of the U.S., from the Arctic to the Atlantic coast, & details concrete examples of wildlife struggling to adapt to the climate crisis. It explains 4 best ways to oppose the climate crisis. [Thinkprogress] [NWF's New Report ]

2013-02-01


 

St. Lucie River Projects (2013-02-01)

In 2012, the St. Lucie River Issues Team proposed funding for 5 different projects (Oyster Restoration, Drainage Projects to Benefit St. Lucie River) to SFWMD. Those proposed projects were approved in Jan meeting by the District’s Governing Board. [SFWMD News Release]

2013-02-01


 

Service Learning Opportunities (2013-02-01)

Service learning opportunities are available with Riverwatch at LaBelle Night on the Town Feb 19 at 5pm and at Barron Park LaBelle from 9am-5pm Saturday Feb 23 & Sunday Feb 24. Contact Margaret@caloosahatchee.org 863-674-0695 or cell 863-517-0202. [Details]

2013-02-25


 

Marine Debris Risk to Dolphins (2013-01-31)

Marine debris is something in the marine environment that doesn't naturally occur there & most of them need long time to biodegrade. These can introduce toxic chemicals into marine living tissue such as in dolphins & can lead to serious injuries. [News_Press]

2013-01-31


 

Florida Fracking Talk (2013-01-31)

The possibility of fracking in FL is low due to it’s geology. FL lies in limestone bed, so natural gas extraction is possible without fracking. The audio file of a fracking interview at the 22nd annual water & energy conference is available online. [WGCU News] [Fracking Talk] [FL Fracking Interest] [Audio File]

2013-01-31


 

Join Biggest Climate Rally 2013 (2013-01-31)

Climate leaders! Please, join the biggest climate rally in Washington, D.C on Feb 17. President Obama promised to “respond to the threat of climate change” in his 2nd inauguration. So, we need to tell him that it’s time to move forward on climate. [Flyer] [Rally Supporters]

2013-01-31


 

January CRCA Newsletter (2013-01-30)

The January 2013 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. [January Newsletter] [HTML version] [Newsletter Archive]

2014-04-18


 

Florida Springs Restoration (2013-01-30)

Florida springs are in trouble. What will it take to fix them? According to state water officials, $122.4 million, just to start. That's 10 times what the state spent on springs last year, & 4 times what the state budgeted for Everglades restoration. [Tampa Bay Times]

2013-01-30


 

Path to Restore the Gulf Coast (2013-01-30)

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released The Path Forward to Restoring the Gulf Coast: A Proposed Comprehensive Plan focuses on how to ensure the long-term health, prosperity, & resilience of the Gulf Coast. [The Sacramento Bee] [Final Restoration Path]

2013-01-30


 

Caloosahatchee & Estuary (2013-01-30)

Salinity in the upper estuary is increasing and are hovering at the 10 psu MFL harm threshold at Ft Myers & extending above 5 psu in the upper range at beautiful Island. The flows through S79 reduced compared to last week averaging 367 cfs. [Report Jan 15-21] [Past Reports]

2013-01-30


 

Riverwatch Hosts Fracking Experts (2013-01-30)

Fracking experts from Florida and Pennsylvania describe hydraulic fracturing as it applies to both oil & gas wells and Aquifer Storage & Recovery in Florida. They say the biggest problem is the dirty water that comes back up a fracked well. [Christopher Brown] [David Yoxtheimer] [Radisav Vidic] [Presentations] [Profiles]

2016-02-04


 

Water & Land Purchase (2013-01-30)

Carie Call, chairman of Lee County’s Conservation 20/20’s advisory board was replaced by the Former Clerk of court, Charlie Green. Green is not against buying land for conservation purposes but criticizes the county’s land buying process. [News-Press]

2013-01-30


 

Swamp Cabbage & Canoe Contest (2013-01-30)

The Win-A-Canoe Contest is back again this year, thanks to The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. You can buy tickets online, at Estero River Outfitters, from CRCA directors, or at the Riverwatch exhibit during the Swamp Cabbage Festival in LaBelle. [Flyer] [Canoe Contest Tickets Online] [Canoe Picture]

2013-02-25


 

Land Acquisition for Restoration (2013-01-30)

Land acquisition in critical sites is key to achieving Everglades restoration. This approach not only provides space to treat the water & restore the natural resources but also gives opportunity to some South FL land owners as restoration partners. [News-Press]

2013-01-30


 

G for Gravity or Greed? (2013-01-29)

FL water pumping permits are based on faulty science, leading to pollution. State officials made decision based on computer models that use a false assumption. The models assume that the aquifer flows at a steady rate through layers of sand & gravel. [Tampa Bay Times] [Modeling Cartoon]

2013-01-29


 

Dry Weather Risk (2013-01-29)

Several states are experiencing greater drought conditions compared to past years. Parts of Southwest FL over to Miami are rated as being abnormally dry, very suitable condition for fire. So, wildfire officials hope for more cold fronts & rain. [News-Press] [US Drought Map]

2013-01-29


 

Possibility of Fracking in FL (2013-01-29)

Oil companies, especially Penn Virginia Oil & Gas, have plans to take land in lease for exploring & developing oil. One focus area for fracking in Florida is on the lower, unexplored part of the Sunniland Trend, at depths reaching 17,000 feet. [News-Press] [Fracking Cartoon by Snowden & Cochrane] [DoInMyToons.com]

2013-01-29


 

Water Mentorship (2013-01-29)

Riverwatch & Watershed Council members talked water issues with students at the 22nd Annual Southwest FL Water Resources Conference on Jan 25. Joining 70 professionals were 80 students from 6 FL campuses at the gathering co-hosted by CRCA. [Details] [Dr. Ed Hanlon & Marisa Polgar] [Hanlon & Ouellette]

2013-01-29


 

Clean Water Network Update (2013-01-29)

The CWN update explains how DEP has refused to set criteria for some toxics such as mercury. DEP uses an over-weight, white male who doesn’t eat much fish as their target for the greatest protection, not reflecting minority fish consumption rates. [Flyers] [Hg in Fish Cartoon]

2013-01-29


 

Water Infrastructure Priority (2013-01-28)

New House committee chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee will give top priority for water infrastructure improvement. The bipartisan supports plays key role to pass the water bills for this term. [NWRA] [Bipartisan Effort]

2013-01-28


 

Save Bees Signing the Petition (2013-01-28)

A study by Europe's leading food safety authority, EFSA, has for the 1st time labeled Bayer's clothianidin as an "unacceptable" danger to bees. This study could be a major breakthrough to convince the EPA to take emergency action & suspend its use. [Details] [Pesticide & Honey Bees] [Neonicotinoid Pesticides] [EPA Pesticide Permission] [Sign the Petition ]

2013-01-28


 

Supporting Water Students (2013-01-28)

Winning the student poster contest at the SW FL Water Resources Conference on Jan 25 were 1st - Veronica Aponte (USF), 2nd - David Spelman (FGCU) & 3rd - Katie Indarawis (UF). Gustavo Toledo & Jane Anstey (FSU) won the two $500 scholarships. [Poster Viewing] [Poster Discussion] [Katie Indarawis] [Conference Web Site] [Veronica Aponte] [Poster Contest Sponsor]

2013-01-28


 

World Wetlands Day (2013-01-28)

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary celebrates “World Wetlands Day” on Feb 1 & 2. It was designated a” Wetland of International Importance” by the Ramsar Convention in 2010. The festival is important to discover the link between Corkscrew & the Everglades. [Details] [Schedule]

2013-01-28


 

Capturing Stormwater (2013-01-24)

Richard Atwater has recommended some infiltration strategies to capture the storm water. He states: "Billions of gallons of storm water flow to the ocean because of inadequate storm water capture projects in place to recharge underground aquifers". [Details] [Flood Vent Technology] [Hydraulic Solutions] [Green Infrastructure] [Voodoo Pitfalls]

2013-01-24


 

Environmentalists Opposition (2013-01-23)

FL new water permit rules offered by DEP are opposed by environmentalists. They say the rules will tie the hands of water management districts as they restrict overuse of water. However, DEP claims the rules conserve water & increased wastewater use. [The Florida Current] [Article 2012] [Conservation/Privatization] [Water Permit Rule]