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FCC News Brief - December 7, 2016

By Gladys Delgadillo 11 hours ago

FCC News Brief

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

December 7, 2016

 

 

 
 
Kevin Spear reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “Bill Alexander, Florida Trail Association team leader…fears an insider deal in the works could end public access to the best of Florida’s nature…The St. Johns River Water Management District has confirmed confidential appraisals are underway for a possible deal that would turn over Bull Creek (Conservation Area) land to the Kempfer ranching family, owner of the property until a half-century ago…A similar controversy over the land arose 20 years ago, when the…district offered Bull Creek land in exchange for wetlands on the nearby Kempfer ranch, before backing away under vociferous opposition…Defenders of the wilderness don’t know whether the Kempfers would use Bull Creek for a hunting resort, cattle grazing or a development scheme. The neighboring Deseret Ranches has secured rights to build a metropolitan area in coming decades…In 1981, the Kempfers sued the St. Johns water district…Then,…Billy Kempfer joined the water district, taking a seat on its Agricultural Advisory Committee, which has direct access to district leaders. [He] became chairman of the committee two years ago.” Read Battle looms for Bull Creek paradise, a treasured wilderness in eastern Osceola County
 
The Associated Press reports – “[A] (9-month-old) Florida panther has been found dead from an apparent vehicle strike in southwest Florida…A total of 38 Florida panthers have been found dead in 2016, with 30 road fatalities.” Read Panther found dead in southwest Florida
 
The News Service of Florida reports – “Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet agreed…to spend $2.9 million to conserve just over 2,300 acres of rural land in Northeast Florida…The purchase…is…a conservation easement at the Clay Ranch in Putnam County…[It] is the 31st by Scott and the Cabinet through the Rural & Family Lands Preservation Program…The Legislature approved $35 million for the Rural & Family Lands program in the current fiscal year, $10 million more than Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam requested. Putnam has asked lawmakers to allocate $50 million for the program in 2017.” Read Scott, Cabinet back Northeast Florida land deal 

Naples Herald staff reports – “At its November Commission meeting, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission gave staff approval to publish proposed revisions to the Collier County manatee protection zones… “The proposed changes allow for some relaxation in boating speed limits while continuing to protect waterways for manatee use,” said Commission Vice Chairman Liesa Priddy…The majority of the proposed changes will result in the removal or reduction of speed zones in regulated waterways, while only a few new regulations will affect smaller areas of waterways.Read FWC Gives Preliminary Approval to Changes in Collier Manatee Zones
 
Michael Dukes writes for The Gainesville Sun – “Protecting the water we’ll need for the 15 million additional residents projected to live here in 50 years calls for us to start right now by getting today’s 20 million Floridians on board with a conservation ethic. The University of Florida’s Institute of food and Agricultural Sciences has a special responsibility as the state’s leading public institution providing the science to make this happen…UF/IFAS is on the cutting edge of water-saving science with technologies such as phone apps and high tech irrigation controllers that tap into soil moisture data and weather forecasts to tell people when to water, and equally important, when not to. They can cut your water usage by 20 percent without browning your lawn. We have UF/IFAS Extension agents in every county to familiarize homeowners and growers with these kinds of tools. These agents also work with builders and developers, a number of whom are building these technologies into their new communities…[W]e must do more- a lot more…” Read Water solutions spring from IFAS science
 
Brad Buck reports for the Crestview News Bulletin – “Your neighbors and peers probably care more about water conservation than one might assume, and that may mean they’re open to some new ideas about using less water, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says…[T]he study showed that people who participate in UF/IFAS Extension water conservation programs enjoy social support for conserving water. Specifically, their families and friends may use rain gauges and irrigate properly…and thus, they live in a culture that supports their doing the same…People who don’t participate either are not surrounded by people who actively conserve water or they perceive that they don’t… ‘Their peer groups do not talk about saving water, and they don’t think anyone expects them to do so.’” Read Researcher: Neighborly conversations can help with water conservation 

Yvone Bertovich reports for WUFT – “Several protestors gathered Monday outside the Dunnellon residence of Kathy Lane, a newly established activist affected by the Sabal Trail Pipeline project…Protestors traveled from all over Florida to show their support for Lane…Lane has also been communicating with activists speaking out against the larger-scale Dakota Access Pipeline…” Read Protests Continue Over Sabal Trail Pipeline Construction
 
Angela Chen writes for The Verge – “Our rapidly warming planet has melted a chunk of sea ice the size of India, according to climate scientists. What’s more, the sea ice near Antarctica has started melting, too, after years of expanding despite global warming…[N]ow the ice is melting at both poles, and ice levels in both areas are at record lows.” Read A chunk of sea ice the size of India has melted
 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Upcoming Environmental Events

December 7, 12:00 pm – ReThink Energy Florida will host a Stop Sabal Trail Lunch & Learn in Tallahassee to discuss the issues surrounding the pipeline and its construction, why it is a danger for all affected communities, and to talk about actionable plans to fight the construction of this pipeline. For more information, click here.

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.

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.

 

 

 

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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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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 6, 2016

By Gladys Delgadillo 1 day ago

FCC News Brief

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

December 6, 2016


 
 

Larry Buhl reports for Desmog – “As opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline swells at home and abroad, another pipeline project at the other end of the U.S. is quietly being installed as fast as possible, critics say, displacing residents, threatening water supplies, and racking up alleged construction violations…Sabal Trail is using $3 billion of Florida Power and Light ratepayer money to build a 515-mile pipeline to transport natural gas obtained via fracking from eastern Alabama to central Florida…Critics of Sabal Trail…[are] angry that a private company is using eminent domain…Opponents of Sabal Trail say that pipeline construction alone poses a threat to local water resources by releasing hazardous materials and drilling mud into waterways, and they say that several incidents of negligence have intensified those concerns.” Read Critics Call $3 Billion Sabal Trail Pipeline Florida’s Dakota Access Pipeline 

Tia Mitchell reports for The Florida Times Union
– “A petition was filed…in hopes that the U.S. Forest Service will order the (Rodman) dam to be torn down according to terms outlined in a now-expired agreement between the federal government and the state of Florida. If the dam is removed, the large reservoir resulting from the stoppage of flow would drain and flow would return to the Ocklawaha River, one of the main tributaries to the St. Johns River…Environmental groups like Audubon Florida and the St Johns Riverkeeeper…say the backstop caused by the reservoir negatively affects at least 20 springs and destroyed 9,200 acres of floodplains and forests, while costing the state roughly $1 million each year to maintain.” Read Environmentalists try new administrative angle to force removal of Rodman dam
 
The Daytona Beach News-Journal writes – “More people mean more houses, schools, shopping centers. And that means more of Florida covered with asphalt, and less land open for rainwater to seep back into the ground and replenish the vast underground caverns that hold the state’s main freshwater supply…Florida’s economic engine runs on growth, but unchecked, thoughtless sprawl is a direct threat to the state’s two largest industries, tourism and agriculture, both uniquely tied to the health of the state’s water supply…Establishing strong protections for natural areas, preserving space for agriculture and encouraging development in more compact, well-planned municipal areas could help Florida build a more sustainable future…Blue Spring, a favored manatee winter spot and the centerpiece of a beloved state park has been showing decreased spring flow and increased bacteria count for years, both directly tied to development in its watershed.” Read Saving Florida’s water
 
Steve Patterson reports for The Florida Times Union – “[T]he St. Johns Riverkeeper…is planning events…to…[screen] a documentary it financed called “Troubled Waters: Connections and Consequences.” The 50-minute report describes strains on the river ranging from increasing salinity to higher water use as well as pressure for regulators at the St. Johns River Water Management District and Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection to be lenient… ‘DEP seems to think that their job is to promote industry. I think their job should be to protect the public,’ said Quinton White, executive director of Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute… ‘The current governor came into office and slashed and burned the budget on environmental issues. Now we’re seeing the consequences of that.’…The documentary also quotes former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham…saying that ‘many of the best scientists in…water management districts have been fired’ in recent years. ‘Therefore, bad decisions are made or bad decisions go unchallenged…’” Read Riverkeeper promoting film that warns of political power
 
Jim Rosica reports for Florida Politics – “An array of environmental advocacy groups had filed suit over the Water and Land Legacy Amendment…One suit targeted the Legislature; another went after the agencies…The Legislature moved to consolidate the cases…(Circuit Judge) Dodson said he’d pass on formally ruling on the consolidation motion if the various plaintiffs instead merged their complaints into one suit. They agreed to do so by Jan. 6.” Read Plaintiffs will combine forces in Amendment 1 lawsuit
 
Lazaro Aleman reports for Greene Publishing, Inc. – “Keep Florida Beautiful (KFB) and Florida Affiliates recently honored District 7 Rep. Halsey Beshears…Beshears has been KFB’s budget sponsor in the Florida House for the last two years…Beshears responded by saying that it was the duty of all citizens to be the best stewards of the land possible…According to KFB, the average American generates more than four pounds of trash daily. KFB and its affiliates holds as its mission to inspire and educate and empower people to improve their communities through the organization of cleanups and litter prevention education programs.” Read Florida groups honor Rep. Beshears
 
Jerry Iannelli reports for the Miami New Times – “The U.S. Southern District of Florida announced that Princess Cruises, an L.A.-based company owned by Carnival, has pleaded guilty to seven felony charges stemming from the fact it was caught dumping ‘oil-contaminated waste’ into water off the coast of England using a ‘magic pipe.’…Carnival admitted to covering up illegal discharges from 2005 to 2013 and using the scheme on at least five ships…Princess will pay the government $40 million…$3 million will go toward helping the South Florida environment.” Read Carnival Cruise Subsidiary Caught Blatantly Dumping Oil Into Ocean for Ten Years
 
Stephen Hudak reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “The state Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission released a pair of educational videos…to help people in Florida’s bear corridors co-exist with the animals…Most calls to the state’s nuisance bear hotline involve the animals scavenging trash for a high-calorie meal…Because both black bear and human populations in Florida keep growing, dangerous interactions between the two species are likely to rise, too…The videos can be seen here and here.” Read State’s educational videos to help Floridians co-exist with bears
 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Upcoming Environmental Events

December 7, 12:00 pm – ReThink Energy Florida will host a Stop Sabal Trail Lunch & Learn in Tallahassee to discuss the issues surrounding the pipeline and its construction, why it is a danger for all affected communities, and to talk about actionable plans to fight the construction of this pipeline. For more information, click here.

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.

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.

 

 

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 5, 2016

By Gladys Delgadillo 2 days ago

FCC News Brief

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

December 5, 2016

 

 
 
Florida Politics reports – “Sen. Jeff Brandes has filed [Senate Bill 90] to implement [Amendment 4] to give tax breaks to companies that buy and install solar devices and equipment…A House companion bill has not yet been filed. Brandes said…he hopes House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, who supported the effort to get the amendment on the ballot…, will sponsor the House implementing bill.” Read Jeff Brandes files Amendment 4 implementing bill
 
Laura Geggel reports for Live Science – “A Burmese python in the Everglades…gulped down three whole deer- one doe and two fawns- before wildlife officials captured and euthanized it…The gustatory feat sets a record… ‘If a python is capable of eating three deer in three months,’ what else are they eating that we don’t know about, [Scott Bobcack, an associate professor of biology at Dickinson College] asked. ‘We don’t even know how many of them are out there [in the Everglades].’” Read Ravenous 14-Foot Python Caught with 3 Deer in Its Gut

Amy Green reports for WMFE – “The Old World Climbing Fern…is spreading into Central Florida…Stephen Enloe of the University of Florida’s Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants says the fast-growing fern smothers everything in its path, including trees. ‘It also burns very nicely, and so it can act as a fire ladder up into trees as it burns, and that is a major, major problem.’ In the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge…the state claims the federal government is failing to control the fern. Now the fern is appearing for the first time as far north as Jacksonville.” Read Florida’s latest invasive plant species moves into Central Florida after spawning National Refuge dispute
 
Daniel Andres writes for News Press – “As…our waters begin to clear, many Southwest Florida residents will breathe a sigh of relief. But for those of us who make our living on the water, we will continue to suffer from the lasting effects of the man-made Lake Okeechobee discharges into our estuaries..[O]yster and seagrass beds do not regrow overnight – it takes years of proper management to repair the damage inflicted by mere weeks of high volume freshwater discharges…Incoming Florida Senate President Joe Negron…has proposed buying…acres of agricultural land south of the lake to create a reservoir that would be used to store excess water so that it can be cleaned and conveyed south into the Everglades and Florida Bay where it is desperately needed…There are many projects south of the lake at various stages of completion…These projects are designed to overcome the current obstacles to sending water south, and will not be utilized to their full potential unless we have sufficient water storage…in the Everglades Agricultural Area to provide a constant supply of freshwater to Florida Bay.” Read 2016 rough year for water but time to build on solutions

J.P. Sasser writes for my Palm Beach Post – “When the Everglades Reservoir and restoration were originally designed, permitted and funded almost 20 years ago, the first to oppose the reservoir were the environmental groups. Their reasoning was that it would be more of an aid to the sugar industry than it would benefit restoration…Then the environmentalists pushed for the construction of the reservoir to be halted immediately…[T]he Miccosukee Tribe sued the state to continue with the construction of the reservoir…[C]onstruction of the reservoir was halted after hundreds of millions of tax dollars were spent. And now we are back to spending more billions for a reservoir that oddly is no longer ‘useless’ or ‘too expensive.’…The fact that none of our elected officials supporting this…nor any of the environmental groups have engaged the Glades communities in meaningful dialogue…makes one thing perfectly clear- it is more about an agenda of killing agriculture south of the lake than it is about stopping the discharges and restoring the Everglades.” Read Everglades restoration principals freezing out Glades
 
Kevin Bouffard reports for The Ledger – “The Mosaic Co…has sent out letters to more than 200 residents near its New Wales fertilizer manufacturing plant with an offer to test their wells every three months next year and twice in 2018…As of Thursday, Mosaic has tested 1,329 wells in the immediate area of the…gypsum stack that collapsed…None has shown signs of contamination related to the accident…” Read Mosaic announces new water well testing program
 
Meredith Rutland Bauer reports for Motherboard– “An international coalition of mayors recently formed the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, a group of about 7,100 city mayors from six continents to take greater action to avoid climate impacts and demonstrate how local action can impact the global stage...” Read Mayors Unite to Fight Climate Change from City to City
 
Rebecca Savransky reports for MSN – “Federal officials have denied the final permits required for the Dakota Access Pipeline…The Army Corps of Engineers…announced it would instead conduct an environmental impact review of the 1,170-mile pipeline project and determine if there are other ways to route it to avoid a crossing on the Missouri River…Dakota Access developer Energy Transfer Partners…has a strong ally in President-elect Donald Trump… ‘In the year 2016, we should not continue to trample on Native American sovereignty,’ said Sen. Bernie Sanders… ‘We should not endanger the water supply of millions of people…We should not become more dependent on fossil fuel and accelerate the planetary crisis of climate change.’” Read Feds deny permit for Dakota Access pipeline

 

 

 

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

 

Upcoming Environmental Events

 

December 6, 12:00 pm – Join the Florida Springs Institute for Springs Academy Tuesdays at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center, 99 NW 1st Avenue, High Springs, FL 32643. December’s lecture is on Springs Chemistry. For more information, click here.

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 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.

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.

 

 

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 3, 2016

By Gladys Delgadillo 4 days ago

FCC News Brief

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

December 3, 2016


 
 
Ron Littlepage writes for the Florida Times Union – “Developers in Florida have a long history of being in the business of making money now and not considering the impact on the future…We could get serious about conservation and ban St. Augustine grass and homeowner association rules that require water use. We could have growth management laws that say no to such developments as the one being planned for the Deseret Ranch that will create a new city of 500,000 people in Central Florida. But none of those things will happen until there is a new governor and new legislators…who understand like previous people who occupied those offices did that Florida’s future depends on water. And those replacements must give more than lip service to that idea because it’s the truth and will sometimes require painful actions. For now, talk, talk. Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink.” Read There are ways to help solve Florida’s water crisis -  but is there the will to pursue them?

Matt Blitz reports for Popular Mechanics – “[C]oal-powered….stations are a common enemy [to] the 2015 Paris Agreement…But ten Florida power stations…are inadvertently saving the manatee. What happens when they shut down?...[When] water temperatures take a nosedive,…manatees need to find warm water fast or risk fatal cold shock… ‘[Manatees] are very memory-driven...[and] will remember and go where warm water is...show[ing] up year after year, waiting,’ says Garrett (a marine mammal biologist with the FWC)…Because of their long-running reliance on the power plants, the manatees who harbor at Big Bend probably will be unaware of other warm water spots nearby. In addition, humans have destroyed or blocked other natural warm water locations, like springs or thermal basins, that once were manatee refuges…Ideas include asking federal and state agencies to buy up natural springs for manatee habitats, removing human-made dams, restricting human activity near natural springs during winter months, and even experimenting with moving manatees to other warm water spots in the state…[I]t took 50 years for the manatees to become reliant on power stations, and it will take just as long to wean them off of it. Changes need to happen now and can't wait for these plants to close down.Read The future of the Florida Manatee depends on a decades-old coal-burning power station
                                                                                      Dan Chapman reports for The Atlantic Journal-Constitution – “The water wars trial pitting Florida against Georgia…wrapped up Thursday…Lancaster said he will promptly, perhaps by Christmas, issue his ruling…Lancaster will accept post-trial briefs, or summaries, from the two states before finalizing a decision. Attorneys may then have another opportunity to challenge his ruling before the master submits his decision to the Supreme Court…Congress could ultimately weigh in on the special master’s ruling by challenging the corps’ water-sharing plan. If…the special master orders Georgia, Florida and Alabama to create a regionwide water-sharing “compact,” then legislators could again play a role…Romuald Lipcius, an oyster expert at the College of William and Mary, said there was no evidence ‘that low river flows…caused the baywide collapse of the oyster population.’ He added, instead, that ‘unsustainable harvest’ measures…were largely to blame. Earlier in the day two University of Florida scientists who extensively studied the oyster’s collapse claimed that their research was questioned and their jobs threatened when their findings didn’t jibe with the state’s legal strategy against Georgia.Read Georgia, Florida await decision as water war trial concludes

Ryan Smart writes for The Gainesville Sun – “From the Florida Keys to the Panhandle, 1000 Friends of Florida advocates for building better communities. In our opinion, one of the most exciting planning efforts underway anywhere in Florida is happening right here in Gainesville: the University of Florida’s Strategic Development Plan.Read UF plan provides model for Florida

Zach Murdock reports for the Herald-Tribune – “The Florida environmental science professor best known as “Dr. Beach” agrees with Siesta Key residents that a controversial plan to dredge Big Pass could have detrimental effects on Siesta’s iconic beaches…Siesta groups, businesses and residents fear such a major change to the channel – which has never been dredged – could lead to faster erosion along the key…Siesta Key groups…and the Sarasota County Commission asked the Army Corps…to undertake a more rigorous and comprehensive study of the plan, known as an environmental impact statement, before state officials give final consideration to a permit for the dredging. This week the Army Corps denied that request, defending its environmental assessment and the model…The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is reviewing a city and Army Corps application for a joint coastal permit for the dredging and has until Dec. 27 to issue a notice of decision. Read ‘Dr. Beach’ sides with Siesta Key on Big Pass dredging

Stuart Korfhage reports for The St. Augustine Record – “Over the summer, the North Florida Land Trust released its list of more than 100,000 acres in the region that it identified as being the most critically important to preserve… This week, NFLT acquired the first 206 acres of that goal when it completed a purchase for land with significant frontage on Six Mile Creek directly off the St. Johns River.Read North Florida Land Trust completes deal to acquire 206 acres along Six Mile Creek

Aliki Moncrief writes for the Naples Daily News – “[O]ur enormous potential to be a top solar-powered state -- combined with the recent groundswell of public support for a clean-energy future -- means we have a promising path forward. The voters have spoken, loudly. Now our lawmakers must heed their call to action…[C]all or write to your state representative and senator and tell them you expect them to support legislation promoting customer-owned and community solar in Florida. To fully implement the solar incentives laid out in Amendment 4, legislative action is needed.Read Shifting Florida’s energy policy toward sun

Camila Domonoske reports for NPR – “An annual study released by the Brazilian government estimates that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon has increased by 29 percent over last year…INPE acknowledged the increase but noted that "the current rate represents a decrease of 71%, when compared with 2004." That was the year the government implemented a policy designed to curb deforestation…But the rate now detected is the highest for any year since 2008…The Brazilian newspaper Estadão reports…:‘…The policy director of Greenpeace, Marcio Astrini, says among the causes of the increased deforestation were actions taken by the federal government between 2012 and 2015, such as the waiving of fines for illegal deforestation, the abandonment of protected areas…and the announcement, which he calls 'shameful,' that the government doesn't plan to completely stop illegal deforestation until the year 2030.’… Estadão also notes that the rise in deforestation is raising concerns about Brazil's ability to meet its commitments as part of the international Paris Agreement on combating climate change…Reuters reported that a lack of funding has hampered the organization that's tasked with stopping illegal logging efforts.Read Deforestation of the Amazon Up 29 Percent from Last Year, Study Finds

 

 

 

 

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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

 

Upcoming Environmental Events

 

December 6, 12:00 pm – Join the Florida Springs Institute for Springs Academy Tuesdays at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center, 99 NW 1st Avenue, High Springs, FL 32643. December’s lecture is on Springs Chemistry. For more information, click here.

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 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.

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.

 

 

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Charter Members

FOUNDER and CHAIRMAN
Bob Graham, Former Governor of Florida and U.S. Senator

VICE CHAIRMEN
Nathaniel  Pryor Reed, Former Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Former Chairman SFWMD, Founder and Chairman Emeritus 1000 Friends of Florida 
And
Com. Lee Constantine, Seminole County Commissioner and Former State Senator, State Representative and Mayor of Altamonte Springs

AUDUBON FLORIDA

Eric Draper, Executive Director

CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Rob Moher, President
Jennifer Hecker, 
Director of Natural Resource Policy

FLORIDA WILDLIFE FEDERATION
Manley Fuller, President
Martha Musgrove, Board Member
Preston Robertson, General Counsel and VP for Conservation

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
Pam Goodman, President

1000 FRIENDS OF FLORIDA

Victoria Tschinkel
, Board Member and former Secretary of Department of Environmental Regulation
Ryan Smart, President

Charles Pattison, Policy Director 
Roy Rogers, Board Member

SIERRA CLUB
Craig Diamond
Frank Jackalone, Senior Organizing Manager

ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER
Lisa Rinaman, Riverkeeper
Jimmy Orth
, Executive Director

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
John Robert Middlemas, Chair
Janet Bowman, Director of Legislative Policy and Strategy

TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND
Greg Chelius, Florida State Director
Will Abberger, Director Conservation Finance

INDIVIDUALS
Lester Abberger 
John Finlayson, Agriculturist, Jefferson County, former Chairman SRWMD
Bill Kerr, Environmental Consultant, Brevard County, former Chairman SJRWMD
Gary Kuhl, Former Executive Director, SWFWMD 
Jay Landers, Former Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Former Director of the Department of Natural Resources

Allan Milledge, Former Chairman ELMs Committee and SFWMD
Auley Rowell, Agriculturist, Taylor County, former Chairman of SRWMD 
Earl Starnes, Former Dade County Commissioner, Former Director of the Division of State Planning
Sonny Vergara, Former Executive Director, SWFWMD and SJRWMD
Estus Whitfield, Former Principal Environmental Advisor to 5 Florida Governors

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