Protecting sparrows limits flow to Everglades

FORT MYERS — The tiny Cape Sable seaside sparrow is the subject of a big debate. Is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service jeopardizing the health of Florida Bay to save 100 to 200 endangered birds? At the Nov. 14 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board at Florida Gulf Coast University […]

Storage north of lake would ‘slow the flow’

FORT MYERS — “My future depends on a healthy Lake Okeechobee,” Olivia Williams of the Clewiston Future Farmers of America (FFA) said to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board at members’ Nov. 14 meeting. “We need to seriously consider the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Plan (LOWRP). “It would be a shame if future […]

WERP to restore flow and water levels in Big Cypress Preserve

BIG CYPRESS PRESERVE — The Western Everglades Restoration Project (WERP) is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The Army Corps of Engineers is the federal sponsor. SFWMD is the local sponsor. At the Oct. 25, 2018 Big Cypress Basin Board meeting, Jennifer Leeds, SFWMD section administrator, said the South Florida Water Management District […]

WERP may impact private lands in Big Cypress

Did two federal agencies try to find a way to use a state agency to obtain private property by eminent domain for the Western Everglades Restoration Project (WERP)? An April 15, 2019 memorandum from Shannon L. Goessling, of the United States Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta, to […]