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FCC News Brief - January 15, 2017

By Gladys Delgadillo 4 days ago

FCC News Brief

The best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds for Floridians

January 15, 2017

 

 

Attention: We are excited to announce the launch of our new website (WeAreFCC.org)!

On January 17th, we will start sending our News Brief through MailChimp. We hope that this will solve many of the problems we had with our old service.

If you are signed up for the News Brief, you should continue to receive the News Brief as usual. If you find that you are no longer receiving the News Brief after January 17th, please check your Promotions and Spam folders. In Gmail, you can drag a message from the Promotions tab to the Primary tab and check a box to ensure future emails from that sender will appear in your Primary tab. Similarly, you can mark an email in your Spam folder as Not Spam. If you continue to have trouble receiving the News Brief, please let us know! You can reach Gladys, FCC Administrator, at (850) 222- 6277 X 107

 

 

Luis Zaldivar reports for Folio Weekly - “The [Sabal Trail Pipeline] has finally gotten some attention from the media in the last few weeks, as activists have demonstrated their opposition all across Florida. Now the fight has reached a whole new level, with the announcement that the Seminole Nation will build four indigenous-led camps in the Levy, Marion, Citrus and Alachua counties…In a disturbing video from December, indigenous people tearfully claim that the pipeline has been built through their burial grounds, which they say the company had promised to divert around…Environmentalists are hoping to halt the pipeline before it is built through the Florida springs; currently at least five camps (one led by protesters and four led by the Seminole Nation) are in the way.” Read Seminole Nation rises against Sabal Trail Pipeline

Desiree Carver reports for The Valdosta Daily Times – “For the first time in its history, Suwannee River State Park closed due to overcrowded conditions due to the large turnout for a Sabal Trail pipeline protest Saturday…Hundreds of protestors gathered, many with signs and musical instruments, to protest the pipeline project.” Read Hundreds protest pipeline

Sarah Mueller reports for WFSU – “Planning for the south reservoir was moved to 2021. But Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg said by that time it will be too late. The state’s option to purchase land from US Sugar expires in 2020 and now they company wants to keep it.” Read Environmental Group Supports Southern Reservoir as Water Debate Ensues 

Brook Hines writes for The Florida Squeeze – “This is a ginormous, densely-packed industrial cattle production site that has for years petitioned governmental entities to divert as much as 13.2 million gallons of water per day to water the grass. That’s more than the city of Ocala uses. And that’s all being diverted to a for-profit industrial cattle production operation that will have dire environmental impact with or without the water diversion. And never mind that it’s standard industry practice to use rain water for growing grass. It’s not like Central Florida lacks rain. As Bob Knight, director of the Howard T. Odum Springs Institute wrote…, ‘Grass in Marion County, the same grass that supports Ocala’s renowned thoroughbred horses, grows just fine with rainfall and without irrigation…’…[L]et’s send thanks to these groups for stepping up for Florida’s water: St. Johns Riverkeeper, Florida Defenders of the Environment, Silver Springs Alliance, and Ocala resident Alice Gardiner. Use those links to find them on Facebook, donate a few dollars for legal costs and keep them in your thoughts as this matter works its way through court.” Read Rick Scott’s Kleptocracy is Coming for Our Springs (Again) – This Time We’re Fighting Back in Court

Public News Service reports – “The advocacy group Clean Air Moms Action is running a series of television ads highlighting what it says is Scott Pruitt’s long history of opposing clean air and water standards…As Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt shut down his office’s environmental enforcement unit and actively crusaded against some of the EPA’s health and environmental regulations. His confirmation hearing has not yet been scheduled. Castillo says mothers can control many factors in their children’s lives, but the air they breathe isn’t one of them.” Read Florida Moms Rally Against EPA Nominee

The Suwannee Democrat reports – “The governing boards of the St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management districts are meeting Tuesday to jointly consider the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan.” Read Water Management districts to consider North Florida Regional Water Supply

Donna Legare writes for the Tallahasee Democrat – “Our state parks are Florida’s highest quality natural treasures…One of the people we can thank for the quality and biological integrity of our state parks is Jim Stevenson. Jim is a retired senior biologist with the Department of Environmental Protection. Jim began his...career with the Department as a park ranger…He served as Chief Biologist for the Florida State Park System for 20 years during which he guided the restoration and protection of state park natural features. Jim also organized and coordinated spring basin interagency working groups for Wakulla Spring and Ichetucknee Springs for 18 years…Jim will present a program, Florida’s Grandest State Parks: Values and Threats at the next Apalachee Audubon Society meeting…” Read State parks preserve natural treasures

Eric Staats reports for News Press – “Wood storks have been spotted nesting…at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary for the first time since 2014, a hopeful sign for the declining Southwest Florida population, scientists say. Corkscrew has been in the middle of its longest nesting drought since record-keeping began in 1958. Back then, storks would build as many as 6,000 nests each year. But they have nested at Corkscrew only two other times in the past 11 years…Wood stork nesting is all about water levels…Cornell (with Audubon of the Western Everglades) said the return of nesting this year amounts to a quirk of rain patterns, not any proactive step that was taken to improve the storks’ chances of nesting at Corkscrew.” Read Nesting wood storks return to Corkscrew Swamp for first time since 2014

 

 

 

 

 

From Our Readers 

The information in this section is forwarded to you at the request of some of our readers. Inclusion in this section does not necessarily constitute endorsement by the FCC.

 


Petitions
 

Protect Weeki Wachee Springs; Stop the 7 Diamonds Mine in Pasco County

Prevent the Loss of One of Florida’s Most Popular National Wildlife Refuges

Tell Congress to Stop Sabal Trail

Stop New Phosphate Strip Mining in Florida

Stop the Division of Herky Huffman/Bull Creek WMA 2016

Now or Neverglades Declaration

Ask the SFWMD to deny the permit for the Crosstown Parkway that cuts through TWO State Preserves

Save the Econlockhatchee River!

Ask County Commissions to Pass Bear-Friendly Trash Ordinances

Stop the Port Canaveral Rail Extension Project

Ask the USACE to reject Harbor Sound application to fill wetlands

Paynes Prairie in danger

Save the Biggest Wetland Mitigation Bank in the U . S . A . from Development

Deny Beruff’s Mitigation Bank Permit

Help Florida Become a “Pay for Shade” state

 

 

 

Upcoming Environmental Events

January 17, 11:00 AM – The St. Johns River and Suwannee River Water Management Districts will consider the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan at Alachua City Hall (15100 N.W. 142 Terrace) in Alachua. The final draft plan can be viewed here.

January 18, 12:00 PM – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s Free Webinar: 2017 Florida Legislative Preview. Learn about key community planning and conservation bills to be considered during the 2017 legislative session and how they could impact state and local governance in Florida. For more information and to register, click here.

January 19, 7:00 PM – Attend Audubon Society Meeting and talk on “Florida’s Grandest State Parks: Values and Threats” at the FSU King Life Science Building (319 Stadium Drive) in Tallahassee.

January 20, 8:00 AM – Attend the State of Biscayne Bay Restoration Workshop in Miami. For more information and to register, click here.

January 21, 10:30 AM – Attend Solar: Unlimited Energy for the Sunshine State at the Homosassa Library (4100 S. Grandmarch Ave) in Homosassa. For more information, contact Nancy Kost at (352) 628- 0698 or nkost@tampabay.rr.com.

January 22, 11:00 AM – Attend the Red Hills Fire Festival in Tallahassee. The festival will include wagon rides, wildlife, live prescribed fire, equipment demonstrations, fire talks with experts, kids activities, food trucks, and live music. For more information, contact Brian Wiebler at (850) 363 – 1079 or click here.

January 28, 9:30 AM - Attend the 1st Nature's Spirit Conference hosted by the Pagan Environmental Alliance and the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches to discuss how science, belief in nature, and activism can tap into greater community involvement. For more information, click here.

January 28, 10:00 AM – Attend a free Solar Information Meeting of the Space Coast Solar Co-op in Palm Bay. For more information and to register, click here.

January 29, 10:00 AM – Attend Southwest Florida Veg Fest in Fort Myers. For more information, click here.

January 29, 6:00 PM – Attend The Nile Project at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. The show takes the audience on a journey up and down the Nile River basin through vibrant, joyful and original music that combines the traditions of 11 countries along the river. The Nile Project’s mission is to, ‘…empower the citizens of the Nile basin to foster the sustainability of the Nile River’s ecosystem. For more information, click here. To buy tickets, click here. Limited Supply Offer for FCC News Brief Readers: Use Promo Code “Water” for 25% off tickets!

February 7, 12:00 pm – Join the Florida Springs Institute for Springs Academy Tuesdays at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center (99 NW 1st Avenue) in High Springs. February’s lecture is on Springs Stresses: Groundwater Pumping, Fertilizers, Wastewater Disposal, & Recreation. For more information, click here.

February 8, 12:45 pm – Attend the Villages Environmental Discussions Group meeting at the Belvedere Library (325 Belvedere Blvd.) in The Villages. The guest speaker is Margaret Stewart, Esq., Associate Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence. Margaret will discuss Florida’s current water laws, how they’re enforced, and why they are insufficient. RSVP to resourcewisdom@gmail.com.

February 9-11 – Attend the Public Interest Environmental Conference: Land Conservation: The Worth of the Earth at the University of Florida. For more information, click here.

February 15, 12:00 pm – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s FREE webinar: Implementing Water 2070: Water Conservation Planning for Florida Communities. Dr. Pierce Jones, Director of the University of Florida’s Program for Resource Efficient Communities, will discuss water conservation planning for Florida’s communities based on a series of studies he’s conducted on behalf of the Toho Water Authority, Envision Alachua (Plum Creek), and other local governments, developers, and water authorities. For more information and to register, click here.

February 15, 6:30 pm – Attend Troubled Waters: Tallahassee Screening and Panel Discussion at the Challenger Learning Center IMAX (200 South Duval St, Tallahassee, FL 32301). Florida’s waterways are suffering from significant pollution problems. Combined with the impacts from a rapidly growing population, we have a potential recipe for disaster. The documentary will be shown (48) minutes and followed by a panel discussion featuring Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper; Sarah Owen Gledhill, Florida Wildlife Federation; and Ryan Smart, 1000 Friends of Florida. For more information and your FREE tickets, click 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 70 conservation organizations and over two thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife, and water resources.   

For more information on the FCC visit https://www.wearefcc.org/.

FCC News Brief - January 12, 2017

By Gladys Delgadillo on January 12th

FCC News Brief

The best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds for Floridians

January 12, 2017

 

 

Attention: We are excited to announce the launch of our new website (WeAreFCC.org)!

On January 17th, we will start sending our News Brief through MailChimp. We hope that this will solve many of the problems we had with our old service.

If you are signed up for the News Brief, you should continue to receive the News Brief as usual. If you find that you are no longer receiving the News Brief after January 17th, please check your Promotions and Spam folders. In Gmail, you can drag a message from the Promotions tab to the Primary tab and check a box to ensure future emails from that sender will appear in your Primary tab. Similarly, you can mark an email in your Spam folder as Not Spam. If you continue to have trouble receiving the News Brief, please let us know! You can reach Gladys, FCC Administrator, at (850) 222- 6277 X 107


 

Bruce Ritchie reports for Politico Florida – “The South Florida Water Management District wants to stick to a schedule for Everglades restoration – but that can be changed, an agency representative told a Senate appropriations subcommittee…Antonacci also told reporters…that water storage south of Lake Okeechobee can be accomplished without the need to buy more land…Gary Goforth, an engineer who has spent the past 25 years focusing on restoration of the Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee and Everglades system, said building a reservoir south of the lake should be a priority. While noting that Negron has proposed purchasing 60,000 acres for water storage…Goforth said, ‘I don’t think we need that much.’ He said previous planning studies have identified 35,000 acres as sufficient and said 15,000 acres owned by the state should be considered.” Read Water district tells Senate panel it’s sticking to schedule on Everglades restoration

The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board writes – “There should be no doubt that the Florida Legislature should move forward with a sensible plan to create more water storage space south of Lake Okeechobee to achieve the goals of the multibillion-dollar Everglades cleanup effort.” Read Negron’s smart next step for the Everglades

Mitch Perry reports for Florida Politics – “Canova announced a petition drive last month to oppose the (Sabal Trail) pipeline. More than 89,000 signatures have now signed on to the petition at Change.org…” Read Nearly 90,000 people have signed Tim Canova’s petition to stop Sabal Trail Pipeline

Susan Salisbury reports for the Palm Beach Post – “Sen. Bill Nelson…called for the federal government to step up its response to the New World Screwworm infestation that has spread to the Florida mainland. ‘If we don’t move aggressively to halt the spread of this dangerous pest, the result could be catastrophic for Florida’s wildlife and livestock industry,’ Nelson wrote in a letter sent today to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. ‘More than 130 endangered Key deer have already fallen victim…We cannot allow the white-tailed deer population, or the endangered Florida panther, or Florida’s nearly $1 billion beef industry to collapse too.’” Read Nelson seeks federal funding as screwworm spreads to Florida mainland

Elyse Wanshel reports for the Huffington Post – “HomeBiogas…is a biogas system that turns food and organic waste into…cooking gas, and its byproduct can be used as liquefied plant fertilizer…It’s easy to assemble and can be placed in your own backyard. You can place all kinds of organic waste including meat, dairy and even used kitty litter into the system.” Read This Machine Turns Your Food Waste Into Gas for Cooking

Tristen Townsend writes for The Gainesville Sun – “19 out of 33 of the state’s first magnitude springs [are impaired for nutrients.]…Drinking water with elevated nitrates can have serious health impacts as nitrates can reduce the blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to major organs. According to the Florida Springs Institute, some significant spring-water brands, such as Crystal, Great Value, Nice and Zephyhills, have bottled water with nitrate levels higher than the standard for springs.  Similarly, though not to the same extent, the cities of Hawthorne, Archer and Newberry also have experienced nitrate levels above the springs standard in their municipal water…[T]here are parts of North Florida with groundwater wells that have nitrates past the threshold for safe drinking water…Some may argue that since nitrate levels for most areas are not elevated past the…standard for drinking water, we need not worry. I would argue that those people are missing the point.” Read Protecting springs protects us all

Maritime Executive reports – “adidas has released the UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley running shoe – the first mass-produced footwear created using plastic waste retrieved by clean-up operations in the Maldives (95 percent) and recycled polyester (five percent). Each pair reuses eleven plastic bottles.” Read Adidas Releases First Mass-Produced Ocean Plastic Shoe

Rachel Waldholz reports for NPR – “The tiny village of Newtok near Alaska’s western coast has been sliding into the Ninglick River for years…Now, in an unprecedented test case, Newtok wants the federal government to declare these mounting impacts of climate change an official disaster. Villagers say it’s their last shot at unlocking the tens of millions of dollars needed to relocate the entire community.” Read Alaskan Village, Citing Climate Change, Seeks Disaster Relief in Order to Relocate

 

 

 

 

 

From Our Readers 

The information in this section is forwarded to you at the request of some of our readers. Inclusion in this section does not necessarily constitute endorsement by the FCC.

 


Petitions

Protect Weeki Wachee Springs; Stop the 7 Diamonds Mine in Pasco County

Prevent the Loss of One of Florida’s Most Popular National Wildlife Refuges

Tell Congress to Stop Sabal Trail

Stop New Phosphate Strip Mining in Florida

Stop the Division of Herky Huffman/Bull Creek WMA 2016

Now or Neverglades Declaration

Ask the SFWMD to deny the permit for the Crosstown Parkway that cuts through TWO State Preserves

Save the Econlockhatchee River!

Ask County Commissions to Pass Bear-Friendly Trash Ordinances

Stop the Port Canaveral Rail Extension Project

Ask the USACE to reject Harbor Sound application to fill wetlands

Paynes Prairie in danger

Save the Biggest Wetland Mitigation Bank in the U . S . A . from Development

Deny Beruff’s Mitigation Bank Permit

Help Florida Become a “Pay for Shade” state

 

 

 

Upcoming Environmental Events

January 13 –  Attend the 26th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference in Fort Myers. For more information and to register, click here.

January 14, 3:30 PM – Attend Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance in St. Petersburg. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

January 15, 1:00 PM – Attend Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance in Saint Augustine. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

January 18, 12:00 PM – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s Free Webinar: 2017 Florida Legislative Preview. Learn about key community planning and conservation bills to be considered during the 2017 legislative session and how they could impact state and local governance in Florida. For more information and to register, click here.

January 20, 8:00 AM – Attend the State of Biscayne Bay Restoration Workshop in Miami. For more information and to register, click here.

January 21, 10:30 AM – Attend Solar: Unlimited Energy for the Sunshine State at the Homosassa Library (4100 S. Grandmarch Ave) in Homosassa. For more information, contact Nancy Kost at (352) 628- 0698 or nkost@tampabay.rr.com.

January 22, 11:00 AM – Attend the Red Hills Fire Festival in Tallahassee. The festival will include wagon rides, wildlife, live prescribed fire, equipment demonstrations, fire talks with experts, kids activities, food trucks, and live music. For more information, contact Brian Wiebler at (850) 363 – 1079 or click here.

January 28, 9:30 AM - Attend the 1st Nature's Spirit Conference hosted by the Pagan Environmental Alliance and the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches to discuss how science, belief in nature, and activism can tap into greater community involvement. For more information, click here.

January 28, 10:00 AM – Attend a free Solar Information Meeting of the Space Coast Solar Co-op in Palm Bay. For more information and to register, click here.

January 29, 10:00 AM – Attend Southwest Florida Veg Fest in Fort Myers. For more information, click here.

January 29, 6:00 PM – Attend The Nile Project at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. The show takes the audience on a journey up and down the Nile River basin through vibrant, joyful and original music that combines the traditions of 11 countries along the river. The Nile Project’s mission is to, ‘…empower the citizens of the Nile basin to foster the sustainability of the Nile River’s ecosystem. For more information, click here. To buy tickets, click here. Limited Supply Offer for FCC News Brief Readers: Use Promo Code “Water” for 25% off tickets!

February 7, 12:00 pm – Join the Florida Springs Institute for Springs Academy Tuesdays at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center (99 NW 1st Avenue) in High Springs. February’s lecture is on Springs Stresses: Groundwater Pumping, Fertilizers, Wastewater Disposal, & Recreation. For more information, click here.

February 8, 12:45 pm – Attend the Villages Environmental Discussions Group meeting at the Belvedere Library (325 Belvedere Blvd.) in The Villages. The guest speaker is Margaret Stewart, Esq., Associate Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence. Margaret will discuss Florida’s current water laws, how they’re enforced, and why they are insufficient. RSVP to resourcewisdom@gmail.com.

February 9-11 – Attend the Public Interest Environmental Conference: Land Conservation: The Worth of the Earth at the University of Florida. For more information, click here.

February 15, 12:00 pm – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s FREE webinar: Implementing Water 2070: Water Conservation Planning for Florida Communities. Dr. Pierce Jones, Director of the University of Florida’s Program for Resource Efficient Communities, will discuss water conservation planning for Florida’s communities based on a series of studies he’s conducted on behalf of the Toho Water Authority, Envision Alachua (Plum Creek), and other local governments, developers, and water authorities. For more information and to register, click here.

February 15, 6:30 pm – Attend Troubled Waters: Tallahassee Screening and Panel Discussion at the Challenger Learning Center IMAX (200 South Duval St, Tallahassee, FL 32301). Florida’s waterways are suffering from significant pollution problems. Combined with the impacts from a rapidly growing population, we have a potential recipe for disaster. The documentary will be shown (48) minutes and followed by a panel discussion featuring Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper; Sarah Owen Gledhill, Florida Wildlife Federation; and Ryan Smart, 1000 Friends of Florida. For more information and your FREE tickets, click 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 70 conservation organizations and over two thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife, and water resources.   

For more information on the FCC visit https://www.wearefcc.org/

FCC News Brief - January 11, 2017

By Gladys Delgadillo on January 11th

FCC News Brief

The best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds for Floridians

January 11, 2017

 

Attention: We are excited to announce the launch of our new website (WeAreFCC.org)!

On January 17th, we will start sending our News Brief through MailChimp. We hope that this will solve many of the problems we had with our old service.

If you are signed up for the News Brief, you should continue to receive the News Brief as usual. If you find that you are no longer receiving the News Brief after January 17th, please check your Promotions and Spam folders. In Gmail, you can drag a message from the Promotions tab to the Primary tab and check a box to ensure future emails from that sender will appear in your Primary tab. Similarly, you can mark an email in your Spam folder as Not Spam. If you continue to have trouble receiving the News Brief, please let us know! You can reach Gladys, FCC Administrator, at (850) 222- 6277 X 107

 

Kevin Spear reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “The irrigation permit (for Sleepy Creek) was scheduled for a final vote of approval Tuesday, but a coalition of environmental groups filed legal action Monday, meaning the matter will go to a state hearing judge for further action…The legal action against Sleepy Creek and the water district was filed by the St. Johns Riverkeeper, Florida Defenders of the Environment, the Silver Springs Alliance and an individual, Alice Gardner.” Read State poised to allow aquifer pumping near Silver Springs

Ron Littlepage writes for The Florida Times Union – “[P]rotesters…aim…was the recommendation by the district’s staff that the governing board approve a permit to allow Sleepy Creek Lands…to pump more than a million gallons of water a day out of the aquifer…Even with the item off the agenda, about 125 people attended the previously planned protest. And many of those represented organizations that have the support of thousands of more people. ‘Today we stand united,’ Lisa Rinaman, the St. Johns Riverkeepr, told the group. That’s what it’s going to take to reverse the damage Scott and his appointees are doing to the environment.” Read Protests were needed to protect Florida’s precious water resources

Jeff Burlew reports for the Tallahassee Democrat – “Members of the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation grilled Department of Environmental Protection brass…on its handling of controversial new water pollution limits…Sen. Jack Latvala…asked whether the agency factored in the vacancies (on the ERC) when it moved up its timeline for ERC approval…‘Why something that is so important to our people’s health, so important to our state…why would we accelerate it like that?’ Sen. Gary Farmer…asked…about agency moves to block legal challenges mounted by the city of Miami, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and others… ‘I don’t understand why the department would invoke a procedural technicality to dismiss a substantive review of something as important as our water quality,’ Farmer said…Sen. Linda Stewart…asked whether the standards were lowered to allow for fracking.” Read Lawmakers grill DEP over water pollution limits

Vic Micolucci and Jodi Mohrmann report for News 4 Jax – “An “environmental war” is brewing in North Florida. Protesters are worried the Sabal Trail pipeline…will cause an environmental disaster and contaminate the state’s drinking water…News4Jax walked the woods along the Suwannee River in Live Oak, where protesters have set up camp in the hopes of halting further construction on the pipeline…Some of the most die-hard “Water Protectors” have put everything else on hold to protest, living in Sacred Water Camps…They’ve been there for five months…Some demonstrators have blocked the trucks from entering job sites for the project. At least 16, including a military veteran, have been arrested…The “Water Protectors” are planning a massive civil disobedience protest – Jan. 14 & 15 – to stop the pipeline from crossing the Suwannee River. It’ll be at the Suwannee River State Park…” Read Protesters launch ‘environmental war’ to stop pipeline

Bruce Ritchie reports for Politico Florida – “The South Florida Water Management District is challenging an environmental group’s study that supports building an Everglades water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee…[T]he district’s Alkintunde O. Owosina, bureau chief of hydrology and hydraulics, said that…the (Everglades) [F]oundation report is misleading and is based on ‘irresponsible science.’” Read S. Fla water managers criticize group’s Everglades reservoir report

Tom McLaughlin reports for NWF Daily News – “The…Eglin reservation…provides a vast swath of land and varying ecosystems where a host of unique and rare plants and animals coexist with the military mission…In all, 38 species of plants and animals listed by state or federal agencies as endangered, and 41 more that are considered threatened, take refuge and receive support to survive on the reservation. The towering king…is the longleaf pine, the tree whose presence many of the reservation’s inhabitants depend on…Longleaf pines once covered more than 60 million acres in the southeastern United States…but…the trees were nearly eradicated years go.” Read Endangered species thrive on Eglin’s reservation

Robbie Gramer writes for Foreign Policy – “On Monday, Science published a new policy study titled, “The Irreversible Momentum of Clean Energy.” The study’s author says curbing greenhouse gas emissions no longer has to come at the cost of economic growth, and suggests being green is good for business. The study’s author is U.S. President Barack Obama.” Read Obama Just Quietly Authored a Wonky Study on Climate Change in Case Donald Trump Reads Those Things

Ryan Mills and Eric Staats report for the Naples Daily News – “For decades the island had been eroding…But for several years the stretch of beach where these pelicans lounged has grown. March Rachal, the sanctuary manager, attributed the growth to wave attenuation devices…installed just offshore starting in 2011. WADS are hollow concrete pyramids that Thomas Brown, CEO of…Living Shoreline Solutions, said ‘kill wave energy to stop erosion.’…[W]ith beach renourishment costs skyrocketing and sand sources harder to find, some advocates believe the state should consider erosion solutions other than renourishment…Untested projects have trouble obtaining state and federal permits, and they require extensive monitoring…” Read Shrinking Shores: Does innovation hold the key to a solution for beaches?

 

 

 

 

From Our Readers

The information in this section is forwarded to you at the request of some of our readers. Inclusion in this section does not necessarily constitute endorsement by the FCC.

 


Petitions

Protect Weeki Wachee Springs; Stop the 7 Diamonds Mine in Pasco County

Prevent the Loss of One of Florida’s Most Popular National Wildlife Refuges

Tell Congress to Stop Sabal Trail

Stop New Phosphate Strip Mining in Florida

Stop the Division of Herky Huffman/Bull Creek WMA 2016

Now or Neverglades Declaration

Ask the SFWMD to deny the permit for the Crosstown Parkway that cuts through TWO State Preserves

Save the Econlockhatchee River!

Ask County Commissions to Pass Bear-Friendly Trash Ordinances

Stop the Port Canaveral Rail Extension Project

Ask the USACE to reject Harbor Sound application to fill wetlands

Paynes Prairie in danger

Save the Biggest Wetland Mitigation Bank in the U . S . A . from Development

Deny Beruff’s Mitigation Bank Permit

Help Florida Become a “Pay for Shade” state

 

Upcoming Environmental Events

January 11, 6:00 PM – Attend Ales and Wild Tails with Shark Expert Eric Hovland in Sait Petersburg. For more information, click here.

January 13 –  Attend the 26th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference in Fort Myers. For more information and to register, click here.

January 14, 3:30 PM – Attend Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance in St. Petersburg. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

January 15, 1:00 PM – Attend Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance in Saint Augustine. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

January 18, 12:00 PM – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s Free Webinar: 2017 Florida Legislative Preview. Learn about key community planning and conservation bills to be considered during the 2017 legislative session and how they could impact state and local governance in Florida. For more information and to register, click here.

January 20, 8:00 AM – Attend the State of Biscayne Bay Restoration Workshop in Miami. For more information and to register, click here.

January 21, 10:30 AM – Attend Solar: Unlimited Energy for the Sunshine State at the Homosassa Library (4100 S. Grandmarch Ave) in Homosassa. For more information, contact Nancy Kost at (352) 628- 0698 or nkost@tampabay.rr.com.

January 22, 11:00 AM – Attend the Red Hills Fire Festival in Tallahassee. The festival will include wagon rides, wildlife, live prescribed fire, equipment demonstrations, fire talks with experts, kids activities, food trucks, and live music. For more information, contact Brian Wiebler at (850) 363 – 1079 or click here.

January 28, 9:30 AM - Attend the 1st Nature's Spirit Conference hosted by the Pagan Environmental Alliance and the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches to discuss how science, belief in nature, and activism can tap into greater community involvement. For more information, click here.

January 28, 10:00 AM – Attend a free Solar Information Meeting of the Space Coast Solar Co-op in Palm Bay. For more information and to register, click here.

January 29, 10:00 AM – Attend Southwest Florida Veg Fest in Fort Myers. For more information, click here.

January 29, 6:00 PM – Attend The Nile Project at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. The show takes the audience on a journey up and down the Nile River basin through vibrant, joyful and original music that combines the traditions of 11 countries along the river. The Nile Project’s mission is to, ‘…empower the citizens of the Nile basin to foster the sustainability of the Nile River’s ecosystem. For more information, click here. To buy tickets, click here. Limited Supply Offer for FCC News Brief Readers: Use Promo Code “Water” for 25% off tickets!

February 7, 12:00 pm – Join the Florida Springs Institute for Springs Academy Tuesdays at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center (99 NW 1st Avenue) in High Springs. February’s lecture is on Springs Stresses: Groundwater Pumping, Fertilizers, Wastewater Disposal, & Recreation. For more information, click here.

February 9-11 – Attend the Public Interest Environmental Conference: Land Conservation: The Worth of the Earth at the University of Florida. For more information, click here.

February 15, 12:00 pm – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s FREE webinar: Implementing Water 2070: Water Conservation Planning for Florida Communities. Dr. Pierce Jones, Director of the University of Florida’s Program for Resource Efficient Communities, will discuss water conservation planning for Florida’s communities based on a series of studies he’s conducted on behalf of the Toho Water Authority, Envision Alachua (Plum Creek), and other local governments, developers, and water authorities. For more information and to register, click here.

February 15, 6:30 pm – Attend Troubled Waters: Tallahassee Screening and Panel Discussion at the Challenger Learning Center IMAX (200 South Duval St, Tallahassee, FL 32301). Florida’s waterways are suffering from significant pollution problems. Combined with the impacts from a rapidly growing population, we have a potential recipe for disaster. The documentary will be shown (48) minutes and followed by a panel discussion featuring Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper; Sarah Owen Gledhill, Florida Wildlife Federation; and Ryan Smart, 1000 Friends of Florida. For more information and your FREE tickets, click here.

 

 

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FCC News Brief - January 9, 2017

By Gladys Delgadillo on January 9th

FCC News Brief

The best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds for Floridians

January 9, 2017

 

 

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Apalachicola Riverkeeper shares – “Georgia’s move killed the much-praised weather bill over an amendment by Florida Senator…Nelson…which would have authorized funds for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Water Center. Nelson wanted more scientific evidence brought to bear on the water wars. ‘The Georgia delegation saw this as a threat to them damming up the Chattahoochee and using as much water as they want,’ Nelson told reports…Georgia’s House members opposed the National Water Center over its intended role in facilitating collaboration across water management agencies – and the consequences for the water dispute. ‘It was again another example of Georgia being unwilling to…work with Florida in any way to try to resolve this three-decade-long water issue…,’ former Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham…told Politico. ‘The Georgia delegation is afraid of science, plain and simple,’ said Apalachicola Riverkeeper Dan Tonsmeire.” Read Floridians Decry Georgia Moves to Block Tri-State Water Solution

Sarah Heard writes for my Palm Beach Post – “It is a fact that more water flows into Lake O from the north than the lake can store. That’s why there is an Everglades south of the lake – a broad river of grass to carry the excess lake water south. It is a fact that Florida Bay and the Everglades need that flow to survive. Miami-Dade County needs it to protect its water supply against salt water intrusion…Two years ago…we couldn’t send [water] south because the stormwater treatment areas were full to capacity with runoff from farm fields. Buying land south of the Lake is not about building a big reservoir to dump Lake Okeechobee water into when the current system has forced us into an emergency. The purpose is to build an interconnected system to store, treat, and move water that keeps us from continuously ending up in an emergency situation.” Read Negron’s plan for Everglades worth considering

The News Press Editorial Board writes – “[W]ater storage is needed north and south of the lake, but it certainly is not the only solution. How that water is treated is just as important as how and where we store it. The Caloosahatchee Reservoir…does not have a treatment component built into it. Storing dirty water and eventually releasing dirty water into the river, when it needs it during dry season, only delays when the pollution is released. We are still awaiting details of…Negron’s plan…Without those details, it is difficult to understand the merits of purchasing more agricultural land, when there already is 60,000 acres worth of storage designated in the CEPP plan. Much more storage and treatment would be needed to help create what many experts claim is needed – a proper flow way south to the Everglades and Florida Bay. But be careful, the Everglades is typically flooded during rainy season and can’t handle much more now. Also, federal regulations protect wildlife there from any significant water increase.” Read Prioritizing Southwest Florida issues for 2017 

The Ocala Star Banner Editorial Board writes – “The board should reject the (Sleepy Creek) request until the district explains in full its sudden water find, especially since rivers, springs and lakes throughout the district continue to show declining levels – a reflection of the district’s increasingly obvious focus on issuing permits rather than protecting our water supply…After three years of analysis, the St. Johns staff in 2014 found not only that Sleepy Creek’s original request…would be harmful to the springs and the rivers they feed, but also that Marion County is overpermitted...Shortly after…there was a house cleaning at the St. Johns headquarters, including the executive director and many of those involved in the Sleepy Creek analyses…[T]he bigger issue is the water district’s – all five of them, really – insistence that there is plenty of water when a billionaire…comes knocking but then issue repeated warnings that we do not have enough groundwater to meet Florida’s needs a generation down the road. It can’t be both ways…The sudden about-face on Sleepy Creek smells of same-old politics rather than new science.” Read New science or same ol’ politics on Sleepy Creek permit?

David Fleshler reports for the Sun Sentinel – “Anyone can buy an Argentine black and white tegu lizard for less than $200 at exotic pet stores in Deerfield Beach, Miami and other cities. But down in the Everglades, state wildlife officers are trapping and killing those same South American reptiles as nuisance animals. The escaped and released pets are chomping their way through bird and turtles nests and threatening to spread around the state. A Miami state senator has introduced a bill to pay for hunters to go into the Everglades…to kill tegus…But despite calls to ban sales to the public, the state wildlife commission says it is not contemplating any restrictions…Michael Barrera…said…people would catch them for free if the United States would loosen export restrictions. A market for tegus exists in China, Indonesia and other countries as pets, food and sources of leather. He said he would offer trappers bounties, if it were legal, so he could obtain them and export them.” Read The tegu problem: Exotic lizard is legal but poses threat to Everglades 

Thom Stork writes for the Palm Beach Post – “[T]he Florida Reef Tract…is in huge trouble. (Surprisingly many do not know we have the world’s third-largest living coral reef off the Florida coast.) We’re on our way to losing this state and national treasure that is home to more than 1,400 species of marine plants and animals…Losing it would be catastrophic for all Floridians given that the Florida Reef tract, comprising more than 40 species of coral, supports our fishing and tourism industries and is a strong defense against coastal storm damage.” Read Saving Florida’s coral reefs must be a priority

John S. Quarterman writes for The Valdosta Daily Times – “Sabal Trail and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection assured us there would be no problems drilling a 36-inch natural gas pipeline through the fragile karst limestone under the Suwannee River in Florida, yet already Sabal Trail’s pilot hole under the Withlachoochee River in Georgia caused a frac-out of drilling mud into the river and a sinkhole. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should halt construction and do a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement…Sabal Trail has already caused numerous sinkholes in Florida, including two in public roads, exactly as multiple Florida landowners and WWALS exert witness Dennis Price P.G. had warned FDEP…We must insist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cancel the destructive…Sabal Trail boondoggle while we get on deploying solar power in the sunny southeast.” Read Solar power versus Sabal Trail

Jerry Iannelli wrties for the Miami New Times – “[I]t’s more than a bit alarming that…FPL is pushing ahead with plans to inject radioactive waste into the Floridan Aquifer’s lowest zone over the next few decades, after building two new nuclear reactors…Environmentalists contend the plan could leak carcinogens…right into South Florida’s largest drinking water source…[G]overnment documents themselves say the Floridan’s boulder zone could possibly leak into the ocean.” Read FPL Wants to Store Radioactive Waste Under Our Drinking Water Supply

 

 

 

 

From Our Readers

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Petitions

Protect Weeki Wachee Springs; Stop the 7 Diamonds Mine in Pasco County

Prevent the Loss of One of Florida’s Most Popular National Wildlife Refuges

Tell Congress to Stop Sabal Trail

Stop New Phosphate Strip Mining in Florida

Stop the Division of Herky Huffman/Bull Creek WMA 2016

Now or Neverglades Declaration

Ask the SFWMD to deny the permit for the Crosstown Parkway that cuts through TWO State Preserves

Save the Econlockhatchee River!

Ask County Commissions to Pass Bear-Friendly Trash Ordinances

Stop the Port Canaveral Rail Extension Project

Ask the USACE to reject Harbor Sound application to fill wetlands

Paynes Prairie in danger

Save the Biggest Wetland Mitigation Bank in the U . S . A . from Development

Deny Beruff’s Mitigation Bank Permit

Help Florida Become a “Pay for Shade” state

 


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Upcoming Environmental Events

January 11, 12:45 – Attend the Villages Environmental Discussions Group meeting at the Belvedere Library Community Room. John Wilchyski will talk about the Butterfly Works farm and Maia McGuire, from the University of Florida, will discuss micro-plastics. Maia will bring microscopes so the audience can see what is in their drinking water. For more information, and to RSVP, contact resourcewisdom@gmail.com.

January 11, 6:00 PM – Attend Ales and Wild Tails with Shark Expert Eric Hovland in Sait Petersburg. For more information, click here.

January 13 –  Attend the 26th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference in Fort Myers. For more information and to register, click here.

January 14, 3:30 PM – Attend Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance in St. Petersburg. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

January 15, 1:00 PM – Attend Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance in Saint Augustine. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

January 20, 8:00 AM – Attend the State of Biscayne Bay Restoration Workshop in Miami. For more information and to register, click here.

January 21, 10:30 AM – Attend Solar: Unlimited Energy for the Sunshine State at the Homosassa Library (4100 S. Grandmarch Ave) in Homosassa. For more information, contact Nancy Kost at (352) 628- 0698 or nkost@tampabay.rr.com.

January 22, 11:00 AM – Attend the Red Hills Fire Festival in Tallahassee. The festival will include wagon rides, wildlife, live prescribed fire, equipment demonstrations, fire talks with experts, kids activities, food trucks, and live music. For more information, contact Brian Wiebler at (850) 363 – 1079 or click here.

January 28, 9:30 AM - Attend the 1st Nature's Spirit Conference hosted by the Pagan Environmental Alliance and the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches to discuss how science, belief in nature, and activism can tap into greater community involvement. For more information, click here.

January 28, 10:00 AM – Attend a free Solar Information Meeting of the Space Coast Solar Co-op in Palm Bay. For more information and to register, click here.

January 29, 10:00 AM – Attend Southwest Florida Veg Fest in Fort Myers. For more information, click here.

February 7, 12:00 pm – Join the Florida Springs Institute for Springs Academy Tuesdays at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center (99 NW 1st Avenue) in High Springs. February’s lecture is on Springs Stresses: Groundwater Pumping, Fertilizers, Wastewater Disposal, & Recreation. For more information, click here.

February 9-11 – Attend the Public Interest Environmental Conference: Land Conservation: The Worth of the Earth at the University of Florida. For more information, click here.

February 15, 12:00 pm – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s FREE webinar: Implementing Water 2070: Water Conservation Planning for Florida Communities. Dr. Pierce Jones, Director of the University of Florida’s Program for Resource Efficient Communities, will discuss water conservation planning for Florida’s communities based on a series of studies he’s conducted on behalf of the Toho Water Authority, Envision Alachua (Plum Creek), and other local governments, developers, and water authorities. For more information and to register, click here.

February 15, 6:30 pm – Attend Troubled Waters: Tallahassee Screening and Panel Discussion at the Challenger Learning Center IMAX (200 South Duval St, Tallahassee, FL 32301). Florida’s waterways are suffering from significant pollution problems. Combined with the impacts from a rapidly growing population, we have a potential recipe for disaster. The documentary will be shown (48) minutes and followed by a panel discussion featuring Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper; Sarah Owen Gledhill, Florida Wildlife Federation; and Ryan Smart, 1000 Friends of Florida. For more information and your FREE tickets, click 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 70 conservation organizations and over two thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife, and water resources.   

For more information on the FCC visit https://www.wearefcc.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

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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