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Florida Conservation Coalition Calls on Public to Support Clean Water Act Rules

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Monday, August 18th, 2014 @ 9:54am

Florida Conservation Coalition Calls on Public to Support Clean Water Act Rules

Congressman Southerland’s Bill, H.R. 5078, Muddies the Water

In the face of attacks by the Florida Farm Bureau and a narrow group of elected officials, the Florida Conservation Coalition calls on the citizens of Florida to support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to protect Florida’s water resources.

The Clean Water Act prevents activities that would harm the nation’s rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and coastal waters. As required by the Act, EPA regulations protect water quality, help to prevent flooding and limit the impact of droughts. However, federal court decisions have made it essential that the EPA clarify which waters must be protected. 

Legislation proposed by Congressman Steve Southerland and supported today by the Florida Department of Agriculture, the Farm Bureau and other industry groups would prohibit adoption of an important new rule being proposed by EPA in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide this clarity. The legislation would also shut down the public comment process, denying the public the opportunity to voice its position on the proposed rule.

This effort by Representative Southerland and others to keep the Clean Water Act rules muddy is not in Florida’s best interest. Clarifying that streams and their wetlands are protected but uplands are not regulated brings certainty to landowners and assures protection of Florida’s most important natural resources.

The proposed rule actually excludes regulation of most dry ditches, the subject of the Farm Bureau’s objections. All historical exclusions and exemptions for agriculture are preserved, and the proposed rule provides exemptions for many farming, timber and other land-use activities. 

“Southerland’s legislation is a misguided reaction to the proposed rule.  This legislation intervenes in the middle of the public commenting process and raises suspicion that the industry groups demonstrating today do not want to allow citizens to voice their support of our natural resources. Clean water depends on clear standards,” said Vicki Tschinkel of the Florida Conservation Coalition and former Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  

It is especially important that Floridians support EPA’s efforts to protect wetlands which are an integral part of many Florida waterbodies. They are essential to human life in Florida, providing safe drinking water, flood protection for our homes and roads, and our food supply.  In addition, wetlands are vital to the health of Florida’s waters; to wildlife which depend on them for food and habitat; and to our fisherman, tourists and all citizens who depend on the productivity of our estuaries, Atlantic and Gulf.  There is nothing more central to Florida’s economy than the health of our water resources.

Despite the political fracas created by the Farm Bureau, EPA’s proposed rule does not increase or decrease regulation of farming or other activities. The rule simply makes clear the boundaries between flowing waters, wetlands and uplands.

“We are puzzled by the fierce reaction against something that only seeks to provide needed clarity to the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule does not regulate any new types of waters that have not historically been covered under the Act.  Clarity of these regulations is desperately needed to protect our precious, yet deteriorating waters and to stop endless litigation,” said Tschinkel.

The Coalition encourages Floridians who value healthy wetlands and a strong economy to express their opinion of H.R. 5078 to their congressman.


The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and thousands of individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources. The first priority of the Coalition is to protect and preserve Florida’s waters.

FCC Daily News Brief - August 15th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Friday, August 15th, 2014 @ 7:06pm

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

August 15, 2014

Abdon Sidibe reports in the Citrus County Chronicle – “The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is planning a major shindig at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and is bringing in some heavy hitters to showcase the beauty of the area’s springs and to bring attention to the need to preserve them. The Speak Up Homosassa Springs event is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the park.” Entry to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be free for the event on September 6th. Read Graham to headline springs event. Find more info on Speak Up Homosassa Springs here.

Andy Reid reports in the Sun Sentinel – “South Florida sugar cane growers and other farmers once again met annual Everglades pollution reduction requirements, but environmental advocates say the state’s standards aren’t tough enough.” Read the full story here.

Zac Anderson reports Herald Tribune – “Ranch owners and conservation groups are hoping to capitalize on an expected influx of state revenue into Florida Forever to expand on the extensive corridor of preserved lands in eastern Sarasota County. Such conservation efforts had little chance of securing state funding in recent years after lawmakers drastically reduced the Florida Forever budget… But property owners and conservation leaders say they are encouraged by a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would devote an estimated $5 billion in real estate taxes collected over 10 years to land-buying efforts in Florida.” Read Ranchers hoping state will help preserve land.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

August 28th, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pmThe Florida Conservation Coalition and Preserve Brevard will host Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1 at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Find more info and register to attend here.

September 6th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm - Join Senator Bob Graham, the Florida Conservation Coalition and concerned citizens of Citrus County at “Speak Up Homosassa Springs,” a call to action to protect and restore the waters of Citrus County and all of Florida’s treasured waterways. There will be no admission charge to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, one of Florida’s most spectacular State Parks, which features a floating underwater observatory, manatees, wading birds, red wolves, a six month old Florida panther, as well as other wildlife and exhibits.  Find more info here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 13th, 10 am Preserve Our Environment is sponsoring a program featuring Sonny Vergara at the Villages Library in Wildwood to educate Floridians about the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. Find more info here.

October 17th & 18th – Audubon Florida will host the 2014 Audubon Assembly on Hutchinson Island. Find more info 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 email 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 the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

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About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

Speak Up Homosassa Springs (free admission to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park)

  • Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 10am - 4pm
    Location: Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

    Join Senator Bob Graham and concerned citizens of Citrus County at “Speak Up Homosassa…

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FCC Daily News Brief - July 31st, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Thursday, July 31st, 2014 @ 12:14pm

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 31, 2014

Senator Bob Graham is interviewed by Terri Wright on WFIT – Senator Graham speaks in support of Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment, which will appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot. You can also hear Senator Graham speak about the Amendment live at the Choosing Our Legacy – Understanding Amendment 1 event on August 28th at the Gleason Performing Arts Center in Melbourne. Listen to the full interview here. Find out more information about the August 28th event, and register to attend here.

Kevin Spear reports in the Orlando Sentinel – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, St. Johns River Water Management District and Orange County Utilities proposed to connect 380 homes near Wekiwa Springs, currently on septic systems, to sewer lines in order reduce nitrogen pollution in the spring. A public meeting to discuss the proposal was postponed after the room reserved for the meeting was not large enough to accommodate the turnout. Read Wekiwa Springs cleanup would use state money to put homes on sewer service.

Tom Palmer reports in the Lakeland Ledger – “As the Kissimmee River restoration nears completion, work is under way to draft regulations that will prevent growing urban water demands from undoing the project’s environmental benefits.” Read Public gets preview of steps to come on Water Reservation Rules for Kissimmee River.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

August 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – The Indian Riverkeeper hosts the 2nd Annual Citizens for Clean Water Rally at Phipps Park in Stuart. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Find more info here.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – FL-WET Inc. will hold a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification training session and exam at the Barr Educational Center at Wekiva Island in Longwood. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

August 14th, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm –Rainbow River Conservation is hosting an educator awareness / resource sharing Open House at Rainbow Springs State Park. For more information email Info@rainbowriverconservation.com.

August 28th, 6:30 pm t0 8:00 pmThe Florida Conservation Coalition and Preserve Brevard will host Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1 at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Find more info and register to attend here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 13th, 10 am Preserve Our Environment is sponsoring a program featuring Sonny Vergara at the Villages Library in Wildwood to educate Floridians about the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. Find more info here.

October 17th & 18th – Audubon Florida will host the 2014 Audubon Assembly on Hutchinson Island. Find more info 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 email 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 the new and improved 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 Ryan Smart at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 30th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 @ 4:17pm

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 30, 2014

The University of Florida reports – Restoring native freshwater snail populations could help reduce algae in Florida’s springs. Read ‘Little janitor’ merits attention in Florida springs’ health debate, UF/IFAS research shows.

The Gainesville Sun editorial board writes – “As plans progress to put a natural gas pipeline through North Central Florida, there are a number of questions that must be answered about the project but one that stands out. Does the state really need a new pipeline to supply more power plants? The need appears to be more about the profits of major energy providers than the interest of the public.” The board continues, “For area residents, a major worry is the pipeline’s path near the region’s springs. A spill could pollute the aquifer that feeds those springs and supplies our drinking water. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must make Sabal Trail address these issues before considering approval of the pipeline.” Read A pipeline’s purpose.

The Fort Myers Beach Bulletin reports – “What is being termed ‘the biggest of all rallies for clean water in Florida to date’ will happen on the east coast of Florida… in Stuart this Sunday, August 5, at 10 a.m. The rally is a demand for clean water for both west and east tributaries of Lake Okeechobee. Read Clean water activists to rally Sunday.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

July 30th, 6:00 pm – A public workshop will be held at the South Walton Courthouse Annex in Santa Rosa Beach to discuss a proposal to build a boardwalk within Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Find more info here.

August 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – The Indian Riverkeeper hosts the 2nd Annual Citizens for Clean Water Rally at Phipps Park in Stuart. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Find more info here.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – FL-WET Inc. will hold a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification training session and exam at the Barr Educational Center at Wekiva Island in Longwood. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

August 14th, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm –Rainbow River Conservation is hosting an educator awareness / resource sharing Open House at Rainbow Springs State Park. For more information email Info@rainbowriverconservation.com.

August 28th, 6:30 pm t0 8:00 pmThe Florida Conservation Coalition and Preserve Brevard will host Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1 at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Find more info and register to attend here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 13th, 10 am Preserve Our Environment is sponsoring a program featuring Sonny Vergara at the Villages Library in Wildwood to educate Floridians about the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. Find more info here.

October 17th & 18th – Audubon Florida will host the 2014 Audubon Assembly on Hutchinson Island. Find more info 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 email 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 the new and improved 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 Ryan Smart at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

Support Amendment 1, The Water and Land Conservation Amendment

Posted by Ryan Smart, Monday, July 28th, 2014 @ 2:44pm

  • Support Amendment 1, The Water and Land Conservation Amendment

    Amendment 1 gives Florida voters a direct opportunity to keep drinking water clean, protect our rivers, lakes, and springs, restore natural treasures like the Everglades, and protect our beaches and shores.

    Floridians understand the value of clean and abundant water for people and wildlife, and they cherish the natural areas that make Florida special. That’s why Amendment 1 would ensure that these values have a place in our state’s constitution. Find out more about Amendment 1 and how can you help at voteyeson1fl.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 28th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Monday, July 28th, 2014 @ 12:48pm

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 28, 2014

John Cassani writes on News-Press.com – “Florida’s post-recession growth rate is returning to levels that made it so populous in the 1990’s and before, and is on fast track to pass New York as the third-largest state… This accelerated growth will generate more stress on the natural resources that attract so many people and the economy that is so closed tied to it. The challenge of meeting demands for water and open space with public access will grow as new residents arrive, expecting additional public services that are rarely paid for by the existing tax base.” Cassani believes the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative, Amendment 1 on the November ballot, could provide the answer to those stresses. He concludes, “Voting for Amendment 1 is a major and potentially historic opportunity to help sustain Florida, now at another crossroad to a questionable future.” Read SW Florida must balance environment, growth.

Kevin Spear reports in the Orlando Sentinel – Environmentalists and utilities are engaging in a “contentious” debate over how much water, if any, can be pulled from the Kissimmee River by Central Florida cities while still preserving the river’s fish and wildlife. Read Kissimmee River battle looms: Water for fish or cities?

Michael Van Sickler and Craig Pittman report for the Tampa Bay Times – Governor Rick Scott, Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam, incoming House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and other prominent Florida elected officials attended hunting trips at King Ranch in Texas. The authors write, “The trips, records indicate, were financed all or in part with contributions from Florida’s sugar industry.” The trips do not appear on Gov. Scott’s or Com. Putnam’s official schedules, or in any Republican Party of Florida fundraising documents, and most of the elected officials contacted by the Times were reluctant to discuss them. “By not disclosing their King Ranch trips,” Van Sickler and Pittman write, “officials and sugar lobbyists have avoided any scrutiny of their private dealings with each other and whether their relations influence decision-making on state agricultural issues, including the future of the Everglades. Read Why won’t Florida GOP leaders talk about hunting trips to King Ranch in Texas?

Jennifer Sorentrue  reports in The Palm Beach Post – “(1,000 Friends of Florida) a statewide environmental group created more than 25 years ago to push for growth management regulations has closed its Palm Beach County office and scaled back its operations in Tallahassee because it has not been able to raise money to pay for its work.. The cutbacks come three years after lawmakers in Tallahassee unraveled the state’s 1985 Growth Management Act.” Audubon Florida Executive Director Eric Draper is quoted in the article, stating, “We really depend on 1000 Friends to be the lead policy advocate for growth management policy in the state. I would hope that particularly in Palm Beach and Martin where there has been such a strong focus, that donors will realize the importance of having them around.” Read Legislative changes, dwindling cash force enviro group to cut back.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

July 30th, 6:00 pm – A public workshop will be held at the South Walton Courthouse Annex in Santa Rosa Beach to discuss a proposal to build a boardwalk within Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Find more info here.

August 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – The Indian Riverkeeper hosts the 2nd Annual Citizens for Clean Water Rally at Phipps Park in Stuart. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Look for more information soon.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – FL-WET Inc. will hold a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification training session and exam at the Barr Educational Center at Wekiva Island in Longwood. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

August 28th, 6:30 pm t0 8:00 pmThe Florida Conservation Coalition and Preserve Brevard will host Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1 at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Find more info and register to attend here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 17th & 18th – Audubon Florida will host the 2014 Audubon Assembly on Hutchinson Island. Find more info 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 email 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 the new and improved 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 Ryan Smart at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 25th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Friday, July 25th, 2014 @ 11:36am

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 25, 2014

Catherine Byerly reports in the Jacksonville Business Journal – The St. Johns Riverkeeper and Florida Defenders of the Environment are calling on the St. Johns River Water Management District to prioritize and mandate water conservation efforts, instead of pumping water out of the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers, to meet the areas future water demands. St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman says, “Why spend billions of dollars and jeopardize the health of our rivers with massive surface water withdrawals when we can meet our future supply needs by using water resources more responsibly and efficiently?” Read St. Johns Riverkeeper and Florida Defenders of the Environment urge against water withdrawals.

Bruce Ritchie writes for Context Florida – Governor Rick Scott has reversed his stance on several high-profile environmental issues including a bike trail connector across Central Florida, conservation land purchases and springs protection. Read Gov. Scott and the bike trail: What a difference an election year makes.

Kimberly Blair reports in the Pensacola News Journal – 1,783 pounds of oil from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster has been removed from the surf zone at the National Seashore’s Fort Pickens Beach. Read the full story here.

Susan Salisbury reports in the Palm Beach Post – “Friends of the Everglades… is asking Whole Foods Market to stop purchasing sugar produced in Florida and to remove the products from its stores. The group’s letter says that the byproducts of sugar cane cultivation on 700,000 acres in the Everglades Agricultural Area are ‘highly damaging to the Everglades ecosystem.’” Read Whole Foods asked to stop selling Florida sugar.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

July 30th, 6:00 pm – A public workshop will be held at the South Walton Courthouse Annex in Santa Rosa Beach to discuss a proposal to build a boardwalk within Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Find more info here.

August 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – The Indian Riverkeeper hosts the 2nd Annual Citizens for Clean Water Rally at Phipps Park in Stuart. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Look for more information soon.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – FL-WET Inc. will hold a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification training session and exam at the Barr Educational Center at Wekiva Island in Longwood. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

August 28th, 6:30 pm t0 8:00 pmThe Florida Conservation Coalition and Preserve Brevard will host Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1 at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Find more info and register to attend here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 17th & 18th – Audubon Florida will host the 2014 Audubon Assembly on Hutchinson Island. Find more info 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 email 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 the new and improved 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 Ryan Smart at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 24th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Thursday, July 24th, 2014 @ 11:40am

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 24, 2014

Aaron Deslatte reports in the Orlando Sentinel – Amendment 1 on the November ballot would dedicate more than $700 million per year, for the next twenty years, to protect Florida’s natural lands and waters. Deslatte writes, “Most of Florida’s Republican leadership has taken a hands-off approach to the amendment, refusing to endorse it but also avoiding being too critical… But others say the real positive from the measure would be a two-decade prohibition on lawmakers’ raiding the environmental trust fund for other government expenses. ‘This is simply stating that we need to get a little help with our discipline,’ said Sen. David Simmons, an Altamonte Springs Republican.” Read Amendment aims cash at conservation efforts.

Mark Ferrulo writes for Context Florida – “State lawmakers who cherish Florida’s natural treasures and the health of their constituents should pass a statewide ban on all fracking-like drilling during the 2015 legislative session… If these policymakers don’t care about protecting wilderness, wildlife and public health, maybe the fact that the health of our economy is inextricably linked to the health of our environment will convince them to do the right thing.” Read To protect Florida’s future, ban fracking.

Ivan Penn writes in the Tampa Bay Times – “It might seem a stretch, but Florida utilities this week billed themselves as a friend of the poor and the common man. As such, they pressed the state Public Service Commission over the past three days to abandon a pilot program that offered rebates for residential and commercial solar panels that they argued benefit a few at the expense of the many… Critics of the utilities argue that power companies aim only to maintain their lock on generating electricity and keep their profits high on the backs of all ratepayers.” Read Lower energy conservation goals will protect ratepayers, utilities tell PSC.

Tom Swihart writes on the blog Watery Foundation – “Zombie water ideas are undead; no matter how many times they are killed by what appears to be a lethal refutation, they still act alive.” Read about some of Florida’s Zombie water ideas.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

August 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – The Indian Riverkeeper hosts the 2nd Annual Citizens for Clean Water Rally at Phipps Park in Stuart. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Look for more information soon.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – FL-WET Inc. will hold a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification training session and exam at the Barr Educational Center at Wekiva Island in Longwood. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

August 28th, 6:30 pm t0 8:00 pmThe Florida Conservation Coalition and Preserve Brevard will host Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1 at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Find more info and register to attend here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 17th & 18th – Audubon Florida will host the 2014 Audubon Assembly on Hutchinson Island. Find more info 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 email 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 the new and improved 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 Ryan Smart at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 23rd, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 @ 10:44am

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 23, 2014

Kevin Spear reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “The fate of Silver Springs… has galvanized environmentalists like few other conflicts over water or land in Florida. So they applauded last week when state regulators recommended denying a permit sought by a billionaire to irrigate pasture with water pumped from the ground not far from the springs.” Read Silver Springs actions raises hope for Florida springs.

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board writes – “This week’s Florida Public Service Commission hearings on energy efficiency reflect everything wrong with this state’s energy policy. Instead of raising modest energy saving goals, the PSC is considering cutting them. Instead of listening to the public, the PSC is hearing only from electric utilities eager to slash efficiency goals, build more power plants at customer’s expense and make more money. The utilities will keep getting their way until a new governor comes along who will stand up to their lobbyists, ignore their campaign cash and break their stranglehold on Tallahassee.” Read In Florida, utilities call the shots.

Christine Stapleton reports for the Palm Beach Post – “More than 2.5 million people visited south Florida’s four national parks last year, spending $206 million and supporting over 2,700 jobs, according to a National Park Service report. The new report found that national parks return ten dollars for every one spent and act as the primary economic engines of many gateway communities.” Read the full story here.

Katie Tripp writes in the Gainesville Sun – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be using outdated information to determine whether or not to remove the Florida manatee from the endangered species list. Tripp writes, “Reviews are important, but when they’re going to be tied to a decision that could alter the fate of a species, they need to contain the best and most updated data and information. Unfortunately for manatees, the data for the winters of 2010-2013 - including record mortality for the species… - won’t be in the mix.” Read Manatee review should consider all the facts.

Sharlene Leurig and Jeff Hughes write for National Geographic – Designing water pricing structures that promote conservation while giving financial stability to water providers. Read Does water conservation have to be the enemy of financial stability?

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

August 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – The Indian Riverkeeper hosts the 2nd Annual Citizens for Clean Water Rally at Phipps Park in Stuart. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Look for more information soon.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – FL-WET Inc. will hold a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification training session and exam at the Barr Educational Center at Wekiva Island in Longwood. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

August 28th, 6:30 pm t0 8:00 pmThe Florida Conservation Coalition and Preserve Brevard will host Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1 at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Find more info and register to attend here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info 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.

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FCC Daily News Brief - July 22nd, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 @ 10:25am

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Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 22, 2014

The Miami Herald editorial board writes – “The Obama administration’s decision to allow seismic searches for oil and gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean from Delaware to mid-Florida should arouse deep concern among environmental activists… Seismic searches in the deep are not good for the denizens of the ocean or their caretakers.” Read Keep the oceans clean.

Dan Christensen reports in the Miami Herald – Governor Rick Scott owned a stake in Spectra Energy, a Houston company building a controversial natural gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Christensen reports that following the 2013 legislative session Gov. Scott signed two bills into law “designed to speed up permitting” for the pipeline. Read Gov. Scott had stake in pipeline firm whose $3 billion venture he and his appointees backed.

Lloyd Dunkelberger reports in the Ocala Star Banner – “The Florida Public Service Commission on Monday began three days of hearings that could allow the state’s major electric utility companies to dramatically slash their energy conservation goals over the next five years. The hearings immediately drew criticism as the public was barred from testifying at the proceedings.” Read Utilities want to slash energy conservation goals.

The Suwannee Democrat Reports – “The Suwannee River Water Management District has launched a springs dashboard that provides an at-a-glance view of water quality and flow, and contributing factors affecting first magnitude springs and associated rivers.” The dashboard can be viewed here. Read Water district launches Spring Dashboard.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

August 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – The Indian Riverkeeper hosts the 2nd Annual Citizens for Clean Water Rally at Phipps Park in Stuart. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Look for more information soon.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – FL-WET Inc. will hold a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification training session and exam at the Barr Educational Center at Wekiva Island in Longwood. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

August 28th, 6:30 pm t0 8:00 pmThe Florida Conservation Coalition and Preserve Brevard will host Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1 at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Find more info and register to attend here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

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Choosing Our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1

  • Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 6pm - 8:30pm
    Location: Gleason Performing Arts Center, Melbourne, FL

    Join former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, along with Clay Henderson and…

FCC Daily News Brief - July 21st, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Monday, July 21st, 2014 @ 12:28pm

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Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 21, 2014

The Ocala Star Banner editorial board writes – “There is no question the staff recommendation to deny Sleepy Creek Lands’ (aka Adena Springs Ranch) request for an additional 1.12 million gallons of day of water… is a monumental policy – and environmental – statement by the St. Johns River Water Management District… While many are surprised by the district’s stance, it is more a validation of what longtime area residents and water advocates have said all along. The springs and the rivers in the Silver Springs springshed cannot stand a major withdrawal in such close proximity.” Read So says the science.

Andy Reid reports in the Sun Sentinel – “Rising water levels are triggering more discharges of Lake Okeechobee water out to sea due to flood control threats, federal officials said Friday. The Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would boost the amount of Lake Okeechobee water drained into the Caloosahatchee River toward the West Coast in order to ease the strain on the troubled dike that protects South Florida from flooding.” Read Rising Lake O triggers more draining.

Josh Boatwright reports in the Tampa Tribune – A decision by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to allow the use of sonic cannons to search for oil and natural gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean has been criticized by elected officials and environmentalists. Read Florida officials oppose reopening of offshore oil exploration.

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board writes – Governor Scott has accepted an invitation to meet with a group of ten scientists to learn about climate change. The board writes, “One of the scientists says he can explain climate change to the governor in 30 minutes, and the group should not stop there. They ought to make the same offer to the state Cabinet and the Florida Legislature. They could take a day trip to Tallahassee and be done by lunch – and if they are successful it could benefit the state for generations.” Read Climate education for the governor.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

August 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – The Indian Riverkeeper hosts the 2nd Annual Citizens for Clean Water Rally at Phipps Park in Stuart. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Look for more information soon.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – FL-WET Inc. will hold a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification training session and exam at the Barr Educational Center at Wekiva Island in Longwood. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

August 28th, 6:30 pm t0 8:00 pmThe Florida Conservation Coalition and Preserve Brevard will host Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1 at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Find more info and register to attend here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info 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 email 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 the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

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For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 17th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Thursday, July 17th, 2014 @ 12:52pm

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Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 17, 2014

The Associated Press reports – Governor Rick Scott said that “his administration would be ‘happy to meet’ with 10 scientists from Florida universities who want to talk about climate change, a subject he has been reluctant to address… Scott, who is running for re-election, has worked to dismantle climate change initiatives put into place by his predecessor and current opponent, Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist.” Read Scott says he’ll meet scientists on climate change.

The news-press.com editorial board writes – “We are pleased the Dan A. Hughes Co. is ceasing all oil drilling operations in Collier County. The project was controversial from the beginning, where expected profits outweighed the need for more research on the chemicals used to extract the oil. While the Department of Environmental Protection was using its muscle to hold Hughes accountable for its drilling methods, we have to wonder where that muscle was when the state agency granted Hughes an oil exploration permit last year.” The board concludes, “Florida’s environment is our most precious resource and the profits from oil drilling should never get in the way of preservation.” Read Driller leaving is in Collier’s best interest.

Jenny Staletovich reports for the Miami Herald – “Rising water temperatures and severe algae blooms in cooling canals have threatened to force the shutdown of two nuclear reactors at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point plant over the last few weeks.” Read Hot cooling canals threaten shutdown of Turkey Point nuclear power plants.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

July 21st, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm – Sierra Club Florida will hold a Rally for Energy Savings to advocate for higher goals for energy efficiency and solar energy at the Public Service Commission Meeting in Tallahassee. Find more info here.

August 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – The Indian Riverkeeper hosts the 2nd Annual Citizens for Clean Water Rally at Phipps Park in Stuart. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Look for more information soon.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – FL-WET Inc. will hold a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification training session and exam at the Barr Educational Center at Wekiva Island in Longwood. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info 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 email 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 the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

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About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 16th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 @ 1:40pm

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Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 16, 2014

Kevin Spear reports in the Orlando Sentinel – St. Johns River Water Management District staff recommended Tuesday that the district’s governing board deny Sleepy Creek Lands (formerly Adena Springs) a permit to pump 1.12 million gallons of water per day (mgd) out of the Floridan Aquifer. According to the district’s website, “The request for a new allocation of 1.12 mgd of groundwater in that location would contribute to cumulative harm of the ecology of Silver Springs and the Silver River.” Read State wants to deny water permit, says it’s harmful to Silver Springs.

Mary Ellen Klas reports in the Miami Herald – “In an effort to push Gov. Rick Scott into the debate on climate change, ten prominent scientists from the state’s top universities on Tuesday asked to meet with him to explain the impact human-induced global warming will have on Florida.” The professors write, “We note you have been asked several times about how, as Governor, you will handle the issue of climate change. You responded that you are ‘not a scientist.’ We are scientists and we would like the opportunity to explain what is at stake for our state.” Read University scientists ask Scott for chance to meet to talk about climate science.

Robin McKie writes in The Guardian – “Miami and its surroundings are facing a calamity worthy of the Old Testament. It is an astonishing story. Despite its vast wealth, the city might soon be consumed by the waves, for even if all emissions of carbon dioxide were halted tomorrow… there seems there is nothing that can stop the waters washing over Miami completely.” Read Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away.

Christine Stapleton writes in the Palm Beach Post – “In a bipartisan effort to acquire more money to aid the Indian River Lagoon, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, and Bill Posey, R-Rockledge introduced legislation today to prioritize funding for estuary systems experiencing urgent ecological challenges, such as the algal blooms and sea grass die offs in the Indian River Lagoon.” Read Bipartisan bill seeks more money for Indian River Lagoon.

Jenny Staletovich reports in the Miami Herald – “One of the world’s rarest forests, a section of Miami-Dade County’s last intact tracts of endangered pine rockland, is getting a new resident: a Walmart.” Read Walmart planned for endangered forest lands in South Florida.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

July 21st, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm – Sierra Club Florida will hold a Rally for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency at the Public Service Commission Meeting in Tallahassee. Find more info here.

August 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – The Indian Riverkeeper hosts the 2nd Annual Citizens for Clean Water Rally at Phipps Park in Stuart. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Look for more information soon.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – FL-WET Inc. will hold a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification training session and exam at the Barr Educational Center at Wekiva Island in Longwood. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info 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 email 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 the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

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About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 15th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 @ 9:41am

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Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 15, 2014

Zac Anderson reports in the Herald-Tribune – “The federal government’s decision last week to designate 685 miles of beach along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts as critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles… was hailed by some as a historic effort to save an imperiled species. A critical-habitat designation provides extra protection for natural environments deemed essential to an animal’s survival, and the size of the land and sea areas covered in the loggerhead rule is unprecedented. But just as greater federal oversight of loggerheads is being extended, Florida officials are talking about repealing a state rule aimed at saving sea turtles that puts limits on seawall construction.” Read Florida seawall rule changes a threat to sea turtles.

June Fletcher reports in the Naples News – U.S. Senator Bill Nelson attended a public meeting in Fort Myers to listen to concerns about oil drilling in Southwest Florida. Read Sen. Nelson: Prevent oil drilling in Southwest Florida from ‘messing up’ Everglades.

The Tampa Bay Tribune editorial board writes – “An appeals court showed reassuring regard for the rule of law and Florida natural resources in overturning a Panhandle judge’s loopy ruling against the state’s net ban.” Read Court tosses flawed net ban ruling.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

August 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – The Indian Riverkeeper hosts the 2nd Annual Citizens for Clean Water Rally at Phipps Park in Stuart. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Look for more information soon.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – FL-WET Inc. will hold a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification training session and exam at the Barr Educational Center at Wekiva Island in Longwood. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info 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 email 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 the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

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About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 14th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Monday, July 14th, 2014 @ 11:23am

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Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 14, 2014

Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson and Jim Tatum write in the Gainesville Sun – “Forty-two years ago the state of Florida mandated the Department of Environmental Protection to protect the water bodies in the state and establish minimum flows and levels necessary to prevent significant harm to natural systems as a result of the withdrawal of water… Even as we witness the continued denigration, significant harm and the drying up and disappearance of our springs and waters, we now see our state officials selling the public’s waters to investors and entrepreneurs to benefit the few to the detriment of the public.” Read Water being sold for private gain, not public benefit.

Craig Pittman reports in the Tampa Bay Times The Dan A. Hughes Co. announced it will end all of its drilling operations in South Florida, except for its one well currently producing oil. The company came under heavy scrutiny after performing an unauthorized “fracking-like” procedure in December of 2013. Read Texas company ends controversial oil drilling in Florida.

David Fleshler reports in the Sun Sentinel – An in-depth look at the Pacific Legal Foundation, which is fighting to downgrade protections for the Florida manatee. Read The free-market legal foundation behind threat to manatee’s endangered status.

Phil Ammann writes on SaintPetersBlog.com – An interview with EarthJustice managing attorney David Guest. Read Environmental attorney David Guest talks BP, springs and a Florida fracking boom.

Tom Swihart writes on the blog Watery Foundation – “The best natural history interpreter you will ever hear is Jim Stevenson. His book, ‘My Journey in Florida’s State Parks: A Naturalist’s Memoir,’ is just as interesting.” Read Stevenson’s Journey.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meeting

August 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – The Indian Riverkeeper hosts the 2nd Annual Citizens for Clean Water Rally at Phipps Park in Stuart. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Look for more information soon.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info 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 email 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 the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

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About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 11th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Friday, July 11th, 2014 @ 3:58pm

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 11, 2014

Brian D. McLaren writes in the Huffington Post – “Like Governor Scott, I am not a scientist. That’s why I listen to the testimony of scientists who know more than I, and they agree that global warming is real and poses a historic threat to human civilization. As a Christian I see protection of God’s creation as a spiritual responsibility and an expression of my faith.” Read Florida: Leader or Laggard?

Chad Gillis reports for News-Press.com – “The (Florida) manatee is at the center of a struggle between private-property rights groups and animal advocates after the federal government agreed last week to review the listing status of Southwest Florida’s signature sea creature.” Read Groups disagree on manatee’s endangered status.

Bruce Ritchie reports for Context Florida – A look at the current state - and future - of recycling, including the burning of garbage to produce energy. Read Is it time to revisit our approach to recycling?

Herschel Vinyard writes in the Naples News – “As we have said repeatedly throughout this process, DEP will hold the Dan A. Hughes Co. accountability for its actions. The demands we have made are not negotiable. We are fully assessing any and all actions at our disposal to bring Dan A. Hughes Co. into compliance with the law and we are prepared to act.” Read DEP will hold Dan A. Hughes Co. accountable.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meeting

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Look for more information soon.

August 11th to 14th  The Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

August 13th to 15th – FL-WET Inc. will hold a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification training session and exam at the Barr Educational Center at Wekiva Island in Longwood. Find more info here.

September 19th & 20th – The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info 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 email 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 the new and improved 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 Ryan Smart at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

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FCC Daily News Brief - July 10th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Thursday, July 10th, 2014 @ 11:51am

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 10, 2014

Craig Pittman reports in the Tampa Bay Times - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “designated hundreds of miles of beaches in Florida and six other states as critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles.” The designation, which also includes more than 300,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, could affect permitting for sea walls and other erosion-prevention measures. Read Feds declare 300 miles of Florida beaches critical habitat for loggerheads.

Ray Judah writes in the North Fort Myers Neighbor – “Plan 6, which has long been proposed as the solution to establish a portion of the historic flow way from Lake Okeechobee south to Everglades National Park, would provide the needed water storage, treatment and conveyance of water to the south, thereby avoiding harm to the west and east coast estuaries.” Read ‘Plan 6’ only viable solution to Okeechobee water discharges.

Dinah Voyles Pulver reports in the Daytona Beach News-Journal – The St. Johns River Water Management District governing board approved a proposed $141.9 million budget for the coming year. Read Water district proposes property tax rate for fiscal 2015.

WMNF presents – An interview with USF professor of biological oceanography Steven Murawski regarding a new study linking skin lesions on marine life to the BP oil disaster. Listen to Fewer skin lesions on fish is evidence BP oil is to blame for the ailment.

Tom Swihart writes on the blog Watery Foundation – A critique of the “peer review” process for establishing minimum flows and levels for Florida’s waters. Read Stop the madness of “independent scientific peer review.”

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meeting

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Look for more information soon.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info 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 the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

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About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 9th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 @ 10:31am

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

July 9, 2014

Ron Littlepage writes in the Florida Times-Union – Reflecting on the Florida governor’s race Littlepage writes, Voters must demand more and ask that famous political question from years ago, ‘Where’s the beef?’ That’s especially true when it comes to Florida’s environment, which in many ways is at a tipping point.” Littlepage continues, “In the weeks ahead, both Scott and Crist will undoubtedly tout more growth and more jobs, but the next governor better be ready to begin dealing with another environmental issue that will determine Florida’s future. It’s a potential catastrophe that is already impacting South Florida and will eventually arrive in Northeast Florida – sea level rise.” Read We need more than candidate rhetoric about the environment.

June Fletcher reports for the Naples News- “In the face of mounting public skepticism, the state’s top regulator (DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard) told Collier commissioners Tuesday of an 11-point plant to address citizens’ concerns about the disputed Collier Hogan (oil) well. (Vinyard) said his plan would use all the tools in his power to ensure the groundwater supply is protected at the well, which was the subject of an unauthorized injection… at the end of 2013. But both the well’s opponents and commissioners saw the gesture as too little, too late.” Read DEP presents plan to address Collier Hogan well, commission says ‘not enough.’

Valerie Garman reports in The New Herald – “The federal bureau of Ocean Energy Management held a pair of meetings in Panama City on Tuesday to solicit public comment on a proposal to open up new areas in the Gulf of Mexico for natural gas and oil production.” The areas are roughly 150 miles from Panama City Beach at the closest point. Read Feds propose new oil sits in Gulf.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meeting

August 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Silver Springs Alliance will host a public forum covering local and statewide water issues at Center Point Church in Silver Springs. Look for more information soon.

August 11th to 14thThe Howard T. Odum Springs Institute will host a Springs Field School for adults at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth camp in Apopka, Florida. Find more info here.

August 13th to 15th – The Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in SarasotaFind more info here.

September 19th – 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info 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 email 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 the new and improved 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 Ryan Smart at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

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