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Gulf Dead ZoneWhat You May Not Want to
Know About the Gulf Dead Zone

June 13, 2016 -The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its annual forecast for the size of the Gulf of Mexico "dead zone"—an area of coastal water where low oxygen is lethal to marine life. The dead zone averages about 6,000 sq. miles or the size of the state of Connecticut.


  • Sarasota To Go 100% Renewable Energy Sarasota, Florida Commits to Transition
    to 100% Renewable Energy

    June 19, 2017 - The Sarasota City Commission today adopted a goal of powering all of Sarasota with 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2045. Sarasota joins St. Petersburg as the only two cities in the state of Florida to commit to transition to 100 percent clean and renewable energy.

    Click now to read the Sierra Club article.

  • How To Manage Red Tide Managing is Possible But
    Who Will Take the First Step?

    Dec. 19, 2017 - Red Tide is back. Samples taken in the Gulf of Mexico offshore from Charlotte Harbor and the Caloosahatchee River show concentrations of the dinoflagellate Karenia brevis — the phytoplanktonic alga that can kill fish, poison seafood and drive tourists from the beaches — that range from low to very high.

    Click for the article by
    Andy Mele, Suncoast Waterkeeper

  • Manatee Court Fight to Protect the Bay Lawsuit Filed to ‘Quash’
    Approval of Aqua by the Bay

    Nov. 6, 2017 - The plaintiffs include former county commissioner Joe McClash, the local environmental organization Suncoast Waterkeeper, ecotourism operators Kathe Fannon and Katie Scarlett Turin, Longboat Key resident Larry Grossman and three residents of Legends Bay

    Click now read the Herald Tribune article.

  • FPL: Solar Use Illegal During Outages Florida Power & Light Lobbyists Made
    It Illegal to Use Solar During Outages

    Sept. 18, 2017 - One thing has changed since 2005: solar. Many of the FPL customers who are living through dangerous heat without power now have solar panels on their roofs that could keep them going while FPL repairs its infrastructure. Except doing so is illegal, thanks to FPL's lobbyists, who literally ghost-wrote much of Florida's dreadful solar rules.

    Click now to shed some sunlight.

  • Tesla Powerpack Comes to Florida Storage Project to Demo
    250-kW/1-MWh Tesla Powerpack

    July 18, 2017 - Atlanta-based utility Southern Company and its Gulf Power subsidiary last week said it has launched an energy storage research project in Pensacola, Fla., at the Douglas L. McCrary Training and Storm Center.

    The project will test and evaluate a 250-kW/1-MW Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion industrial energy storage system over a two-year period. The utility said that the project will demonstrate the requirements of an energy storage system for industrial and commercial customers.

  • 1,000 Friends of Florida Webinars Upcoming Dr. John M. DeGrove Webinars

    June 21, 2017Former Senator Bob Graham will be joining the webinar as a presenter

    In 2014 an overwhelming 75% of Florida voters supported the passage of Amendment 1 which allocated a third of the tax on real estate documents to be used for purchasing and restoring conservation lands through programs like Florida Forever. Despite this clarion call from concerned citizens, Florida’s legislators have consistently refused to fund this program in the intended manner, instead siphoning off funds to pay for existing environmental programs previously paid for out of general revenue, and falling far short of the intended allocation for the purchase of conservation lands.

  • Florida Environmental IssuesFlorida Environmental Issues

    Click now for a free PDF download addressing three of the key environmental issues that South Florida is challenged with today.

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  • Radioactive Waste Water ContaminationThnk Radioactive Waste Threatening
    Drinking Water is a Bad Idea?

    Mar. 1, 2017 -The drinking water we depend on should be protected from Nuclear contamination. If Florida Power and Light (FPL) has its way, they will be storing radioactive carcinogens below Florida’s Biscayne Aquifer. The Biscayne Aquifer is the primary source of drinking water for millions of people in South Florida. We must stop this dangerous project before it begins.

    Click for a petition to Fl. legislators.

  • Fight Phosphate RezoningGlenn Compton: Fight Phosphate Rezoning

    Jan. 3, 2017 -The costs of the phosphate industry are steep - pollution, destruction of wetlands and other natural resources, and contamination of surface waters - and are borne by the communities that have the misfortune to neighbor them.

    Despite this inherent inequity, Mosaic Fertilizer LLC is now requesting that Manatee County rezone 3,500 acres to expand a phosphate strip mine in eastern Manatee County, known as the Wingate East Mine.

  • Solar Amendment: Voters Not FooledFlorida Voters Reject Solar Amendment 1

    Nov. 9, 2016 - Amendment 1, known as "Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice" or the solar amendment required a 60 percent 'yes' vote to pass and did not receive that. Fifty-one % voted 'yes' and 49% voted 'no,' according to the Associated Press.

  • What's It All About - Algae?More Chemicals Allowed in
    Fl. Waterways, Toxic Algae Blooms
    Continue to Spread Across State

    July 28, 2016 - The Environmental Regulation Commission just voted 3-2 to approve a proposal by state regulators that would set new standards on 39 chemicals not currently regulated by the Sunshine State and revise regulations on 43 toxins, most of which are carcinogenic. State regulators claim the new plan will protect more Floridians than current standards, the Miami Herald reported.

  • The Sunshine State?- Not QuiteSolar Power Lags in Florida

    July 5, 2016 - Only one tenth of one percent of all Florida utility customers owned a renewable generating system in 2015, according to new data released by the Florida Public Service Commission.

  • Florida Slime TrackerTrack That Slime Crime

    Florida's waterways are plagued by slime caused by fertilizer, sewage and animal manure. Click now for an interactive map allowing you to view photographs of the muck, in the areas shown on the map.

  • Watershed ExcursionTake the Excursion

    View a slideshow of the Springs Coast waterways, brought to you by Southwest Florida Water Management District

Important Florida Links
1,000 Friends of Florida Green Business Partnership Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
The 2030 Challenge? Green Meeting Places South Florida Wildlands (SFWA)
Environment Florida Innovative Renewable Solutions Suncoast Waterkeeper
Florida Conservation Coalition Manasota-88 Sustainable Drinking in Sarasota
Floridians for Clean Water Our Phosphate Risk This Spaceship Earth
Floridians for Solar Choice Sierra Club of Manatee and Sarasota U.S. Green Building Council

Southwest (mostly)Florida New Stories

  • Suncoast Waterkeeper Speaks Out About Aqua Bay Whatever the Judge Said, the Aqua
    Mangrove Mitigation Bank Is Still a Bad Thing.

    By Andy Mele and Justin Bloom

    Mar. 29, 2018 - At trial , we, as the plaintiffs, were not allowed to enter into evidence the fact that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration all examined Carlos Beruff’s proposal for a mitigation bank and deemed it unworthy of processing as a credible permit application.

    And yet, there was our own Florida Department of Environmental Protection standing beside Beruff’s attorneys, zealously defending the extraordinarily inflated number of wetland mitigation credits (18.01, probably representing more than $2 million in profits) that it said could be allowed for that site. The same credits that three federal agencies rejected out of hand. Credits that will allow for the destruction of other wetlands, on other sites. And, quite possibly, allow Beruff to bury wetlands on the Aqua site itself, on the cheap.

    Click now for the Bradenton Herald opinion piece.

  • Can the Trump Administration Make Up Its Mind? Drilling Off Florida Is Still on
    the Table, Interior Official Says

    Jan. 19, 2018 - In a surprise statement undercutting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s announcement last week that he would exempt Florida from President Trump’s offshore drilling plan, a senior Interior Department official said Friday that Florida’s coastal waters had not been excluded after all.

    The Trump administration is moving to allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters, lifting a ban on drilling imposed by President Barack Obama near the end of his term.

    Click now for the NY Times Climate Fwd story.

  • Florida Co-ops Make Rooftop Solar Possible for Many Co-ops In Florida Make Rooftop
    Solar Possible For More People

    Sept. 12, 2017 - How does a co-op make rooftop solar systems more affordable? Ten people who band together to buy something usually get a better price than ten people acting individually.

    That’s the idea behind the St. Pete Solar Co-op, which began in 2016 when the local League of Women Voters partnered with Florida Solar United Neighborhoods, whose mission statement says it seeks to expand “access to solar by educating Floridians about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Florida’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters.”

  • FERC Says "Yes" - Circuit Ct. Says "No" to Pipeline Sabal Trail Pipeline Rejected

    Aug. 29, 2017 - Last week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) attempts to downplay the massive climate impacts of the Southeast Market Pipelines Project, a $3.5 billion project that includes the 515-mile Sabal Trail pipeline. FERC and the pipeline companies argued that even though the project’s purpose is to transport fracked gas through Alabama and Georgia to Florida power plants, FERC nonetheless could ignore the greenhouse gas emissions from burning the gas at those plants.

  • Protesting Phosphate Mining in Manatee County Santa Fe River, Tributary
    and Springs Threatened

    Aug. 22, 2017 - Close to 130 Florida residents descended on the rural county, coming as far as Manatee, Polk and Hamilton counties to share their first-hand experiences with phosphate mining. More than 50 people spoke against the project, many telling personal testimonies including damage to the water supply, health impacts and habitat destruction.

    Last year a giant sinkhole opened at a Mosaic phosphate mine in Polk county that polluted water with radioactive waste.

  • Orlando Commits to 100% Clean Energy Orlando Now Largest Fl. City
    To Commit To 100% Clean Energy

    Aug. 9, 2017 - The Orlando City Commission today unanimously approved a resolution establishing a goal to move Orlando to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050. Orlando is now the largest city in Florida to make such a commitment and joins a growing movement of more than three dozen cities nationwide that have committed to a 100 percent clean energy future.

  • The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone New Jersey-Size 'Dead Zone' Is
    Largest Ever in Gulf of Mexico

    August 2, 2017 - A record-breaking, New Jersey-sized dead zone was measured by scientists in the Gulf of Mexico this week—a sign that water quality in U.S. waterways is worse than expected.

    Click for the National Geographic story.

  • Should Customers Pay For Fracked Gas Infrastructure? Sierra Club Appeals State’s
    Decision To Make FPL Customers Pay For More
    Unnecessary Fracked Gas Infrastructure

    June 28, 2017 - TALLAHASSEE, FLA—Today, in the Florida Supreme Court, the Sierra Club appealed the Public Service Commission’s decision to force FPL customers to pay for the utility’s aggressive expansion of fracked gas infrastructure, despite failing to prove it’s necessary.

  • Sarasota To Go 100% Renewable Energy Sarasota, Florida Commits to Transition
    to 100% Renewable Energy

    June 19, 2017 - The Sarasota City Commission today adopted a goal of powering all of Sarasota with 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2045. Sarasota joins St. Petersburg as the only two cities in the state of Florida to commit to transition to 100 percent clean and renewable energy.

    Click now to read the Sierra Club article.

  • Good News for the Florida Manatee Florida Manatees Likely
    to Persist For At Least
    100 Years—US Geological Survey

    Apr. 13, 2017 - Florida\’s iconic manatee population is highly likely to endure for the next 100 years, so long as wildlife managers continue to protect the marine mammals and their habitat, a new study by the US Geological Survey and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has found.

  • FPL's Ambitious Solar Expansion FPL Announces Sites for
    8 New Solar Plants

    Mar. 2, 2017 - Florida Power & Light announced the locations of its 2017 and 2018 universal solar projects, consisting of eight new 74.5-megawatt solar power plants that will be built over the next 12 months.

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