SFWMD enters agreement to move more water south

WEST PALM BEACH — A priority of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District entered into an agreement on July 27 to fund the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) South phase that will move more water south to Everglades National […]

Exotic plant control requires a variety of tools

WEST PALM BEACH — Exotic plant control was the topic for the Water Resources Accountability and Collaboration (WRAC) meeting May 28 online meeting. SFWMD STA and Invasive Species Section Leader LeRoy Rodgers said invasive plant species have a big impact on the SFWMD’s mission. “We want to protect the progress of Everglades restoration efforts from […]

Firefighters battle a rogue Everglades wildfire

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK — Dry conditions south of Lake Okeechobee set the stage for wildfire in Everglades National Park last week. The blaze burned 771 acres on park land and 515 acres on state land. According to the Everglades National Park report, the fire started on April 19. The blaze dubbed the “Sunday Afternoon Fire” […]

Misconceptions confuse Everglades restoration debate

OKEECHOBEE — As the debate continues over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and South Florida Water Management District Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects, some common misconceptions continue to “muddy the waters.” For example • The Herbert Hoover Dike was built in response to the 1928 hurricane, which claimed thousands of lives. FALSEAfter the 1928 […]

WERP not dead … yet

WASHINGTON D.C. — Impassioned pleas from the representatives of the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes at the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force may have saved the Western Everglades Restoration Project (WERP), or at least delayed its demise. At the Oct. 29 task force meeting in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Yates Auditorium, Col. Andrew […]

Florida Crystals praised for EAA lease changes

OKEECHOBEE — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board had nothing but praise for Florida Crystals at its Oct. 10 meeting. Executive Director Drew Bartlett said when he came on board with the SFWMD, the governing board challenged him to expedite work on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area […]

Sawgrass fire in Everglades causes road closures, health warnings

CLEWISTON — A persistent sawgrass fire started by lightning in the central Everglades west of Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, June 23, led to a short closure of Alligator Alley early last week before nearly doubling in size Tuesday. Then, an afternoon storm almost put it out, but it continued to burn. It was around 70 […]

Clean water flowing to the Everglades; More work needed to clean water north of the lake

OKEECHOBEE — Ninety percent of the water going into the Everglades Protection is below 10 parts per billion (PPB) phosphorus. The Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs), Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) and Flow Equalization Basin (FEB) south of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) are a success story, according to a report given Nov. 1 by Stuart Van […]

Chemical spraying controls invasive aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is in a war with invasive plants that threaten to take over waterways, crowding out native plants, fish and other aquatic life. At a meeting held Feb. 8 at the South Florida Water Management District office in Okeechobee, Mariah McInnis, regional biologist with the Florida Fish […]

FWC hosts Lake Okeechobee habitat and fisheries management meeting

OKEECHOBEE — The public is invited to a meeting with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to discuss various management programs for aquatic plants, fish and wildlife on Lake Okeechobee on Feb. 8. The meeting will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the South Florida Water Management District Service Center, 3800 […]