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FCC Daily News Brief - July 22nd, 2014

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

FCC News Brief
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.

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.

Choosing Our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1

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    Location: Gleason Performing Arts Center, Melbourne, FL

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FCC Daily News Brief - July 21st, 2014

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

FCC News Brief
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.

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 17th, 2014

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

FCC News Brief
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.

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 16th, 2014

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

FCC News Brief
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.

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 15th, 2014

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

FCC News Brief
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.

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 14th, 2014

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

FCC News Brief
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.

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 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.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

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.

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 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.

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FCC Daily News Brief - July 8th, 2014

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July 8, 2014

Karl Etters reports in the Tallahassee Democrat – The 1st District Court of Appeals upheld the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s authority to enforce the net-ban constitutional amendment passed by voters in 1994. Read Appeals judges affirm net ban legality.

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board writes – “There is no justification for the federal government to downgrade the protected status of the Florida manatee. It might make it easier for irresponsible boaters and builders to abuse their privileges on the public waterways. But the move would be terrible for the species and send the wrong message about Florida’s natural resources. If anything, the state and federal governments should do more to protect these habitats.” Read Don’t weaken manatee protections.

Mary Wozniak reports for News-Press.com – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection sent a letter containing a list of nine demands to the Dan A. Hughes Co. six months after the company performed an unauthorized “fracking-like” procedure in Collier County. Read Collier drilling permit on shaky ground.

The News-Press.com editorial board writes – “Although we agree with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s list of demands to protect the residents of Collier County and to keep them informed about the oil drilling activities by the Dan. A Hughes Co., and its contractor, we also wonder why this accountability process was not in place much earlier?” Read With oil drilling, accountability key.

Tom Swihart writes on the Watery Foundation blog – “Love of water can go bad… Often the best policy is to leave water bodies alone and ‘unimproved.’” Read Hydrophilia gone bad.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meeting

July 8th, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – The East Central Florida Corridor Task Force will hold a public meeting at the Kissimmee Civic Center to discuss the proposed transportation corridor through portions of Brevard, Orange and Osceola counties. 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.

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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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For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 7th, 2014

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July 7, 2014

Bob Palmer writes in the Gainesville Sun – A humorous spin on DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard’s efforts to help Governor Scott’s re-election campaign. Palmer, writing as Sec. Vinyard, writes, “Our policy of granting much longer water-use permits to major utilities, farms and businesses is reaping dividends. With less work to do, our water management districts have been able to cut back on staff, saving the taxpayers almost as much money as the governor’s tax holiday for fertilizer purchases.” Read Governor Scott’s secret plan to clean up the environment?

WLRN presents – An interview with history professor and author Peggy Macdonald about her new biography of Marjorie Harris Carr and the condition of Florida’s environment. Listen to the full interview here.

Ashley Lopez reports for WGCU – “Florida’s environmental agency (DEP) began releasing the results of groundwater testing in Collier County this week. State officials said the results show there’s no contamination at the Collier-Hogan oil well site near Lake Trafford. However, water quality experts have said the state isn’t testing properly for contamination.” Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, commented, “Fracking like activity would be very deep in the ground beneath our aquifers that we use for public drinking supply. So, that’s where our groundwater monitoring wells should have been installed. Unfortunately they installed very shallow wells, which are sampling an area which would practically be the last place one would find contamination.” Read State officials release water testing results from Collier-Hogan well.

Bruce Ritchie reports on saintpetersblog.com – Ritchie looks at the political landscape surrounding Amendment 1, the Florida water and land conservation amendment. Read Will there be any opposition to the conservation amendment?

Tom Swihart writes in the blog Watery Foundation – “If Florida has the most ‘special’ water resources in the United States, why should we protect and enhance them?” Swihart urges Floridians to look past the dollars and cents of environmental protection and focus on the fundamental reasons that “people care deeply about this state’s magnificent water resources.” Read Why care?

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meeting

July 8th 9:00 am to 12:00 pm & 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – The East Central Florida Corridor Task Force will hold two public meetings at the Kissimmee Civic Center to discuss the proposed transportation corridor through portions of Brevard, Orange and Osceola counties. 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.

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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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For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 2nd, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 @ 10:34am

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

July 2, 2014

Paula Dockery writes in the Lakeland Ledger – “Water is vital to our very survival – and our economy. While the governor and legislators acknowledge the importance of an adequate water supply, their words are cheap. While they sing the praises of spring protection, their inaction hits a sour note. Empty words and promises aren’t going to restore the Everglades, protect our springs, increase our water supply, or clean up our lakes, rivers and estuaries. It’s time for a sincere commitment to our resources, backed by dedicated, sustainable and continuous funding. Frustrated Floridians are looking for an environmental hero. Clearly, it’s not going to come from our current leaders.” Read Water protection turns to dust in legislature.

Craig Pittman reports in the Tampa Bay Times – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced they are considering removing Florida manatees from the endangered species list following a lawsuit filed by The Pacific Legal Foundation. Although the species was believed to be rebounding based on a 2007 aerial survey, record manatee deaths were reported in 2010 and again in 2013. “There may have been some optimism in 2007,” according to Save the Manatee representative Pat Rose, “but we’re in a completely different situation today.” Read Federal officials may take manatees down a notch on endangered species list.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

July 2nd, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – The Citrus County Historical Society will open an exhibit at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum displaying artifacts discovered while dredging the area around Chassahowitzka Spring. Find more info here.

July 5th, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm – St. Johns Riverkeeper will host the second annual River Ruckus at the Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville. River Ruckus is a family festival to highlight the importance of the St. Johns River. 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.

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For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - July 1st, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 @ 12:17pm

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

July 1, 2014

John Thomas writes in the Gainesville Sun – Thomas, a Florida environmental lawyer, responds to the “false impressions given” in a recent op-ed by Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Hershel Vinyard. Thomas writes, “The Floridan Aquifer has been overdrawn to the point that sinkholes are more frequent; lakes, wetlands and springs are drying up; and great natural outdoor attractions are not so attractive these days. The Scott administration has made no bones about being focused on job creation. I’m sure they have been honest about that. I wish I could say the same about Vinyard’s environmental claims.” Read Rules based on bad science.

The Gainesville Sun editorial board writes – “If rising temperatures and sea levels aren’t enough to show that action is needed to address climate change, maybe dollar figures will do the trick. Between $15 billion and $23 billion of existing property in Florida will likely be under water by 2050 under current projections.” Read Climate costs.

Darrel E. Owens interviews newly elected Friends of the Wekiva River president Don Brouillard in the Orlando Sentinel – When asked “What are the biggest threats to the (Wekiva) River?” Brouillard responds, “The single biggest threat to the Wekiva River, Central Florida’s springs and the aquifer is that many among both government decision makers and the general public don’t recognize that these waters truly are in jeopardy, that the crisis is real, that failure to act will yield ever-increasing consequences. This is not a time to assign blame. This is a time to correct the problem.” Read the full interview here.

Matt Keene reports on riverbedammed.org – Part 5 of the series on the Ocklawaha River examines the potential use of the river as an alternative water supply. Read Florida Water Management district eyes rivers, pool of disappearing water.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

July 2nd, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – The Citrus County Historical Society will open an exhibit at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum displaying artifacts discovered while dredging the area around Chassahowitzka Spring. Find more info here.

July 5th, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm – St. Johns Riverkeeper will host the second annual River Ruckus at the Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville. River Ruckus is a family festival to highlight the importance of the St. Johns River. 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.

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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 - June 30th, 2014

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June 30, 2014

Reuters reports – A report by the National Research Council finds that the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP) has made only modest progress in restoring the Everglades and is not adequately dealing with the threats of climate change and non-native species. Read Everglades restoration project has had modest impact, report shows.

Lynn Hatter reports for WFSU – Increased oil exploration and an unauthorized “fracking-like” procedure carried out in Collier County by the Dan A. Hughes Company “have some residents and environmental groups at war over what they see as an effort to bring fracking to Florida.” The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has also come under scrutiny after waiting seven months to disclose the incident and monitor groundwater in the area. Read Renewed push for oil in Florida sparks concern in Southwest Florida.

Allie Conti reports in the New Times – As much as 10 percent of Florida’s panther population have been killed in collisions with motor vehicles in only the first six months of 2014. Read the full story here.

Jimmy Orth writes in the Florida Times Union – The proposed dredging of the St. Johns River to accommodate larger shipping vessels in Jacksonville would have irreversible environmental impacts to the river with no guarantee of economic returns. Orth writes, “It would be tragic to spend $1 billion only to find our river further dredged and our grand hopes of jobs and economic prosperity were but an illusion.” Read The business case against deepening the river.

Matt Keene writes on riverbedammed.org – The fourth installment in a series examining the Kirkpatrick Dam on the Ocklawaha River reviews the history of the dam, whose purpose, according to a 1970 Army Corps of Engineers pronouncement, is to “save the Ocklawaha from nature.” Read The Kirkpatrick Dam’s lasting uncertainty.

Tom Swihart writes in the Watery Foundation blog – “It is parochial of me but I think that Florida’s extraordinary water resources rank close to the top of ‘specialness’ in any state.” Find out why here.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

July 2nd, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – The Citrus County Historical Society will open an exhibit at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum displaying artifacts discovered while dredging the area around Chassahowitzka Spring. Find more info here.

July 5th, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm – St. Johns Riverkeeper will host the second annual River Ruckus at the Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville. River Ruckus is a family festival to highlight the importance of the St. Johns River. 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 13th to 15thThe Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. Find more info here.

September 19th – 20th The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake Wales. 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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For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - June 27th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Friday, June 27th, 2014 @ 12:51pm

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June 27, 2014

The Gainesville Sun Editorial Board writes – “Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Secretary) Herschel Vinyard Jr. wants credit for doing the bare minimum to protect springs and the groundwater supply.” In a column published last week by the Sun, Vinyard wrote “No one has taken such bold steps (as the Scott administration) in protecting our springs. No one.” The Sun editorial board responds, “Nice try, but the claim doesn’t pass the smell test. Establishing weak regulations that delay measures needed to reverse the damage to our springs is hardly a bold step- it’s business as usual in our state.” Read Hardly bold steps.

Ronald Saff, MD, and Maura Stephens write in Truthout.com –The American Lung Association has acknowledged that fracking causes massive amounts of cancer-causing air pollution, and has urged stronger regulations, but after receiving hefty donations from a fracking company, the ALA switched to falsely promoting gas as ‘cleaner than other fossil fuels.’" The authors conclude, “A respected health organization should not play politics or be beholden to fossil-fuel pushers. The only logical remedy for ALA is to come clean – by denouncing fracking as the intolerable lung-destroying corporate activity it is.” Read American Lung Association contradicts its own mission.

Kevin Derby reports in the Sunshine State News - Florida Congressman Steve Southerland is challenging President Obama’s authority to create the world’s largest ocean preserve, which would protect the waters around Hawaii and American Samoa from commercial fishing and oil drilling. Although the proposed preserve would not affect Florida, Southerland said, “North and Northwest Florida’s fishermen are already struggling to survive under this president’s overregulation of our oceans, and they deserve to know that some in Congress are fighting to stop him from making their jobs even tougher.” Southerland did not mention the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill which discharged nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Read Steve Southerland wants Obama’s oceanic plans capsized.

Christine Stapleton reports in the Palm Beach Post – A decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the wood stork from the endangered species list “prompted swift criticism from environmentalists and praise from home builders.” Read Reaction mixed in Florida to U.S. declaring wood storks no longer endangered.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

July 2nd, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – The Citrus County Historical Society will open an exhibit at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum displaying artifacts discovered while dredging the area around Chassahowitzka Spring. Find more info here.

July 5th, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm – St. Johns Riverkeeper will host the second annual River Ruckus at the Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville. River Ruckus is a family festival to highlight the importance of the St. Johns River. 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 13th to 15thThe Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. Find more info here.

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

FCC Daily News Brief - June 26th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Thursday, June 26th, 2014 @ 11:45am

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

June 26, 2014

Eric Draper writes in the Sun Sentinel – “Leaders of Florida’s sugar companies… objected to my description of the ‘ugly’ legislative process that led to Gov. Rick Scott’s signing of HB 7065 last year. Lawmaking has been compared to sausage making, and the 2013 Everglades bill was no exception. Audubon and other conservation groups pushed for the sugar companies to pay more and do more to clean up the water discharged from their fields to the Everglades. We signed off on a compromise that fell well short of our original goal.” Draper continues, “It is going to take a lot of money to deal with South Florida’s water problems – more money that is currently being budgeted. I challenge the sugar industry to step up and be partners on funding solutions. If the industry does not want to give more, then help get more.” Read the Big sugar should pay cleanup costs.

Carlos Medina reports in the Ocala Star Banner – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is conducting a “bear count” in the Ocala National Forest, home to the densest population of black bears in the state. The count will help the FWC create a new black bear management plan. Read Researchers want to know how many bears are in Ocala National Forest.

Phil Latzman writes in the Sun Sentinel – “To dredge, or not to dredge. That is the question facing port cities in the US and beyond trying to stay on the manifest for the next big shipment. But in Florida there’s some extra delicate cargo under the sea that we must protect. Our impeccable coral reefs.” Latzman concludes, “It was only a century ago that many of our leaders thought draining the Florida Everglades would be an economic boon to the state. It turned out to be an environmental disaster we are now working against the clock to reverse. Is purposely wrecking our fragile reefs Florida’s next big man-made mistake? We simply can’t afford to find out.” Read Protecting coral reefs more important than extra $$$.

Jay Schoenberger and David Hanson write on the Huffington Post – The authors share insights from their month long trip paddling from the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River to the Gulf of Mexico while making a documentary film on the decades-old battle between Florida, Georgia and Alabama over water rights. Read Who owns water?

Tom Swihart writes on the blog Watery Foundation – “Suppose that, in contradiction to long-term trends and despite enormous water efficiency potential, Florida water use increases a lot but new supplies were not developed. How Horrible would that be?” For the answer read What’s the worst that could happen?

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

June 27th, 9:00 am – The Florida Acquisition and Restoration Council will hold a public meeting in Tallahassee. Find more info here.

July 2nd, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – The Citrus County Historical Society will open an exhibit at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum displaying artifacts discovered while dredging the area around Chassahowitzka Spring. Find more info here.

July 5th, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm – St. Johns Riverkeeper will host the second annual River Ruckus at the Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville. River Ruckus is a family festival to highlight the importance of the St. Johns River. 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 13th to 15thThe Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. Find more info here.

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

FCC Daily News Brief - June 25th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 @ 1:17pm

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

June 25, 2014

Justin Gillis reports in the New York Times – A new bipartisan report highlights the economic risks of unchecked global warming. Among those signing off on the report are three former U.S. Treasury Secretaries, from the Nixon, Clinton and George W. Bush administrations; all of whom endorse taxing carbon emissions. Among other findings, the report states that rising sea levels could consume more than $370 billion worth of property – in Florida and Louisiana alone. Read Bipartisan report tallies high toll on economy from global warming.

The Miami Herald editorial board writes – “For the third time in seven years, the Supreme Court this week reaffirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases. It’s hard to underestimate the importance of the ruling or the magnitude of the disaster that a denial of authority would represent. The ruling is a victory for everyone who believes in the urgency of taking action in the face of man-made climate change, which is directly related to the emission of pollutants in the air.” Read the full story here.

Tom Palmer reports in PolkOutdoors.com – A recent report puts the value of roadside ecosystem services in Florida at more than $550 million per year. The report is intended to get the Florida Department of Transportation to reconsider the policy of mowing roadside easements - which destroys wildflowers and animal habitat. Read Report documents roadside mowing’s excesses.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

June 25th, 6:00 pm – The Environmental Youth Council will hold a press conference and short film screening at the St. Augustine Amphitheater to announce the results of a new study looking at the effects of pesticides on bee populations.

June 26th, 9:00 am – The Volusia County Council will conduct a workshop on water quality at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. Find more info here.

June 27th, 9:00 am – The Florida Acquisition and Restoration Council will hold a public meeting in Tallahassee. Find more info here.

July 5th, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm – St. Johns Riverkeeper is hosting the second annual River Ruckus at the Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville. River Ruckus is a family festival to highlight the importance of the St. Johns River. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm – 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 13th to 15thThe Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. Find more info here.

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

FCC Daily News Brief - June 24th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 @ 1:19pm

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

June 24, 2014

Kevin Derby reports in the Sunshine State News – In a new poll by the Florida Chamber of Commerce 78 percent of likely Florida voters say they will vote yes on Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment. The amendment, which needs the approval of 60 percent of voters in November to pass, would dedicate approximately $10 billion to land and water conservation over 20 years. Read the full story here.

Steve Bousquet writes in the Tampa Bay Times – “Three times in recent days, (Governor) Scott has been asked about amendment 1 on the November ballot. Three times, Scott danced around it in an abdication of leadership… Scott is proud of his environmental record, but some independent, environmentally-friendly voters may be skeptical. Given a chance to reassure them, Scott punted three times.” Read Gov. Rick Scott straddles fence on land, water protections.

June Fletcher reports in the Naples News – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is installing groundwater monitoring wells at the site of last year’s unauthorized “fracking-like” procedure by the Dan A. Hughes Company in Collier County. Read the full story here.

Matt Keene reports on riverbedammed.org – A look at the impact of damming the Ocklawaha River on striped bass and other species dependent upon a free-flowing river system. Read Dam disables southernmost bass habitat, threatens endangered species.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

June 25th, 6:00 pm – The Environmental Youth Council will hold a press conference and short film screening at the St. Augustine Amphitheater to announce the results of a new study looking at the effects of pesticides on bee populations.

July 5th, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm – St. Johns Riverkeeper is hosting the second annual River Ruckus at the Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville. River Ruckus is a family festival to highlight the importance of the St. Johns River. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm – 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 13th to 15thThe Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. Find more info here.

September 19th – 20th The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake Wales. 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 - June 23rd, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Monday, June 23rd, 2014 @ 2:44pm

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

June 23, 2014

Lloyd Dunkelberger reports in the Herald Tribune – The Florida Cabinet approved the sale of several state owned properties which could provide up to $40 million in funding for land conservation purchases. Dunkelberger writes, “Although the state will have more land acquisition money in the coming year, the question remains how aggressively state officials will be in trying to negotiate conservation land deals… Without a more aggressive land-buying initiative, environmentalists say the state may lose out on critical areas, such as protecting Florida’s natural springs the Ocala National Forest–Wekiva River area, the Indian River lagoon and a host of other environmentally important tracts across the state.” Read Slight boost for conservation.

Matthew Stolpe reports for WFSU – As the population of Florida panthers increases and expands northwards, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission looks for ways to work with private landowners to secure new habitat and reduce conflicts between panthers and ranchers. Read Private landowners may hold key to increasing Florida panther population.

Kevin Spear reports in the Orlando Sentinel – The Florida Cabinet approved the purchase of a critical 156 acre tract of land in northern Lake County which will help protect waters in the area and add to a wildlife corridor between the Wekiwa Springs State Park and Ocala National Forest. Read the full story here.

Chris Curry reports in the Gainesville Sun – The Ichetucknee Alliance and Our Santa Fe River “continue to fight legal battles in a campaign to protect and restore the rivers and springs” of north central Florida. The Ichetucknee Alliance is currently challenging proposed minimum flows and levels for the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe Rivers, and their associated springs. Curry writes, “The group argues that the (minimum flows and levels regulations) do not do enough to protect those water bodies and does not do it soon enough.” Our Santa Fe River has requested an administrative hearing to challenge a consumptive water use permit for more than 2 million gallons per day in the region. Read Grassroots environmentalists fight to protect Ichetucknee, Santa Fe.

Barbara Behrendt reports in the Tampa Bay Times – Environmental advocates attended two public meetings to oppose a plan to place an environmental education and tourism center in the Weekiwachee Preserve. Former Southwest Florida Water Management District executive director Sonny Vergara sent a letter to Hernando County administrator Len Sossamon writing, “If we do not preserve a large part of what’s left of Florida’s natural habitat, we will exploit it and use it until it is destroyed, and the very reason why Florida has become a global destination in the first place will be destroyed along with it.” The arguments persuaded Hernando County Commissioner Diane Rowden, a former supporter of the proposal, to change her position. “The people who spoke didn’t just speak with emotion,” Rowden said, “they spoke with scientific information.” Read Plan for preserve education center loses support of Hernando commissioner.

Tom Swihart writes in the blog Watery Foundation – “The USGS report on 2010 water use in Florida is finally published online… For me the most important fact in the report is that water use in Florida has gone down.” Read the full post here.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

June 25th, 6:00 pm – The Environmental Youth Council will hold a press conference and short film screening at the St. Augustine Amphitheater to announce the results of a new study on the effects of pesticides on bee populations.

July 5th, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm – St. Johns Riverkeeper is hosting the second annual River Ruckus at the Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville. River Ruckus is a family festival to highlight the importance of the St. Johns River. Find more info here.

August 5th, 5:00 pm – 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 13th to 15thThe Florida Green Building Coalition will hold its annual conference at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. 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.

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