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2016 Donations and Dues (2015-12-09)

On Nov 22 Riverwatch sent out its 2016 dues notice & donations invitation. Thank you to those who responded so generously in the first weeks. Our first year goal to support our new Waterkeeper program is to increase Riverwatch annual revenues from $10,000 to $30,000, so we need your help & support. [Letter] [Join] [Renew] [Donate]

2015-12-09


 

Slow Down (2015-11-06)

Boaters will have to travel slower than 25mph after Nov 15. This is in preparation of the mass transit of manatees. These gentle animals need warmer water to survive because they have little body fat and their metabolic rate is slow compared to other animals and cant live below 68 degrees. [Sun Times]

2015-11-06


 

31st Annual EvCo Conference (2015-11-06)

Everglades Coalition 31st Annual Conference is on Jan 7-10, 2016 at Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables. The conference is a largest forum for elected leaders, policymakers, scientists, students and advocates coming together to restore America's Everglades. [Flyer]

2016-01-31


 

Close Together (2015-11-05)

The common grass planting practice leaves space between new plants to prevent overcrowding & reduce competition for nutrients & sunlight. But a new study to restore degraded salt marshes proved this wrong. It found that clumping close together newly planted marsh grasses spurs positive interaction. [NSF]

2016-07-01


 

More Wastewater Capacity (2015-11-05)

Lee County BOCC approve a $28 million loan application to the state revolving fund to add 2 million gallons per day of treatment to the Three Oaks Wastewater Treatment Plant which has a capacity of 4 million gallons per day. The move is to cope up with the area's future growth and demand. [News Press]

2015-11-05


 

Caloosahatchee Oct 27-Nov 2 (2015-11-05)

Dry conditions continued the past week raising salinities throughout the estuary making Lake O regulatory releases crucial in providing freshwater flow to the estuary for salinity management. Releases provided average flow of 852cfs which helped stabilize salinities at Fort Myers below 10 psu. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Conditions] [Salinity] [Lake O] [SCCF]

2015-11-05


 

New Vue Approved (2015-11-04)

Developer says the plan will offer more public benefits than the old plan. Environmentalists claimed that it consumes public green space and would create parking and traffic congestion. However, the planning board approved the plan on Nov 4 and final decision is now with Fort Myers City Council. [The News Press] [Wink News]

2015-11-05


 

Manatees Arrival (2015-11-04)

Weather is cooling down and manatees are here again to swam in warm waters. Nov is Manatee Awareness Month and wildlife officials want boaters to be aware of manatees move during migration period. 2015 study on manatee deaths identify Lee county on one that has many boat related deaths on manatees. [Cartoon] [WFSU]

2016-07-01


 

Florida Light and Power (2015-11-03)

Hold onto your wallets, because Florida Power and Light is about to rack up another giant bill for which customers will end up paying. David West opined in My View that FPL received state approval to charge customers for up to $500 million that the company is investing in fracking projects. [Tallahassee Democrat]

2015-11-04


 

Nature Festival (2015-11-03)

Celebrate the splendid beauty of the natural environment of SW Fl on the 16th Annual Charlotte Harbor Festival on Nov 21. This is a regional friendly festival about topics on the natural environment. Guided walks in Tippecanoe Envi Park, Children Discovery and more fun activities. Admission is free. [Details] [Charlotte Couny]

2015-11-03


 

Oct 30 Red Tide Status (2015-11-03)

Blooms of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, are present in, along and offshore of Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf counties in NW Florida and in, along, and offshore of Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties in SW Fl. [Map] [FWC]

2016-07-01


 

Why not Solar (2015-11-03)

Susan Glickman, Florida Director of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, will address the League of Women Voters of Collier County on November 9, 2015 at their monthly luncheon meeting. The topic is "Will Florida Go Solar".The event, which is open to the public, begins at 11:45 at the Naples Hilton. [LWV] [Registration]

2015-12-29


 

Vue Tower Press Conference (2015-11-03)

CRCA BOD member & retired attorney Gene Gibson was interviewed by NBC and Fox News about the Vue tower project. CRCA studied the proposed residential building plan and it lacked outside parking for service vehicles and delivery trucks. Thus creating competition with the public park users. [Photo 1] [Photo 2]

2015-11-03


 

Thank You (2015-11-03)

Thanks to all who supported CRCA on the Fundraising event of WGCU Public Media on Oct 19. CRCA earned 16 spots to air our plan, promotions and fund raising drives, too. Thank you to Ray Judah, John Paul and Emily Morauski for job well done. More spots in the future! [Photo]

2016-07-01


 

Oysters Need Volunteers (2015-11-03)

Do you know that oysters filter 10 to 50 gal water per day and make the water clear? Let us restore healthy productive oyster reef to San Carlos and Tarpon Bays. Volunteer with SCCF as Oyster Restoration Project starts Nov 4. Volunteers must register online and must be at least 18 years of age. [Details] [Sign Up]

2015-11-03


 

No Swimming (2015-10-31)

Test results at Sanibel Blind Pass Beach indicate beyond acceptable health level. DOH is warning people not to enter water. Due to high bacteria levels, no wading or swimming at Blind Pass Beach is recommended. Exposure to bacteria caused risk of disease to susceptible individuals. [News Press]

2016-07-01


 

Caloosahatchee Oct 20-26 (2015-10-30)

With no rain over the past week, Lake O regulatory releases were crucial in providing freshwater flow to the estuary following last week's lowest flow of the year. Releases from Lake O provided average flows of 60 cfs which helped slow the rapid rise in salinity at Fort Myers the past two weeks. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Conditions] [Salinity] [Lake O] [SCCF Website]

2016-02-04


 

Warming Drives Cod Decline (2015-10-30)

For centuries, cod were the backbone of New England's fisheries and a key species in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Today, cod stocks are on the verge of collapse, hovering at 3-4% of sustainable levels. Even painful cuts to the fishery have failed to slow this rapid decline [National Science Foundation]

2016-07-01


 

Oct 28 Red Tide Status (2015-10-29)

Due to high concentrations of red time organism, Karenia brevis, in some Bay County areas, analyses were conducted twice a week. Oct 28 analysis detected background to high concentrations in and and alongshore of Bay County in NW FL and in Sarasota and Charlotte counties in SW FL. [Map] [FWC]

2015-10-30


 

South Regional Conference (2015-10-29)

The Alligator Amblers Chapter will be hosting the Florida Trail Assoc South Regional Conference with theme, Water, on Nov 13-15. The conference will be held at the Riverside Retreat (the South Florida United Methodist Camp, 7305 County Road 78, LaBelle. Bring camping materials and water bottle. [Florida Trail Association]

2015-10-30


 

STOP ROGG (2015-10-29)

Walk for Mother Earth circulated a petition to STOP ROGG River of Grass Greenway Project to help save the Everglades and the Big Cypress. Everglades is a World Heritage Site and a Wetland of Global Importance. Help save the Everglades from destruction. Sign the petition now. [Petition]

2016-07-01


 

October CRCA Newsletter (2015-10-29)

The October 2015 CRCA newsletter is available online. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email. [October Newsletter] [HTML Version] [Newsletter Archives]

2016-07-01


 

SHORE on Indian River (2015-10-28)

Sharing our Research with Everyone on the Indian River Lagoon 2015 is presented by AWRA Florida, Daytona State College of Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies and the Marine and the Marine Discovery Center is on Nov 6 at Daytona Beach, Florida. Register now! [AWRA]

2016-07-01


 

Oct 23 Red Tide (2015-10-28)

Oct 23 sampling results for red tide organism shows Karenia brevis are present in, along and offshore of eastern Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf counties in NW Fl and in, along and offshore of Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and northern Lee counties in SW FL. [Map] [Cartoon] [FWC]

2016-07-01


 

Lighted Boat Parade (2015-10-28)

LaBelle Heritage Museum sponsored Lighted Boat Parade to kick off Christmas Holidays on Dec 12. This is a family event. Bring or mail completed RF to LaBelle Heritage Museum, 320 N Bridge St. LaBelle. See details for registration. [Guidelines] [Route] [Registration Form]

2015-10-28


 

Climate Change Dialogue (2015-10-27)

Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue, Climate Change: Building a Better Future Through Conversation is on Nov in the Cohen Center Ballroom, FGCU. Students, University faculty, stakeholders, community members and campus leaders are invited for conversation around 530Pm. Main event is 6-8PM. [Flyer] [FGCU]

2015-10-27


 

November Riverwatch Meeting (2015-10-27)

Riverwatch November meeting is on Nov 4 at the Calusa Nature and Planetarium from 6:30 to 8PM. Important matters to be discussed. Directors, members and the general public are encouraged to attend for the good of Caloosahatchee River. Be a river watcher. We need you to keep our river healthy.

2015-12-29


 

Freak Show (2015-10-27)

Get spooky and freaky at the Haunted Walk of Calusa Nature Center from Oct 24 to 31. Freaky enough, it is not recommended for anyone under 16 yo. Freaky Haunted Walk charged 10USD for entrance and as part of the Nature Park's fundraising campaign. Get tickets in advance to avoid lines. [Flyer] [Wink News] [Calusa Nature Center]

2015-10-27


 

Save the Water Date (2015-10-27)

The 2016 Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference will be held at FGCU on Friday, Jan 15 with the theme "Here We Grow Again: The Future of Water Resources in Southwest Florida." Attendees include both professionals and students. Riverwatch has been a co-host of the conference since 2004. [Website]

2016-02-04


 

24 Hours of Reality (2015-10-27)

Join us at Calusa Nature Center on Nov 13 for a unique virtual event with former VP Al Gore and millions across the planet. It will be a global day of action and music to celebrate progress across continents and send a clear message to world leaders: Take climate action now! [Announcement] [Event Description] [Website]

2016-02-04


 

Billy Creek Clean Up Day (2015-10-27)

Join Riverwatch for a clean-up day on Billy's Creek in Ft. Myers. This Creek flows into the Caloosahatchee River near downtown Ft. Myers. Help us protect the Caloosahatchee by cleaning up Billy’s Creek on Sat, Nov 7 from 9am to 2pm. [Details]

2016-02-04


 

Presence Required (2015-10-26)

The Dept of Community Development will hold a Vue Informational Meeting on Mon, Oct 26, 5:15 pm at the Fort Myers City Hall. The Planning Board will meet to discuss the Vue on Wed, Nov 4, 1pm at the Fort Myers City Hall. Please attend to help save our downtown Centennial Park. [Letter] [Photo]

2016-07-01


 

BearPaws (2015-10-26)

Barrett Stejskal is the co-president of BearPaws Environmental Consulting conducting environmental evaluations, maps, wetlands, surveys for listed species, creates habitat management plan and helps clients with permitting at all governmental levels. Barrett is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast Univ. [News Press]

2016-07-01


 

Waterfront Access (2015-10-26)

Bonita Springs City Council voted to develop access to Spring Creek a top priority among waterfront access. Fishing pier and parking area will be developed at Dog Beach, south of Lovers Key State Park. Development decisions in the past mean more work and money to create waterfront access now. [News Press]

2016-07-01


 

No Fracking (2015-10-23)

Nov 17 will be recognized as National Day of Action to raise public awareness about serious threats to public safety from toxic and radioactive waste produced by fracking operations in the US. Sign also the petition urging EPA to update regulation of fracking waste. [CHEJ]

2015-10-24


 

What Now? (2015-10-23)

The SB 550 in 2010 or Spring Protection Bill banned land application on spreading septic tank waste on land. FDOH said that 100 million gallons of waste is pumped out of 2.5 million septic tanks in a year and some are spread to regulated sites including farms that use it as fertilizer. [Lobby Tools] [Cartoon] [WUFT] [Florida Current]

2015-10-23


 

Nuisance to Maelstrom (2015-10-23)

Parts of Miami can flood even on a perfectly sunny day! Street flooding in Florida cities is expected to increase from their current couple of days a year to as much as 250 days per year...that's 2 out of every 3 days by 2045, making these downtown areas completely unlivable. [The Washington Post]

2015-10-23


 

Politics and Water Quality (2015-10-23)

Governor Rick Scott’s July public relations event on Pine Island touting our “pristine waterways” was yet another feeble attempt to convince the public that he and his policies are making Florida a better place to live. John Cassani editorializes on how the state’s actions ignore state law. [The News Press]

2016-07-01


 

Red Tide Status (2015-10-22)

On Oct 21, red tide organism, Karenia brevis, are present in, along and offshore of NW Fl, and along and offshore of Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and north Collier counties in SW Fl. Fish kills and respiratory irritation have been reported in Sarasota and Charlotte counties. [Map] [FWC]

2015-10-26


 

Caloosahatchee Oct 13-19 (2015-10-22)

With Lake O releases being made available only for irrigation uses, flow to the estuary at S79 has dropped to an average of 147 cfs. With drier conditions and no freshwater from the watershed, a seven day pulse release of 800-1000 cfs is recommended. Looks like a risky dry season coming. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Conditions] [Salinity] [SCCF Website] [Lake O]

2015-10-22


 

Environmental Breakfast 2015 (2015-10-22)

CRCA directors and interns attended the Environmental Breakfast in Ft Myers on Oct 22. Wayne Daltry served as the event's master of ceremonies. Jason Lauritsen, Director of Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, was the guest speaker. He talked about Corkscrew and its conservation programs. [Photo 1] [Photo 2] [Photo 3] [Photo 4]

2015-10-22


 

Environmental Brainstorming (2015-10-21)

Reps from schools, parks & nonprofits shared strategies and solutions at the 2nd annual EE Alliance of SW FL Conf on Oct 2 in Naples. The event showed ways to connect with and engage the community in environmental education. CRCA Director Nargiza Abduvohidova and intern Carilyn Martin attended. [News Press] [CRCA BOD Nargiza] [Photo 2]

2015-10-21


 

Here and There (2015-10-21)

Another study showed that human damage to seagrass meadows leads to the 72% decrease in the amount of organic carbon captured and stored carbon by the grass beds. The findings suggest protecting and restoring seagrass meadows can be important in mitigating climate change. [ABC Science] [Nature Climate Change]

2016-07-01


 

Storm Surge Most Vulnerable (2015-10-21)

A study released the 2015 Most Vulnerable US cities to Storm Surge Flooding. Four of the top 8 cities are located in Florida. Tampa is the most vulnerable city, Miami come in 4th, Fort Myers 5th and Sarasota came in 7th. Other cities include New Orleans, New York, Texas and Charleston, S.C. [Insurance Journal] [AGI]

2015-10-21


 

Oil and Gas Bill (2015-10-21)

Upcoming FL legislation includes SB 318 which seeks to regulate oil and gas resources and preempt the regulation of all matters relating to the exploration, development, production, processing, storage, and transportation of oil and gas. [Senate Bill]

2016-07-01


 

Save Downtown Boat Ramp (2015-10-21)

The City/County agreement protecting the Centennial Park Boat Ramp expired in 2014 and the ramp is now vulnerable to removal by the City of Ft. Myers. Riverwatch is contacting all boat owners in the area to enlist their help in telling the City officials that the people want to keep the boat ramp. [Situation Summary] [Boat Ramp Location]

2016-07-01


 

Red Tide Status (2015-10-20)

As of Oct 16 red tide organism, Karenia brevis, are present in, along and offshore of Bay and Gulf Counties in Northwest Florida, and along and offshore of Manatee and Sarasota counties counties in Southwest Florida. Fish kills and respiratory irritation have been reported offshore Sarasota County. [Map] [FWC]

2016-07-01


 

Yucky Swim (2015-10-20)

New Yorker environmentalist Christopher Swain became the first person in history to swim the 1.8-mile length of Brooklyn’s frothy green Gowanus Canal. Swain hopes the swim will draw attention to the contaminated water and inspire city officials to undertake a large-scale clean up effort. [Photo] [Yahoo News]

2016-07-01


 

Springs Ever After (2015-10-20)

The threats to Florida's springs are numerous and complex. However, there are solutions to help protect springs, the aquifer and our drinking water. Some are long-term, requiring new thinking about land use. Other answers come in the form of simple steps we can take to reduce pollution. [Florida Spring Council]

2016-07-01


 

River Network Promotes Diversity (2015-10-20)

River Network is promoting inclusiveness & diversity in environmental organizations. Like most, Riverwatch lacks sufficient diversity in its leadership. While 36% are women, other are absent: 0% Hispanic, 0% African American, and 0% under 30 years of age (5% under 40). Renewed outreach is required. [River Network Magazine] [Diversity Statistics]

2016-07-01


 

Iranian Vulture Culture History (2015-10-20)

Iran banned the export, import, production and veterinary use of diclofenac. It is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug used to treat livestock and caused the decline of vulture species around the world. Vultures feeding on animal carcass recently treated with diclofenac die from renal failures. [Bird Life International] [Vulture Culture History]

2016-07-01


 

Everglades Workshop (2015-10-20)

FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society invites future advocates, scientists and public officials to the Everglades Service-to-Activism Workshop on Oct 24. Participants should have experience with Everglades and read "America, the Owner's Manual:Making Govt Work for You." [Flyer]

2016-07-01


 

Rotary Park Eco-Adventure (2015-10-20)

Attend the 1st Adam Strongin Kids Fishing Tournament and Silent Auction at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Park. It is open up to the age of 16.The event on Oct 25 will raise money for The Adam Strongin Camp Scholarship Fund to send children to one week of the Rotary Park Eco-Adventure. [News Press] [Adam Strongin] [Photo]

2016-02-04


 

Kids in the Park (2015-10-20)

Legislators and environment educators expressed concerns on the 2010 study that young people devote 53 hours a week on electronic media usage. To counter the trend, they launched a new initiative, "Every Kid in the Park", to respond and help the next generations scientists and land stewards. [News Press]

2015-10-21


 

3rd Global Coral Bleaching (2015-10-15)

NOAA declares the 3rd Global Coral Bleaching event recorded. Ocean temperature cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii expanding to the Caribbean. The bleaching event began in North Pacific in summer 2014 and expanded to South Pacific and Indian Oceans in 2015. [NOAA] [Photo 1] [Photo 2] [Video]

2015-10-15


 

5th Water Institute Symposium (2015-10-15)

Send your abstracts now to the 5th biennial UF Water Institute Symposium on Feb 16-17, 2016 at UF Campus, Gainesville, Florida. Symposium focuses on understanding causes of trends, cycles and extreme events and their consequences for human, agricultural and natural systems. [Flyer] [UF Water Institute]

2015-12-29


 

Like a Broken Record (2015-10-15)

NASA global data analysis shows that September of this year was the hottest ever measured on earth. Like a broken record, this "fill in the month" news story of another broken temperature record repeats over and over again. And yes, Sep 2015 is no exception in that it was exceptionally hot. [Climate Progress]

2016-07-01


 

Spring Frenzy (2015-10-15)

Nearly $83M will be leveraged from over $41M investment of Gov. Rick Scott’s 2015-16 “Keep Florida Working” budget, bringing the state’s total investment to around $189M the last three years in springs projects. This will ensure Fl springs are protected for future generations to enjoy. [Florida Government] [Gainesville Spring Photo]

2015-10-20


 

Freshwater Dumping (2015-10-14)

Photos of stormwater flowing into the ocean are sparking concerns on the Treasure Coast. It shows a large, dark plume of murky freshwater along Jupiter Island south of the St. Lucie Inlet. The freshwater is not from Lake Okeechobee, but rather stormwater runoff, according to the SFWMD. [WPBF] [Photo] [Blog]

2015-10-20


 

Did You Say 2 BILLION? (2015-10-14)

Mosaic Fertilizer will pay about two billion dollars to settle an EPA lawsuit over improper hazardous waste management in FL & LA. That's a stack of money as high as some of Mosaic's radioactive phosphogypsum stacks that litter the Central Florida landscape. [Tampa Bay Times] [Photo]

2015-10-14


 

Walkable Urbanism (2015-10-14)

SW Fl almost has it all. Weather, nature, beach, Everglades, airport, a major university and many colleges. Yet, the worst of mortgage collapse was here. Learn from Christopher B. Leinberger a professor at George Washington University on how to vitalized SW Fl walkable urbanism. [The News Press]

2015-10-15


 

Caloosahatchee Oct 6-12 (2015-10-14)

Due to drier weather, there is a decrease in freshwater input from the watershed. Runoff delivered average flow of 693 cfs to the estuary at S79, mostly coming from inland watershed. Salinity was below optimal range for oysters at Iona. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Conditions] [Graphic] [SCCF Website] [Lake O]

2015-10-15


 

Come and Have Fun (2015-10-14)

The Annual LaBelle Kiwas Kids Day is on Oct 31 from 10am to 1pm in Barron Park. Come and interact with a lot of families and provide some fun for the kids in the community. This activity is being participated by many business, agencies and community partners over the years. [Flyer]

2015-10-15


 

Wines in the Wild (2015-10-14)

SCCF invites visitors to the Wines in the Wild safari on Nov 4. The event is held at Nature Center on San-Cap Road and features a fabulous selection of wines and food. The evening includes auction items and great socializing. Proceeds will benefit SCCF's operation funds. Reservations at 239-472-2329 [Flyer] [Website]

2015-12-29


 

RGMC 27th Anniversary (2015-10-14)

Keith Arnold will be the keynote speaker on the Annual Dinner celebrating RGMC 27th year. Keith will talk about the establishment of FGCU, the Arnold Committee and the Estero Bay Agency for Bay Management. The Oct 24 presentation of all its accomplishments will be brief. [Flyer]

2015-12-29


 

Developments in Lake O (2015-10-14)

Guy Harvey Outpost proposes to convert the Okee-Tantie recreation area into a destination resort on Lake Okeechobee. The project will be a full Guy Harvey Signature brand complete with lodges, an outfitters shop, guides and fishing services, a Tiki Bar and other amenities. [Okeechobee News] [Plan]

2016-07-01


 

Seagrass Like It Near Sea (2015-10-14)

A study from 1996-2009 used hydro-acoustic technology to assess spatial and temporal fluctuations in seagrass coverage of the Caloosahatchee relative to annual rainfall. Results showed that seagrass percent coverage, percent volume infestation and plant height increased with distance downstream. [Study]

2015-10-20


 

Where Do We Go From Here (2015-10-14)

Citrus Greening cause major drop in Florida orange, USDA forecasted. The orange forecast for the 2015-16 season is 5.77 million tons, down 10% from the 2014-15 final utilization. The Florida all orange forecast, at 80 million boxes, is down 17% from last season's final utilization. [Sunshine State News]

2015-10-15


 

Red Tide Status (2015-10-13)

As of Oct 9 blooms of Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, are present along and offshore of Bay and Gulf counties in northwest Florida, and along and offshore of Manatee, Sarasota and northern Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida. Extensive fish kills have been reported at Mexico Beach. [Map] [FWC]

2016-07-01


 

Florida Bay Seagrass Dead (2015-10-13)

A slimy toxic algae bloom in FL Bay might be around the corner. A SFWMD scientist says levels of chlorophyll are starting to rise in shallow water where seagrass meadows died over the summer. The seagrass died in 1987 then algae blooms erupted five years later, devastating the Bay for many years. [Problem Area Map] [Miami Herald] [Yellow Fog] [Photo]

2015-10-13


 

Sewage Dump (2015-10-13)

A test of soil and water on the Eckerd College campus revealed high levels of a bacteria associated with feces after 15 million gallons overflowed from a city sewage plant. However, the report doesn't draw any conclusions about the origin of the fecal coliform, whether from human or from animals. [Tampa Bay Times 1] [Tampa Bay Times 2] [Political Animal]

2015-10-13


 

Swim No More (2015-10-09)

Vibrio vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacteria, killed a Polk County man 3 days after he contracted it in Estero Bay. The man had a small cut on his leg where the bacteria had direct access. The State Dept of Health said the bacteria is always present in warm Florida waters and people should be cautious [NBC2 News]

2016-07-01


 

Damage Claims Settlement (2015-10-09)

The Justice Department and five states, including Fl, announced a $20B final settlement of environmental damage claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The deal would resolve claims against BP and end 5 years of legal battle over a 134 million-gal spill. [The Kansas City Star]

2015-10-09


 

Climate Change and Wannabees (2015-10-09)

In a critique on the behavior of US presidential hopefuls on climate change, Thomas Friedman uses John Rockstrom's book Big World, Small Planet to drive home his point. A resilient planet that once absorbed the excesses at no cost suddenly tipped into a saturated planet will greet the new president. [The New York Times]

2016-07-01


 

Lest We Forget (2015-10-09)

The Tampa Tribune editorial calls for Floridians to not forget how lawmakers ignored 75% of voters last year who endorsed the Amendment 1 Ballot initiative requiring the state to spend more on land and water conservation. Lawmakers spent the money on salaries, insurance and other non-conservation. [The Tampa Tribune]

2016-07-01


 

Caloosahatchee Sep 29-Oct 5 (2015-10-08)

Watershed runoff delivered an average flow of 1,619 cfs to the estuary from Sep 29 to Oct 5 mostly from inland watershed runoff. Salinity was below the optimal range at Iona. Light levels in the lower estuary were too low for seagrass below 1 meter. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Conditions] [Salinity] [Lake O] [SCCF Website]

2015-10-08


 

Mangrove Mania (2015-10-08)

Around 200 volunteers planted red mangrove propagules in the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve in North Coral during Sep 19 "Mangrove Mania"event. Keep Lee Beautiful, Inc, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, sponsored the event. [WGCU News] [Cape Coral Daily Breeze]

2015-10-08


 

How Do You Spell That? (2015-10-07)

For years Watershed Council & Riverwatch director John Cassani has been sounding the alarm bell regarding nitrogen levels in the Caloosahatchee Estuary. Despite this, state agencies are doing everything they can to avoid truly addressing the issue. Cape Coral too is sticking its head in the muck. [Florida Weekly]

2015-10-07


 

Putnam on Water Issues (2015-10-06)

Putnam wants to create new water policies for the state in order to combat a projected “billion-gallon-a-day shortfall” within the next fifteen years. His solution is HB 7003, a water resources bill similar to those that failed in previous years. It skews to urban & ag water use, not environmental. [Sun Bay]

2015-10-06


 

Pro Fracking Editorial (2015-10-06)

Tom Jones, Senior Vice President Collier Resources Co., reacts to a recent commentary of Ray Judah in the Naples Daily News, headlined "Oil, gas drilling bills don't adequately protect groundwater," saying the article contains multiple inaccuracies and warrants a response. [Naples Daily News]

2015-10-20


 

No Permit No Pumping (2015-10-05)

County environmental officials issued Miami Beach a cease and desist order after the city used temporary storm water pumps without permits during higher-than-expected high tides week of 28 Sep. DERM instructed Lanzo Construction to stop pumping pooled storm water into Biscayne Bay without a permit. [Miami Herald] [Photo]

2015-10-05


 

Cape Sable Gets Grant (2015-10-05)

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded a $2 million grant to Everglades Foundation for the construction of four dams designed to restore and protect Cape Sable’s coastal wetlands. The dams will prevent saltwater from Florida Bay to wash into freshwater areas of the Everglades National Park. [Florida Keys News]

2016-04-04


 

Still Honking for Clean Water (2015-10-05)

Sep 30 marked the half-way point for activist John Heim and his goal to conduct a daily awareness demo by flashing signs on top of Matanzas Pass Bridge on behalf of clean water quality and the impact from Lake Okeechobee's harmful and unnatural releases of toxic & contaminated water. [Fort Myers Beach Bulletin]

2015-10-05


 

Manatee Mortality (2015-10-01)

Since 1971, Florida biologists recorded manatee mortality. Records in FWC Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory shown 344 manatee deaths as of Sep 2015. Around 21% of these deaths was caused by watercraft. Lee County recorded 48 manatee deaths, 31% of which is caused by watercraft. [2015 Data] [FWC]

2015-10-01


 

Red Tide Update (2015-10-01)

As of Sep 30, blooms of the red tide organism, K. brevis, are present along and offshore of Bay and Gulf counties and adjacent to Franklin County in NW FL, and along and offshore of Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte Counties. Fish kills have been reported at Bay, Gulf and Franklin Counties. [Map] [FWC]

2016-04-04


 

Shark Culling (2015-10-01)

Sharks play an important role in preventing climate change. The culling and fishing of sharks and other large fish leads to overabundance of prey such as turtles, stingrays and crabs. They overeat the blue carbon ecosystems that sequester carbon and cause release of ancient carbon as a consequence. [The World Today]

2015-10-01


 

Cold Front Blows Through SFWMD (2015-09-30)

An early cold front blew through SFWMD from the Tallahassee direction when Exective Director Blake Guillory and Chief of Staff Dan Delisi resigned. In July they advised the Governing Board to not cut taxes this year so as to preserve $21 million for environmental projects. [Palm Beach Post] [Delisi] [Sunshine State News]

2016-04-04


 

Caloosahatchee Sep 22-28 (2015-09-30)

From Sep 21 to 28 flow at S-79 to the estuary averaged 2,600 cfs. This is down from 5000 cfs the previous week and pushed salinity out of the oyster mortality range. Still there's no discharges from Lake O with all the water coming from watershed runoff west of S-77. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Conditions] [Salinity] [Lake O] [SCCF Website]

2015-09-30


 

Environmental Ed Workshop (2015-09-30)

CHNEP is holding its 2015 Environmental Education Workshop on Oct 23 at Archbold Biological Center in Venus, south of Lake Placid. Please register by Oct. 6 if possible. [Announcement] [Registration]

2016-04-04


 

Seagrass at Caloosahatchee (2015-09-30)

SCCF Marine Laboratory researchers assessed shoal grass density in a reddish brown, meter-deep Caloosahatchee River in Iona. The study will determine the impact of freshwater discharges on seagrass habitat. Seagrass data could help water managers make decisions about discharges from lake O. [The News Press]

2015-09-30


 

Harborside Construction Delayed (2015-09-30)

Construction of the long-awaited Fort Myers Harborside hotel is delayed due to change in management. Developer Chris Freeman took over the Sheraton Harborside Hotel and Convention Center and made minor changes to the original deal the city had with developer Steve Goodman. [The News Press]

2016-04-04


 

September CRCA Newsletter (2015-09-30)

The September 2015 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 Archives]

2016-02-04


 

Global Warming Is It? (2015-09-29)

A Miami Beach road closed due to flooding induced by high astronomical tides brought about by lunar cycle and rain from thunderstorms, former Vice Pres Al Gore and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson pointed the coastal floods as an effect of climate change. Mayor called the world to learn from this flooding. [CBS Miami] [Miami Herald]

2015-09-29


 

Water Quality Issues Everywhere (2015-09-29)

The Florida Capital just like Lee County, faces many water quality issues that impact communities across the US. These are associated with nonpoint source pollution and changes in watershed hydrology, including excess nutrients and bacteria, which could lead to fish kills and public health concern. [Leon County] [Photo]

2016-07-01


 

All Hands On Deck! (2015-09-29)

The Ft Myers Planning Board meets on Wed, Oct 7 at 1pm to potentially allow grossly improper waterfront development next to Centennial Park on the former Vue property. Please plan to attend this meeting to express opposition. [Details]

2016-07-01


 

Manatees Fate (2015-09-29)

Increasing manatee population is a product of Florida's success in conservation. However, Pacific Legal Foundation, representing Save Crystal River, sued US Fish and Wildlife Service demanding manatees be removed from endangered list and reclassify them as threatened. Will the state do it? [Miami New Times 1] [Cartoon] [Miami New Times 2]

2015-09-29


 

River Conditions Worsen (2015-09-28)

This year's highest flows (4,985 cfs) were recorded last week, almost twice the harm threshold. Still there were no discharges from Lake O. The water was mostly from inland watershed runoff to the estuary at S79. Salinity was in lethal range for oysters and shoal grass at Iona. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Conditions] [Graphic] [SCCF Website]

2016-07-01


 

EPA Calls for Proposals (2015-09-28)

EPA now opens the 2015/2016 cycle of the Urban Waters Small Grants competition. Proposed project activities must take place entirely within one of the Eligible Geographic Areas based on the U.S. Census-defined Urbanized Areas and the 12-digit hydrologic unit code system (HUC-12) that defines the watershed. For details contact EPA. [Geographic Area] [EPA Website]

2015-12-29


 

Hendry Tops Polk (2015-09-28)

Hendry County has dethroned Polk County as top producer of oranges. Data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service has it that for the 2014-15 growing season, Hendry ranked No. 1 in all-orange production, with 15,266,000 boxes. Polk produced 19,000 fewer boxes of oranges, consigning it to the No. 2 position. [The News Press]

2015-09-28


 

Red Tide Status Sep 17-24 (2015-09-28)

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected from background to low to very low concentrations alongshore of Sarasota County, offshore of Manatee County, offshore of Charlotte County in Southwest Florida and alongshore of Gulf County in Northwest Florida. [Map] [FWRI]

2015-09-28


 

Reauthorize Conservation Fund (2015-09-28)

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings calls for the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is set to expire on September 30. Cost-free to the taxpayer, the Fund uses royalties from offshore oil and gas leases to protect national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, and recreation areas – preventing them from being lost to development. [The Hill]

2016-07-01


 

CRCA October Meeting (2015-09-28)

The Riverwatch Board meeting is Oct 7, 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium located at 2450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers. Members are encouraged and welcome to attend. [Location Map]

2015-09-28


 

Swamp Cabbage River Tours (2015-09-28)

Four boat tours of the Caloosahatchee River are scheduled on the Saturday of the 50th Anniversary of Swamp Cabbage Festival. Each eco-tour boat will accommodate 40 passengers per boat trip. Boat tour ticket is at $25 each. Paid members of the museum has 20% discount on advance purchase. [Announcement] [Flyer]

2016-07-01


 

River Rally 2016 (2015-09-28)

Do you have proven river innovation and approaches that could help achieve healthy rivers and other waters that sustain life? Submit proposals via online and meet hundred of river and watershed protection enthusiasts and experts. Proposal deadline is on Oct 15. [River Network]

2015-09-28


 

Hawk Watch at Sanibel (2015-09-28)

Audubon of Southwest Florida invites everyone to join the 12th Annual Sanibel Lighthouse Hawk Watch with Vince McGarth on Oct 11 at 8AM at the Sanibel Lighthouse parking Lot, 112 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. This is a free event. Bring bird watching tools. [Invitation]

2016-02-04


 

Annual Environment Breakfast (2015-09-28)

The Audubon of Southwest Florida will host the 18th Annual Environmental Breakfast on 22 Oct at the Riverside Community Center in Fort Myers. The speaker will be Jason Lauritsen, Director of Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The event is open for public and event sponsors are invited. [Sponsorship]

2015-09-28


 

USGS Pesticide Model (2015-09-28)

Citizens and water managers can create maps showing where pesticides are likely to occur in local streams and rivers and evaluate the likelihood of concentrations exceeding water-quality guidelines. It is a new USGS interactive mapping tool that provides predicted concentrations for 108 pesticides. [USGS]

2016-07-01


 

EPA webinars on Water Quality (2015-09-28)

EPA is announcing a series of free webinars on the Water Quality Standards Regulatory Revisions Final Rule. Each webinar will feature a one hour presentation to be followed two days later by a one hour question and answer session. Interested? Check EPA's website. [EPA]

2016-07-01


 

First Fracking Summit (2015-09-28)

Florida’s first Fracking Summit is on 27-28 Oct in Fort Myers. Experts will address the potential risks to air, land, water, and human health and what can be done to unconventional oil drilling, including fracking that is being secretly allowed in Florida sans regulatory oversight. Space is limited, register now! [Program] [Photo] [Ray Judah Editorial]

2016-07-01


 

SFWMD 2016 Budget (2015-09-28)

The South Florida Water Management District has adopted a $749.6 M budget for FY 2016. The annual budget will fund core flood control and water supply missions and protection of the ecosystem as well. About 84% of this budget is dedicated to enhancing operations and maintaining lands. [SFWMD News]

2015-09-28


 

River Orientation (2015-09-27)

Riverwatch Director Phil Schwartz gave a river & oxbows orientation tour to IREX Fellow Carilyn Martin and others on Sep 26. Carilyn is helping with the Riverwatch website. This was her first on-water experience with our river. [Photo 1] [Photo 2] [Photo 3] [Photo 4]

2016-07-01


 

Water Quality Warning (2015-09-18)

On Sep 25 water tests in the North Shore Park of North Fort Myers revealed high levels of bacteria. The public was advised not to come in contact with the water. Such warnings, once infrequent, are now a regular occurrence. Officials are betting that public apathy will allow continued inaction. [Daily Breeze] [NBC 2]

2015-12-29


 

Caloosahatchee (Sep 8-14) (2015-09-17)

Watershed run-off delivered average 2,152 cfs to the estuary at S79. There is still no discharges from Lake O. Salinity is below optimal range for oysters at Iona and light levels were too low for seagrass. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Condition] [Graphic] [SCCF Website]

2015-09-17


 

Wharf Walk 2015 (2015-09-17)

LDRC, the City of LaBelle and Arts of the Island are back for the Wharf Walk. Dock Master Sponsor for the year is Forrey Grill. Deadline for sponsorship and the restaurant & fine artist vendor is Oct 1 and Nov 2, respectively. An adult evening along the river is on Nov 14, 5 to 9 pm. [LaBelle Downtown Redevelopment]

2016-02-04


 

Honk for Clean Water (2015-09-16)

Each day, for one straight month, SWFL CLEAN WATER MOVEMENT members will stand on top of Fort Myers Bridge as citizens of the community to show an act of awareness demon against harmful and unnatural releases of toxic and contaminated water from Lake O. [Letter to the Editor] [Bridge Signs] [Beach Sign] [FOX 4 News] [Donations]

2015-09-16


 

Submerged Lands Permit (2015-09-16)

DEP invites for public workshop and webinar on Oct 2, 2pm EDT. Amendments to rules in Chapter 62-330, F.A.C., Applicants Handbook Vol 1 and sections in Volume II within Northwest Florida Water management District will be discussed. This is to update SLERC environmental resource permit rules. [Agenda] [Notice ]

2015-09-16


 

Watershed Council (2015-09-16)

Meeting will be on Oct 14 3pm at FGCU Cohen Center Room 162. Dr. Gregg Poulakis of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will speak about smalltooth sawfish research in Caloosahatchee Estuary and Greater Charlotte Harbor System. Catch the latest research on this endangered species [Photo] [SWFWC]

2015-09-16


 

C-44 Assuage Lake O (2015-09-15)

The C-44 reservoir project will ease fertilizer laden Lake O & urban runoff into the St. Lucie Estuary. The Corps of Engineers awarded the construction project to a Montana company. C-44 aims to cut excess nitrogen & phosphorus and salt levels in the St. Lucie Estuary & southern Indian River. [Announcement] [Florida Daily] [Factsheet]

2016-07-01


 

Panthers Whereabouts (2015-09-15)

Scientists are seeking public's help in keeping information of the panther's movement in Florida. Verified reports will supplement data obtained obtained from 34 cameras installed along wildlife corridor in Polk and 13 counties north of Caloosahatchee River. [The Ledger]

2016-07-01


 

Ceitus Litigation Continues (2015-09-15)

Judge Alane Laboda is adjudicating the litigation involving Riverwatch, CLT, GPIC, RGMC, SCCF and SWF Watershed Council vs City of Cape Coral to restore Ceitus Barrier. Mediation with all parties was conducted Sep 10 but it did not result in an agreement amidst damages in the coastal ecosystems. [Phil Buchanan Update] [Court] [Judge Alane Laboda]

2015-09-27


 

Heat is the Culprit (2015-09-15)

A new study from university of South Florida confirmed that temperature, more than the habitat, determines reptilian invasion. Still, South Florida will remain the hottest spot for all things invasive. And if Florida wants to rid the slithery reptilian invaders, pray for cold weather and climate. [Miami Herald]

2016-07-01


 

320 Bears for Hunt (2015-09-15)

October bear hunting season is scheduled to kill 320 black bears. Despite opposition from ecologists, the bear hunting is set to continue to control the growing population of black bears, mostly in central and north-central Florida and parts of the Panhandle. [Miami Herald] [Cartoon] [Photo]

2015-09-15


 

Manatees So Near Yet So Far (2015-09-15)

Stricter new rules to limit the number of people who can swim with manatees is put into effect by the uS Dept of Fish and Wildlife at Crystal River. Swim-with-the-Manatee program is not banned since it raises awareness to conserve but swimmers are not to initiate contact and should stay 6 ft away. [Public News Service] [Photo] [Photo] [Audio Report]

2016-07-01


 

Florida Water Use (2015-09-11)

USGS 2010 report showed that Florida relies on groundwater for almost 90% of public water supply. It withdrew 791 gallons per capita per day. Most of this groundwater is used for irrigation. Are we addressing Florida's strained water resources properly? [Publication] [USGS]

2015-09-11


 

CRCA Secretary at Rotary (2015-09-11)

Dr. John Capece, CRCA Secretary, was invited by Riverwatch Director & Rotarian Mel Karau to speak at the Rotary Club of Labelle on Sep 8. John described CRCA activities in Labelle Nature Park and Intelligentsia International programs. [Presenting] [John Capece, Carilyn Martin, & Michael Jordan ]

2015-09-11


 

Riverkillers (2015-09-10)

Authored by Martin Heuvelmans, it observes how the Army Corps of Engineers had not resolved America's natural disasters involving the country's lakes & rivers but had accomplished destruction of environment in the process. It showed the misrepresentations and arrogant deception of destructive goals. [Book]

2015-09-10


 

Water Splitting Technology (2015-09-10)

Researches have made a long awaited break-through in fuel cell technology. They have developed new methods using gold nanoparticles to more cheaply produce hydrogen from water and the electricity generated by sunlight falling on solar panels. Maybe now fuel cells can become practical for all. [Science Daily] [Phys.org] [ACS Publication]

2015-09-27


 

Water Use and Reuse (2015-09-10)

Freshwater demand is increasing and depleting in other states as well. A new case study assess the water use and reuse status in the US. Study results that all of the water entering Wabash River in Indiana is withdrawn and returned to waterway. [Science Direct] [Science Daily]

2015-09-10


 

Know the Flow (2015-09-10)

SFWMD maintains a system of primary canals and natural waterways that connect to community drainage districts and smaller systems to manage floodwater during heavy rains. But heavy rainfall in a short period of time may result in flooding even with well engineered and maintained systems. [SFWMD Infographic]

2015-09-10


 

Riverwatch on WGCU-FM (2015-09-10)

On Monday, Oct 19 at 1pm, Riverwatch President John Paul and Riverwatch Director Ray Judah will be on the radio live at WGCU to help with a pledge drive. Each $35 you donate provides Riverwatch with a future public information announcement (spot) on WGCU. 2 for $70, 3 for $105, 4 for $140, etc. [Letter] [WGCU Donation Link (select Riverwatch)]

2015-09-10


 

Zombie Boat End (2015-09-09)

Zombie boats in Cape Coral are gathering mold and grime. Zombie boats leak oil and sludge and becoming an eyesore to the residents. In cases where the landlords fail to respond to the ultimatum the government will either fine the owner or move the boat and fine the owners later. [NBC2 News] [Cartoon] [Video]

2015-09-09


 

Labor Day (2015-09-09)

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is the creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of America. [US Department of Labor]

2015-09-09


 

Invasive Species Clean Up (2015-09-09)

CRCA BOD Marti Daltry joined the invasive species clean up at Labelle Nature Park on Sep 5. Dioscorea bulbifera, known as air potato vine, is a non-native, invasive plant spread without human intervention. Natural area managers constantly remove invasive plants to maintain our natural public lands. [Photo]

2016-02-04


 

Pro and Con (2015-09-09)

Heavy rain affect the Caloosahatchee river. Large volumes of freshwater runoff carry excess nutrients downstream, trigger algal bloom that smother seagrass, and cause fish kills. But freshwater is also good for tapegrass growth as food for manatee, birds, turtles and as habitat for fish. [News Press]

2015-09-09


 

Goodbye Wetlands (2015-09-09)

SWFWMD's approval to build 4 McMansions on Perico Island despite a judge's request to deny the permit manifests that science does not matter to the Board. It shows flawed process-the one who decides the fate of our most precious resources are the ones who have least appreciation for it. [The Bradenton Times]

2015-09-09


 

Apply Now (2015-09-09)

DEP's Florida Management Program is accepting application for Coastal Partnership Initiative (CPI) Grant program. CPI promotes the protection and effective management of Florida's coastal resources. [DEP]

2016-07-01


 

Be Prepared (2015-09-09)

SFWMD recognizes national Preparedness Month and highlights the importance of families and communities to have a plan to communicate and stay safe in emergency. As Florida experience extreme weather, dramatic changes may result in emergency situations of which call for expert emergency readiness. [Details]

2015-09-09


 

Caloosahatchee Sep 1-7 (2015-09-09)

Caloosahatchee river estuary flow averaged 2,945 cfs at S79. USACE continued the closure of S77 structure except to maintain optimum canal levels for water supply and navigation. Salinity was below the optimal range for oysters at Iona while suitable for tapegrass in upper estuary. [Caloosahatchee Condition Report] [SCCF Website]

2016-02-04


 

Phil Schwartz Joins Board (2015-09-08)

At the Sep 2 meeting in LaBelle, Alva resident and river enthusiast Phil Schwartz was elected to fill the one remaining vacancy on the CRCA Board of Directors. Phil brings more experience, ideas and energy to the board. Welcome, Phil!

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Charlotte Flatwoods Map (2015-09-04)

SFWMD has produced a map of tidal creeks as part of the Charlotte Flatwoods project. It shows the entire system that feeds into the Cape Coral Spreader Canal system that was managed by the Chiquita Lock and the former Ceitus Boat Lift. [Map by Timothy Liebermann]

2015-09-04


 

Obama on Climate Change (2015-09-04)

Obama's visit to Alaska opened more eyes and hopes in combating climate change. As 75 gigatons of ice lose per year, the pace of melting is getting faster. The visit also delivers message to the countries to pledge greenhouse gas cuts in Paris conference in December. [The Washington Post]

2015-09-04


 

Florida Forever...after (2015-09-04)

Florida Forever is the state's land conservation program. After colluding with the FL Legislature in gutting the Florida Forever budget, Gov Scott says he's optimistic on the budget to support land acquisition & management. [Yeah, later...when Hialeah freezes over.] [WJCT Public Broadcasting]

2015-09-04


 

FWC Wordplay (2015-09-04)

Florida Fish & Wildlife Consumption Commission has decided to focus on manufacturing conflict between humans and panthers south of the Caloosahatchee River in Southwest Florida rather than establishing new panther population (habitat & conservation easements). [Naples Daily News] [Cartoon]

2015-09-04


 

Ceitus Assessment Report (2015-09-03)

A 736-page Full Report on the NW Cape Coral/Lee County Watershed Initiative Phase 1 strongly supports restoration of Ceitus Barrier. The report was commissioned as a way of deciding the Ceitus issue and everybody promised to follow science. The report is already done, what's next? [Executive Summary] [Summary Report] [Lee County Southwest Florida]

2015-09-03


 

CRCA Sep 2 Meeting (2015-09-03)

CRCA BOD Meeting on Sep 2 tackled the tapegrass restoration, Ceitus litigation, Vue update, Watershed Council sign on letter, City boat ramp update, Waterkeeper Alliance application and public affairs protocol. Monofilament Madness and Billy's Creek clean-up will be held Nov 7. [Agenda] [Photo 1] [Photo 2]

2015-09-03


 

Labelle Nature Park Clean Up (2015-09-03)

LaBelle Nature Park clean up is scheduled this coming Saturday, Sept. 5 from 8 am - 10 am. Bring your garden gloves and help pick up trash and pull weeds. For questions, please call Margaret England at this number, 863-517-0202. Any help would be greatly appreciated. [Location]

2015-09-03


 

Environmental Conference (2015-09-03)

The Environmental Education Alliance of SW FL announces its 2nd annual fall conference. The conference theme is Environmental Education: Community Connections. It will be held at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples on Oct 2 from 9AM to 5PM. Conference and lunch is free. [Flyer] [Agenda]

2015-09-03


 

Aquifer Conference (2015-09-02)

Managing Florida's Aquifer Conference is Sep 21-22 at Orlando. Topics include aquifer storage recovery topics and other Florida groundwater issues. Florida Sierra Club promoted the designation of Floridan Aquifer as "sole source". Will Florida's water supply be impacted? [Flyer] [American Ground Water Trust]

2015-09-02


 

Impact of Climate Change (2015-09-02)

Climate change happens fast in Kivalina, Alaska, a town of 403 residents 83 miles above the Arctic Circle. Beaches are disappearing, ice is melting, temperatures are rising, and the barrier reef Kivalina calls home gets smaller and smaller with every storm. Most here agree that the town should be relocated; where, when and who will pay for it, no one knows. [Los Angeles Times]

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Caloosahatchee (Aug 25-31) (2015-09-02)

Flows to the estuary at S79 averaged 2,902 cfs over the past week. For the past 14 days, 68% of total Lake O outflows were delivered to the L8 basin and 32% was directed to the Caloosahatchee at S77. Salinity at Iona lower estuary is in the harmful range of oysters. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Condition Report] [Map] [SCCF Website]

2015-09-02


 

Colonel Kirk in Charge (2015-09-01)

Colonel Jason A. Kirk is current Commander and District Engineer of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District. He assumed command on July 17, 2015. Kirk joined the Jacksonville District after graduating with a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the US Army War College. [US Army Corps of Engineers]

2015-09-01


 

Seismic Blasting Opposed (2015-09-01)

Florida counties are against seismic blasting, oil and gas exploration in general, because of negative environmental impacts. Gov. Rick Scott has asked President Barack Obama to delay approval of seismic testing off the coast. [Fort Myers Beach Bulletin] [Graphic]

2015-09-01


 

ASR Science Incorrect (2015-09-01)

Sydney Bacchus in her new peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Geography and Geology exposed the incorrect assumptions on ASR for water management in Florida. According to the study, ASR sounds to good to be true. [Journal of Geography] [Eye on Miami]

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Soon to Rise (2015-09-01)

Thomas Edison’s pavilion along the Caloosahatchee will soon be recreated into entertainment and recreation center. Edison & Ford Winter Estates President & CEO Chris Pendleton calls it “the most exciting thing we’ve done since the restoration of the Edison and Ford homes”. Groundbreaking is in Nov., to be ready in time for Edison’s Feb. 11 birthday. [The News Press]

2015-09-01


 

Cascading Effects (2015-09-01)

Citrus Greening bacteria has dramatically impacted SW FL citrus. Now, desperate solutions have the potential to yield additional impacts. GMOs are being attempted as are greater use of irrigation water, fertilizers and pesticides. [New York Times]

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August CRCA Newsletter (2015-08-31)

The August 2015 CRCA newsletter is available online. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email. [August Newsletter] [HTML Version] [Newsletter Archives]

2016-02-04


 

LaBelle Heritage Museum Speaker (2015-08-31)

LaBelle Heritage Museum Vice-President Keitha Daniels will open the museum's program year on Thursday, Sep 3 with a program on LaBelle's Downtown Historic District and some of the people who made it important over the years. [Details]


 

Cape Coral Plans Development (2015-08-31)

Cape Coral is planning for development of 7 islands of the Cape Coral North Spreader Canal System. What will be proposed use and will it be compatible next to Aquatic Preserve with FIVE state and federal designations of protection? [Islands Map] [Meeting Announcement] [Caution Presentation]

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Roger Clark, Cornerstone (2015-08-31)

Roger Clark's sudden passing fell heavily on the hearts of those in Riverwatch who had the privilege to know and work with him over the decades. Roger influenced the region’s conservation policies as well as young minds. [News Press Tribute] [Photo]

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Noted Photographer & Author (2015-08-31)

The Calusa Nature Center hosts award–winning photographer & author Larry Allan for a program, “Florida Animals for Everyday Naturalists” on Sep 16 at 7pm. Allan is one of only two Floridians to receive the Ansel Adams Award. [Announcement] [Details]

2015-10-05


 

Deja VUE, All Over Again? (2015-08-30)

Who among you remembers our 2007-8 battle over "The Vue" high-rise development next to Centennial Park? Well, it’s back. This time Riverwatch VP (and retired attorney), Gene Gibson, is on the case for CRCA, expressing riverfront access & park impact concerns to City officials. [Update] [May Letter By Gibson] [2007 Action]

2016-07-01


 

Telling It Like It Is (2015-08-30)

In a speech to the Tiger Bay Club and in a guest editorial in the Pine Island Eagle, Ray Judah talks about state environmental priorities and about more local green politics on the current Lee County Commission. [Tiger Bay Club] [Pine Island Eagle]


 

Olga Oak Has Seen 210 Years (2015-08-30)

Win Everham and John Cassani tell the story of the Olga Oak, a tree that has survived more than two centuries after it fell as an acorn between 1715 and 1735. It has seen much of our region's development history from its perch. [News Press]

2015-12-29


 

Doubling Down on Destruction (2015-08-30)

Even while they are being sued for removing the Ceitus Boat lift in 2007, Cape Coral is today moving ahead with plans to remove the Chiquita Boat Lock that controls the southern part of the Cape Coral spreader canal system designed to protect our water quality and wildlife habitat. [Cape Coral Breeze] [System Map] [Report by Roger Wood]

2016-07-01


 

Cruising the Caloosahatchee (2015-08-30)

Joe Pledger has steered thousands of cruises since the Capt. J.P. riverboat first shoved off in 1987 onto the Caloosahatchee. Long before that, he was at the helm of the Jungle Cruise boat in the Orange River as a teenager. [News Press] [Capt. J.P. Picture] [Link to Cruises]

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Getting Ready (2015-08-28)

SFWMD mobilized staffs and secured equipment responsible for flood control in 16 county region. The district is responsible for more than 2000 miles of canals, 70 pump stations, 607 water control structures and 625 culverts. Army Corps of Engineers will close water control structures at Lake O. [Palm Beach Post]

2015-08-28


 

Red Tide Status (Aug 13-20) (2015-08-28)

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in water samples in the entire coast of Florida. Regional water monitoring give advance warnings to the community for planning and dealing adverse health and environmental effects if K. brevis is detected. [Map] [FWRI]

2015-08-28


 

Expedition (2015-08-28)

Mark Renz had been operating Fossil Expedition for 20 years and with previous experience in Everglades Eco-Tours. Depending on your interest, he'll be glad to take you and enjoy Florida wildlife and adventures! [Paleo Press]

2015-08-28


 

Throwback (2015-08-28)

On 4th Nov 2014 ballot, voters approved the Amendment 1. It dedicates 33% of net revenue from the existing excise tax on documents to the Land Acquisition Trust Fund, designed to manage and restore natural systems and enhance public access and recreational use of conservation lands. [Ballotpedia]

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SWFWMD Board Resigns (2015-08-28)

SWFWMD Governing Board Member Carlos Beruff resigned from his position after approving a controversial four-home subdivision on Perico Island wetlands for Pat Neal. USEPA, National Marine Fisheries Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Army Corps of Engineers recommended the permit be denied. [Bradenton Herald] [Resignation Letter] [You Tube]

2015-08-28


 

Obama Water Rule Blocked (2015-08-28)

Judge Ralph Erickson on Thursday upheld the lawsuit opposing a federal waters rule. The decision is a roadblock for the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers plan to enforce the waters of the US rule, expanding federal jurisdiction over small waterways, like streams and wetlands. It will be appealed. [Decision] [EEnews.com] [The Hill]

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Solar Desalination (2015-08-28)

Solar power turns the sun's energy into electricity. Desalination removes unwanted minerals from saltwater so it can be used for drinking and agriculture. HydroFx has found a way to merge the two technologies with the aim of providing long term relief to farmers suffering 4 year drought. [Climate Progress]

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Exxon Mobil Cleared? (2015-08-28)

Amidst criticisms, a judge approved on Tuesday a $225M settlement of a pollution lawsuit with Exxon Mobil in New Jersey. The ruling covers a longstanding legal battle in which NJ demanded $8.9B in compensation for natural resource damage to around 1,500 acres of wetlands, marshes and waters. [The New York Times]

2015-08-28


 

Guilty as Charged! (2015-08-28)

Former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern of West Virginia pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of environmental crimes for contaminating with a toxic chemical spill the drinking water of more than 300,000 people in West Virginia last year. He faces 3 years in prison and a $300,000 fine. [The New York Times]

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SWFWMD Approve Wetland Permit (2015-08-28)

Judge Bran Carter denied an environmental permit for the proposed Harbor Sound development. SWFWMD governing board approve the permit to allow Pat Neal's four-home subdivision's built in shoreline wetlands. Neal plans to buy credits from Tampa Mitigation Bank to offset damages. [Tampa Bay Times] [Bradenton Herald]

2015-08-28


 

Tropical Storm Locks Overtime (2015-08-28)

As Tropical Storm Erika approaches Florida, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will extend operating hours at the five lock and dam structure on the Okeechobee waterway. Temporary operating hours takes effect today until Aug 30. [News Release] [Army Corps of Engineers]

2015-08-28


 

CRCA September Meeting (2015-08-27)

The Riverwatch Board meeting is on Sep 2, 6:30 to 8:00 PM in LaBelle at Bridge Street Coffee House, 23 Fort Thompson Ave. Members are encouraged and welcome to attend. During your visit you can see the new streetscape in front of Charlie's and adjacent merchants. [Location Map]

2015-08-27


 

Together We Stand (2015-08-27)

John Cassani, Chairman of Southwest Florida Watershed Council, comments on the Lee County compliance report for its MS4 permit raising the issue of TN loading protocol and the Caloosahatchee BMAP. Also signing the letter were many groups: SFWC, ICWN, CSF, CBD, CRCA and SCCF. [Letter] [Assessment]

2015-08-27


 

IREX Fellow Assists Riverwatch (2015-08-27)

Meet Carilyn Salanio-Martin, from the Philippines. She is a 2015 Community Solutions Program Fellow of US State Dept's Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs as implemented by IREX. For the next 4 months she will be in our area helping Riverwatch and learning about US environmental issues. [IREX] [ECPC] [Facebook]

2015-08-27


 

Response to MS4 and BMAP (2015-08-27)

Rep State Matt Caldwell organized multi-agency meeting in eastern Lee County this Aug to address water storage, water quality, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities for countywide projects. The meeting created regional benefit to improve the Lee County environment. [Lehigh Acres Citizen]

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Mercury in the Mist (2015-08-27)

"Fog drips" deliver unsafe levels of monomethyl mercury to upland and near-shore ecosystems along the Pacific Coast. Average monomethyl mercury concentration in the fog water samples in 2011 was five-fold greater than the highest reported concentration in rainwater, researchers from UCSC reported. [National Science Foundation]

2015-08-27


 

Ugly Reality of India (2015-08-27)

Environmental problems in India are among the grimmest in the world. Waste, open defecation and raw sewage worsen childhood malnourishment and cause diseases like hepatitis, cholera and typhoid fever. Parents check the levels of airborne particulate matter before letting children go out to play. [The New York Times]

2015-08-27


 

Estuarine Restoration Summit (2015-08-27)

Be part of the largest national gathering of coastal and estuarine restoration on Dec 10-15, 2016 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana. Caloosahatchee estuary management efforts are worth presenting, what you think? [Restore Estuaries]

2015-08-27


 

Lake O Water Level (2015-08-27)

Lake Okeechobee water level remains in beneficial Base Flow Sub-band (low). The Corps of Engineers reported that there was small contribution from the lake to the 4,000 cfs Caloosahatchee estuary flow last week. The dropped in salinity in the Cape coral is due to high watershed run off. [Lake Condition] [Lake O Low Stage] [SFWMD]

2015-08-27


 

Rising Sea Could Engulf Florida (2015-08-27)

As sea level rise is unavoidable in the next 100-200 years, it will have profound impact around the world. US low-lying US states such as Florida are at risk of disappearing as are some major cities in the world like Singapore and Tokyo. Coastlines will look very different to future generations. [Radio New Zealand News] [News ] [Phys.Org]

2015-08-27


 

Caloosahatchee (Aug 11-17) (2015-08-26)

Caloosahatchee flow to the estuary averaged 1,991 cfs, more than double than weeks flow. The salinity at Iona remains below the optimal range of oysters.There was no discharged from Lake Okeechobee during the period. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Condition Report] [Graphic] [SCCF Website]

2015-08-26


 

Snook Season Opens (2015-08-26)

Snook recreational harvest season will open on September 1. Snooks are premiere Florida fish and unique to the region. Season closures help protect the species during cold weather and spawning. Lake Okeechobee, snook season is closed December 15 through January 31 and June 1 through August 31. [Space Coast Daily] [Image]

2015-08-26


 

Riverkeeper Catches Bad Guys! (2015-08-26)

In Georgia, American Sealcoat Manufacturing Company has been fined $10 million for polluting the Chattahoochee River with toxic chemicals. Riverkeeper filed a lawsuit in 2014 as the company operated with no industrial stormwater permit & dumped toxic chemicals into the stream that flows to Florida. [WBS TV]

2015-08-26


 

Try, Try Again (2015-08-26)

DEP will hold five meetings to receive input on Water Quality Assessment determination and restoration. Workshop schedules are as follows: Aug 26 in Stuart, Florida; Aug 27 in Fort Myers; Sep 2 in Temple Terrace; Sep 3 in Daytona Beach and Sep 10 in Tallahasee. [Details]

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River Salinity (Aug 18-24) (2015-08-26)

Very high watershed runoff during August more than doubled Caloosahatchee flow to the estuary to an average of 4,022 cfs. The salinity at Iona lower estuary is in the harmful range for oysters. Majority of inflow originated from the central watershed basin west of S78. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Condition Report] [Graphic] [SCCF Website]

2015-08-26


 

8th Most Populated (2015-08-26)

Lee County ranks 8th most dense populated counties in Florida for 2010. Pinellas and liberty Counties are most and least dense with 3,348 and 10 persons per square mile, respectively. This interrelates spatial distribution of population in Florida with environmental issues and resource use. [BEBR]

2015-08-26


 

Storm Erika Tracker (2015-08-26)

Tropical storm Erika is forecasted to near the Florida coast as Category 1 hurricane by Monday. It is expected to produce average 3 to 5 inches rain in Leeward Island, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Watershed runoff will lower salinity levels in Caloosahatchee estuary once again! [News 13]

2015-08-26


 

DEP Water Reuse Study (2015-08-26)

DEP conducted a comprehensive study on the expansion of the use of reclaimed water, stormwater and excess surface water in Florida. DEP reports 719 mgd being reused. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments on draft report until Sep 15, 2015. [Draft] [Presentation] [Reuse Pie Chart] [Details]

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Oil Drill Block (2015-08-26)

Senator Bill Nelson vows to use all procedural options to block the repeal on the ban of Gulf Coast Oil drilling. Lifting of the ban will allow oil and gas rigs to operate 50 miles closer to Florida's Gulf Coast, clashing with state's Gulf Coast protection efforts for four decades. Kudos Senator! [Tampa Bay Times]

2015-08-26


 

Call to Action (2015-08-26)

A pulp mill owned by the Koch Brothers is planning a 60 million gallon/day (mgd) pollution pipeline from the mill to the mouth of Fenholloway River in Perry, Fl. Koch Brothers believe that the Gulf can absorb 40-60 mgd of dioxin contaminated water. Stop dumping toxic waste into the Gulf of Mexico! [Clean Water Network]

2015-08-26


 

Store or Release? (2015-08-26)

With a hurricane approaching south Florida, SFWMD and Corps of Engineers officials really earn their pay. It is they who must decide whether to release water from Lake O to create room for storm runoff. If they choose wrong they could dump all our dry season water to the Gulf.


 

Gator Hunting (2015-08-25)

Lenny Schelin of Fort Pierce and his family hunted an 11-foot-4-incher from the Lake Okeechobee north quadrant over the weekend. [TCPalm]

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Florida 2014 WQA Report (2015-08-25)

DEP published the 2014 status and condition of Florida's surface and groundwater quality. EPA will use this information to provide Congress with national inventory of water quality conditions and develop priorities for future federal actions to protect and conserve aquatic resources. [FDEP] [News Press]

2015-08-25


 

Another Beach Warning (2015-08-25)

August 20, 2015 water quality results showed that the North Shore Park did not meet the safety criteria for Enterococcus bacteria. No wading at North Shore Park 13001 N. Cleveland Ave. North Fort Myers is recommended until bacteria level are at or below acceptable level. [FDOH]

2015-08-25


 

Look, But Do Not Touch...Water (2015-08-25)

In what has become at least an annual event, the beaches at the Franklin Lock Recreation Area were closed by the Corps of Engineers after routine water test results returned with elevated levels of enterococcus bacteria. It remains open for sunbathing and recreational activities other than swimming. [Corps of Engineers]

2015-08-25


 

Urban Communities Symposium (2015-08-25)

Do you want to learn how to create successful urban form and mixed use developments to meet market demands? Register and participate in Walkable Urban Communities Symposium on October 15, 2015 at Harborside Event Center, Downtown, Fort Myers. [Urban Planning Cartoon] [Details]

2015-08-25


 

Charlotte Flatwoods Meeting (2015-08-25)

Quarterly meeting for the Charlotte Harbor Flatwoods Initiative is scheduled on September 2, 2015 at the Cecil Webb Management Area, Florida, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Office, Tuckers Grade, Punta Gorda, Florida. [Agenda]

2015-08-25


 

Microorganisms Abate Methane (2015-08-25)

Some microorganisms eat methane and reduces atmospheric emissions from freshwater wetlands. Without this process, methane emissions from freshwater wetlands could be 30 to 50 percent greater, researchers from University of Georgia reported. [National Science Foundation]

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Mangrove Eco Tour (2015-08-25)

Mangroves along Caloosahatchee River is a rare find in Cape Coral. Explore the Four Mile Cove Eco Preserve where kayak rentals are available for exploring mangrove tunnels by water. Go fishing along the Caloosahatchee River and hike your day in mangrove shade. [Google Map] [Direction] [Details]

2015-08-25


 

Fastest Ever Calving Glacier (2015-08-25)

Largest ever observed chunk of ice broke away from glacier's face between August 14 to August 16. Estimated total area of ice lost was around 12.5 square kilometers. Experts data shows that the ice that broke off would be sufficient to cover Manhattan in nearly 1,000 feet of ice! [Animation] [The Washington Post] [Location Map] [Website]

2015-08-25


 

River Clean Up (2015-08-24)

Volunteers are needed on September 26, 2015 river clean up at Caloosahatchee Creek Preserve-East. Sign up to help in removing trash and debris and learn about Conservation 20/20 program and its value to wildlife and water quality [Details] [Web site]

2015-08-24


 

July Hottest Ever (2015-08-24)

July 2015 is officially the hottest month ever recorded since global record-keeping began. While land temp was slightly higher, ocean surface temperature was a full 1.35F higher than the 20th century average and the highest sea temperature ever recorded. [Washington Post] [Ice Volume Tracker] [Website]

2015-08-24


 

Finally, C-43 project is on its way! (2015-08-24)

On August 13, 2015, SFWMD approved a $10.8 million contract to start construction of C-43 West Basin storage reservoir project. C-43 aims to hold 170, 000 acre-feet of water during dry period and store excess stormwater and regulatory releases from Lake Okeechobee during rainy season. [SFWMD]

2015-08-24


 

Ceitus Report (2015-06-30)

The results are available for the joint project called the Northwest Cape Coral/Lee County Watershed Initiative that deals with water flow, water quality, hydrodynamics and ecological indicators. The report documents are posted on a landing page at Lee County Natural Resources web site. [Executive Summary] [Summary Report] [Full Report] [Web Site]

2015-06-30


 

Big Sugar Summit Video (2015-06-30)

Full video of Sierra Club's Big Sugar Summit held on June 20th, 2015 at Embassy Suites in West Palm Beach, FL. Riverwatch and other groups sent many members and officers to this teach-in about the range of issues associated with sugar production in the EAA. [Part 1] [Part 2]

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Lawsuit Filed Over Amendment 1 (2015-06-30)

On June 22 the Florida Wildlife Federation, St. Johns Riverkeeper and Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida filed suit over the budget for money accumulated under the new land-buying amendment to the Florida Constitution called Amendment 1. [Sun Sentinel] [SCCF] [Florida Today]

2015-06-30


 

Lake O BMAP Meeting (2015-06-30)

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites stakeholders and interested members of the public to a technical meeting on July 1 to discuss the Lake Okeechobee restoration plan. [Press Release]

2015-10-05


 

Lake Mead Record Low (2015-06-30)

Lake Mead sunk to a record low Tuesday night, June 23 falling below the point that would trigger a water-supply shortage if the reservoir doesn't recover soon. The reservoir stores water for parts of Arizona, Southern California, southern Nevada and northern Mexico. [US Today]

2015-06-30


 

Tape Grass Growth (2015-06-30)

SFWMD and Lee County are financing a three-year $130,000 project to restore tape grass, often known, as Val, in the Caloosahatchee River. Val from its scientific name Vallisneria americana, is a Valued Ecosystem Component that has virtually disappeared from the river. [News Press]

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ASR Study (2015-06-30)

As part of the CERP, it was estimated that up to 333 wells could store water underground for the Everglades and natural systems. These wells, known as Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells, are part of a system to take surplus fresh surface water, treat it as required for permit compliance. [Facts and Infromation] [Web Site]

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Poor Idiots (2015-06-30)

Too many Florida legislators think of voters as annoying intruders on their very conservative bubble. To them, the 75% of voters who favored Amendment 1 are like fictional town idiots. If Floridians continue to accept this state of affairs, then they truly will be the idiots. [Graph] [Watery Foundation]

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Sugar Land for Everglades (2015-06-30)

For months, environmental groups and concerned residents have advocated for the SFWMD to exercise a 46,800-acre land-purchase option with U.S. Sugar Corporation before an October deadline. SFWMD Governing Board voted unanimously not to exercise the option. [Miami Herald]

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Air Potato Meets Its Match (2015-06-30)

The USDA, FDACS & UF are working together to rear and release air potato beetles. Releases are made between May & Oct when air potato plants are actively growing. Instructions and forms for obtaining beetles are available. After a year or two their impact on the plants is dramatic! [Eaten Leaves] [Air Potato Nemesis] [Release Forms for Florida]

2015-08-24


 

Newspaper Ads by Sugar (2015-06-30)

Can you spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-t-e? Here's a closer look at one: The Treasure Coast newspaper group that spent more than a year dogging lobbyist Ken Pruitt like a bloodhound at a crime scene for taking a sugar company's money ... well, how can I put this? ... climbed into bed with a sugar company. [Sunshine State News]

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Easements on Private Land (2015-06-30)

A wildlife easement on the Black Boar Ranch means there would never be future development. An easement was recently created on the ranch to allow Florida Panthers to migrate north from near the Everglades in an effort to increase their numbers. [TBO]

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No Mention about Amendment 1 (2015-06-30)

Gov. Rick Scott recapped on February 9 his proposed budget's big-ticket fixes for everything from Everglades pollution to Wekiwa Springs flows. But not mentioned in his prepared address at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland was Amendment 1. [Orlando Sentinel]

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Florida Bear Hunts (2015-06-30)

In statements released June 25 the Sierra Club issued open letter regarding Florida Wildlife Commission proposals to modify rules on Florida's black bears. The letter stated that FWC at least delay the decision on opening bear hunting they present a full set of alternative options to the public. [Southwest Florida Online]

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Action Alert: Win for Water (2015-06-05)

On May 27th, the US EPA and USACE jointly finalized the Clean Water Rule. However, many polluting industries have joined forces to fight this rulemaking, gaining the support of numerous congressional representatives in their opposition. We need your help to fight legislative attacks on the rule! [Details] [Articles] [Web Site] [Take Action]

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Big Sugar Summit (2015-06-04)

You are invited to attend The Big Sugar Summit on June 20 from 9am to 5pm in West Palm. You'll get the facts regarding the sugar industry's influence and impact on Florida and its citizens and much more. Advance registration is required. $10 fee includes lunch and coffee/tea service. See you there! [Agenda] [Details] [Registration] [Facebook]

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Good Uses for Surplus Land (2015-05-31)

UF-IFAS & FWS have proposed uses for BOMA land being surplused by SFWMD. IFAS wants it for agricultural and agro-ecology research while FWS seeks a panther easement on parts. Glades County is inclined to let Lee County decide what to do with it since they paid $10,000,000 for the SFWMD purchase. [UF-IFAS Proposal] [Glades Feb BOCC Minutes] [Glades May BOCC Item] [Location]

2016-04-04


 

Caloosahatchee Conditions (2015-05-31)

SCCF recommends SFWMD reduce discharges to the Caloosahatchee with average flows ranging 1,200-1,400 cfs at S-79 to improve salinity and spawning conditions in the estuary. Thus, the flows from Nicodemus seems not intended to help the river but rather to lower Lake O. [Conditions Report]

2015-12-29


 

Riverwatch Donor Sails I-75 (2015-05-31)

Henry Mox, regular major donor to CRCA, weighed anchor and rode the winds of I-75 back to Michigan, but not before leaving another generous donation of $2500 to Riverwatch. Intelligentsia students helped Henry prepare his boat and enjoy a Caloosahatchee shake-down cruise before his departure. [Farewell Photo] [Shakedown Cruise]

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Rubio Helping Invasives Reach Florida (2015-05-31)

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is the sponsor of a bill on behalf of the shipping industry that would remove ballast water discharges from the Clean Water Act and pre-empt all state regulation of ballast water. Ballast water taken on in one port and discharged in another brings invasives. [Florida Clean Water Network] [Comment Letter] [Ballast Water Invasive Species]

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Cowbone Marsh & Fisheating Creek Litigation (2015-05-31)

ECOSWF and Save Our Creeks legal action against FDEP and FWCC over Cowbone Marsh/Fisheating Creek continues with the filing of a revised petition. It challenges a proposed sovereignty lands environmental resource permit to fill in a portion of Fisheating Creek. [Petition]

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Riverwatch on The Vue Development (2015-05-31)

CRCA-Riverwatch Vice President Gene Gibson wrote a letter to Ft. Myers City Council Members concerning the proposed amendments to The Vue planned unit development (PUD) and its development agreement. CRCA continues to oppose development that would degrade the adjacent Centennial Park. [Letter] [News Press] [Photo]

2015-05-31


 

Sea Level Rise Summit (2015-05-31)

On May 7 SWFL leaders gathered to discuss sea level rise response in Estero. “Sea level rise is real,” said Ray Judah, coordinator for the FCOC, which hosted the summit with the LWV of Lee County. "We can no longer ignore the sea level rise impacts to our environment and our economy." [Naples News] [David Trecker Opinion]

2015-05-31


 

Soil Carbon and Climate Change (2015-05-31)

In April 650 people from 80 countries gathered in Germany for a week-long discussion about an increasingly important topic in climate change: soil. 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for soil - United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has declared it the International Year of Soil. [Think Progress]

2015-05-31


 

Sea Level Rise Symposium (2015-05-31)

The 3rd Annual Sea Level Rise Symposium will take place on Aug 1 in West Palm. Given the enormity of the impacts the symposium will initiate the discussion of visionary ideas and solutions to encourage action now. Registration is free for students and teachers, and it is $30 for general public. [Flier] [Web Site & Registration]

2015-10-08


 

FLMS Symposium (2015-05-31)

The Florida Lake Management Society 26th Annual Technical Symposium will take place from June 8 to 11 at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Naples. Registration is now open! Free Programs for Approved Volunteers and Community Association Managers! Email flmshome@aol.com for more information. [Draft Agenda] [Web Site & Registration]

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Former Governor Shocked (2015-05-31)

Bob Graham published his opinion about the future of Everglades and Florida. The former Senator (1987-2005) and Florida's Governor (1979-1987) is shocked that despite scientific facts and Amendment 1 votes, the SFWMD tore up the land purchase contract with no alternate plan even in sight. [Miami Herald]

2016-07-01


 

May CRCA Newsletter (2015-05-31)

The May 2015 CRCA newsletter is available online. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email. [May Newsletter] [HTML Version] [Newsletter Archives]

2016-02-04


 

Wild & Scenic Film Festival (2015-05-30)

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, in collaboration with Brenau University and the University of North Georgia, is thrilled to bring the Wild and Scenic Film Festival to Gainesville GA on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Tickets are $10 per person/$5 students. Tickets will be available at the door. Don't miss it! [Poster] [Web Site]

2015-05-30


 

Florida Panther a Myth? (2015-05-30)

In trashing panther protection, Sunshine State News again shows its wrong-headedness when it described as "noise" the citizen assertion of the 75%-voter-approved constitutional amendment for land purchases in the EAA. [Sunshine State News]

2016-04-04


 

Nicodemus to C-19 to C-43 (2015-05-30)

For the first time, SFWMD has begun sending water it pays Lykes to store in Nicodemus Slough ($28 million total cost) to the Caloosahatchee. While bringing some benefits, the highly-controversial project carries with it some further risks of abuse. [SFWMD News Release] [Water Storage Strategies] [Dispersed Water Storage Audit] [Controversy History]

2015-05-30


 

Caldwell Perspective on Amend 1 (2015-05-30)

Rep. Matt Caldwell blames Amendment 1 advocates for deceiving the public that it would bring new funds to land purchases. He seems to blame them for not anticipating that legislators like him would thwart Constitutional intent by allocating the land funds set-aside to unrelated budget items. [Email Correspondence] [Cartoon]

2015-05-30


 

Archaeology in an Hour (2015-05-30)

All southwest Florida educators are invited to join Florida Public Archaeology Network at FAU for a FREE Archaeology in an Hour workshop on Saturday, June 13 at Koreshan State Historic Site from 9am – noon. Space is limited so please contact Melissa Timo at 239-223-6865 to reserve your spot today! [Details] [Flier] [Web Site]

2016-02-04


 

Beach Swimming Suspended (2015-05-30)

The Corps of Engineers has temporarily suspended swimming and other water activities at the W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area located near Ft. Myers due to algae bloom. The beach itself will remain open to visitors who wish to sunbathe or play in the sand. They will be prohibited from swimming. [Southwest Florida Online] [NBC-2]

2015-05-30


 

Another Year, Same Story (2015-05-30)

With the summer storm season officially beginning on June 1, the Army Corps is racing to lower the Lake O in time. However, dumping water west into the Caloosahatchee River and local runoff brings algal bloom and human health risks consequences. Another year, yet the same story. [Sun Sentinel]

2015-05-30


 

Land Acquisition Trust Fund (2015-05-30)

LWVF reminds Florida Legislators headed for a special budget session in June, that Acquisition of Florida’s special lands and resources is no longer a matter of political ideology, but a matter of Constitutional law. Both the House and Senate severely underfund the Florida Forever program. [Letter] [Web Site]

2016-04-04


 

Fitzenhagen & Benacquisto Statements (2015-05-29)

The next legislative session starts in a week, so several rallies throughout the next month are being organized. This time the demonstrators showed up at Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto's office. Although Sen. Benacquisto does not support the purchase, Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen does. [NBC2] [Fitzenhagen & Benacquisto Statements] [Aljazeera America] [Cartoon] [Tallahassee Meeting]

2015-05-29


 

Dampening Property Values (2015-05-29)

Florida Realtors say that poor water quality limits property values and forces to sell them at a loss. These are quantified now, nearly $1 billion/year just in Lee and Martin Counties. While overall property values are rising in both counties, they’re being "severely dampened" by poor water quality. [News Press]

2016-07-01


 

Progress at National Level (2015-05-28)

On May 27 the US EPA finalized their Clean Water Rule, closing some loopholes regarding which water bodies fall under Federal oversight. While representing real progress, efforts are underway in Congress to weaken, undermine, or stop the rule completely. [Details] [Earth Justice] [NRDC Analysis] [CBS News] [Counties Opposed] [EPA Rule Web Site]

2015-05-28


 

Watershed Council May Program (2015-05-13)

Rep. Clawson and Rep. Goss will speak to Prof. Duke FGCU class (Introduction to Environmental Policy), along with members of the SW Florida Watershed Council on May 26 from 2pm to 3:30pm at FGCU Cohen Center room 214. Students, staff, and faculty of FGCU will be invited to attend. [Details]

2015-05-28


 

Suwannee River Wilderness Trail (2015-05-01)

Celebrate Florida's version of autumn on its most famous river from Oct 22-27, 2015. The trip spans 57miles of the scenic Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, as well as 12 miles of the northern Withlacoochee River. Both rivers feature dozens of clear blue springs perfect for swimming or snorkeling. [Register by Oct 8] [Web Site]

2016-02-04


 

New Riverwatch Officers (2015-04-30)

The April CRCA Board of Directors meeting elected new officers: President-John Paul; VP-Gene Gibson, VP for Development-Mary Rawl, Treasurer-Ron Zimmerly; Corresponding Secretary-Linda Mattos and Recording Secretary-John Capece. They serve until April 2016. [New Officers]

2016-04-04


 

Everglades Restoration Progress (2015-04-30)

David Urich, a life member and past president of the Responsible Growth Management Coalition Inc. criticizes SFWMD's “Everglades restoration progress” graphic on Wednesday's, Apr 22 News Press. David says he was SHOCKED when he saw the graphic. It did NOT show ANY plan to move water South! [David Urich Commentary to SFWMD] [News Press] [Cartoon]

2015-04-30


 

CRCA May BOD Meeting (2015-04-30)

The May 6 Riverwatch Board of Directors meeting will be held in LaBelle at 6:30 PM in the Beef 'O' Brady's event room located on SR80 just east of the Lee Street intersection. Members are welcome to attend. [Map]

2015-04-30


 

Thanks To Our Rally Sponsors (2015-04-30)

CRCA-Riverwatch extends its gratitude and appreciation for the generous donation provided by our members David and Cheryl Copham of Ft. Myers. Your support made it possible for 7 Riverwatch student members stand prominent at the Floridians for Clean Water & Amendment 1 Rally on Feb 18. [David & Cheryl Copham] [Rally Photo 1] [Rally Photo 2]

2015-04-30


 

April CRCA Newsletter (2015-04-30)

The April 2015 CRCA newsletter is available online. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email. [April Newsletter] [HTML Version] [Newsletter Archives]

2016-02-04


 

No Secret for Fracking Companies (2015-04-30)

On Apr 27 the House passed a law regulating the already legal fracking methods. On the next day, an amendment allowing companies to keep the chemicals they use for fracking secret was postponed because the two Chambers did not reach an agreement. A small victory for environmentalists. [Florida Clean Water] [The Tallahasse Democrat]

2015-04-30


 

Saved By The Bell (2015-04-30)

Bad water policy and fracking bills failed due to a dispute among Republicans over Medicaid funding. The chambers will have to return to pass a budget before July. EAA land purchase funding progress might be possible at that time, but its unlikely. [Tampa Bay Times] [Orlando Sentinel] [Friends of Florida] [Florida Clean Water Network] [Bill Day Cartoons]

2016-04-04


 

HGAS Newsletter Apr-Jun 2015 (2015-04-30)

Hendry-Glades Audubon Society's President Margaret England thanks HGAS secretary, Kim Willis, who has produced and edited the quarterly “Crested Caracara” since Sep 2009. Please continue to submit photos and articles about birds, local history, poems, or antidotes to Kim at kimwillis@centurylink.net [HGAS Apr-Jun 2015 Newsletter]

2015-10-16


 

What Would Skink Do? (2015-04-30)

Skink - Clinton Tyree, known as Skink throughout several novels by Carl Hiaasen was governor of Florida in the 1970s. Vehemently opposed to unregulated growth in his home state, he becomes so discouraged by bribery and corruption that he becomes a wild hermit and adopts the name Skink. [Cartoon by Cathy Cochrane]

2015-04-30


 

Caloosahatchee & Lake O Status (2015-04-30)

Lake O level was 13.76ft on Apr 27. Flows to the estuary at S79 averaged 1,961 cfs from Apr 21 to 27. The salinity is in an optimal range at Shell point for oysters but still below at Cape Coral. In general, it's still low for both fauna and flora. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Condition Report] [Salinity Graphic] [Lake O Water Level] [SCCF Website]

2016-02-04


 

Sen. Negron on Lake O Discharges (2015-04-30)

In his statement released on April 24, Senator Joe Negron said he spoke with Col. Dodd of the Army Corps of Engineers and he ordered the immediate suspension of discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the Lagoon and Estuary until testing of the recent toxic blue-green algae bloom can be completed. [Statement] [Web Site]

2015-04-30


 

Water Legislation (2015-04-30)

Language from a comprehensive House water bill was added on Apr23 to other environmental legislation in the House over objections from Democrats. Environmentalists say they’d prefer to see the bills die, effectively ending what some observers predicted would be the "year of water" in the Legislature [SPB]

2015-04-30


 

FL National Earth Day Focus (2015-04-29)

President Obama spent Apr 22 in the Florida Everglades. The choice of highlighting Earth Day in Florida, where sea levels are rising rapidly & state officials aren’t allowed to discuss climate change, brings Obama to the front lines of the debate over how to address the changing environment. [The Washington Post] [Huffington Post] [Time] [USA Today] [USA Today] [Earth Day Cartoon]

2015-04-29


 

Urgent: VOTE NO on SB 918 (2015-04-29)

This was supposed to be the year of water – it wasn’t. Senate bill 918 has adopted bad policy language from House bill 7003 which weakened a previously good springs protection bill. SB 918 will not protect our waters. Please call or email the Senate and ask them to VOTE NO ON SB 918. [Action Alert] [WCTV] [Cartoon] [ACT NOW]

2016-04-04


 

Lee Commission Supports Purchase (2015-04-29)

Lee County commissioners added an important voice to the chorus urging the governor and Legislature to acquire U.S. Sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee. Voting in favor were Commissioners Kiker, Manning, and Mann. Voting against were Commissioners Pendergrass and Hamman. [Naples Daily News] [Skink Cartoon]

2016-04-04


 

Green Slime in Lake O...AGAIN! (2015-04-29)

Wow! Check out this video produced by Capt. Mike Conner and Kenny Hinkle Jr. taken at the Port Mayaca Lock and Dam at Lake Okeechobee. Samples are still being tested to see if it's the same toxic blue-green algae that devastated the Indian River Lagoon and St Lucie Estuary in 2013. [TC Palm] [Photos] [Video] [Water Quality Reports]

2015-04-29


 

Ohio Regulates Pollution to Lake (2015-04-29)

To reduce algae blooms in Lake Erie, Ohio passed new regulations on wastewater discharges and other point-sources. However, like all other laws in the US, it relies on “voluntary” reductions in farm fertilizer runoff, the problem’s primary source. [Circle of Blue]

2015-04-29


 

Price of Water Rising (2015-04-29)

The price of water in the USA has risen 41% since 2010. The economics of water – particularly the cost of treatment, pumping, new infrastructure and retail price for consumers – has gained renewed prominence as states face historic drought & water managers seek to rein in water consumption. [Circle of Blue] [Infra Manage] [Water Pricing 2015 Map] [Water Pricing 2010-15 Graphs]

2015-04-29


 

EPA & Gulf of Mexico (2015-04-29)

EPA avoids stricter water pollution standards for Gulf of Mexico by passing authority to the states. As a result, nitrogen & phosphorus from agricultural runoff and sewage continue to flow into the Gulf, creating a low-oxygen dead zone. [Circle of Blue]

2016-07-01


 

Veto Threat on Water & Energy (2015-04-29)

Saying it “drastically underfunds critical investments” in clean energy and climate resilience, the White House on Apr 28 issued a veto threat against a funding bill. Another reason is that the bill includes provisions that would block EPA efforts to assert water quality standards on more waterways. [Energy Guardian] [US News] [The Hill] [Statement]

2015-04-29


 

Everglades ASR Regional Study (2015-04-29)

The National Research Council has completed its Everglades Aquifer Storage and Recovery Regional Study. NAS will be hosting a webinar on May 13 at 11am to discuss report findings. Register in advance if you are interested in participating. [NAS ASR Report] [Webinar Registration]

2016-04-04


 

Gov Scott Orders Water Tests (2015-04-29)

CRCA-Riverwatch Directors Ray Judah and John Cassani comment on recent Corps scheduled water releases from Lake Okeechobee, months earlier than normally required. Gov. Scott ordered a halt to the planned releases pending water quality tests for potential harm from nutrients and toxic algae. [Fox 4] [Video]

2015-04-29


 

Obama Earth Day in FL (2015-04-22)

If our President was in the Everglades on Earth Day, it means that he considers this place as one of the most precious America’s treasure and we need to preserve it. During his speech, he also announced new steps to protect people and environment. [USA Today] [USA Today] [Earth Day Cartoon]

2015-04-29


 

Obama in the Everglades (2015-04-21)

On Apr 22, President Obama will speak at Everglades National Park for Earth Day. His visit may be a chance for the Everglades to finally obtain what Amendment 1’s money was meant for: a sustainable restoration plan with a relevant storage land. [News Press]

2016-04-04


 

U.S. Warned by Insurance Groups (2015-04-21)

More than 30 different Insurance groups teamed up to warn the U.S. government about Climate Change. They declared that it must be prepared; otherwise they will have to pay for the damages, which can have a disastrous impact on these groups’ economy. [Think Progress]

2016-07-01


 

Is Earth Day Still Relevant? (2015-04-20)

Is Earth Day still an event as useful as it’s pictured to us? Yes answered Mary Guttierez, because it’s a privileged moment for people to learn about current environmental issues and be implied, at least a bit, like Mary. [Pensacola News Journal]

2015-04-20


 

Deepwater Horizon Disaster (2015-04-20)

The event of Deepwater Horizon is still vivid. After the cleanup, the research is still going. In the area, people’s health seems to be harmed as well as the ocean. This tragedy pushed politics into new regulation projects but is it enough? [Think Progress]

2016-04-04


 

TV Campaign for Amendment 1 (2015-04-17)

With the legislative session intensified, both sides of Amendment 1 topic are now fighting with TV. Several ads, from land purchase supporters and land grab accusers are broadcasting their voice in order to rally everyone. [CBS 12 News]

2016-04-04


 

Coastal Squeeze (2015-04-17)

Many coastal areas in the U.S. are heavily developed, leading to coastal squeeze as ocean swallow beaches, a barrier of oceanfront hotels, houses and businesses cuts off access to habitat beyond those beaches. Species are trapped in the middle. [Coastal Squeeze] [Eugene Weekly]

2016-04-04


 

Restoration and Economy (2015-04-17)

Will red tide attract tourists? Do they want to see dead fish or swim in brown water? Not only the environment but also our economy is in distress; said David Ulrich. Contact our legislators, especially those involved in the budget process committees. [News Press]

2016-07-01


 

Lake O Treatment (2015-04-17)

Certainly a good news for Lake O water. Ecosphere Technologies just announced that they received U.S. patent for treating water with one of their product. This may allow the lake to recover by using bacteria sand to annihilate algae blooms. [Power Engineering]

2015-04-17


 

Do What I Say, Not What I Do (2015-04-16)

John Cassani points out the disconnect between Lee County Commissioners' positive statements of support for water quality restoration while at the same time they dismantle or generally thwart progressive land use and development planning. Actions consistent with the rhetoric are needed. [News Press]

2015-04-30


 

Sea Level Rise Summit (2015-04-16)

CRCA is co-sponsoring a Sea Level Rise Summit on May 7 at FGCU. Similar meetings are held every year in our area, but none have yet achieved the goal of facilitating creation of a SW FL regional climate change "compact" like the one in SE FL. [Summit Program] [Sea Level Rise Summit] [SE FL Regional Climate Change Compact]

2015-10-08


 

Florida Paddling Trails News (2015-04-16)

The Florida Paddling Trails Association is interviewing for board position to continue its mission to promote & develop water trails. Their second annual Paddling Trail reunion is being held May 1-3. [Paddling Trails Newsletter]

2015-04-16


 

Will Scott Fix the Estuaries? (2015-04-16)

During 15 years, Florida suffered from massive discharges from Lake O. With Amendment 1, Gov. Scott has the upper hand to resolve excess water problem, restore the flow and eliminate the discharges which are a threat for the estuaries and the land. [Tampa Bay Times]

2016-04-04


 

Beer Management Rules Update (2015-04-16)

FWC continues its work on new bear management rules. On Apr 15 meeting several rules were approved and one big topic was the infamous feeding violation. Public education is a key factor in this problem, even if hunting is approved. [FWC]

2015-04-16


 

Volunteer Now for the Oysters (2015-04-15)

If you want to help SCCF restore the health and productivity of San Carlos Bay’s oyster reef, you can register online to help with oyster bed restoration. You need to be at least 18 yo. The campaign will continue through the summer. [Oyster Reef Restoration] [SCCF Contact] [Register Online]

2016-04-04


 

The Clean Water Rule (2015-04-15)

EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent the Clean Water Rule draft to the Office of Management & Budget for review. After they met stakeholders across the country, their Rule now matches public’s expectations about water issues. [EPA]

2015-04-15


 

Hiaasen Speech & Buffett Show (2015-04-15)

During the Everglades Day, we saw how much Floridians care about their environment. But if you missed this event and the show, follow the link and listen to Carl Hiaasen's inspired speech and Jimmy Buffett's joyful songs! [Hiaasen & Buffett] [FSU]

2016-02-04


 

Fracking Bills in the House (2015-04-14)

With the end of the legislative session near, some senate members are trying to push again several anti-environment bills. Special interests and corporations are once more behind this. So take to contact the legislators and stop this hideous process. [Linda Young] [Regulation Bill] [Well Stimulation Bill]

2015-04-14


 

Corps Of Engineers Reducing Flow (2015-04-13)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers adjusted the flow from Lake O in order to average 1,800cfs for the Caloosahatchee Estuary and 0cfs for the St. Lucie Estuary. If the flows will be exceeded by runoff, they’ll be allowed to pass through the structure. [South West Florida Online]

2016-04-04


 

Legacy Campaign Newsletter (2015-04-10)

There isn’t much time until the end of the legislative session and we need to make sure that our legislators will allocate funds to Florida Forever and land purchase than in existing projects. Continue to contact them, support Amendment 1 decisions! [Legacy Campaign Newsletter]

2015-04-10


 

Buffett Concluded the Action Day (2015-04-09)

For the Everglades Action Day, Jimmy Buffett delivered a pitch-perfect performance for both environmental activists and legislators in the Capitol. Carl Hiaasen introduced the show by reminding that we just need our leaders to respect Amendment 1. [FSU News] [Everglades Action Day]

2016-07-01


 

CHNEP Hosting Events (2015-04-09)

Register now for CHNEP events! On Jun 5 and Sept 10, 2 workshops will be focused on how we deal with environmental issues and land conservation. When on Jun 9, there will be a webinar training about our interactions with the coast. [CHNEP Application]

2015-04-09


 

Business Owner Perspective (2015-04-09)

Everglades is a natural treasure, they allow us to have clean water and are the engine of our tourism business. Irene Gomes, a motel owner, share her experience and the loss she encountered, generated by environment deterioration. [Palm Beach Post]

2016-04-04


 

Joe Negron Support (2015-04-09)

As he seeks his party’s selection as Senate president while also trying to maintain home voter support, Joe Negron gingerly endorsed the EAA land buy project. He says that he’s researching options for the $500 million land purchase. [Palm Beach Post] [TC Palm]

2016-04-04


 

To Delay or Not? (2015-04-09)

Land purchases can cost more than planned, since expensive infrastructure will be needed to send the water south. This is a reason some lawmakers seek to delay any new purchases and focus on previous restoration projects. But later, the price won’t be cheaper. [Sun Sentinel]

2015-04-09


 

Regional Park Earth Day (2015-04-09)

Register now to attend Lee County’s Caloosahatchee Regional Park’s Earth Day! On Apr 18, you can participate in birdhouses painting and then find a spot for your piece of art! On Apr 21, park staff will guide you on a walk to a oak hammock. [News Press]

2016-04-04


 

Coral Reef and Fish Biomass (2015-04-09)

A study published in Nature stated that coral reef health is linked to its fish population. So, reefs need to maintain a minimum of 220lbs of fish biomass per hectare. Better management in fishing methods may allow us to save our coral reefs. [Think Progress]

2016-04-04


 

March Ripple Effect (2015-04-08)

The March 2014 SFWMD newsletter highlights some progress in Everglades restoration and communicates its approval for a pump station to connect the St Lucie River to a 6300-acre treatment wetland. [Ripple Effect Index] [Ripple Effect News]

2015-04-17


 

Senators Heard the Crowd (2015-04-08)

On Apr 1 FL State Senators acknowledged during a budget hearing that they received a huge number of calls from constituents. Thank you for your dedication, our voices are being heard! Sign the petition for EAA land purchase and thanks to our champions! [SCCF Senators Support] [Sign the Petition]

2016-04-04


 

Kayak Safety (2015-04-08)

Dana Kirk, a US Coast Guard auxiliarist made a presentation about kayak safety and use of VHF radio on Apr 15. A good lesson for large boat paddlers more than for kayakers. [Kayak Safety Invitation] [SWFL Adventure Group]

2015-04-17


 

SWFL Sustainability Summit (2015-04-08)

On Apr 30, the Southwest Florida Sustainability Summit will analyze the vision of our future, our way to grow and work together. This will allow community leaders and business owners to elaborate sustainable practices. Register now to participate. [Sustainability Summit Press Release]

2016-04-04


 

State-approved Pollution Legal (2015-04-08)

A Federal court dismissed a lawsuit against Rayonier and its polluting discharges into Altamaha River near Jesup, GA. According to the judge, the company was in compliance with its state-issued water quality permit. A disappointment for the Riverkeeper which now seeks recourse [The Times Union]

2015-04-08


 

Next Legal Step for Ceitus (2015-04-08)

The City of Cape Coral has submitted to the court a motion for summary judgement on the action brought by Riverwatch and other groups. The action attempted to make Cape Coral and DEP replace the Ceitus Boat Lift structure they removed in 2008. [Boat Lift Motion]

2015-04-30


 

FGCU Environmental Survey (2015-04-08)

FGCU is conducting a survey to approach Floridian’s behavior, awareness and knowledge linked to environment. They centered it on communities and their culture in order to measure their impact on nature. Take some minutes of your time to help them! [FGCU Survey]

2015-04-08


 

Caloosahatchee Water Woes (2015-04-08)

A consortium of Southwest Florida interests put together a water quality priority list, that's expected to help secure funding for Everglades restoration and other projects aimed at improving conditions in the Caloosahatchee River and its estuary. The report is headed by the SFWMD. [News Press] [Final Report 17MB] [Web Site]

2015-04-08


 

Caloosahatchee & Lake O Status (2015-04-08)

Lake O level was 13.84ft on Apr 6. Flows to the estuary at S79 averaged 2,200 cfs from Mar 31 to Apr 6. Macroalgae invaded the bottom near shore between Old Birdge Park and Beautiful Island when salinity was in the lethal range for oysters. [SCCF Caloosahatchee Condition Report] [Salinity Graphic] [Lake O Water Level] [SCCF Web Site]

2016-02-04


 

FGCU Asks Your Opinion (2015-04-05)

You can help a research project of FGCU biology, sociology and psychology professors by completing a 20-minute survey about community culture, behavior, and knowledge of our environmental impacts. [FGCU Request] [Survey Cartoon] [Take the Survey]

2016-04-04


 

CRCA Land Purchase Resolution (2015-04-03)

CRCA-Riverwatch implores South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Legislature to purchase the land south of the lake O prior to the end of 2015 legislative session to stop the excessive releases of polluted water to the estuaries. [CRCA Resolution]

2016-07-01


 

FORCE March Newsletter (2015-04-02)

Friends of the Rivers Coalition's newsletter is out. River Kidz went to in-service training related to our environment and spoke during the Water Management meeting for a brighter future. Various meetings are also announced by the association. [Force March Newsletter]

2016-04-04


 

The Fracking Crusade (2015-04-02)

Linda Young says the FL legislative bills on fracking will now be sent to different committees and that we must continue our fight by contacting more people and warn them about the treats posed by those bills. [What the Frack Florida] [Tallahassee Democrat]

2016-04-04


 

Slowing Gulf Stream (2015-04-02)

A recent study highlighted the weakening in the North Atlantic’s Gulf Stream system. In an intense climate change period, this place is cooling. This possible side effect of global warming can lead to Florida east coast sea level rise. [Real Climate] [Gulf Stream Slowing]

2015-04-02


 

Totten Glacier is Melting (2015-04-02)

An international team of scientists discovered that warmer water may flow underneath Totten Glacier’s ice shelf in East Antarctica and accelerate its melting. This tremendous amount of ice melting implies a large increase in sea level rise. [The Washington Post]

2016-07-01


 

Gulf of Mexico Project Meeting (2015-04-01)

Registration is open to attend Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s All Hands Meeting on Jun 16-18. The association seeks ecological plans to improve the region’s health. Early registration will cost less so don’t wait! [GOMA Invitation]

2015-10-05


 

League of Women Voters Events (2015-03-31)

Ray Judah will make a speech on water quality and its impact on the Everglades this Apr 4; register today! In addition, the League of Women Voters plan to visit the farm of the Future on May 1 and cosponsor a Sea Level Rising Summit on May 7. [League of Woman Voters Schedule]

2015-03-31


 

Dangerous Bills in the Senate (2015-03-31)

Linda Young informed us that the Senate will hear two bills on fracking and one bill about septage this Mar 31. Once again, contact committee members to protect Florida from these abusive projects and their terrible impact on our environment. [Contact the Committee]

2015-03-31


 

FEMA Pressures Deniers (2015-03-31)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency took a step to avoid anymore denying on man-made climate change by refusing to give disaster preparedness funds to states whose governors ignore human activities responsibility in this environmental threat. [Inside Climate News]

2016-04-04


 

March CRCA Newsletter (2015-03-30)

The March 2015 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] [Newsletters Archives]

2016-02-04


 

Sea Water Invasion (2015-03-27)

When it comes to sea level rise, Florida has to be concerned not only by the water on the shoreline, but also by the water which will flow through & within the lands. The Everglades & its balance between fresh and salt water will suffer. [Phys]

2016-04-04


 

Caloosahatchee & Lake O Status (2015-03-26)

Lake O level was 14.27ft on Mar 23. Flows to the estuary at S79 averaged 2,421 cfs from Mar 17 to 23. The salinity was in a lethal range for oysters at the downstream of the Colonial Bridge and below the optimal range at Iona (10 psu). [SCCF Caloosahatchee Condition Report] [Salinity Graphic] [Lake O Water Level] [SCCF Web Site]

2015-03-26


 

The End of Solar Monopoly (2015-03-26)

Floridians for Solar Choice’s petitions overcame a huge step with 72,000 signatures. A number which allows it to reach the state’s Supreme Court for a potential free market. The end of utilities’ monopoly on Floridian’s energy choice is near! [Think Progress] [Floridians for Solar Choice] [Facebook]

2015-03-26


 

Black Bear Hunting Proposal (2015-03-26)

Black bear hunting proposal is on its way to FWC Commission on Apr. Bear population growth and people feeding them result in attacks & dangerous encounters. Doinmytoons asks (tongue in cheek) if manatees are next since their numbers are up too. [Wesh TV Bulletin] [Bear Hunting Draft Plan] [Bear Cartoon] [FWC About Black Bear] [Poll on Bear Hunting Permit]

2016-04-04


 

At Least 400 Years (2015-03-25)

On the verge of absolutely vanishing due to human activities and climate change, Florida’s coral needs dedication, money and time if we want it to grow again. If all plans of the recovery team go well, the total restoration will take 400 years. [Los Angeles Times]

2015-03-25


 

Maze Of Legislative Session (2015-03-25)

The legislative session is a tortuous journey towards Everglades Restoration. A new bill arrived on the House table, removing water quality requirements for Lake O and ignoring water conservation plan. Urge the Senate to oppose HB 7003 for all of us! [Bill Explained] [HB 7003 Bill]

2015-03-25


 

Fracking In Florida: The Movie (2015-03-25)

On Apr 12, the Calusa Nature Center will display Groundswell Rising, a film that pictures people involved in a campaign against fracking and its threats. After that, you’ll attend a Q&A with Craig Stevens whose community was devastated by fracking. [Announcement] [Movie Flyer]

2015-03-25


 

Surfrider In Tallahassee (2015-03-25)

The number of supporters for the Everglades Action Day continues to grow. The Surfrider Foundation joined the coalition and expressed their will of clean beach and ocean and to free them from their plastic shackles made of single-use bags.

2015-03-25


 

Changes In Lock Schedules (2015-03-25)

The US Army Corps of Engineers will reduce operating hours for all 5 locks on the Okeechobee Waterway to 7am-5pm effective April 1.This will save the Corps money while only requiring only 5% of lock users to adjust their schedules. [Corps Of Engineers Email] [Okeechobee Waterway Locks Schedule] [Satisfaction Survey]

2015-03-25


 

Surfrider In Tallahassee (2015-03-25)

The number of supporters for the Everglades Action Day continues to grow. The Surfrider Foundation joined the coalition and expressed their will of clean beach and ocean and to free them from their plastic shackles made of single-use bags. [Surfrider Foundation]

2015-03-25


 

Amendment 1 Flouted (2015-03-24)

The FL Senate's Mar 19 spending proposal was particularly disappointing since it was less than the House’s and Rick Scott’s. Only 2 million to fund land purchase so about 84% cut from the budget. Amendment 1 yearning seems forgotten by the Senate. [Miami Herald] [Tallahassee Democrat] [Miami Herald Cartoon]

2016-07-01


 

SFWMD Land Surplus (2015-03-24)

On Mar 26, SFWMD will hold a public meeting at its headquarters in order to present a proposal to make a land approved for the District’s water management mission. If so, this property will be recommended for exchange or surplus. [SFWMD Announcement]

2016-04-04


 

Young On Legislative Session (2015-03-24)

Advocate Linda Young describes the current Legislative session. Her analysis includes water bills, fracking bills, EPA rule about wetlands, polluted waters clean-ups, a lawsuit linked to Florida resources, and the Clean Water event. [Linda Letter] [Florida Clean Water Network]

2016-04-04


 

Sugar Land Rally Speakers (2015-03-24)

If you couldn't manage to go to the rally to buy Sugar Lands on Mar 12, you still can watch all speakers on Riverwatch Director John Scott's Youtube playlist. Follow the link below and take a moment to get informed about the rally's impact. [Youtube Playlist]

2015-03-24