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Updated: Oct. 5, 2018

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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.

 

Issues

  • 6 Key Issues Facing Florida Environment
    Florida’s Environmental Challenges

    With leadership from the late Nathaniel Pryor Reed, Trouble in Paradise is the work product of deeply concerned members of the Florida environmental community who wish to help elected officials and candidates for office better understand six major statewide environmental issues impacting Florida’s natural resources and our residents’ quality of life. Reflecting that ‘one size does not fit all’ this report also identifies four of Florida’s many resource areas meriting specialized treatment.

    Click now to read more
    from troubleinparadise.org.

  • Sarasota To Go 100% Renewable   Sarasota, Florida Commits to Trans-  
     ition 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.

• S.W. Fl. News

Watching Out for the Environment
Or Are We? 

Protecting the Florida Panther 
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Solar in the Sunshine State

Sarasota Solar Co-op

Issues

  • Florida Offshore Drilling is a No-No
    10 Reasons Not to Drill for Oil Offshore of Florida

    - This reminder from Manasota-88 warns of the ten reasons not to drill for off-shore oil.

    Click now for more from the  Manasota-88.

  • 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 Quite
    Solar 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 Tracker
    Track 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 Excursion
    Take the Excursion

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

 

Important Florida Links

   

Southwest (mostly)Florida New Stories

  • Brown Shores Not Always Blamed on Red Tide
    What's Turning Southwest Florida's
    Shores Brown? It's Not Red Tide

    Oct. 3, 2018 -The sand was white, but the murky, brownish water at some beaches in Collier and southern Lee counties continued to keep some would-be swimmers at bay Monday.

    Discolored water has been reported at multiple locations, including Barefoot Beach, Seagate Beach and the Naples Pier, according to Naples' Natural Resources Manager Stephanie Molloy. Beachgoers on social media also reported a similar discoloration at Bonita Beach on Sunday.

    Click to read more from the Naples Daily News.

  • Attempt to Fight Sea Level Rise Battle with Freshwater
    A Freshwater, Saltwater Tug-Of-War
    is Eating Away at the Everglades

    Aug. 20, 2018 — The boardwalk at Pa-hay-okee Overlook is a brief, winding path into a dreamworld in Everglades National Park. Beyond the wooden slats, an expanse of gently waving saw grass stretches to the horizon, where it meets an iron-gray sky. Hardwood tree islands — patches of higher, drier ground called hammocks — rise up from the prairie like surfacing swimmers. The rhythmic singing of cricket frogs is occasionally punctuated by the sharp call of an anhinga or a great egret.

    But now, the Everglades — home to alligators and crocodiles, deer, bobcats and the Florida panther, plus a dizzying array of more than 300 bird species — is facing a far more relentless foe: rising seas.

    Click now to read more
    from Science News.

  • Voting On Environmental Issues? - Read This
    FLORIDA CONSERVATION COALITION – 2018 Candidate Briefing

    Fall, 2018 -The following issues discussed in this report:
    Land Conservation, Protection Of Water Resources, Growth Management, Sea Level Rise, Everglades Restoration, Apalachicola River And Bay

    Click now to read the report (PDF)
    from the Florida Conservation Coalition.

  • The Tide is Against Us - the Red Tide That Is
    Toxic 'red tide' Algae Bloom Is Killing
    Florida Wildlife and Menacing Tourism

    Aug. 14, 2018 -This year 267 tons of marine life, including thousands of small fish and 72 Goliath groupers, have washed up along 150 miles of the Gulf Coast from the unrelenting bloom

    With its long, white, sandy beaches, Sanibel Island off the coast of south-western Florida is usually a perfect place for families to enjoy these last days of summer.

    This year, however, 267 tons of marine life, including thousands of small fish, 72 Goliath groupers, and even a 21-ft whale shark have washed up on the beach since July – thanks to a a disastrous “red tide” of toxic algae.

    Click now to read more of the
    story from the Guardian.

  • Desoto County Commission Rules Against Phosphates
    Environmentalists Prevail Over Big Phosphate in Desoto

    Aug. 5, 2018 -ARCADIA — In a landmark action, the Desoto County County Commission recently stood up to big Phosphate. The board dismissed county planning staff eager to facilitate an approval and said no to what was expected by many to be just another rubber-stamp vote in favor of the toxic industry.

    Click now for the rest of the
    story from The Bradenton Times.

  • Good News For Water and Wildlife in the Panhandle
    Wins for Water and Wildlife in the Florida Panhandle

    July 30, 2018 -Last month, a landowner and philanthropist ensured the long-term conservation and protection of 6,200 acres of pine forest adjacent to the St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge

    Sam and Betty Shine donated their family’s land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service so it could be better managed to help restore longleaf pine habitat and expand the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. The National Wildlife Federation has long advocated for the protection of this property.

    Click now to read more
    from a Nat. Wildlife Federation blog.

  • Florida’a Lack of Environmental Rules Enforcement
    Florida Racks Up Second Worst
    Eco-Enforcement in 30+ Years

    July 23, 2018 -During the seven years under Governor Rick Scott, environmental enforcement has hit a modern nadir, with 2017 registering some of the most anemic results on record, according to a new analysis released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The upshot is that not only is Florida’s environment bearing a greater pollution load, but also its Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is losing revenue as well as its capacity to monitor--let alone deter--eco-offenses.

    Click now to read the article from
    Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

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