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FCC News Brief - January 15, 2017

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Sunday, January 15th, 2017 @ 2:49pm

  • 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

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Thursday, January 12th, 2017 @ 2:39pm

  • 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

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 @ 4:37pm

  • 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.

     

     

    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.

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FCC News Brief - January 9, 2017

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Monday, January 9th, 2017 @ 10:56am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    January 9, 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. To prevent the News Brief from going to a spam or promotions folder, try adding to your address book. If you find that you are no longer receiving the News Brief after January 17th, please check your promotions and spam folders. If you still cannot find it, please let us know! You can reach Gladys, FCC Administrator, at (850) 222 - 6277 X 107

     

     

    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

    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

     


    Job Openings

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    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/

FCC News Brief - January 8, 2017

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Sunday, January 8th, 2017 @ 1:46pm

  • FCC News Brief

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

    January 8, 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. To prevent the News Brief from going to a spam or promotions folder, try adding to your address book. If you find that you are no longer receiving the News Brief after January 17th, please check your promotions and spam folders. If you still cannot find it, please let us know! You can reach Gladys, FCC Administrator, at (850) 222 - 6277 X 107

      

     

    Tom Palmer writes for The Ledger – “It’s a new year and time to set some priorities for the environment. At the top of the list is to become more involved and become informed about local environmental work in any way that fits your talents or interests…[E]veryone should resolve to get outdoors more often to better appreciate what’s at stake…Environmental land preservation as Florida voters approved in the 2014 election continues to be a priority. Critics of environmental land protection often ask how much preservation is enough. The answer, according to eminent biologist E.O. Wilson, is half of the total area…We’re not there yet. In this part of Florida the top priority is to complete the connections between existing conservation lands and to fill missing pieces within other conservation lands to allow them to be managed better to protect globally endangered species that are part of our local heritage.” Read Getting officials to act on the environment means getting involved

    Ron Littlepage writes for The Florida Times Union – “[I]s there a shortage of beef?...[W]hat’s missing from the Silver River and Silver Springs?…[T]he answer is…water…What in the name of good sense is the St. Johns River Water Management District thinking?..[T]he members of the district’s governing board are getting ready to allow a Canadian billionaire to pump an average of 2.68 million gallons of water a day out of the aquifer that supplies the river and springs…He and his Sleepy Creek Lands outfit want to raise…grass-fed cows…The water management district board will meet Tuesday at its Palatka headquarters to take up the Sleepy Creek permit. Before that, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, the Florida Springs Institute, the Sierra Club Suwannee-St. Johns Group, the Putnam County Environmental Council and the Florida Defenders of the Environment will demonstrate and urge the governing board to say no…[T]he board will…come down in favor of the billionaire. That’s not going to change until there is a new governor in Florida who appoints people to the water management districts who are serious about protecting the state’s natural resources.” Read More water for cows – and more bull from our officials

    Mary Ellen Klas reports for The Tampa Bay Times – “Negron…is amassing Senate support for budgeting $800 million for land and construction costs. The Senate is drafting a bill and will conduct a wide-ranging hearing Jan. 11 on his key issue. The proposal would fast-track a project proposed in 2000 under the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)…Rep. Carlos Trujillo…who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, asks whether simply buying land is the best approach but said ‘everything’s a negotiation.’ If the Senate gives the House what it wants, such as ‘full-blown pension reform and (education) vouchers, then 50,000 acres in the Everglades is a no-brainer,’ he said. ‘But we’ll see where we end up.’…Negron is willing to be flexible on which parcels of land to buy and is not prepared to tap the state’s eminent domain powers…One proposal being considered is for the state to set up a bid process to find willing sellers…Conservationists, politicians and scientists are meeting…for the annual Everglades Coalition conference to focus support on the lad-buying plan. The goal is to mobilize constituents in key legislative districts to pressure lawmakers to support the Negron plan…Sen. Rob Bradley…who chairs the Senate subcommittee developing the bill, also supports the governor’s proposal to turn septic systems into sewer systems and the water management district’s call for storage north of the lake.” Read Everglades restoration: Debate rages over plan to spend $800 million to build a massive water cleaning reservoir

    The Ledger’s Editorial Board writes – “After Canter’s ruling, the governor’s spokesman told The News Service of Florida that Scott was prepared to fight for legal changes that will ensure the 24-hour deadline remains in place. We recommend that he do so…The groups that sought to overturn this requirement, meanwhile, would be wise to work with the governor and reform-minded lawmakers to create a notification mechanism that aligns with Scott’s goal, without being overly onerous to companies. Their failure to do so would signal to the public that transparency and the well-being of Florida’s residents and environment take a back seat to profits and secrecy.” Read Despite ruling, pollution reporting policy is worthy and must be maintained

    The Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board writes – “Making sure the public is alerted promptly to pollution belongs among legislators’ priorities when they convene for their annual 60-day session…At least three legislators, including freshman Sen. Linda Stewart, have announced plans to introduce bills…Stewart, an Orlando Democrat who campaigned as an environmental advocate, hasn’t wasted any time. That’s commendable, and a good example for other officeholders to follow through on their platforms, too…Sen. Bill Galvano…and Rep. Kathleen Peters…have said they’ll work together on a pollution-notification requirement. Because [they] are Republicans…their efforts are likely to gain more traction than Stewart’s…A new law also needs teeth – significant penalties for violators – to ensure it isn’t ignored.” Read Pollution alerts ASAP: There ought to be a Florida law

    Jim Waymer reports for Florida Today – “Federal regulators denied six pending permits for using high-powered airguns to scan the ocean floor for signs of oil and gas deposits from Florida to Delaware. The permits were no longer needed because the federal government removed those waters from the list of areas available to be leased for oil and gas exploration between 2017 and 2022…Conservation groups worry the airguns could harm whales, dolphins and other marine life.” Read Feds deny seismic airgun testing for oil and gas

    Daniel Peterson writes for Florida Today – “One solution to halt the effect of devastating releases is to build large reservoirs to store and purify…waters before they can pollute the estuaries or the Everglades…Experts…agree one million acre-feet of water storage is needed and requires several large reservoirs. They agree these reservoirs are needed all around Lake Okeechobee…[T]he most effective reservoirs would be north of the Lake. After all, if you enter your kitchen and see your sink about to overflow, the first step is to turn off the faucet, not figure out how to catch overflowing water. Future decisions regarding Everglades restoration should be based on...cost-benefit…[T]he South Florida Water Management District considered the utilization of a…parcel south of Lake Okeechobee as a site for a reservoir and determined it was not a fiscally responsible solution.” Read Plan to divert Lake Okeechobee water simplistic, too limited

    Katrina Elsken writes for Okeechobee News – “Has South Florida’s bovine population been cast as the scapegoats, unfairly blamed for the excess phosphorus in runoff that enters Lake Okeechobee?” Read Are cattle just a scapegoat for water quality problems?

     

     

     

     

     

    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

    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

     

    Job Openings

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    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 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/

FCC News Brief - January 6, 2017

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Friday, January 6th, 2017 @ 1:00pm

  • FCC News Brief – New Website

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

    January 6, 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. To prevent the News Brief from going to a spam or promotions folder, try adding to your address book. If you find that you are no longer receiving the News Brief after January 17th, please check your promotions and spam folders. If you still cannot find it, please let us know! You can reach Gladys, FCC Administrator, at (850) 222- 6277 X 107.

     

     

    Sarah Mueller reports for WFSU – “Two North Florida lawmakers met with Wakulla County residents…to hear their concerns ahead of the upcoming legislative session. Many of the residents told state Sen. Bill Montford…and State Rep. Hasley Beshears…they’re concerned about water quality…Several residents asked the legislators to oppose hydraulic gas and oil drilling, known as fracking, because of concerns it could contaminate drinking water.” Read Water Quality Leads Concerns of North Florida Residents

    Grant Miller writes for Miami’s Community Newspapers – “It makes one wonder why if FPL has so much money to waste on a phony and expensive campaign to make it harder for you to get solar, then why should they be allowed to raise our power bills?...We all know about the leaking cooling canals at Turkey Point and that FPL is still planning to build two new nuclear reactors…FPL is also leading on a pipeline project called Sabal Trail to transport out of state fracked gas to Florida…Let’s not commit ourselves to dangerous energy choices. When you build pipelines and power plants, they are around for decades. There is too much at stake. It’s time to move away from risky and costly energy sources and focus on clean…renewable energy like solar.” Read Say no to dirty energy

    Bruce Ritchie reports for Politico Florida – “In his 2016-17 budget request, Scott proposed $185 million for land acquisition and land management. That included $63 million for land acquisition programs that previously received funding under Florida Forever. Some environmentalists say that wasn’t enough, considering the statewide voter support for the 2014 ballot initiative, known then as Amendment 1… ‘I would hope the governor will put in at least $100 million for Florida Forever’ in his upcoming budget request, Draper (Audubon Florida’s executive director) said. This year, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam also is requesting $50 million in the 2017-18 state budget for agricultural conservation easements, which most environmental groups support.” Read Environmentalists give mixed assessment of Scott’s 2014 spending pledge

    News Service of Florida reports – “A special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court has given Florida and Georgia a Jan. 24 deadline ‘to reach a framework for settlement’ of a contentious legal fight over water rights…He…directed the states to ‘exchange good faith offers designed to address the opposing party’s concerns’… ‘The parties should consider solutions…including importation of water from outside the [ACF] River Basin to supplement streamflow during drought periods,’ Lancaster wrote.” Read Settlement sought in Florida-Georgia water war 

    Terry LaPlante writes for Florida Today – “Rep. Mike Miller has agreed to sponsor a bill to ban fracking in Florida. I urge everyone to contact their representatives and ask them to co-sponsor this bill…The oil and gas industry acknowledges that the fracking operations require millions of gallons of water a day for each fracking site and that they need to dispose of this highly polluted and unusable water.” Read Ban fracking for our protection

    Nancy Klingener reports for WLRN – “A relatively small Keys-based water utility (The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority) is objecting to expansion plans by mainland giant Florida Power & Light…The FKAA is concerned about a plume of saltwater that has traveled from the cooling canals toward the wellfield…Peter Robbins said the new units would not use the cooling canals that are the source of the hypersaline water. Instead they would use reclaimed water…and a system of cooling towers. And he said FPL is…drawing up the hypersaline water and disposing of it…Zuelch (executive director at FKAA) said the stakes are too high to take any chances… ‘The thing with a water well is that you put saltwater in it, it’s dead,’ he said ‘It’s not fixable.’” Read Keys Water Utility Objects to Expansion at Turkey Point

    David Smiley reports for the Miami Herald – “[E]ngineers and scientsists are…digging into prehistoric rock formations, deeper than any municipal government has before in search of a better solution for a $5.2 billion problem:…Due to changes in state law, Miami-Dade’s water and sewer department has nine years to stop pumping most of the 300 million gallons of treated waste generated each day…into the ocean through outfall pipes. Much of that waste water…has to be highly cleansed and re-purposed. But in a county with more than 2 million users, officials say the only way to fully comply with the new law without breaking the bank is to dispose of up to hundreds of millions of gallons of treated waste by shooting it…below South Florida’s drinking supply…[S]ome are still wary of injection wells, which under different classifications can also be used to dispose of industrial waste or for fracking. Florida is the only state that allows Class I municipal injection wells for effluent…” Read 10,000-foot injection well could change how Miami flushes

    Margaret Eubank writes for the TC Palm – “I would like Big Sugar to be a team player for all Floridians. I believe in balance. I understand Big Sugar needs to make a profit…I would like Sen. Negron’s proposal to be approved by the Legislature. Big Sugar can give a little…Big Sugar has profited for years by borrowing water…Big Sugar also benefits from a tariff on imported sugar…I hope and pray Big Sugar will find a way to work with all Floridians for the betterment of all of us and the environment.” Read Big Sugar can thrive, and threatened waters can survive, too

     

     

     

     

    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

    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

     

    Job Openings 

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    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 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/.

FCC News Brief - January 5, 2017

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Thursday, January 5th, 2017 @ 12:06pm

  • FCC News Brief – New Website

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

    January 5, 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. To prevent the News Brief from going to a spam or promotions folder, try adding floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com to your address book. If you find that you are no longer receiving the News Brief after January 17th, please check your promotions and spam folders. If you still cannot find it, please let us know! You can reach Gladys, FCC Administrator, at (850) 222 - 6277 X 107.

     

     
     

    Bob Palmer writes for the Tallahassee Democrat – “Does the 2016 report (green-lighting the Sleepy Creek cattle operation) show its work, explaining why it threw out staff’s earlier conclusions? No…Then there’s the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan…Keystone Heights’ lakes have had MFLs since the 1990s. The NFRWSP notes that they’re being re-evaluated based on ‘new science.’ With this caveat, the state’s planners simply ignore these MFLs- even though Florida law requires the plan to address all water deficits identified in existing MFLs. On what basis do the drafters…ignore the law? We’re left to guess…Then, we have the new water-quality standards for toxic chemicals…An untested approach underlies these criteria, so public health advocates were eager to understand this new science…One experienced statistician wrote to the state employee who developed the new method, asking for clarification of various technical points. A state lawyer – not a state scientist – responded that because of ongoing litigation, ‘department staff are not at liberty to discuss the details of the proposed criteria.’ So even though the state has used controversial science to justify a controversial outcome affecting the health of all Floridians, it refuses to provide basic information enabling citizens to understand whether the new approach is scientifically valid…Florida, please make a New Year’s Resolution. Resolve to show us your work, so that we the people might have some clue about why you decide to do what you do.” Read State should ‘show its work’ in science

    Bruce Ritchie reports for Politico Florida – “Prior to a trial last fall in Maine, Georgia said Florida’s legal team threatened the University of Florida professor Bill Pine’s career if he published papers conflicting with the state’s argument that Georgia’s water use was to blame for the downstream bay’s oyster woes. But in a response filed last week to a post-trial brief from Georgia repeating the claim, Florida said Pine had not been contacted by the state’s legal team and that a state official said he did not recall passing along such a threat as Pine said he did.” Read Florida says Georgia failed to show it threatened UF scientist in water wars case

    Hannah Morse reports for the Bradenton Herald – “A joint petition for a formal administrative hearing has been filed against the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in response to the agency’s decision to grant Long Bar Pointe LLLP a mitigation bank permit.” Read Petition filed against Long Bar mitigation bank permit

    The News Service of Florida reports – “The League of Women Voters of Florida will be able to take part in a regulatory case in which Gulf Power is seeking to raise base electric rates by $106.8 million.” Read League of Women Voters Allowed Into Gulf Power Rate Case

    Elizabeth Djinis reports for the Herald Tribune – “Sarasota County residents hoping to use solar power in their homes could get a price break through the new Sarasota Solar Co-Op initiative.” Read Co-op aims to help consumers go solar

    Sue Legg writes for The Gainesville Sun – “The Alachua County League of Women Voters is…launching a solar cooperative in 2017.” Read League launching solar cooperative

    NWF Daily News reports – “Bluewater Bay has registered as a Northwest Florida community Wildlife Habitat…Each [certified wildlife habitat] provides the four basic elements that all wildlife need to thrive: food, water, cover and places to raise young…The community’s action plan includes a long-term commitment to citizen education about providing habitat for wildlife and employing sustainable gardening practices. These practices include reducing or eliminating the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizer, conserving water, planting native plants, removing invasive plants, and composting.” Read Bluewater Bay registers as Community Wildlife Habitat

    Julie Eilperin reports for The Washington Post – “House Republicans…changed the way Congress calculates the cost of transferring federal lands to the states and other entities, a move that will make it easier for members of the new Congress to cede federal control of public lands…While the official GOP platform endorses the idea of transferring federal land to the states, neither President-elect Donald Trump nor rep. Ryan Zinke, his pick to head the Interior Department, embrace that approach.” Read House GOP rules change will make it easier to sell off federal land

     

     

     

     

    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

    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

      
     

    Job Openings

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    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 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.

     

     

     

    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 4, 2017

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 @ 9:45am

  • FCC News Brief – New Website

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

    January 4, 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. To prevent the News Brief from going to a spam or promotions folder, try adding floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com to your address book. If you find that you are no longer receiving the News Brief after January 17th, please check your promotions and spam folders. If you still cannot find it, please let us know! You can reach Gladys, FCC Administrator, at (850) 222- 6277 X 107.

     

     

    A.G. Gancarski reports for Florida Politics – “Sen. Rob Bradley introduced Senate Bill 234, which is intended to change the appropriations formula of 2014’s Water and Land Constitutional Amendment. Specifically, Bradley wants to ensure that the St. Johns River Water Management District gets its share. And as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources, the Clay County Republican is well-positioned to get this bill through. The bill would annually earmark $35 million, minus money for debt service, for projects related to the St. Johns, its tributaries, and the Keystone Lake region. Included among those projects: land management and acquisition, and recreational opportunity and public access improvements.” Read Rob Bradley seeks Amendment 1 money for St. Johns River

    Glenn Compton writes for the Herald Tribune – “The phosphate industry has had over 50 years to figure out a way to dispose of its radioactive gypsum wastes, but instead it stores the waste – 1 billion tons and counting – in stacks throughout Florida. These stacks have been known to breach and create sinkholes, threatening surface waters and the Floridan aquifer…Approximately 40 percent of the mined-out lands (in Florida) have been left in toxic-waste clay settling areas…The phosphate industry should not be permitted to externalize the costs of its operation in the form of adverse health effects, loss of valuable habitat, restricted future land-use options, reduced water supplies or actual destruction of our drinking water supply…Tell the Manatee County Commission on Jan. 26 to stand up to Mosaic and to deny the request to rezone this land.” Read Fight phosphate rezoning

    Ann B. Shortelle writes for the Herald Tribune – “To correct a bit of misinformation published recently in a Sun reader’s opinion, the [North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan] is based on a 20-year planning period…The plan identifies projects sufficient to address the region’s future water needs…” Read Plan addresses region’s water needs

    Robert Knight writes for The Gainesville Sun – “The Floridan Aquifer has been depleted…by excessive groundwater withdrawals…Yet Florida’s water managers continue to issue permits for this most precious water supply, at the expense of the state’s water bodies…[C]lose inspection reveals that there is not a single mention of reducing the amount of water pumped from the Floridan Aquifer (in the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan.) No mention of a sustainable groundwater yield…A farming operation, phosphate mine, water bottler or other large-scale water user can still receive a permit to extract groundwater, with no cost for the water!...[T]he water management districts have drafted a plan that provides more free water to private, for-profit enterprises, at a projected cost to the public of $390 million dollars! The proposed publicly funded water supply projects that would be needed to offset existing and new water allocation permits include building reservoirs, pumping and piping surface water from the St. Johns and Suwannee Rivers, recharging the aquifer with reclaimed water, treating stormwater and wastewater, and desalinization.” Read The true cost of water

    Jane Harrison reports for Lakeside News – “More water from Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River will green lawns, flush toilets, and process goods in metro Atlanta under a new water management plan announced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…[T]he plan predicts no changes in flow into Florida on the Apalachicola River.” Read WCM to sate metro Atlanta’s thirst

    Michael Yoshida reports for Action News Jax – “Protestors in Jacksonville rallied against [the Sabal Trail Pipeline] on Thursday…[T]he Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office had to shut down streets… ‘People can’t just have this attitude that we can have a party on the planet and just leave and leave it to others to pick up,’ Robinson said.” Read Streets closed during Sabal Trail Pipeline protest in San Marco

    Tyler Treadway reports for the TC Palm – “[Port St. Lucie] wants to build a water farm with seven reservoirs along the C-23 Canal on…McCarty Ranch Preserve, an expansive municipal park…[T]hey could keep nearly 9 billion gallons of polluted water a year out of the river and lagoon…In about 20 years, the city plans to build a water treatment plant at the McCarty Ranch…[U]sing public land for water farms is significantly less expensive than contracting with private landowners to hold water…” Read Port St. Lucie seeks $8 million for McCarty Ranch water farm

    Jim Ash reports for WFSU – “[S]ome of the nation’s biggest green groups are turning the Exxon Mobil CEO, former Texas Governor and Oklahoma attorney general into poster children for one of the most successful environmental fundraising campaigns in modern history.” Read A Trump Backlash is Turning the Environmental Movement Even Greener

     

     

     

     

    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

    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

     


    Job Openings

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    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 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 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 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.

     

     

     

    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/

Transition to New Website

E-mail sent by Gladys Delgadillo, Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 @ 4:38pm

Dear FCC Members,

Happy New Year! I hope all of you enjoyed a happy holiday season.

I am excited to announce that the FCC will be officially moving to a new website and email platform on January 17th, 2017.

Fear not! This change is for the best! All of your member preferences will be moved over to the new site and you will still be able to access important content from the old site. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call me at (850) 222 - 6277 X 107.

The new site is easier to navigate and provides added search features for you to browse through past action alerts and news briefs. Simply scroll down to the bottom of the "News" and "Action Alerts and Updates" pages to access the search features and archives pages. You can learn more about the FCC, our history, and our Citizen Advocacy program on our new site. If you represent an organization, you can sign up to become a new affiliate! Our new site also features letters the FCC has sent to decision makers over the last year on our "Position Statements" page.

We know many of you have had issues receiving the News Brief and sending letters to legislators through our Action Alerts. We hope that our new email service, MailChimp, will alleviate these problems. If you are subscribed to the News Brief now, after the 17th you should continue to receive the News Brief as usual. If you do not see the News Brief, please be sure to check your spam and promotions folders. In order to try to ensure the News Brief is delivered to your inbox, please add floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com to your address book. If you feel that you are not receiving the News Brief, please send me an email or call me at (850) 222 - 6277 X 107.

We hope that you will be as excited about our new website as we are once you see it! You can visit the new website at https://www.wearefcc.org/.

Thank you for standing with the FCC into the new year and through our website transition! 

Best Wishes,
Gladys

FCC News Brief - January 3, 2017

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 @ 11:08am

  • FCC News Brief – New Website

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

    January 3, 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. To prevent the News Brief from going to a spam or promotions folder, try adding floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com to your address book. If you find that you are no longer receiving the News Brief after January 17th, please check your promotions and spam folders. If you still cannot find it, please let us know! You can reach Gladys, FCC Administrator, at (850) 222- 6277 X 107

     

     

    Tyler Treadway reports for the TC Palm – “A project designed to mitigate environmental damage caused by the crosstown Parkway Bridge does more harm than good, according to a local conservation group. The $1 million handicapped-accessible kayak launch and access road the city built will harm wildlife and native plants in the Halpatiokee section of the Savannas Preserve State Park…” Read Port St. Lucie ‘assault’ on land along North Fork ‘obscene,’ alliance says

    Brad Rogers writes for the Ocala Star Banner – “There has to be a better way. A way that doesn’t require clear-cutting thousands of acres of rural woodlands. A way that doesn’t endanger some of our most important and sensitive waterways. A way where the process doesn’t thumb its nose at the very people who have to live the final result…If the pipeline is as safe as Sabal Trail says, then just run it down I-75, or U.S. 19 to the west. Why destroy 1,000 acres…of woodlands and green space…? Why cut open the floors of our rivers and, likely, the crest of the aquifer?...What a defeat for the people.” Read Sabal Trail’s slash and gash

    Terence Smith reports for Creative Loafing – “In St. Pete…a gathering of about 150 marched through downtown to call attention to the [Sabal Trail Pipeline.] The protest was part of a statewide action, with synchronized action in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Jacksonville…Kasey Cavanaugh, who said she hiked…along the proposed Florida leg of the pipeline…described what she saw. ‘…It’s going right through people’s yards, it’s going through state parks, it’s going through all our major rivers, the Suwannee the Withlacoochee and the Santa Fe…’…The next step for organizers is a mass civil disobedience demonstration at Suwannee River State Park on January 14 and 15.” Read In St. Pete, activists give hard no to proposed Florida pipeline

    Kevin Robinson reports for the Pensacola News Journal – “[Florida Clean Water Network Inc.] has filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create and implement new, more stringent guidelines limiting the toxins that can be released into Florida’s surface water.” Read Navarre group sues EPA over clean water

    The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board writes – “If the Legislature doesn’t update the Everglades Forever Act, it will take forever to save what remains of the Everglades… ‘The way the law is written,’ said Audubon Florida Executive Director Eric Draper, ‘the state doesn’t hold people accountable. The (annual) target is so easy to hit that it’s like a basketball player just dropping the ball into the basket.’” Read Toughen the Everglades Forever Act

    Larry Griffin reports for Florida Politics – “Senator Linda Stewart spent her Monday getting the ball rolling on a bill that would require a 48-hour notice to be given to the public in the case of any spill that contaminates the state’s waters.” Read New Linda Stewart bill would require 48 hour notice of any spill or contamination in water

    Fox 4 reports – “A clean water advocacy group kicked off a daily protest on the bridge to Fort Myers Beach, Sunday. Members of the Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement demonstrated with signs reading messages like ‘Tourists beware, Toxic water,’…They will continue demonstrating…until they get the Fort Myers Beach town council to agree to regular water quality testing.” Read Clean water group starts daily protest on FMB

    William Shallcross writes for the Orlando Sentinel – “Wall Street investors have been buying up for-profit utility companies having discovered (in Florida, particularly) that they are entitled to a statutory guaranteed return on investment…These investors pump money…to upgrade long-neglected capital systems, but not altruistically, as the strategy is to recover their costs at a guaranteed profit, while some people question the valuations supporting rate increase requests. The downside is that that profit comes from commensurately increased consumer billing rates…Furthermore, the way water and sewer rates are structured in Florida – ostensibly to promote water conservation by punishing large residential users- disproportionately burden large and often the poorest households the most.” Read Customers of for-profit water, sewer utilities: Rate shock ahead

     

     


     

     

    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

    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

     

    Job Openings

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events

    January 3, 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. January’s lecture is on Springs Biology. For more information, click here.

    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 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 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 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 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.

     

     

     

    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 2, 2017

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Monday, January 2nd, 2017 @ 8:06am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    January 2, 2017

     

     

    Scott Powers reports for Florida Politics – “Upset that the [ERC] voted 3-2 this year to increase levels of water contaminants when it was short two members, state Sen. Linda Stewart filed a bill seeking to avoid such short-handed votes in the future...[The bill] would require the governor to fill vacancies on the [ERC] within 90 days. The bill would also require a supermajority of five votes to alter certain areas of the Florida Administrative Code that deal with things like air pollution, water quality standards, hazardous substance release notification, and drinking water.” Read Linda Stewart files bill to stop short-handed contamination votes

    Fred Hiers reports for the Daily Commercial – “Two years after St. Johns River Water Management District staffers warned Sleepy Creek Lands LLC that they would recommend that the district board deny the cattle operation’s request for more water, those staffers have now made an about-face and recommended approval – and then some…They said the change would have minimal impact on Silver Springs and the Silver River. Environmentalists say the staff change of heart is a result of pressure from the wealthy applicant and political urging from higher ups. ‘The spring can’t take this,’ said Robert Knight, director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute…and president of the Silver Springs Alliance…” Read St. Johns staff now recommends approval of water request

    Bob Knight writes for the Ocala Star Banner – “District staff, several of whom were promptly fired after the release of the negative technical staff report, concluded that significant harm would occur to the natural environment at Silver Springs if the district gave away more groundwater…Grass in Marion County…grows just fine with rainfall and without irrigation. The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board should side with the original recommendations of its technical staff, with the public will, and with iconic Silver Springs, and not issue another groundwater extraction permit…Consider attending the district’s Governing Board meeting in Palatka on Jan. 10…Be sure to bring your children and grandchildren.” Read Stronach’s 14-billion-gallon water grab

    Jim Saunders reports for The News Service of Florida – “In a victory for business groups, an administrative law judge…ruled that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection overstepped its authority in proposing new requirements for notifying the public when pollution occurs…While Canter sided with the business groups, the issue of public notification of pollution incidents could re-emerge during the 2017 legislative session…Sen. Bill Galvano…and Rep. Kathleen Peters…indicated in September that they would propose legislation to address the issue.” Read Judge Tosses Pollution Notification Rule

    Sean Kinane reports for WMNF – “WMNF News interviewed Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director of the Center for Biological Diversity… ‘…[W]e had that New Wales sinkhole…and that was actually the 4th sinkhole…in that one phosphogypsum stack and we have 24 other phosphogypsum stacks…containing 1-billlion tons of radioactive phosphogypsum. Now, with this additional 50,000 acres of expansion…that has the potential to add almost an additional half-billion tons of phosphogypsum…On January 26, the Manatee Board of Commissioners is going to consider a rezone request, by Mosaic…for…3,500 acres…to be rezoned from agriculture to extraction…[P]ortions of the mine are going to be in sensitive areas, including…the Peace River Watershed Overlay District…[Mosaic has] promised that the (polluted) water is contained, on site, but, the reality is there’s really no way to know that, because that area hasn’t been mapped.” Read Environmentalists will sue if Corps permits Florida phosphate mining

    The Naples Herald reports – “[The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee]…will receive a series of presentations (on January 11) about polluted water discharges from Lake Okeechobee and efforts to restore the Everglades.” Read Senators Ready to Wade Into Lake Okeechobee Issues

    Greg Stanley reports for the Naples Daily News – “Everglades City has hired an engineering firm to restore and reconstruct its failing wastewater treatment plant’s collection system and, eventually, replace the plant itself…City and Florida Department of Environmental Protection officials met early this month in mediation over a lawsuit regarding the plant.” Read Everglades City makes plans to fix wastewater treatment plant, end dispute with state

    Katrina Elsken reports for Okeechobee News – “[W]aterways were…dug, straightened or deepened for navigation, transportation and most critically, for flood control…The interior waterway proved valuable during World War II, when German submarines sunk countless merchant ships along the Atlantic coast… ‘The C&SF Project had three main components. First, it established a perimeter levee through the eastern portion of the Everglades…Second, the…Project designed a large area of northern Everglades, south of Lake Okeechobee, to be managed for agriculture…Third, water conservation became the primary designated use for most of the remaining Everglades between the EAA and Everglades National Park…” Read Drainage system may have been a good idea at the time, but was it?

     

     

     

     

    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

    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

      

    Job Openings

     

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events

     

    January 3, 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. January’s lecture is on Springs Biology. For more information, click here.

    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 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 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 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.

      

     

    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 www . floridaconservationcoalition . org

FCC News Brief - December 28, 2016

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 @ 4:11pm

  • FCC News Brief

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

    December 28, 2016

     

     

    North Florida Land Trust shares – “Jim McCarthy, Executive Director of North Florida Land Trust, has been appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Environmental Regulation Commission.” Read North Florida Land Trust Executive Director Appointed to the Environmental Regulation Commission

    The Ocala Star Banner Editorial Board writes – “State officials have made a mockery of ethical government, first with the water management district voting last month to return Miklos as chairman for a record fourth term, followed by the farcical opinion by the ethics commission that nothing was amiss. Alas, the more you tolerate such behavior, the more of it you will get.” Read Turning a blind eye to ethics

    Zach Murdock reports for the Herald Tribune – “Four area environmental groups announced…that they plan to sue [the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service] over approvals of more than 50,000 acres for phosphate mining across central Florida. The groups contend the operations ‘irretrievably damage habitat for imperiled species, threaten water quality and forever change Florida’s landscape’ in and around critical watersheds that are a major source of drinking water for hundreds of thousands of Southwest Florida residents…The notice claims a series of violations to the Endangered Species act in both agencies’ environmental reviews of mining impacts over the past three years within the Central Florida Phosphate District – an area with tens of thousands of acres of active and proposed mines spanning…six counties…It also claims the agencies erred in approving a permit for the South Pasture Extension Mine, an expansion of an existing Mosaic Fertilizer…” Read Area environmental groups target mining permits 

    TC Palm shares – “The South Florida Water Management District issued an Environmental Resource Permit and a sovereignty submerged lands easement for the Crosstown Parkway Extension Project…With issuance of the permit and easement, Port St. Lucie has the green light for construction to begin…” Read Port St. Lucie officials say city free to start work on Crosstown Parkway Extension, bridge

    Edward Helmore reports for The Guardian – “Kitson’s plan was to make Babcock sustainable…Still, the development in land in southwest Florida is controversial. Babcock lies close to one of the last habitats of Florida’s dwindling panther population…[I]t is feared that additional habitat loss from development of land around Babcock, and injury to the animals from traffic and illegal hunting, will further reduce the viability of the population…Schwartz (of the South Florida Wildlands Association) says the town…is going smack into what the Fish and Wildlife Service identified as a possible expansion area. ‘That’s tragic not only for the panther, but for black bears, eastern indigo snakes, red-cockaded woodpeckers and a whole range of species living under its umbrella.’…When Babcock opens…it will be greeted as a new model town.” Read The solar-powered town: a dream for the environment – or a wildlife nightmare?

    Susan Salisbury reports for the Palm Beach Post – “Florida Power & Light Co. said…it plans to formally retire the Cedar Bay Generating Plant, a…coal-fired facility in Jacksonville on Dec. 31. Juno Beach-based FPL purchased the plant…with the intention of phasing it out of service…FPL is cleaner today than the 2030 carbon emissions rate goal for Florida outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, company officials said…FPL relies on natural gas for about 65 percent of the fuel it uses to power its plants.” Read FPL to retire Cedar Bay coal-fired plant in Jacksonville Dec. 31

    Mary Wood, Charles W. Woodward, & Michael C. Blumm write for Salon - “If there is a mechanism to force the Trump administration to put the brakes on dirty energy policy, a lawsuit brought by 21 young people against the Obama administration may hold the key…[T]he most viable way (for President Obama to address climate change) might be to offer a partial settlement of [this] case before going to trial. One form of settlement could be an enforceable consent decree consisting of interim steps to halt further fossil-fuel mining and infrastructure development. Such a settlement would help secure Obama’s measures to close the Arctic to drilling and halt coal leasing on federal lands.” Read America’s youth are suing the government over climate change, and President Obama needs to react

    Greg Angel reports for CBS 12 – “President Obama has signed off on a bill authorizing $2 billion in spending to help Everglades restoration efforts.” Read President signs funding for Everglades Restoration

     

     

     



     

     

    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

    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

     

    Job Openings

     

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events

     

    December 29 – Participate in statewide protests against the Sabal Trail Pipeline. For more information, click here or contact organizer Colleen Gariton at (352) 339- 1748.

    January 3, 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. January’s lecture is on Springs Biology. For more information, click here.

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

     

     

     

    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 www . floridaconservationcoalition . org

FCC News Brief - December 22, 2016

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 @ 9:24pm

  • FCC News Brief

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

    December 22, 2016

     

     

    Cody Dulaney reports for News Press – “Lee County…Commissioners unanimously adopted…the federal and state legislative platforms for 2017, and most of the state agenda deals with water quality and land conservation.” Read Lee County sets focus on water quality, land conservation in 2017

    Sean Kinane reports for WMNF – “Construction of the Sabal Trail oil pipeline continues in north…and central Florida;…there have been two people arrested during…protests…Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson of the Sierra Club says…one activist was arrested in Gilchrist County and another near the Suwannee County city of Live Oak…[J]osh Peebles…came as a navy veteran… ‘he walked across the highway…and the police arrested him for jaywalking…Gilchrist County, there was another situation- not a demonstration…There was a tour…[T]he police stopped us as we were driving and wanted to see our license and registrations. One of the people that was with us…was questioning the officer: Why did she have to show him anything when she felt she was doing nothing wrong? And within a matter of seconds he was arresting her.’” Read Update on Florida’s Sabal Trail gas pipeline arrests

    Kevin Spear reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “[A] Department of Environmental Protection deputy secretary, Gary Clark, told ‘colleagues’ that the new (State Parks) director will be Lisa Edgar. She is an outgoing board member of the state Public Service Commission and former employee at DEP and other state agencies…In a DEP press release, Edgar said, ‘…[A]s a frequent visitor of our state parks, I’ve seen first-hand the high caliber of the Florida Park Service team. I look forward to working with this team to continue to achieve the Florida state parks mission to provide…recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.’” Read Utility regulator gets Florida parks job

    Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times – “Last week, with no explanation, the longtime boss of the…Florida state parks system was abruptly demoted…The Florida Department of Environmental Protection…announced that his replacement will be Lisa Edgar, a Public Service Commission member who has been repeatedly accused of favoring utilities over customers. ‘She does not do an adequate job of representing he ratepayers and consumers of…Florida,’ state Sen. Jack Latvala…said during a 2013 hearing on her reappointment to the commission…[Edgar] has no background running state parks. Forgione, by contrast, joined the DEP as a park ranger in 1983… ‘She has years of experience protecting Florida’s natural resources as a former DEP deputy secretary,’ Engel (DEP spokeswoman) said, ‘as well as service to the state as chief environmental policy analyst…under both Govs. Chiles and Bush.’…The year the governor was sworn in, Forgione rushed out a plan to let private contractors design, build and operate new campsites in 56 state parks where camping had not previously been allowed. The campsites would have to accommodate…popup trailers and RVs…” Read Controversial Public Service Commission member will be the next boss of Florida’s parks

    Michael Moline reports for Florida Politics – “Senate President Joe Negron…defended his plan to store runoff from Lake Okeechobee instead of sending it into coastal estuaries where the nutrient-rich water can feed noxious algae blooms.” Read Joe Negron addresses Okeechobee overflow in broad-ranging briefing

    Anthony B. Chen, Hector H. Sandoval, & Rich Doty report for BEBR – “Florida’s estimated freshwater consumption increased for both public supply (utility) use and agricultural use until the year 2000, but has declined steadily since then.” Read Florida Water Use And Conservation

    Nick Evans reports for WFSU – “Ranchers in two southwest Florida counties are eligible for federal funding to protect panthers…The [FWC] will coordinate the program which provides help with building fencing and compensating ranchers for cattle lost to panthers.” Read SW Florida Ranchers Eligible for Support to Preserve Panthers

    Anne Delaney reports for the Pensacola News Journal – “Santa Rosa County received $150,000 from the [FWC], and the county will match the funds to purchase approximately 2,400 fully automated Kodiak bear-resistant cants. ‘Our goal is to build a buffer and to eliminate an attraction and get the bears to go back to the berries and whatever bears eat,’ said Santa Rosa County Environmental Manager Ron Hixson…. ‘It’s a much more robust can than (modifying) existing cans,’ Hixson said…In October, Santa Rosa passed a bear safety ordinance…The ordinance requires residents to ‘retain waste or trash until pickup and place trash in a receptacle that morning and remove it thereafter,’…” Read Santa Rosa receives “BearWise” funding



     

     

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    Petitions

    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

     

    Job Openings

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events

    December 29 – Participate in statewide protests against the Sabal Trail Pipeline. For more information, click here or contact organizer Colleen Gariton at (352) 339- 1748.

    January 3, 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. January’s lecture is on Springs Biology. For more information, click here.

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

     

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FCC News Brief - December 20, 2016

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 @ 10:22am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    December 20, 2016

     

     

     

    Chad Gillis and Ben Crasch report for News Press – “Land owners continue to push development into panther habitat, the two main agencies charged with protecting [panthers] have shown no enthusiasm for moving them north of the Caloosahatchee River and a record number are being killed by vehicles. And there’s a growing call among some…to be able to hunt them…A group of nine land owners, including [an FWC] commissioner, is pushing for a permit to build on massive swaths of land adjacent to the Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge and Big Cypress National Preserve, where the heart of the breeding population lives…The move to develop in panther territory comes after the [FWC] released a draft policy paper last year that caused a furor…Panther biologists were not consulted beforehand… ‘[Priddy] is the leading proponent of changing this panther rule, and she would gain financially from being able to develop her remaining property and selling it,’ said…Chuck O’Neal…Typically environmentalists have stood together, opposing development plans and road expansion projects aimed at opening up all of South Florida for urbanization. But recently a divide has emerged over the development Priddy and the other landowners are involved in…Groups like the Florida Wildlife Federation and Audubon Florida support the development plan…But other groups (like the Conservancy of Southwest Florida) say the development will chop off too much panther habitat and put more cars near panther dens…PEER says the [development]…and [others] like it will lead to the extinction of panthers.” Read Endangered Florida panther faces new pressures, critical crossroad
     
    Jeffrey Schweers reports for the Tallahassee Democrat – “Lorinne Myatt…organized a demonstration at the Capitol…to…draw attention to Sabal Trail…[It] drew 400 people…Many were surprised to learn that the project had been winding its way through the regulatory process for three years…Events are planned for Dec. 29 in St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, and Orlando. A mass civil disobedience is planned for Jan. 17 at Suwannee River State Park, near the spot [where] the pipeline will pass under the river…[Opponents have] started letter-writing campaigns to their state elected officials and members of Congress, organized benefit concerts, and traveled to the…construction sites…The…pipeline is…tunneling under the Withlacoochee, Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers and plowing through dozens of spring sheds… ‘We are meeting people every day who don’t know about this and live next door to it,’ Malqitz-Jipson (a Sierra Club organizer) said. And local governments seem to have been ignored or shut out of the regulatory process.” Read
    Sabal Trail pipeline cut through heart of springs country
     
    James Call reports for the Tallahassee Democrat – “The Acquisition and Restoration Council decided…to delay a vote on a plan giving 43 acres to the Department of Transportation to widen Crawfordville Highway…ARC members delayed any action until their next meeting in March. The move allows FDOT time to investigate alternative stormwater pond designs to reduce nitrogen discharges.
    It is unclear whether the agency will do so.” Read Road widening project stalled

    Kevin Spear reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “The director of the Florida Park Service has been reassigned to manage a park…Donald Forgione…was the first director to have risen from the position of park ranger. Forgione was charged by Scott’s administration with boosting park revenues, while also having to respond to vocal opponents of exploiting park resources. ‘This worries us,’ said Paula Russo, president of the Friends of Florida State Parks. ‘Donald has been an exemplary director.’…[FDEP] director, Jon Steverson, has pushed parks to wean themselves from taxpayer subsidies…Options discussed so far [include] leasing acreage for cattle grazing, selling timber and opening wildlife preserves to hunters. The service also has relied increasingly on hiring private companies for land managing traditionally done by park rangers.” Read Florida parks director removed, sparking worries
     
    Isadora Rangel reports for the TC Palm – “Florida coastal communities could ban plastic shopping bags to preserve the environment and reduce litter under a proposed state law. Municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents could create a pilot program to regulate disposable bags…[O]nly communities that border the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, lagoons and other water bodies could participate…This is the third time Rep. David Richardson has filed the bill since the Legislature in 2008 prohibited local governments from enacting ordinances to regulate disposable plastic bags…The House bill (HB93) and its Senate companion (SB 162) would prohibit municipalities from imposing fees or taxes on bag use, and would require governments to collect data on the pilot program to generate a report for the Department of Environmental Protection.” Read
    State bill to ban plastic bags introduced 3rd time by Rep. David Richardson
     
    The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board writes – “Florida panthers and manatees have bene killed in record numbers in 2016…These grim milestones are a reminder that wildlife managers must follow sensible measures to protect these vulnerable species and Floridians must be cautious not to add to the death toll even as the numbers of panthers and manatees are on the rise…Speeding through shallow manatee habitats poses mortal danger to [manatees], which have been on the U.S. endangered species list since the list’s inception in 1967. That endangered status...is in doubt even as boat-related fatalities climb…Manatees weren’t put on the endangered list because of their numbers. They were given the special protection because of threats to their habitat from pollution and development, as well as boat collisions- all threats that remain today…[R]apid development in southwest Florida is encroaching on panther habitat and resulting in deadly interactions…The best hope for saving the Florida panther…is protection of the Florida Wildlife Corridor...Both [conservation] easements and the livestock (compensation) program are reasonable policies that can help save Florida’s state animal.” Read
    Continuing protections for manatees, panthers
     
    The News Service of Florida reports – “A regulatory case about Gulf Power’s proposal to raise base electric rates could get more crowded. The League of Women Voters of Florida and the Sierra Club have filed petitions to formally intervene in the case, which is expected to play out in the coming months at the Florida Public Service Commission.” Read
    League, Sierra Club want roles in Gulf Power rate increase case
     
    Jasmine C. Lee and Adam Pearce report for The New York Times – “Mr. Trump’s decisions will be important but not the sole factor in how close the United States gets to reaching the emissions goal.” Read
    How Trump Can Influence Climate Change


     

     

     

    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

    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

     

    Job Openings

     

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events

     

    December 29 – Participate in statewide protests against the Sabal Trail Pipeline. For more information, click here or contact organizer Colleen Gariton at (352) 339- 1748.

    January 3, 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. January’s lecture is on Springs Biology. For more information, click here.

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

     

     

     

    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.

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

FCC News Brief - December 16, 2016

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Friday, December 16th, 2016 @ 9:51am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    December 16, 2016

     

     

    James Call reports for the Tallahassee Democrat – “[FDOT] wants 43 acres of Wakulla Springs State Park to widen Crawfordville Highway…The project elevates the highway six feet…and includes four storm water drainage ponds…[T]he Wakulla Springs Alliance (WSA) and five other groups object to [including] storm water drainage ponds on a karst plain near the iconic Wakulla Springs…(WSA’s) McGlynn notes that Tallahassee has spent more than $200 million reducing the flow of nitrates into the spring. He can’t understand why anyone would agree to build holding ponds that will add more nitrates…to Wakulla Springs…WSA members and others from the Apalachee Audubon Society, Audubon Florida, Defenders of Wildlife, Florida Wildlife Federation, Friends of Wakulla Springs drafted a joint letter to the ARC listing their concerns and suggesting ways minimizing the impact on the region’s wildlife and springs…The group [wants] DOT to build wildlife underpasses for deer, bear and gopher tortoises to cross underneath U.S. 319… ‘This is exacerbating the habitat fragmentation through a public lands corridor that begins in the Apalachicola National Forest in Leon and runs through Wakulla Springs State Park and continues down to the coast and the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge,’ said Kent Wimmer, of the Defenders of Wildlife.” Read 43 acres of Wakulla Springs State Park sought for Crawfordville Highway project

    Maggy Hurchalla writes for my Palm Beach Post – “Someone needs to point out that former Pahokee Mayor J.P. Sasser’s view of Everglades Restoration is a mythological beast…Here are the facts: 1. CERP…has always required buying a large amount of land south of Lake O. Without that land for storage, treatment and conveyance, Everglades’ restoration won’t work, Miami’s water supply will more rapidly go salt…2. The unfinished reservoir…was designed to give most of the stored water to sugar growers, and less water to the everglades than CERP called for. It did not include water quality treatment. It was an expensive mistake in the wrong place.” Read Negron on right track for Everglades restoration

    Andy Reid reports for the Sun Sentinel – “Climate change…[means] it will take more water – and potentially more taxpayer money- to save the Everglades, according to new scientific findings…[Restoration] is expected to get harder as sea-level rise pushes more saltwater into the Everglades and rising temperatures accelerate evaporation of water supplies during prolonged droughts. To compensate, more water-storage alternatives should be added to Everglades restoration plans…Even with those changes, the committee warns that the looming effects of…climate change may require a re-examination of long-term Everglades restoration goals…[S]ea level rise by 2 feet by 2100 would bring more saltwater that changes what lives and grows on the southern end of the Everglades. ‘It may be that there’s no amount of water that can keep the southern end of the Everglades the way that it is now,’ said University of Florida professor Karl Havens…” Read Everglades’ water at risk from sea-level rise, scientists say

    The Herald Tribune Editorial Board writes – “Efforts to protect endangered species in Southwest Florida recorded some impressive gains recently, and also some disheartening losses. The gains were made in this year’s record-breaking sea-turtle nesting season…The losses have come in…the steadily increasing number of Florida panthers killed by motorists…Urban development and agriculture in Collier and Lee counties and in South Florida have restricted the panthers’ habitat and access to food sources. A year ago, nine Florida members of Congress – including Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key- called for the federal government to establish a “critical habitat” designation for the Florida panther. That designation would heighten environmental scrutiny of federal projects…that could impact publicly owned panther lands. A renewal of that effort in Congress- along with reduced speed limits and increased enforcement on roads that cross the panthers’ habitat- appears to be essential if the dwindling species is to avoid another record year of losses.” Read Endangered species’ gains and losses

    The Bradenton Herald Editorial Board writes – “Ill-considered, rampant sprawl threatens our clean water supply and, in turn, agriculture and tourism…Manatee County Commissioners recently approved changes in the Land Development Code to shift away from the old suburban-oriented customs and instead encourage redevelopment along the county’s six urban corridors, where expensive infrastructure already exists…Florida Forever…which had preserved 2.5 million acres while receiving some $300 million annually, first began hemorrhaging money in 2008 and only get a fraction of the once robust allocation. In retaliation, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in 2014 that dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars annually into land acquisition and restoration projects.” Read Clean water supply vital to Florida’s future growth but state lacks vision

    Tyler Treadway reports for the TC Palm – “President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency would be bad for the country and devastating for Florida, say state and local environmentalists…Florida is the state most at risk of sea level rise and climate change, Draper said. ‘Not dealing with the issue…will cause billions of dollars in damage and property loss…’…Along the Treasure Coast, the first effect of sea level rise will be saltwater contamination of aquifers…The EPA can determine what bodies of water are covered under the federal Clean Water Act, and there’s a real risk that a Pruitt-led EPA could remove federal protection for tens of thousands of acres of wetlands in Florida, Draper said.” Read Environmentalists recoil at Trump’s choice to lead EPA

    Juliet Eilperin reports for The Washington Post – “President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke, who has represented Montana’s at-large congressional seat for one term, to serve as secretary of the Department of the Interior…A lifelong hunter and fisherman, the 55-year old Zinke has defended public access to federal lands even though he frequently votes against environmentalists on issues ranging from coal extraction to oil and gas drilling. This summer, he quit his post as a member of the GOP platform-writing committee after the group included language that would have transferred federal land ownership to the states…He has…pushed for full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund…Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said the congressman’s ‘brief political career has been substantially devoted to attacking endangered species and the Endangered Species Act,’…” Read Trump taps Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as interior secretary

    Rob Jordan reports for Stanford News – “A major opportunity for avoiding climate change’s worst impacts lies in reducing methane emissions, particularly from food production, according to a pair of new studies.” Read Methane from food production could be wildcard in combating climate change, Stanford scientist says


     

     

     

    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

    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

     

    Job Openings

     

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events

     

    January 3, 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. January’s lecture is on Springs Biology. For more information, click here.

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

     

     

     

    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.

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

FCC News Brief - December 14, 2016

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 @ 12:29pm

  • FCC News Brief

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

    December 14, 2016

     

      

     

    Frank Torres reports for Orlando Politics – “District 5 Commissioner Emily Bonilla submitted [a] proposal which is being pushed forward by the League of Women Voters [which] calls on the state legislature to allocate $300 million dollars to a trust for land acquisition with the intent of preserving water and wildlife resources and maintaining sensitive lands with rapid growth coming to the area…The resolution will now be reviewed by the County before coming back before a vote by the commission.” Read Orange Commission to consider resolution calling on proper allocation of Amendment 1 funds

    Paul Still writes for The Gainesville Sun – “The draft Water Supply Plan for North Florida turns out to be yet another case where the quality of the plan is sacrificed so a bureaucratic box can be checked. The plan has major flaws and does not meet the requirements for a water supply plan established in Florida statues. It fails to identify sufficient projects to address the needs identified in the plan and fails to cover at least a 20-year planning period…The most cost-effective way to protect our aquifer resources is to restore wetlands and prevent the continuing destruction of existing wetlands. A planning tool that could be used would be to require all development to replace 110 percent of any aquifer recharge lost because of the development. Wetlands restoration can also reduce nutrients entering lakes, river, and aquifers…Time is critical…and funding projects that do not address the fundamental problems waste resources…Once large landholdings are subdivided, the chances of restoring large tracts of wetlands can be lost…Spending an extra six months to correct the flaws in the (North Florida Water Supply) plan may be the only way we can protect our region’s water resources.” Read Water supply plan has major flaws

    Joshua Rhett Miller reports for The New York Post – “As the US Fish and Wildlife Service considers removing manatees from [the] endangered species list, boaters in Florida have killed a record number of the animals this year…The 98 manatees killed by watercraft in Florida thus far in 2016 eclipses the previous record set in 2009…Manatees…have…grown to more than 6,000 animals today, despite ongoing detrimental impacts like habitat loss, boat strikes and red tide. As of Dec. 2, the total number of manatee deaths from various causes was 472, or 16 percent higher than 405 deaths last year…But the number of manatees killed by boats this year is more than 8 times higher than the limit of 12 per year that a federal study…would mark the most human-caused death that the animals could tolerate without risking extinction…Overall, the largest number of manatees deaths…were reported in 2013…That’s when a rash of cold temperatures, a wave of red tide poisonings and a mysterious ailment…that’s still under investigation killed 830 manatees…[A] decision by US Fish and Wildlife Service on the designation of manatees is expected early next year…” Read The manatee crisis isn’t over yet

    Jim Turner reports for The News Service of Florida – “Most of the $825,000 in “BearWise” program money, given out to 12 counties across the state, will go to lower the cost of bear-resistant trash cans for residents…Seminole Lake, Orange and Santa Rosa counties each will get $150,000…Most of the money requires local governments to…approve ordinances regarding the maintenance of residential and business trash…[T]he Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the agency will seek additional money from the Legislature in 2017 to maintain the conflict-reduction program.” Read A dozen counties get bear trash can funding

    Lacey McCormick reports for the National Wildlife Federation – “Florida and national conservation groups announced that 67,000 Americans had signed petitions asking Governor Scott to honor the state-federal partnership that protects the last piece of the historic Everglades ecosystem in Palm Beach County as a National Wildlife Refuge…The groups who worked on the petition drive agree that continuing the partnership…is the best way to leverage the resources needed to combat the aggressive invasive species found in the refuge. If the state terminates the agreement, it will lose the $2 million annually that the Fish and Wildlife Service has been spending to fight these invasive species.” Read 67,000 Americans Want to Keep Loxahatchee Refuge

    Randy Schultz writes for the Sun Sentinel – “The South Florida Water Management District…issued a “statement of principles’ on behalf of the Loxahathchee National Wildlife Refuge…and defended its intention to sell land in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve Area. Given the source, however, such reassurances aren’t reassuring…The district…has suggested that it might sue to force a sale (in the Agricultural Reserve), which could mean no conservation easement…Why the strong-arm? Gov. Rick Scott appoints district board members, and his office has ordered them to cut taxes…[T]he district has to balance its books using reserves…So the district is short on cash…We must hope that the next governor gives the district the money it needs and a new attitude.” Read Water district gets tough on all the wrong people

    Oliver Milman reports for The Guardian – “The heads of Donald Trump’s transition teams for Nasa, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy, as well as his nominees to lead the EPA and the Department of the Interior, all question the science of human-caused climate change…According to his latest financial disclosure records, Trump held investments in the fossil fuel companies Shell, Halliburton, Total and Chevron. His largest energy investment was in BHP Billiton…Trump also had interests in Energy Transfer Partners and Phillips 66, which are behind the controversial Dakota Access pipeline that Trump wants to see completed. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said… ‘These are people that had slipped out of the conversation, we haven’t been even debating them in years because they were so out of step…Now they’ve leapfrogged into the White House…Will we now have to debate whether gravity exists too?’” Read Trump’s transition: sceptics guide every agency dealing with climate change

    Nathan Bomey reports for USA Today – “Billionaire philanthropist and technologist Bill Gates is set to announce…the formation of a new fund with more than $1 billion to invest in technologies aimed at counteracting climate change.” Read Bill Gates forms $1B climate-change tech fund

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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

    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

     

    Job Openings

     

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events

     

    December 14, 12:45 pm – Come learn about irrigation improvements for homeowners in The Villages. The meeting will take place in the Belvedere Library. For more information and to RSVP, email resourcewisdom@gmail.com.

    December 15, 12:00 pm – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s FREE webinar: Lake Pickett North: A Citizen Advocacy Success Story. The Orange County Board of County Commissioners’ vote on November 15 to deny a massive proposed development outside of the Urban Services Area provided a major victory both for the environment and for the citizen advocates who led the charge. For more information and to register, click here.

    January 3, 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. January’s lecture is on Springs Biology. 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 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 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 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.

     

     

     

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FCC News Brief - December 13, 2016

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 @ 9:58am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    December 13, 2016

     

     
     

    The Associated Press reports – “[T]wo more endangered Florida panthers have been killed in vehicle collisions…[T]he remains of a 2-year-old female panther were recovered Friday, and the remains of a female panther kitten were recovered Saturday…[B]oth were killed in Lee County. So far this year, 34 panthers have been killed on southwest Florida’s roads. That’s up from 30 fatal collisions with vehicles in 2015. Only about 180 of the big cats remain in the wild.” Read Panther death toll on southwest Florida roads rises to 34

    Tyler Treadway reports for the TC Palm – “CEPP, which was envisioned as a way to fast-track sending some excess Lake Okeechobee water south instead of to the St. Lucie River estuaries by building a project on land already in public hands, won’t be finished until at least 2030. And its effect on Lake O discharges will be limited. CEPP is designed to store, treat and send south about 65.2 billion gallons of water. More than 720 billion gallons of Lake O water was discharged this year…Congress’ approval of the water development act authorizes CEPP, but it doesn’t appropriate the money to pay for it…Ideally, Congress will make annual appropriations to the corps to pay for each step of the work. Meanwhile, the water district will be asking the state Legislature to pay the state share. Getting money through the federal pipeline usually takes about two years…Getting state money takes about a year. The first step…will be a “validation study to more specifically define CEPP’s scope and cost.” That should take place in fiscal year 2018. Designing and engineering the project will take a couple more years. Construction will begin in the south with removing obstacles to water flow…The final phase will be building a shallow reservoir…” Read Congress Oks bill with Everglades plan to move Lake Okeechobee discharges south

    Jerry Iannelli writes for the Miami New Times – “[A]t last week’s Miami-Dade County Commission meeting…commissioners…shot down a simple resolution that would have supported [Sen. Negron’s sugar land purchase proposal.]…A similar resolution passed unanimously last year…[T]he county commission received a letter from the South Florida Water Management District’s president, Pete Antonacci. In his letter, Antonacci said the land buy was no longer a priority for the state and would conflict with the lake’s Integrated Delivery Schedule…Antonacci also met directly with members of the county commission to push that message…Joe Kyles- the mayor of South Bay..., a community that relies heavily on the sugar industry- claimed Levine Cava’s [resolution] would kill jobs in his small town.” Read Miami-Dade County Commissioners Refuse to Support Plan to Restore the Everglades

    USA Today Network-Florida’s Editorial Board writes – “[G]iven recent developments, there may be more pressure this time around to approve [fracking.] The decision last month by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to cut output almost certainly will spur efforts nationwide to increase domestic oil production. Additionally, President-elect Donald Trump favors the expansion of domestic drilling…Hydraulic fracturing…uses unknown chemicals and an enormous amount of water – a precious commodity in the Sunshine State…In a hopeful sign, new Florida Senator President Joe Negron…opposed the 2016 (fracking) legislation. ‘I voted against last year’s fracking bill because I did not think it adequately protected the environment,’ Negron said. ‘My guiding principle on fracking legislation is to protect the environment and safeguard our water resources.’…Sen. Gary Farmer…and Rep. Evan Jenne…have filed bills that would ban hydraulic fracturing…State Sen. Dana Young…has said she also plans to propose a statewide fracking ban…Keep fracking out of Florida.” Read Keep fracking out of Florida

    Dinah Voyles Pulver reports for The Daytona Beach News-Journal – “Nearly 100 manatees died after collisions with boats in Florida waterways this year, including 12 in Volusia County- an all-time high for the state and county.” Read Boat-related manatee deaths hit new record in Florida, Volusia

    Bob Mercer writes for the Tampa Bay Times – “Bob Knight got one thing right: We have an impending water supply crisis we need to address. But he suggests the Florida Legislature and agencies have done little to solve the problem…In addition to data collection, agencies have identified and prioritized issues and potential solutions that impact spring flow and water quality.” Read Progress in protecting our water resources

    Andrew Gillum writes for the Tampa Bay Times – “If President-elect Donald Trump wants to know if climate change is real, he need look no further than communities across the great state of Florida…Climate change is a neighbor losing all their personal possessions due to floods. Climate change is a senior citizen struggling with the summer heat in a home without air conditioning. Climate change is a student missing school because an asthma attack sent her from homeroom to the emergency room. That’s why I support the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan…When fully implemented, the Clean Power Plan will generate $54 billion in annual climate and health benefits, and prevent up to 3,600 deaths nationwide. And if states like Florida include energy efficiency measures in their compliance plans, families can save more than $300 per year on their utility bills…[T]wo-thirds of Americans – and two-thirds of Floridians – support the Clean Power Plan…[W]e demand climate action.” Read Trump’s election shouldn’t stop climate action

    Carl Hiaasen writes for the Miami Herald – “If you were the attorney general of Oklahoma, you’d be thrilled to go to Washington, D.C. – and not just for the opportunity to gut a federal agency that you despise. A bonus benefit of leaving that part of the Midwest is getting away from the many earthquakes caused by oil and natural gas operations…The New York Times found that energy lobbyists drafted…letters that Pruitt sent under his own name to the Interior Department, the Office of Management and Budget, and even President Obama…Now [Pruitt’s] been selected to shrink and enfeeble the EPA…The president who signed the agency into law was Richard Nixon, a Republican with no burning passion for environmental causes. Still there was a bipartisan understanding in Washington that most Americans…wanted clean air and clean water…” Read ‘Tool of the energy industry’ will run Trump administration’s EPA

     


     

     

     

    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

    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

     

    Job Openings

     

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events

     

    December 14, 12:45 pm – Come learn about irrigation improvements for homeowners in The Villages. The meeting will take place in the Belvedere Library. For more information and to RSVP, email resourcewisdom@gmail.com

    December 15, 12:00 pm – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s FREE webinar: Lake Pickett North: A Citizen Advocacy Success Story. The Orange County Board of County Commissioners’ vote on November 15 to deny a massive proposed development outside of the Urban Services Area provided a major victory both for the environment and for the citizen advocates who led the charge. For more information and to register, 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 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 29, 10:00 AM – Attend Southwest Florida Veg Fest in Fort Myers. 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.

     

     

     

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FCC News Brief - December 12, 2016

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Monday, December 12th, 2016 @ 10:17am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    December 12, 2016

     

     
     

    Carlton Ward Jr. writes for The Tampa Bay Times – “[T]he path panthers will follow to expand into their historic territory…begins from South Florida public lands like Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, all at risk of being cut off from the rest of the state and needing lifelines north to the Caloosahatchee and beyond, where the fabric of the (Florida Wildlife) [C]orridor consists largely of private ranches...[The future of the ranches] aren’t secure, yet without them the corridor would not exist. During the expedition, we hiked across or camped on nearly 30 ranches whose owners were interested in conservation easements as alternatives to development…The Priddys have lost cattle to panthers and their experiences have helped shape federal programs that have partially compensated them for their losses and will reduce the burden for other ranchers who continue supporting the panther’s recovery…[T]he Florida Wildlife Corridor is still connected. But that could change quickly as ranchers…are pressured by estate taxes and growing families to sell their land, paving the way for roads and development to push further inland…[R]anchers and panthers…[face] the same common threat – the rapid sprawling development that is consuming lands on which they both depend…The biggest barrier to recovery for the panther is insufficient funding for land protection, and the biggest impediment to funding has been Tallahassee, where lawmakers continue to resist the will of the people to protect more land…RFLPP (Rural and Family Lands Protection Program) has $30 million in this year’s budget…But we need to invest 10 times that much in easements annually to balance the 175,000 acres per year, or 20 acres per hour, we lose to development.” Read The path of the panther

    Alli Knothe and Jeff Harrington report for The Tampa Bay Times – “It has been a long time since farmers and ranchers could turn their spreads of land into big moneymakers…[A]griculture has now shriveled to the point that it’s no longer a major part of the state’s economy…[A]s family farms look to pass on to the next generation, the high cost of business has convinced more farmers and ranchers to simply give up and sell to developers, who have gobbled up 1 million acres of farmland in the last 10 years alone…Once farms disappear to make way for houses, shopping centers and schools, ‘it’s gone forever,’ said UF’s Hodges…Some state environmental experts and economists think a burgeoning water shortage could lead to more stringent water restrictions, or fees, within 10 years.” Read Dying on the vine? Florida’s shriveling agriculture industry can’t shale the fall of citrus, loss of land

    Beth Kassab writes for the Orlando Sentinel – “The more I think about our future as a region, the more the parent in me wants to put a safety lock on our growth-management plans and strap helmets on elected officials as they prepare for inevitable run-ins with developers. Growing a region has some striking similarities to raising a child. You accept that change…will come. But you do what you can to nurture the good stuff that you don’t want to lose…I wonder if one day we will look around…and shake our heads at the destruction we didn’t stop…Failing to plan for the right mix of growth and preservation would be the worst form of neglect.” Read Florida’s conservation of the state’s natural beauty will be our biggest challenge of 2030

    Andy Reid reports for the Sun Sentinel – “Two sugar cane farms repeatedly failing to meet Everglades pollution-cleanup coals remain in business thanks to an accommodating landlord- the state of Florida…While sugar cane growers face pollution cleanup requirements, they argue that much of the pollution problem threatening the Everglades comes from phosphorus that flows into Lake Okeechobee from Central Florida- before that water even makes it to South Florida’s sugar cane fields…Using state land to grow sugar cane is ‘a missed opportunity’ at a time when Florida needs more places to store and clean up water for the Everglades, said Cara Capp, Everglades Coalition co-chair.” Read Sugar-cane growing on state land misses pollution-cleanup goal, records show

    Justin Worland reports for Time – “Conditions linked to everyday chemicals – used in cosmetics, plastics and common household items like sofas- lead to $340 billion in treatment and lost productivity costs annually in the U.S., according to a new study…Europe- where regulations require manufacturers to prove household chemicals are safe before they hit shelves- loses a significantly smaller share of its GDP as a result of endocrine disrupting diseases than the U.S…These chemicals have been linked to obesity, intellectual disabilities, endometriosis, autism and heart disease.” Read Health Problems from Common Chemicals Cost $340 Billion Per Year: Study

    Scott Tong and Tom Scheck report for Marketplace – “Top officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year made critical changes at the eleventh hour to a highly anticipated, five-year scientific study of hydraulic fracturing’s effect on the nation’s drinking water. The changes, later criticized by scientists for lacking evidence, played down the risk of pollution that can result from…fracking…The study ran into a number of difficulties…The EPA, for example, tried to work with oil and gas companies to conduct testing on sites before, during and after a fractured well is drilled…Despite pledges of cooperation from the industry, the EPA could never reach agreement with any company to conduct the tests.” Read EPA’s late changes to fracking study downplay risk of drinking water pollution

    WTXL reports – “Three protests were held over the weekend calling on leaders and residents to take action and stop the completion of the (Sabal Trail) pipeline…The Live Oak protest is where water advocates say authorities arrested a veteran…” Read Sabal Trail Pipeline Protest Leads to an Arrest

    Dave Burke reports for the Daily Mail – “Catholic priests are now expected to learn about climate change…It is part of a worldwide drive by the faith to increase environmental awareness. New guidelines issued to priests state that members of the clergy should be ‘promoters’ of ‘appropriate care for everything connected to the protection of creation.’ The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences has ruled that climate change is real and caused by human activity. Members of the church have been urged to spread the message in a non-political manner… ‘…[T]he Church advocates awareness, conservation, and management of our planet’s resources for the good of all, and not just for the benefit of a mere few.’” Read Catholic priests will have to preach about climate change as part of a drive by the church to cut global warming



     

     

     

    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

    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

     

    Job Openings

     

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events

     

    December 14, 12:45 pm – Come learn about irrigation improvements for homeowners in The Villages. The meeting will take place in the Belvedere Library. For more information and to RSVP, email resourcewisdom@gmail.com

    December 15, 12:00 pm – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s FREE webinar: Lake Pickett North: A Citizen Advocacy Success Story. The Orange County Board of County Commissioners’ vote on November 15 to deny a massive proposed development outside of the Urban Services Area provided a major victory both for the environment and for the citizen advocates who led the charge. For more information and to register, 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 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 29, 10:00 AM – Attend Southwest Florida Veg Fest in Fort Myers. 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.

     

     

     

    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.

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FCC News Brief - December 11, 2016

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Sunday, December 11th, 2016 @ 10:49am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    December 11, 2016

     

      
     

    The Gainesville Sun Editorial Board writes – “The final death knell for the dam should have been an agreement that came after Congress officially deauthorized the barge canal in 1990. But the dam has remained on federal land in the Ocala National Forest…As former Florida Gov. Buddy MacKay, who wrote the legislation killing the dam project when he was a congressman, said, ‘It’s an absolute outrage that everything that has been done and we still have this dam.’…Newly elected state Sen. Keith Perry…is a proponent for keeping the dam. His district now includes Putnam County, where supporters of the reservoir cite the economic benefits of its use for bass fishing. Such a stand fails to take into account the impact of the river’s restoration on ecotourism and the environment. Breaching the dam would be costly, but so is the more than $1 million annual expense of maintaining it…Hopefully [those supporting the dam’s removal] will be able to use the legal system to finally achieve what should have been done decades ago.” Read Tough tactics needed to finally kill dam 

    Monica Camacho writes for FL Keys News – “Imagine you have a swimming pool with 100 water pipes discharging into it. Sixty-seven of the pipes constantly release rotten seaweed and fish carcasses into your pool. You hire someone to fix the problem, and he only repairs two of the pipes…This is the case in the Florida Keys, where two-thirds of the canals have “impaired” water quality…The Florida Keys’ Canal Restoration Program should be considered a higher priority for state and federal government agencies that control county funding for projects…Some common methods to improve canal water quality include weed gates, culvert connections, removal of accumulated organics, backfilling deep canals and pumping. Residents believe that some of the methods are too invasive and will cause greater harm to the environment, such as backfilling because it can cover benthic organisms. However, these methods will eventually improve conditions…Also, some residents are against having surveys and remediation projects done on their property…We need the compliance and patience of Florida Keys’ residents to engender a more productive and biodiverse aquatic community.” Read Keys’ economy depends on proper canal restoration

    Ledyard King reports for USA Today – “Legislation authorizing almost $2 billion for the Everglades is headed to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature after the Senate passed a major water infrastructure bill…The…Act…authorizes: - $1.95 billion for the Central Everglades Planning Project; - $113 million to cover the cost of completing a 55,000-acre Picayune Strand restoration project in Collier County…[T]he water bill…would eliminate a 2014 directive that warns the governors of Florida, Georgia and Alabama to negotiate an out-of-court settlement over the allocation of water in two interstate river basins or risk stronger intervention by congress. Without the directive, Alabama and Florida officials say, Georgia might have less of an incentive to reach a political compromise…Of the $4.1 billion in emergency funding included in the bill… - $1.8 billion would go to…low-income communities affected by the storm; - $1 billion would go to…repair highways…damaged by the storm; - $1 billion would go to the Army Corps of Engineers for flood prevention and beach restoration.” Read U.S. Senate Oks $2 billion for Everglades flow, $74 million to fix Kennedy Space Center

    The Associated Press reports – “A total of 40 Florida panthers have been found dead in 2016, with 32 road fatalities.” Read Panther found dead in southwest Florida

    The Naples Herald reports – “From 2011 to 2016, annual panther roadkills have increased by nearly 250 percent from 9 panthers to over 30…The Conservancy (of Southwest Florida) said land for panthers and other wildlife…has decreased as permits for construction grow, rapidly becoming the most significant barrier to the Florida panther’s survival. ‘In addition to providing safe passage with landscape corridors and underpasses, we also need to preserve the core necessary habitats for panthers to establish their home ranges,’ said Conservancy…Senior Environmental Policy Specialist Amber Crooks… ‘Young panthers are disproportionally killed as they struggle to find their own resources and establish their own territory.’” Read Record Number of Panthers Hit on Florida Roadways in 2016

    The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board writes – “Fracking creates hazardous wastewater – a lot of it, at surface level…Given our state’s sponge-like bedrock, improper handling of fracking’s byproducts threatens our water supply. – Energy companies want to keep secret what chemicals they use in fracking…And it’s hard to have confidence in state oversight since Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers gutted the Department of Environmental Protection…So it is welcome news that freshman Sens. Gary Farmer…and Dana Young…plan to push legislation this year to ban fracking in Florida. Young, who served as the Republican majority leader in the Florida House last year, has considerable sway. Farmer is a strong new voice from South Florida. Farmer told us…that he had just filed his first two bills. The first would ban fracking through state law. The second would place a constitutional amendment that bans fracking on the ballot for voters to approve…Young…also wants the Legislature to fund a $1 million study that would offer scientific grounding for a Florida ban…Recent research conducted by several universities…suggests the chemicals used in fracking increase the risk of prostate cancer, birth defects, miscarriages and reduced male fertility.” Read Welcome news on proposed fracking ban

    Tim Murphy writes for Mother Jones – “Donald Trump has chosen Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, chair of the House Republican Conference, to be his secretary of interior…[I]f her record in Congress is any indication, don’t expect McMorris Rogers to make climate science or conservation a priority…In 2010, she earned plaudits from the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity for opposing a cap-and-trade carbon-pricing system aimed at reducing emissions. In 2011 she voted three times against a resolution acknowledging that ‘climate change is happening and human beings are a major reason for it.’ More recently, she co-sponsored the House bill to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency…from regulating carbon emissions…McMorris Rodgers has explicitly voted against letting the interior secretary consider climate change when setting policy…McMorris Rogers, who has a 4 percent lifetime rating from the League of Conservation Voters, has taken concrete steps to curb the power of the department she’s now set to run. She’s repeatedly backed legislation that would limit the president’s authority to protect public lands under the Antiquities Act…” Read Donald Trump’s Interior Secretary Pick Doesn’t Want to Combat Climate Change

    Michael Casey and Patrick Whittle report for the Associated Press – “[I]nsects [are] draining the life out of forests from New England to the West Coast. Aided by global trade, a warming climate and drought-weakened trees, the invaders have become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the United States. Scientists say they already are driving some tree species toward extinction and are causing billions of dollars a year in damage…This scourge is projected to put 63 percent of the country’s forest at risk through 2027…Such destruction would do away with a critical sponge to capture greenhouse gas emissions, shelter for birds and insects and food sources for bears and other wild animals. Dead forests also can increase the danger of catastrophic wildfires…Florida [houses] trees especially susceptible to pests.” Read Spread by global trade, bugs butcher forests

     

     

     

     

    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

    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

     

    Job Openings

     

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events

     

    December 11, 12:00 pm – Attend the Green Shopping Holiday Extravaganza! This Tallahassee Midtown crawl will feature two stops selling vintage collectibles, handmade upcycled crafts, recycled art, and eco-friendly gifts. Live music, an alternative gift wrapping workshop, and an organic wine tasting will also be part of the festivities! Proceeds from this event will benefit youth programming for ReThink Energy Florida and The Sharing Tree. For more information, click here.

    December 14, 12:45 pm – Come learn about irrigation improvements for homeowners in The Villages. The meeting will take place in the Belvedere Library. For more information and to RSVP, email resourcewisdom@gmail.com.

    December 15, 12:00 pm – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s FREE webinar: Lake Pickett North: A Citizen Advocacy Success Story. The Orange County Board of County Commissioners’ vote on November 15 to deny a massive proposed development outside of the Urban Services Area provided a major victory both for the environment and for the citizen advocates who led the charge. For more information and to register, 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 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 29, 10:00 AM – Attend Southwest Florida Veg Fest in Fort Myers. 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.

     

     

     

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FCC News Brief - December 8, 2016

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Thursday, December 8th, 2016 @ 9:11am

  • FCC News Brief


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

    December 8, 2016

     

     
     

    Jim Gross writes for The Gainesville Sun – “I’m tired of government agencies talking about our water resources crisis as a future problem…The crisis is now. But the fix isn’t near if we continue talking about the problem as a future crisis…The Suwannee and St. Johns River water management districts recently unveiled their draft North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan…We must put a ceiling on overall pumping form the aquifer if we intend to protect our freshwater resources. If we are committed to protecting the minimum flows and levels that have already been established, the ceiling must be lower than what we are pumping today…[M]anagement strategies are meaningless in the absence of a ceiling. The draft…Plan does not identify a ceiling…now or in the future, much less recommend one…Water is a finite resource. We must quit pretending otherwise. This draft plan does little to dispel the myth that Florida has unlimited freshwater at hand.” Read Regional plan doesn’t hold water

    Ron Littlepage writes for the Florida Times Union – “[The Ocklawaha River], which is the largest tributary of the St. Johns River, hasn’t been free flowing for a half century because of a monumental environmental mistake and the stubbornness of bass anglers who have had the ear of weak-kneed politicians for years…Because of that dam…more than 20 springs are covered by the pool’s often stagnant water and the St. Johns is losing an estimated 185 million gallons of freshwater a day that it desperately needs to become a healthy river. Every governor since Reuben Askew, with the exception of the current governor, has wanted the dam removed. Federal officials have said the same thing…The Rodman dam extends for 7,200 feet with about 2,800 feet of that sitting on land that is part of the Ocala National Forest. The permit the state received from the U.S. Forest Service for the dam expired in 1998, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has not had it renewed. The litigation seeks to have the dam removed from the Forest Service property…[F]ormer Gov. Buddy MacKay and Estus Whitfield, who has served as an environmental adviser to [five] Florida governors were at the news conference to lend their support as were representatives of Audubon Florida and the Save the Manatee Club.” Read It’s time to stop the Rodman dam nonsense

    Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times – “[A] driver ran over a Florida panther, breaking the all-time record for how many of the endangered cats have been killed by vehicles. The new record is now 31…Biologists found the…carcass of a 2-year-old female panther on State Road 29 in Collier County… ‘She was breeding age,’ state panther team leader Darrell Land said…Tuesday’s fatality…brings the total number of panther deaths for the year to 39. The others were killed by other panthers or died of other causes – for instance, being orphaned before being old enough…[Panthers] have lost habitat not just to suburban sprawl, but also to the creation of Florida Gulf Coast University and the town of Ava Maria.” Read Florida Panther killed on highway sets grisly new record

    Skyler Swisher reports for the Sun Sentinel – “The proposed sale of taxpayer-owned farmland west of Delray Beach has been put on hold amid concerns from environmentalists. Palm Beach County commissioners…delayed action on the deal involving 571 acres jointly owned by the county and the South Florida Water Management District. The land is in the Agricultural Reserve, a…farming region where taxpayers have spent $100 million to save open space…[C]ounty commissioners…wanted to meet with the district’s board to discuss placing further conservation restrictions on the land…Environmentalists argue that by selling the land to a private buyer, conservation restrictions could be voided in the future…The water management district could sue to force a sale…Environmentalists said the county should consider purchasing the property outright.” Read Palm Beach County puts hold on sale of preserved farmland west of Delray Beach

    Heather Smith reports for Grist – “[T]he GOP [is] financially dominated by fossil fuel oligarchs…but it’s also filled with people who think that renewable energy is about as conservative as you can get. And that suggests there are ripe opportunities for bipartisan cooperation on clean power – especially in states where it can provide a big boost to the economy…Lesson 2: Sometimes it’s not helpful to mention climate change…” Read Florida protects solar: 5 lessons to learn from a major green energy win

    Bob Palmer writes for the Gainesville Sun – “In a recent column, Michael Dukes rejects John Moran’s call for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to advocate for irrigation-free, fertilizer-free urban landscape. ‘UF/IFAS dos not make public policy,’ wrote Dukes, the implication being that IFAS is a purely scientific entity fulfilling the needs of the public and the policies set by the state’s political leaders…IFAS had no problem advising the Alachua County Commission to change its laws and regulations to satisfy Plum Creek, a deal which might have profited IFAS.” Read Advocacy for Profit

    Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton report for The New York Times – “President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency…Mr. Pruitt…has been a key architect of the legal battle against Mr. Obama’s climate change policies…Mr. Trump cannot unilaterally cancel [The Clean Power Plan], which were released under the 1970 Clean Air Act. But a legally experienced E.P.A. chief could substantially weaken, delay or slowly take them apart…As attorney general, Mr. Pruitt created a “federalism” unit in his office, explicitly designed to fight President Obama’s health care law and environmental regulations. ‘You could see from him an increasing effort to delegate environmental regulations away from the federal government and towards the states,’ said Ronald Keith Gaddie, a professor of political science at the University of Oklahoma…As attorney general, Mr. Pruitt took the unusual step of jointly filing an antiregulatory lawsuit with industry players…Behind the scenes, he was taking campaign contributions from many of the industry players on his team… ‘At a time when climate change is the great environmental threat to the entire planet, it is sad and dangerous that Mr. Trump has nominated Scott Pruitt to lead the E.P.A.,’ said Senator Bernie Sanders…, who sits on the committee that must confirm him. ‘…I will vigorously oppose this nomination.’” Read Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead E.P.A.

    Tom Philpott writes for Mother Jones – “Ebell directs the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The group runs a website…that exists to downplay the health and ecological impacts of chemicals…The EPA has been in the middle of a long, slow review of [neonicotinoids]...[and] is committed to…intervening to restrict their use if they harm honeybees. If the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s view of things holds sway, expect very little, if any, action to come from the effort.” Read Trump’s Top Environmental Adviser Says Pesticides Aren’t Bad for You

     
     
     

     

     

     

     

    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

    URGENT: Reschedule the Lake Pickett North Development Hearing!

    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

     

    Job Openings

     

    CEJ Staff Attorney

     

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events

     

    December 8, 11:00 AM – Participate in a Rally to Support Senator Negron’s EAA Land Purchase Plan & Save the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge outside SFWMD Headquarters (3301 Gun Club Road) in West Palm Beach! For more information, contact Cris Costello at cris.costello@sierraclub.org.

    December 9, 2:30 PM – City of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg will make important announcements around clean energy and sustainability on the steps of St. Petersburg City Hall.

    December 9, 7:00 PM –  Join Suncoast Sierra Club for refreshments, live music, and art in celebration of St. Petersburg sustainability. For more information and to register click here.

    December 11, 12:00 pm – Attend the Green Shopping Holiday Extravaganza! This Tallahassee Midtown crawl will feature two stops selling vintage collectibles, handmade upcycled crafts, recycled art, and eco-friendly gifts. Live music, an alternative gift wrapping workshop, and an organic wine tasting will also be part of the festivities! Proceeds from this event will benefit youth programming for ReThink Energy Florida and The Sharing Tree. For more information, click here.

    December 14, 12:45 pm – Come learn about irrigation improvements for homeowners in The Villages. The meeting will take place in the Belvedere Library. For more information and to RSVP, email resourcewisdom@gmail.com.

    December 15, 12:00 pm – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s FREE webinar: Lake Pickett North: A Citizen Advocacy Success Story. The Orange County Board of County Commissioners’ vote on November 15 to deny a massive proposed development outside of the Urban Services Area provided a major victory both for the environment and for the citizen advocates who led the charge. For more information and to register, 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 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 29, 10:00 AM – Attend Southwest Florida Veg Fest in Fort Myers. 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.

     

     

     

    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.

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

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