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Lake Okeechobee Fishermen Set the Record Straight on Algae Facts and Fiction

Dan Environment, Florida

My travels through and around my childhood region of South Florida in recent months allowed me to bore into a few more angles of the algae story. Much of what the public is being told about Lake Okeechobee water and its connection to green algae in coastal waterways is simply not true. The facts remain the facts, and this issue …

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Water Woes Become a Political Wildcard

Dan Environment, Florida, Water

Throughout the summer, politicians heard from Floridians angered by the latest bouts of toxic blue-green algae in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, along with a festering red-tide outbreak on the Gulf Coast. Protesters focused on the state’s handling of rising sea levels, a limited acknowledgement of climate change and past actions by Gov. Rick Scott such as reducing funding …

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EAA Farmers, Inc. Issues Statement on Federal Authorization of EAA Reservoir

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

A statement from Danielle Alvarez, spokesperson for EAA Farmers, Inc., following the federal approval of the EAA reservoir: “Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) farm families are pleased that the EAA reservoir will be achieved in a way that will accomplish restoration goals while also protecting homegrown food supply.  Restoration has been a tremendous success south of Lake Okeechobee and serves as proof that …

Political Event Falls Short on Facts

Dan Environment, Florida

A recent southeast Florida algae rally drew a small crowd. By Gary Cooper U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (R-Palm City) hosted a campaign event in Stuart on Sunday and visited other South Florida areas in recent days. He partnered with anti-farming group BullSugar.org and featured activist Erin Brockovich to help push his recently introduced Stop Harmful Discharges Act in Congress. The …

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Florida’s Algae Blooms and Red Tide: Consider the Facts

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

The algae and red tide blooming along Florida’s coastal waterways are concerning to everyone, including those of us in agriculture. It is understandable that many Floridians are upset and are anxious for answers, but misinformation is being circulated by anti-farmer activists that erroneously points to farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), south of Lake Okeechobee, as the cause of …

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Cleaning Up Florida’s Red Tide Aftermath

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

Source: Everglades Agricultural Area Farmers Some have erroneously claimed that farms south of Lake Okeechobee contribute to the ecological problems in Lake Okeechobee and on the coasts, as they claim that farmers back pump farm water to the lake, which is not true.  We encourage you to read the special report from the Palm Beach Post, especially excerpts below. Your …

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Scott: Expedited Water Project Will Help Reduce Harmful Lake Okeechobee Discharges

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

Governor Rick Scott announced that, under his direction, another key Everglades restoration project is moving forward ahead of schedule. This year, Governor Scott included funding to expedite this project in his recommended budget and then signed into law this investment of $6 million to begin construction on the S-333 expansion project by the end of the year. This expansion project …

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Trump Budget Seeks State Money for Dike Repairs

Dan Industry News Release, Water

State dollars will be needed to speed federal repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. Gov. Rick Scott was quick Monday to praise direction given in the proposed budget as solidifying Trump’s commitment to complete the federal dike repairs ahead of schedule. “Last year, after my meeting with President Trump, he directed …

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Rubio Seeks Funding Commitment for Dike Repairs

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio wants money put behind President Donald Trump’s recent call to speed up completion of repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee. The Miami Republican asked Mick Mulvaney, the chief of the White House Office of Management and Budget, on Tuesday to support funding levels outlined by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would …

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Scott to Seek More Money for Lake Okeechobee Dike

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Water

Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Monday his budget request for the 2018 legislative session will include $50 million to help speed federal repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee. “These repairs are a priority, and that’s why I’m proposing $50 million in state funding to help expedite the project,” Scott said in a prepared statement. Scott last week announced …