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 […]

Everglades Coalition wants EAA reservoir project to have larger footprint

The South Florida Water Management District’s proposed alternatives for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir are massive projects. The smaller option would cover 10,100 acres, the larger option 19,700 acres. According to the Everglades Coalition, that’s not big enough. The day before the SFWMD’s top alternatives went to the Florida Senate for consideration, the Everglades […]

SFWMD says EAA reservoir can be built on state-owned land

OKEECHOBEE — Can the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir be built on land the state already owns? South Florida Water Management District officials are moving ahead with a plan to do just that. Senator Joe Negron has expressed doubts. “I have a concern that the initial modeling may be unnecessarily constrained by using a limited […]

REPAIR Act could help with funding for Everglades restoration

A bill filed last week by U.S. Congressman Tom Rooney could help speed funding of Herbert Hoover Dike repairs and Everglades restoration projects. Congressman Rooney’s Florida Congressional Distinct 17 includes Hardee, Desoto, Highlands, Okeechobee, Glades and Charlotte counties, and  parts of Polk, Manatee, Hillsborough and Lee counties. On Thursday, Congressman Rooney introduced the Responsible Environmental […]