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FCC News Brief - September 2, 2015

By Gladys Delgadillo 14 hours ago

FCC News Brief

Florida’s best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds

September 2, 2015

 

Jordanne Laurito reports for WUFT News – “Over 12,400 people have signed a petition to protest possible cattle grazing and tree farming in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park…Dusty Holley, the Florida Cattlemen’s Association director of field services, said that there is a lot of misunderstanding regarding what happens with the land leased to cattle ranchers by the state…Holley said that cattle actually provide land management for state lands by eating invasive plants and underbrush that, if left unchecked, could potentially cause damaging wildfires…Lasseter (the environmentalist who wrote the petition protesting cattle grazing and tree farming in Paynes Prairie) believes that the cattle grazing is part of the problem. ‘Unfortunately, the cattle are too good at eating, ‘ she said. ‘They’ll eat anything, including plants that other animals rely on to survive.’” Read Thousands sign petition against profiting from Paynes Prairie

Jim Waymer reports for Florida Today – “Lockheed Martin has applied for a federal permit to operate a 4,700-acre mitigation bank in eastern Orange County near the City of Cocoa’s water wells…Once the mitigation bank is established, the company would continue to use the property and air space as a testing range. That includes tests of electronic and various devices and activities including radar, laser, radio, acoustic, vehicular, watercraft, aircraft, helicopters, cameras, sensors, drones or similar or related activities or devices. Meanwhile, Lockheed would make money from developers that must buy mitigation credits for wetlands and other habitats they fill or otherwise impact throughout the region…Comments regarding the proposed mitigation bank should be submitted in writing to the District Engineer…Vivian Gerena…at…Vivian.Gerena@usace.army.mil.’” Read Lockheed Martin plans wetlands bank near Cocoa wells

Jason Dearen reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “The din created by thousands of nesting birds is usually the first thing you notice about Seahorse Key, a 150-acre mangrove-covered dune off Florida’s Gulf Coast. But in May, the key fell eerily quiet all at once… ‘It’s a dead zone now,’ said Vic Doi, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist. ‘This is where the largest bird colony on the Gulf Coast of Florida used to be.’…Janell Brush, an avian researcher with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (said,) ‘…There had to be some intense event that would drive all these birds away.’” Read Thousands of birds abandon eggs, nests on Seahorse Key

Keith Morelli reports for the Tampa Tribune – “Preserve manager Randy Runnels said the acquisition of the Little Bird Key by the Audubon Society is significant because there are so few suitable islands left for waterbird nesting. ‘While the remarkable recovery of roseate spoonbills in the Tampa Bay area is centered on the Alafia Banks,’ he said, ‘protecting spoonbill rookeries like this one in other parts of the bay literally avoids putting all of the eggs in one basket.’” Read Audubon’s purchase of 2-acre Tampa Bay island is for the birds

Martin Comas reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “ ‘We spend money from that solid-waste fund on many other things, and we have a surplus,’ (County Commissioner Lee) Constantine said in support  of establishing a bear-resistant trash can program. ‘If there’s any nexus to the solid-waste fund, it’s providing bear-resistant cans.’…On Monday, Altamonte Springs City Manager Frank Martz said his staff will study the cost of providing bear-resistant trash cans to his city’s residential waste customers, particularly those on the west side of I-4…. ‘We’re going to look at this pretty hard, simply because it’s the responsible thing to do.’ Martz said.” Read Constantine: Seminole has millions available for bear-resistant trash cans




Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

 

 

September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

September 2-3, 8:30 am – Attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Meeting in Fort Lauderdale for updates on waste management to deter conflicts with bears, the bear hunt, a new draft policy paper on panther management, and more. The public will be allowed to comment. Find more info here.

September 8, 7:00 pm – Attend The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape in Fort Myers. Find more info here or call (239) 273- 8945.

September 9, 1:00 pm – Attend The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape in Bonita Springs. Find more info here or call (239) 273- 8945.

September 12, 9:00 am – Take a free beach walk with Dr. Tonya Clayton (science writer, editor, educator specializing in the earth and ocean sciences) at Lovers Key Beach. Find more info here or call (239) 273- 8945.

September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

September 18 – Attend the American Water Resources Association Technical Meeting in Apalachicola for a discussion about RESTORE Act and programs on USGS Streamflow Monitoring, springs protection, habitat restoration and more. Find more info here.

September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival in Leesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

October 15, 8:00 am – Attend the Walkable Urban Communities Symposium in Fort Myers to learn from 3 national experts & a panel of Florida-based professionals about creating successful urban form, mixed use developments. Find more info here.

October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind more info here.

November 12 & 13 – Attend the Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium in Miramar Beach to find out what’s new in the transportation industry, from technological innovations to policy. Find out more info here.

 



Do you know of an upcoming environmental event
or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick e-mail and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free).

Also, check out our FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Gladys Delgadillo at floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife, and water resources.   

For more information on the FCC visit www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

FCC News Brief - September 1, 2015

By Gladys Delgadillo 1 day ago

FCC News Brief

Florida’s best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds

September 1, 2015

 

Jeff Schweers reports for The Gainesville Sun – “Gainesville City Commissioner Helen Warren said she was concerned that there is not enough discussion about the regional impact climate change could have on agriculture and water quality. She also observed that people from the Tampa Bay area and South Florida are already migrating inland to get away from chronic flooding and saltwater intrusion…Climate change is already impacting South Florida, (U.S. Sen. Bill) Nelson (D-Fla.) said, and we don’t have to wait for sea levels to rise. NASA scientists already have measured a sea level rise of 5 to 8 feet, he said… ‘You could solve lot of excess carbon in the air if you put a tax on carbon, and not go through gyrations about standards for emissions,’ Nelson said. ‘The market would regulate itself.’” Read Climate change already happening in Florida, Nelson tells UF

The Tampa Tribune Editorial Board writes – “Tampa City Council members can expect an earful Thursday from residents opposed to raising the city’s stormwater fees to address the frequent flooding that accompanies heavy downpours. But they shouldn’t back down from their responsibility to approve a robust and lasting fix to the city’s aging stormwater system. Fee hikes are needed for the benefit of everybody who calls Tampa home and for the businesses that count on the thousands of employees and customers who drive into the city every day, rain or shine.” Read Tampa’s proposed stormwater fees hike steep, but necessary

Rebecca Eagan writes for the Orlando Sentinel – “If Speak Up Wekiva wins its lawsuit against the Florida Fish and Widllife Conservation Commission, Florida black bears have a prayer…[T]he main thrust of the suit’s unconstitutionality charge is that FWC can’t open bear hunts without science-based cause; or merely as vague scheme to protect property. It seems that even with new data, it would be hard to defend hunts given the fragmentation of bear colonies, road-kill numbers and ongoing habitat loss…Listed species…are roadblocks to developing the last forests coast to coast. …We must face that this ramped-up hunt fever may have political – not scientific – roots.” Read Ruling for bears would check FWC power: My Word

Chris McHan writes for the Tampa Bay Times – “This year, three Florida U.S. House members…were original co-sponsors of the bipartisan Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2015 (HR 2553)…The act directs NOAA to study how ocean acidification could affect people in coastal communities through changing job opportunities, identify dangers to the nation’s communities that rely on ocean-based economies, and find possible adaptation strategies or solutions to mitigate ocean acidification’s threats.” Read Ocean acidification threatens Florida’s economy

The Suwannee River Water Management District shares – “A remarkable project in Dixie and Lafayette counties is reestablishing natural drainage patterns to recharge the Upper Floridan aquifer and enhance spring flows. Senator Dean said, ‘This project is an exemplary type of the important water issues the Legislature appropriates funding towards. It restores flows to numerous springs, restores natural systems, and helps with the local agriculture and domestic water supplies.’” Read SRWMD aquifer recharge and springs restoration project kick-off

Reynard Loki reports for Salon – “Two Republican bills currently making their way through Congress should anger any American who cares about the nation’s forests. Introduced this summer, both bills…seek to eliminate the public participation in federal decisions about forest management that could negatively impact local communities, ecological health and wildlife.” Read The GOP’s stunning new attack on America’s national forests

John Romano writes for the Tampa Bay Times – “Floridians for Solar choice: They want to make solar power available for purchase from someone other than a utility company…Consumers for Solar Choice: They want the status quo to be reaffirmed in the state’s Constitution…Now, you might be asking yourself, why do we need a constitutional amendment that doesn’t change anything? Good question. The answer is we don’t…But the state’s power companies are so dead set against the idea of people getting solar power from someone else, they aren’t willing to risk a simple thumbs-up or thumbs-down vote. They’ve put their considerable heft behind the competing amendment, even if it does nothing orther than to confuse potential voters.” Read The real scoop on the dueling solar power amendments

Christopher Curry reports for The Gainesville Sun - “The Sabal Trail Transmission project is a joint venture between FPL parent company NextEra, Duke and Spectra Energy Corp…The pipeline route will cross under several rivers, including the Santa Fe and Suwannee rivers. The petition raised concerns over deforestation, wetlands destruction and pointed to the area’s karst geology, where the limestone is characterized by sinks and underground streams. In the petition, WWALS said underground drilling may lead to sinkholes and impact the flow and water quality of springs and rivers…(and) pointed to some past incidents in Spectra’s safety record.” Read Natural gas pipeline permit challenged




Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

 

 

September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

September 2-3, 8:30 am – Attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Meeting in Fort Lauderdale for updates on waste management to deter conflicts with bears, the bear hunt, a new draft policy paper on panther management, and more. The public will be allowed to comment. Find more info here.

September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

September 18 – Attend the American Water Resources Association Technical Meeting in Apalachicola for a discussion about RESTORE Act and programs on USGS Streamflow Monitoring, springs protection, habitat restoration and more. Find more info here.
September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival in Leesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

October 15, 8:00 am – Attend the Walkable Urban Communities Symposium in Fort Myers to learn from 3 national experts & a panel of Florida-based professionals about creating successful urban form, mixed use developments. Find more info here.

October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind more info here.

November 12 & 13 – Attend the Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium in Miramar Beach to find out what’s new in the transportation industry, from technological innovations to policy. Find out more info here.

 


Do you know of an upcoming environmental event
or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick e-mail and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free).

Also, check out our FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Gladys Delgadillo at floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife, and water resources.   

For more information on the FCC visit www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

FCC News Brief - August 31, 2015

By Gladys Delgadillo 2 days ago

FCC News Brief

Florida’s best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds

August 31, 2015

 

Jim Waymer reports for Florida Today – “Four conservation groups asked a court Friday to force the Florida Legislature to transfer $237 million back to an environmental land-buying fund. At the time the environmental groups first filed their suit, they had thought it unlikely the suit would change conservation funding this year. But they’d hoped the court could create guidelines that would in the future prevent the Legislature from diverting so much Amendment 1 revenue to spending other than land purchasing. Now they hope to force the state to shift the money back to land buying before the next legislative session… ‘Nobody’s done it before,’ Guest (the Earthjustice attorney representing the four groups) said of whether a lawsuit has successfully forced the Legislature to transfer misappropriated funds. ‘There’s never been an Amendment 1 before.’” Read Lawsuit: Put $237 million back into Florida land buying and Read Florida Wildlife Federation’s Press Release Injunction Seeks to Restore Money to State’s Conservation Land-buying Fund

Beth Kassab writes for the Orlando Sentinel – “‘People don’t want government intervention telling them what to do with their garbage,’ (Seminole County Chairwoman Brenda) Carey said this week as a reason why she won’t require residents in the most bear-prone neighborhoods to use bearproof garbage cans. She’s wrong. And she’s a hypocrite…Carey’s nonsense is typical of Seminole County’s long history of doing little to nothing to solve the bear problem…Commissioner Lee Constantine – the only person on the commission providing any leadership on this issue – came up with a sensible financial plan.” Read Sadly, still no leadership from Seminole on bear problem

Susan Salisbury reports for the Palm Beach Post – “Florida Power & Light Co. customers will pay…to purchase a Jacksonville-based coal-fired power plant that the company plans to shut down…The plan…received support from influential environmental groups, including Audubon Florida, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council. ‘FPL and Public Counsel are to be commended for reaching a settlement in support of closing the Cedar Bay plant,’ said Audubon Florida Executive Director Eric Draper. ‘We applaud the PSC for approving this proposal that will reduce carbon emissions. Utilizing cleaner fuel sources like natural gas and solar result in lower emissions and groundwater use compared to coal-fired plants.’” Read FPL’s plan to purchase and close coal-fired plant is approved

Kevin Lollar reports for the News Press - “[H]unting in U.S. National Parks is illegal…(PEER executive director) Ruch said… ‘….it would set a precedent…It would change the character of National Parks.’…Ramos (superintendent of Everglades National Park) didn’t take steps to make sure capturing pythons in Everglades National Park complies with the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires national agencies to assess environmental effects of proposals before making decisions. ‘So, say you have 2,000 people tromping through the Everglades, capturing things they think are snakes. We don’t know what collateral damage it will have. A NEPA analysis would lay that out.” Read Environmental group challenges 2016 Python Challenge

Deanna Ferrante reports for the Central Florida Future - “‘We in Florida have a tradition of conservation,’ (Sen.) Soto (D-Orlando) said…on top of the environmental concerns, the drilling process (fracking) could harm the state’s economy…This year, Soto and (Sen.) Bullard (D-Miami) made adjustments to the bill (to ban fracking). It now includes acid stimulation and other manners of fracking that weren’t in the last copy.” Read Florida senators file anti-fracking legislation Monday

David Bauerlein reports for the Florida Times-Union - “Florida relies mainly on wells tapped into the state’s huge aquifer. As more water comes up from those wells, springs that are among the state’s iconic attractions suffer from reduced water flows. A driving force behind the Central Florida Water Initiative is a recognition that the aquifer’s limit is being reached as a source of water for the Orlando area.” Read River battle: Central Florida and St. Johns Riverkeeper clash over water usage




Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

 

 

 

September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

September 2-3, 8:30 am – Attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Meeting in Fort Lauderdale for updates on waste management to deter conflicts with bears, the bear hunt, a new draft policy paper on panther management, and more. The public will be allowed to comment. Find more info here.

September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

September 18 – Attend the American Water Resources Association Technical Meeting in Apalachicola for a discussion about RESTORE Act and programs on USGS Streamflow Monitoring, springs protection, habitat restoration and more. Find more info here.

September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival in Leesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

October 15, 8:00 am – Attend the Walkable Urban Communities Symposium in Fort Myers to learn from 3 national experts & a panel of Florida-based professionals about creating successful urban form, mixed use developments. Find more info here.

October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind more info here.

November 12 & 13 – Attend the Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium in Miramar Beach to find out what’s new in the transportation industry, from technological innovations to policy. Find out more info here.




Do you know of an upcoming environmental event
or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick e-mail and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free).

Also, check out our FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Gladys Delgadillo at floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife, and water resources.   

For more information on the FCC visit www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

FCC News Brief - August 28, 2015

By Gladys Delgadillo 5 days ago

FCC News Brief

Florida’s best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds

August 28, 2015

 

Timothy Cama reports for The Hill – “A federal judge…acted late Thursday to block the Obama administration’s controversial water pollution rule, hours before it was due to take effect. Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court for the District of North Dakota found that the 13 states suing to block the rule met the conditions necessary for a preliminary injunction, including…that they are likely to succeed when their underlying lawsuit against the rule is decided. The decision is a major roadblock for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers, who were planning Friday to begin enforcing the Waters of the United States rule, expanding federal jurisdiction over small waterways like streams and wetlands.” Read Federal judge blocks Obama’s water rule

Chris Curry reports for The Gainesville Sun – “Gov. Rick Scott’s environmental policy coordinator, Columbia County’s longtime county manager, a former phosphate company executive and the Suwannee River Water Management District’s current interim director are the four finalists for the district’s new executive director…Scott’s administration has taken increased control over water management district’s budgets, property tax rates, operations and permitting policies during his time in office. There is precedent for a Scott official taking over as the executive director of a water management district.” Read Scott official, 3 others finalists to lead Suwannee district

Adam Epstein reports for the Quartz – “New satellite research from NASA shows that not only are global sea levels rising quickly, but they could rise even more drastically than previous reports estimated. ‘It’s pretty certain we are locked into at least 3 feet of sea level rise, and probably more,’ said Steve Nerem, head of NASA’s Sea Level Change Team. ‘But we don’t know whether it will happen within a century or somewhat longer.’” Read New NASA research points to an “unavoidable” rise of several feet for the Earth’s oceans

Geoffrey Heal and Jisung Park write for The Daily Climate – “An emerging body of research suggests that rising temperatures are eating into our productivity right now, in part due to the fact that human beings haven’t evolved to operate well at climatic extremes. If we continue to move at our present pace, the possible future economic impact is equivalent to an endless Great Recession…These findings…hold for entire economic sectors including agriculture, transportation and tourism.” Read Underestimating the impact of climate change on our effectiveness, economy

Kate Bradshaw reports for Political Animal – “The bulk of the (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation) Commission has been appointed by Governor Scott…and most have a background in real estate, construction or utilities…(West Palm Beach-area State Rep. Mark) Pafford (the House Democratic leader) said… ‘…I would submit that he’s putting people in these positions not to do the job that’s expected. [But rather] to benefit basically large corporations in the state who are basically raping the environment. And it’s horrible.’” Read A time to kill? How Florida went from protecting bears to hunting them




Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

 

 

September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

September 2-3, 8:30 am – Attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Meeting in Fort Lauderdale for updates on waste management to deter conflicts with bears, the bear hunt, a new draft policy paper on panther management, and more. The public will be allowed to comment. Find more info here.

September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

September 18 – Attend the American Water Resources Association Technical Meeting in Apalachicola for a discussion about RESTORE Act and programs on USGS Streamflow Monitoring, springs protection, habitat restoration and more. Find more info here.

September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival in Leesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

October 15, 8:00 am – Attend the Walkable Urban Communities Symposium in Fort Myers to learn from 3 national experts & a panel of Florida-based professionals about creating successful urban form, mixed use developments. Find more info here.

October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind more info here.

November 12 & 13 – Attend the Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium in Miramar Beach to find out what’s new in the transportation industry, from technological innovations to policy. Find out more info here.




Do you know of an upcoming environmental event
or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick e-mail and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free).

Also, check out our FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Gladys Delgadillo at floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife, and water resources.   

For more information on the FCC visit www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

Charter Members

FOUNDER and CHAIRMAN
Bob Graham, Former Governor of Florida and U.S. Senator

VICE CHAIRMEN
Nathaniel  Pryor Reed, Former Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Former Chairman SFWMD, Founder and Chairman Emeritus 1000 Friends of Florida 
And
Com. Lee Constantine, Seminole County Commissioner and Former State Senator, State Representative and Mayor of Altamonte Springs

AUDUBON FLORIDA

Eric Draper, Executive Director

CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Rob Moher, President
Jennifer Hecker, 
Director of Natural Resource Policy

FLORIDA WILDLIFE FEDERATION
Manley Fuller, President
Martha Musgrove, Board Member
Preston Robertson, General Counsel and VP for Conservation

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
Pam Goodman, President
Chuck O’neal, Vice President

1000 FRIENDS OF FLORIDA

Victoria Tschinkel
, Board Member and former Secretary of Department of Environmental Regulation
Ryan Smart, President

Charles Pattison, Policy Director 
Roy Rogers, Board Member

SIERRA CLUB
Craig Diamond
Frank Jackalone, Senior Organizing Manager

ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER
Lisa Rinaman, Riverkeeper
Jimmy Orth
, Executive Director

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
John Robert Middlemas, Chair
Janet Bowman, Director of Legislative Policy and Strategy

TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND
Greg Chelius, Florida State Director
Will Abberger, Director Conservation Finance

INDIVIDUALS
Lester Abberger 
John Finlayson, Agriculturist, Jefferson County, former Chairman SRWMD
Bill Kerr, Environmental Consultant, Brevard County, former Chairman SJRWMD
Gary Kuhl, Former Executive Director, SWFWMD 
Jay Landers, Former Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Former Director of the Department of Natural Resources

Allan Milledge, Former Chairman ELMs Committee and SFWMD
Auley Rowell, Agriculturist, Taylor County, former Chairman of SRWMD 
Earl Starnes, Former Dade County Commissioner, Former Director of the Division of State Planning
Sonny Vergara, Former Executive Director, SWFWMD and SJRWMD
Estus Whitfield, Former Principal Environmental Advisor to 5 Florida Governors

Mailing Address


Florida Conservation Coalition

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