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FCC News Brief - May 26, 2016

By Gladys Delgadillo 20 minutes ago

FCC News Brief

Florida’s best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds

May 26, 2016

 

Eliot Kleinberg reports for the Palm Beach Post – “The group fighting to overturn approval of the sprawling development now called Westlake said…it’s appealing last month’s ruling to dismiss its case. ‘We believe this ruling is inconsistent with numerous comprehensive plan policies regarding development and road design in and around rural communities,’ 1000 Friends of Florida attorney…said…After the county approved the project, formerly known as Minto West, environmentalists, preservationists and residents of The Acreage sued, arguing that the project violated state laws against sprawl and that the county had ignored its own comprehensive plan.” Read “1000 Friends of Florida” appeals rejection of attempt to block Minto West/Westlake

The Naples Daily News Editorial Board writes – “The Southwest Florida ruling involves Corkscrew Farms, a planned 1,325-unit development east of Estero in the Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource area, a conservation region long considered important to wildlife and the water supply…The suit was filed by the Estero Council of Community Leaders and the Responsible Growth Management Coalition. Essentially, the ruling tells those citizen groups they don’t have a right to block a project based on concerns about traffic, the environment and wildlife because they aren’t directly affected property owners…For two years since 75 percent of voters backed Amendment 1, the Legislature hasn’t come close to allocating the $300 million yearly that went into the state’s Florida Forever land-buying program…A majority of seats are at stake on both the Lee and Collier commissions this year, giving voters a chance to find out where candidates stand on land acquisition.” Read Lee property rights ruling brings conservation lands into focus

Ayn Marie Samuelson writes for Florida Today – “Some 20 years ago, FLORIDA  TODAY’s headlines informed readers that our Lagoon was sick. Over two decades later…the diagnosis is grave…[T]he layers of government and their bureaucracies, from the federal and state, to the counties and cities, have failed to properly diagnose and treat the “patient”…[T]he political and bureaucratic functions of government have become collaborators in failure, ultimately leading to taxpayer desperation and distrust. For example, after the most recent fish-kill, the county’s response has been to suggest a property tax increase, without first having proposed a plausible plan of action…We know from experience that higher taxes will not activate quality decision-making. Instead of a well-researched, coordinated plan of action that assesses both costs and benefits, and efficient allocation of our limited resources, residents encountered more government resolutions, committees and task forces.” Read Is the Indian River DOA?

Isadora Rangel reports for the TC Palm – “(Incoming Senate President) Negron, R-Stuart, said he’s been talking to scientists, environmentalists and the agriculture industry and asked each group to give him their solutions to the (Lake Okeechobee) discharges. He said he expects to decide on the best plan by early fall, just before state lawmakers begin meeting in committees to prepare for the 2017 legislative session…He then will lobby his fellow lawmakers to accept the plan and allocate money…As Senate president…Negron will be in a powerful position to negotiate with Gov. Rick Scott and incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran…The money for the proposal would come from a law…that creates a dedicated fund for Everglades restoration…[from] Amendment 1 dollars…Negron said he will use a 2014 University of Florida study to guide his decision.” Read Plan to cut Lake O discharges in pipeline, incoming Senate President Joe Negron vows

Scott Maxwell reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “Florida is about to experience the wildest, most wide-open election season this state has seen in a generation…In past years, most Florida races were deadly dull with predetermined winners. One year, not a single incumbent in the entire state- for Congress, State House or State Senate- lost a bid for re-election. Not a one. This year, however, things will be different…I just want this election cycle to be what elections are supposed to be- opportunities for change and reckoning – which they haven’t been in a long time, thanks to gerrymandering.” Read Florida elections may be a bloodbath. Hallelujah!

Bruce Ritchie reports for Politico Florida – “Guest, 64, is retiring after 26 years as managing attorney of Earthjustice in Florida, in a career that has put him at the center of many key environmental battles and earned him praise from allies and opponents alike. No successor has been named.” Read Environmentalists’ ‘Elvis’ reflects on a generation leading Earthjustice

Eliot Kleinberg reports for my Palm Beach Post – “Broward County will soon reroute as much as 20 million gallons a day of treated wastewater to neighborhoods and golf courses west of Boca Raton…Broward has been dumping the wastewater into the Atlantic Ocean, but Florida gave it a deadline of 2025 to stop.” Read Broward wastewater soon heading to west Boca instead of ocean

The Center for Biological Diversity writes for eNews Park Forest – “In a partisan vote, the U.S. house of Representatives passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which, if enacted into law, would gut protections for several endangered species…and remove the Clean Water Act’s ability to control destructive invasive species. The must-pass legislation now moves to the Senate… ‘Republicans know that the overwhelming majority of Americans support the Endangered Species Act and our public lands, so they use ‘military readiness’ as a shield to advance their extreme agenda,’ said Brett Hartle, endangered species policy director at the Center for Biological Diversity…The Obama administration has threatened to veto the House’s bill.” Read House Passes Most Environmentally Destructive Defense Authorization Act in History

 

 

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Job Postings

The North Florida Land Trust is seeking a Land Protection Specialist

The Community Power Network is seeking a Florida Program Director

The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking a staff or senior attorney – Southeast Endangered Species.

Sierra Club is seeking an Organizing Representative based in Palm Beach County for their Everglades Restoration Campaign


Petitions

Ask the SFWMD to deny the permit for the Crosstown Parkway that cuts through TWO State Preserves

Save the Econlockhatchee River!

Ask County Commissions to Pass Bear-Friendly Trash Ordinances

Save Conservation Land Surrounding Gemini Springs

Stop the Port Canaveral Rail Extension Project

Ask the USACE to reject Harbor Sound application to fill wetlands

Paynes Prairie in danger

Save the Biggest Wetland Mitigation Bank in the U . S . A . from Development

Deny Beruff’s Mitigation Bank Permit

 

Making Connections

Gulf Restoration Network’s Johanna de Graffenreid wants to help citizens/environmental groups interested in opposing the Sabal Trail Pipeline. Contact her at johanna@healthygulf.org.

 

Upcoming Environmental Events

May 26, 6:00 pm – Attend Santa Rosa’s Board of County Commission Meeting in the board meeting room at 6495 Caroline Street in Milton. Share your opinions on the proposed RIB station near Williams Creek. For more information on this issue, click here.

May 28, 2:00 pm – Attend Friends of Lullwater Lake’s Board of Directors Meeting at 16423 E Lullwater Drive.  Participants will continue the planning and implementation process of restoring the Coastal Dune Lake.

June 4, 10:00 am – Attend Coastal Dune Lake Day. Learn about the coastal Dune Lakes and experience Western Lake from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Paddle to clean up the Lake from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Clean up the park from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Meet at the Boat Launch Parking Lot at Grayton Beach State Park. Fore more information, contact Marlue Maris at localon30a@gmail.com

June 7, 12:00 pm – Attend Springs Academy Tuesdays at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center (99 NW 1st Avenue) in High Springs every first Tuesday of the month. There is a suggested donation of $5 per class to help support the efforts of Florida Springs Institute. This month’s class will be on springs chemistry: General, nutrients, and trace contaminants. For more information, click here.

June 18, 2:00 pm – Attend “Karst Environments in Florida and Geology of Fred George Basin,” a presentation by Harley Means (FLGS Geologist), at 2043 Capitol Circle NW, Tallahassee, FL. For more information, contact Michael Kelly at (229) 225- 6530.

June 25, 2:00 pm – Attend “The Beautiful Life of a Dead Tree: The Most Important Tree in the Woods,” a presentation by Jim Stevenson (Florida Springs Expert), at 2043 Capitol Circle NW, Tallahassee, FL. For more information, contact Michael Kelly at (229) 225- 6530.

 

 

 

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FCC News Brief - May 25, 2016

By Gladys Delgadillo 19 hours ago

FCC News Brief

Florida’s best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds

May 25, 2016

 

Dinah Voyles Pulver reports for The Daytona Beach News-Journal – “DeBary officials worked to keep details of their plans and negotiations for 102 acres of conservation land under wraps during meetings over the past year…A review of public records including meeting videos and emails shows city officials discussed people in meetings without mentioning names- names which they still haven’t supplied- and even told a consultant not to bring up the 102 acres at a public workshop on the city’s proposed transit plan last October. A review of those meetings also may have linked the plan back to the forced resignations a year ago of several high-ranking officials at the St. Johns River Water Management District, the agency that owns the land…At [Volusia’s] County Council meeting…the council voted unanimously to consider a resolution opposing DeBary’s plans for the land.” Read DeBary kept plan details low-profile

Jim Turner reports for the Palm Beach Post – “Seminole County commissioners, over opposition from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), said Tuesday they don’t want another statewide bear hunt…The resolution, which joins similar requests from Volusia and Miami-Dade counties, said that if a hunt occurs, the [FWC] should ‘at a minimum’ prohibit the hunt in the central part of the state that includes Seminole County…[A] commissioner said incidents involving bears have noticeably declined since an ordinance was enacted in December that set rules for trash containers and leaving food outdoors…[FWC] has been working with 14 counties that have the most incidents of human-bear conflicts on ordinances needed to receive…state money.” Read Seminole latest of three counties opposed to bear hunt in their area

Jim Waymer reports for Florida Today – “Gary Roderick (environmental consultant and former county and state environmental administrator) sees the solid leftovers from sewage treatment (also referred to as sludge or biosolids) as one of Indian River Lagoon’s most unheralded pollution problems…Sludge is…given class AA, class A or class B status, depending on the level of bacteria, metals and other contaminants removed. Class AA is the cleanest level…but still contains some pathogens and nutrients that can feed algae blooms if they reach water…[I]n 2010…new Florida rules left unregulated [Class AA sludge], in cases when it’s mixed with mulch and marketed and distributed as fertilizer. Then cities could give it away, sell it for cheap or pay haulers to take it away to spread virtually anywhere, untracked…For farmers, sludge is a huge money saver, and less damaging to the environment than expensive chemical fertilizers…Audubon of Florida in 2009 estimated sludge was getting spread on the watershed at 450 to 1,620 times the ideal level to meet nitrogen and phosphorus limits for Lake Okeechobee.” Read Is sludge also sickening the lagoon?

Christopher Joyce reports for MPBN – “Because of climate change and sea level rise, the ocean is starting to seep into the [Everglades]….In response to the salt,…plants actually pull up some of their roots…This could be the future of the Everglades….As seawater seeps up from underneath…it is (also) contaminating the aquifer…Julie Hill-Gabriel, who directs Everglades policy for the National Audubon Society in Florida…says… ‘What we do in the Everglades is 100 percent going to affect you in your neighborhood- [and whether] when you turn on the tap water, you have enough fresh clean water…It really just compounds the urgency to move that freshwater south.’” Read Rising Seas Push Too Much Salt Into The Florida Everglades

Bill Kearney writes for the Miami New Times – “Though the seagrass beds and his home waters have been deteriorating for decades, the summer of 2013 was a turning point, as pollution-induced algae blooms transformed the [Indian River Lagoon] into a human health hazard…The water grew so foul that boat captains and small business owners refer to that period as the ‘lost summer.’ When Conner lost 35 fishing charters over two months - $13,000 of income- he was irate…On both Florida’s east coast and the west fishing guides are losing business, paddleboard shops are shuttering, real-estate agents are losing deals, and vacationers are canceling trips…It’s having an unusual political effect: Normally conservative Southwest Florida voters are lining up with tree-hugging environmentalists….Both the blue-collar and the rich are pissed off.” Read Angry About Florida’s Ruined Waters, Fishermen Unite Against Big Sugar

Catalin Cimpanu reports for Softpedia – “A member of the Anonymous hacker collective has uploaded a video online requesting the impeachment and immediate resignation of Florida Governor Rick Scott. In videos…the group launches accusations of corruption and complacency when it comes to the state’s dangerous situation regarding its polluted waters…The group specifically outlines the case of Lake Okeechobee…” Read Anonymous Goes After Florida Gov. Rick Scott for Polluting the Gulf of Mexico

Hannah Morse reports for the Bradenton Herald – “A little piece of Old Florida is well on its way to being forever protected after a unanimous vote by the 13-member governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.” Read Triangle Ranch near Myakka one step closer to becoming a conservation easement

Sue Sturgis reports for The Institute for Southern Studies – “[A] damaged pipeline at a Royal Dutch  Shell deepwater production field…spilled…oil into the Gulf of Mexico…On Wings of Care, a nonprofit environmental watchdog group…noted that the slick covered…about 5,000 acres… ‘We haven’t seen images like this since the BP disaster of 2010.’…The spill was first reported…after a Shell helicopter reported seeing an oil sheen near four subsea wells. SkyTruth, [an]…environmental watchdog group…pointed [out,] ‘…a modern pipeline…leaked thousands of gallons of oil, and that leak was…discovered [n]ot because high-tech telemetry on the pipeline signaled an alarm due to a drop in pressure; not because flow metering detected a difference between what was going in one end of the pipe vs. what was coming out the other. How long would this leak have continued, if not for the sheer luck of having a vigilant pilot…?’….The latest spill comes amid a growing movement to halt the issuance of new offshore oil and gas drilling leases…From May 3 through May 15, there were more than 20 protest actions involving some 30,000 people on six continents as part of an action called “Break Free from Fossil Fuels.”” Read Another Gulf oil spill adds fuel to movement against new offshore drilling leases

 

 

From Our Readers

The information in this section is forwarded to you at the request of some of our readers. Inclusion in this section does not necessarily constitute endorsement by the FCC.

 



Job Postings

The Community Power Network is seeking a Florida Program Director

The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking a staff or senior attorney – Southeast Endangered Species.

Sierra Club is seeking an Organizing Representative based in Palm Beach County for their Everglades Restoration Campaign


Petitions

Ask the SFWMD to deny the permit for the Crosstown Parkway that cuts through TWO State Preserves

Save the Econlockhatchee River!

Ask County Commissions to Pass Bear-Friendly Trash Ordinances

Save Conservation Land Surrounding Gemini Springs

Stop the Port Canaveral Rail Extension Project

Ask the USACE to reject Harbor Sound application to fill wetlands

Paynes Prairie in danger

Save the Biggest Wetland Mitigation Bank in the U . S . A . from Development

Deny Beruff’s Mitigation Bank Permit

 

Making Connections

Gulf Restoration Network’s Johanna de Graffenreid wants to help citizens/environmental groups interested in opposing the Sabal Trail Pipeline. Contact her at johanna@healthygulf.org.

 

Upcoming Environmental Events

May 26, 6:00 pm – Attend Santa Rosa’s Board of County Commission Meeting in the board meeting room at 6495 Caroline Street in Milton. Share your opinions on the proposed RIB station near Williams Creek. For more information on this issue, click here.

May 28, 2:00 pm – Attend Friends of Lullwater Lake’s Board of Directors Meeting at 16423 E Lullwater Drive.  Participants will continue the planning and implementation process of restoring the Coastal Dune Lake.

June 4, 10:00 am – Attend Coastal Dune Lake Day. Learn about the coastal Dune Lakes and experience Western Lake from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Paddle to clean up the Lake from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Clean up the park from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Meet at the Boat Launch Parking Lot at Grayton Beach State Park. Fore more information, contact Marlue Maris at

June 7, 12:00 pm – Attend Springs Academy Tuesdays at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center (99 NW 1st Avenue) in High Springs every first Tuesday of the month. There is a suggested donation of $5 per class to help support the efforts of Florida Springs Institute. This month’s class will be on springs chemistry: General, nutrients, and trace contaminants. For more information, click here.

June 18, 2:00 pm – Attend “Karst Environments in Florida and Geology of Fred George Basin,” a presentation by Harley Means (FLGS Geologist), at 2043 Capitol Circle NW, Tallahassee, FL. For more information, contact Michael Kelly at (229) 225- 6530.

June 25, 2:00 pm – Attend “The Beautiful Life of a Dead Tree: The Most Important Tree in the Woods,” a presentation by Jim Stevenson (Florida Springs Expert), at 2043 Capitol Circle NW, Tallahassee, FL. For more information, contact Michael Kelly at (229) 225- 6530.

 

 

 

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick e-mail 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).

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Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Gladys Delgadillo at

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 conservation organizations and over two thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife, and water resources.   

For more information on the FCC visit www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

FCC News Brief - May 24, 2016

By Gladys Delgadillo 2 days ago

FCC News Brief

Florida’s best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds

May 24, 2016

 

Mary Ellen Klas reports for the Miami Herald – “In a swift 17-minute meeting…NextEra Energy won shareholder approval of a $31 million compensation package for its five top executives, and defeated two proposals aimed at increasing transparency over how the company is handling sea level rise and political contributions. ‘The company you own had a very strong 2015,’ declared NextEra president and CEO Jim Robo….The company…is the parent of Florida Power & Light…Robo did not address troubles ahead, such as the federal and state orders for FPL to clean up its leaking cooling canals…” Read Shareholders of FPL’s parent company reject climate change report

Jim Ash reports for WFSU – “In the U.S. Senate, Florida and Alabama are pressuring Georgia to join a water-sharing compact for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. But it could be too late for scores of families downstream who earned their livelihoods from the dying Apalachicola River…A single reservoir in Atlanta holds 65 percent of all constrained water. But…Tonsmeire (Apalachicola Riverkeeper) says. ‘The real monster use, two to three times what Atlanta uses, is the ag industry down here in the lower Flint…’ Washington will have to act soon because more is at stake than the Apalachicola seafood industry…Satellites show the fresh water flows far out into the Gulf of Mexico, where it sustains a fishery worth tens of billions of dollars…Parrish (a Franklin County Commissioner) says he couldn’t believe his ears when an Atlanta water manager predicted the city’s population will double in 10 years. . ‘If you can’t provide fresh water and you don’t have the infrastructure in place for 6.5 million, where are you going to get it for 13 million people? That explains it all to you right there.’…Even if Georgia signs a compact…there’s no guarantee it won’t fall apart like the last one did in the 1990s.” Read After 30 Years, Apalachicola Water War Still Rages

Frank Cerabino reports for my Palm Beach Post – “The state is planning to increase the allowable limits of several cancer-causing chemicals in Florida’s rivers, streams, lakes and estuaries… Bellamy…is a former board member of the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission. He was appointed by both Democratic and Republican governors during the 1980s to that commission, which operates in conjunction with the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation. ‘In those days, the Department was a committed defender of our natural treasures,’ he wrote. ‘Sadly,…DEP employees, some of whom are my patients, now all fear for their jobs and are facilitating industry in most cases. Institutional knowledge has disappeared and aggressive enforcement of regulations is decried.’… ‘If you ask the 20 million Floridians and 100 million visitors ‘Should we allow more carcinogens into the water?’ Nobody would say ‘Yes.’’ said Linda Young, the director of the Florida Clean Water Network. ‘Only the polluters want this to externalize their costs.’” Read Dirty water shouldn’t be our future, environmentalists say

The Gainesville Sun Editorial Board writes – “Water is Florida’s lifeblood. Tourists from around the world visit the state’s beaches and springs, while residents rely on the aquifer to supply our drinking water.  Yet state officials seem willing to poison our water for the sake of polluters…Jeers: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, for seeking to weaken standards for the release of cancer-causing chemicals into surface water…[T]he change is part of an occasional update required under the Clean Water Act that hasn’t’ happened since the early 1990s.” Read Cheers and jeers

Treasure Coast Newspapers Editorial Board writes – “We’re not looking for a temporary fix. We need a lasting remedy that will shut the flood gates that have been sending fouled water into our estuary for more than eight decades. And U.S. Sugar, one of the two largest landowners in the Everglades Agricultural Area, must be a party to the solution…Take Wade (U.S. Sugar senior vice president for corporate strategy and business development) up on his commitment to begin talks with local leaders and environmentalists to find a way to end the discharges.  We recommend the University of Florida’s Water Institute lead the effort. It is familiar with the problems, having completed a report commissioned by the Florida Senate in 2015…[S]oon-to-be state Senate President Joe Negron…commissioned the…UF water study…He should find the money…” Read U.S. Sugar must help end Lagoon pollution

Coral Davenport and Emmarie Huetteman report for The New York Times – “House and Senate negotiators reached agreement…on far-reaching legislation to overhaul the nation’s 40-year-old law governing toxic chemicals…Under the new bill, E.P.A. regulations would pre-empt most new state regulations…Environmental groups failed in their push to allow states to enact laws stronger than federal rules. Daniel Rosenberg of the Natural Resources Defense Council said…that the new bill was still too week, citing its pre-emption…its failure to provide the E.P.A. with enough authority to check imported products, and its restrictions on citizens’ abilities to petition the E.P.A…Under the 1976 law, the E.P.A. is required to evaluate the safety of new chemicals introduced…but not the roughly 64,000 chemicals that were already being used…The new measure would require the E.P.A. to begin evaluating those untested chemicals…User fees of as much as $25 million a year would be levied on companies to help pay for the testing…The new legislation would also require the E.P.A. to take only the health and environmental effects of a chemical into account when devising new rules, not the financial effect of those regulations. The existing law requires new chemical regulations to consider compliance costs.” Read Lawmakers Reach Deal to Expand Regulation of Toxic Chemicals

Peter Andrew Hart reports for The Huffington Post – “A group of teenagers who sued the Massachusetts state government over its failure to adequately address the threat of climate change won a major court case…adding to a string of victories for young activists….The court ordered the [state Department of Environmental Protection] to produce and implement stronger and more expansive regulations…The verdict…comes just weeks after another group of young people forced Washington state to craft science-based emission rules this year.” Read Young People Suing Their Government Over Climate Change Just Won Another Big Case

Conrad Defiebre reports for the TC Palm – “South Florida water control structures have killed about 200 manatees since 1974…The district hopes new technology will help it do a better job of keeping manatees safe…The board…approved negotiations with a Louisiana firm offering to study and develop an upgrade for the current system…” Read SFWMD hopes touchless manatee detectors will curb deaths

 

 

From Our Readers

The information in this section is forwarded to you at the request of some of our readers. Inclusion in this section does not necessarily constitute endorsement by the FCC.

 



Job Postings

The Community Power Network is seeking a Florida Program Director

The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking a staff or senior attorney – Southeast Endangered Species.

Sierra Club is seeking an Organizing Representative based in Palm Beach County for their Everglades Restoration Campaign


Petitions

Ask the SFWMD to deny the permit for the Crosstown Parkway that cuts through TWO State Preserves

Save the Econlockhatchee River!

Ask County Commissions to Pass Bear-Friendly Trash Ordinances

Save Conservation Land Surrounding Gemini Springs

Stop the Port Canaveral Rail Extension Project

Ask the USACE to reject Harbor Sound application to fill wetlands

Paynes Prairie in danger

Save the Biggest Wetland Mitigation Bank in the U . S . A . from Development

Deny Beruff’s Mitigation Bank Permit

 

Making Connections

Gulf Restoration Network’s Johanna de Graffenreid wants to help citizens/environmental groups interested in opposing the Sabal Trail Pipeline. Contact her at johanna@healthygulf.org.

 

Upcoming Environmental Events

May 25, 10:00 am – Listen to DEP’s FREE webinar, Managing Florida’s Organics: Part II Strategies and Directions. The webinar will discuss strategies to deal with organics as part of an effort to reach a 75% recycling goal by 2020. Learn more and register here.

May 26, 6:00 pm – Attend Santa Rosa’s Board of County Commission Meeting in the board meeting room at 6495 Caroline Street in Milton. Share your opinions on the proposed RIB station near Williams Creek. For more information on this issue, click here.

May 28, 2:00 pm – Attend Friends of Lullwater Lake’s Board of Directors Meeting at 16423 E Lullwater Drive.  Participants will continue the planning and implementation process of restoring the Coastal Dune Lake.

June 4, 10:00 am – Attend Coastal Dune Lake Day. Learn about the coastal Dune Lakes and experience Western Lake from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Paddle to clean up the Lake from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Clean up the park from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Meet at the Boat Launch Parking Lot at Grayton Beach State Park. Fore more information, contact Marlue Maris at

June 7, 12:00 pm – Attend Springs Academy Tuesdays at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center (99 NW 1st Avenue) in High Springs every first Tuesday of the month. There is a suggested donation of $5 per class to help support the efforts of Florida Springs Institute. This month’s class will be on springs chemistry: General, nutrients, and trace contaminants. For more information, click here.

June 18, 2:00 pm – Attend “Karst Environments in Florida and Geology of Fred George Basin,” a presentation by Harley Means (FLGS Geologist), at 2043 Capitol Circle NW, Tallahassee, FL. For more information, contact Michael Kelly at (229) 225- 6530.

June 25, 2:00 pm – Attend “The Beautiful Life of a Dead Tree: The Most Important Tree in the Woods,” a presentation by Jim Stevenson (Florida Springs Expert), at 2043 Capitol Circle NW, Tallahassee, FL. For more information, contact Michael Kelly at (229) 225- 6530.

 

 

 

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick e-mail 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 our 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 Gladys Delgadillo at

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 conservation organizations and over two thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife, and water resources.   

For more information on the FCC visit www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

FCC News Brief - May 23, 2016

By Gladys Delgadillo 3 days ago

FCC News Brief

Florida’s best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds

May 23, 2016

 

Al Everson reports for The West Volusia Beacon – “Opponents of development on conservation land in DeBary may get their way, as the Volusia County Council…unanimously called for a resolution forbidding any private development on the land known as Gemini Springs Addition. That resolution is to be ready for the action by the County Council at its meeting on Thursday, June 2. The County Council’s move came one day after about 40 people walked out of a DeBary City Council meeting to discuss plans for the land.” Read County Council moves for moratorium on DeBary land development

Robert Knight writes for The Gainesville Sun – “Trump’s nest egg was millions of dollars from his successful father. Florida received a much greater bank balance in the form of trillions of gallons of pure, fresh groundwater, literally just below our feet…At a current delivered cost of about $3 to $5 per 1,000 gallons, the clean water in the Floridan Aquifer is worth as much as or more than all of the real estate in Florida…An endowment of $1 billion generates an annual income of about $50 million in todays’ markets. Squandering an endowment for short-term needs is bad business…The public at-large owns the water in the aquifer…The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute has initiated the Blue-Water Audit Project...[I]nstitute scientists are developing a program to estimate everyone’s aquifer impacts…Keep your eyes on the springs institute’s website to find out how you can conduct your own Blue Water Audit. This knowledge will make you a more conscientious citizen with a stake in protecting your priceless groundwater inheritance.” Read Accounting for our groundwater inheritance

Mary Ellen Klas and Jenny Staletovich report for the Miami Herald – “Florida Power & Light has put its Turkey Point nuclear expansion plans on the back burner- for at least four years…Despite the delay, the company is asking to be able to charge customers another $22 million in 2017. The utility also asked the PSC to waive the requirement that it prove the project remains “feasible.”…Meanwhile, how and who will pay for the clean-up costs of the polluted cooling canals remains a question. FPL has said it will ask the PSC for approval to have customers pay for the clean-up…State Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez…has urged regulators to reject all rate or fee increases sought by FPL until the issues related to the salinity of the cooling canal system is resolved.” Read FPL postpones Turkey Point nuclear expansion – for at least four years

Mary Ellen Klas reports for the Miami Herald – “In a rebuke to Florida Power & Light, the Florida Supreme Court…ruled that state regulators exceeded their authority when they allowed the company to charge customers for its speculative investment into an Oklahoma-based fracking company. In June of last year, the Public Service Commission rejected its staff recommendation and unanimously approved guidelines that gave FPL the right to charge its customers up to $500 million a year for speculative natural gas fracking…without oversight from regulators for the next five years…The court…ruled that the investment was a risk that should be charged to shareholders, not ratepayers…” Read Supreme Court rejects Florida Power & Light’s attempt to make customers pay for fracking

Michael Biesecker reports for News On 6 – “Federal regulators announced tighter guidelines…for human exposure to an industrial chemical used for decades in such consumer products as non-stick pans, stain-resistant carpets and microwave popcorn bags….The [EPA] said the new limits were prompted by recent scientific studies linking PFOA and PFOS to testicular and kidney cancers, as well as birth defects and liver damage…Trace amounts of PFOA and PFOS can be detected in the blood of almost every American as the result of exposure through food and consumer products.” Read EPA suggests tighter limits for industrial chemical in water

Dave Dunwoody reports for WUWF – “Residents in the Florida Panhandle are being encouraged to become “Bear Aware:” keeping bears and other wildlife away from their homes…While black bears normally are too shy to risk contact with humans, if they’re hungry they’re not above raiding garbage cans. Plus, they can smell food from over a mile away. Becca Nelson at the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reminds everyone of a sad adage: ‘A fed bear is a dead bear.’…Food-conditioned bears that lose that instinctive fear of humans are a public safety risk, and in turn must be destroyed by FWC officers. Bear-proofing a residence is fairly straightforward, and usually begins with an evaluation of the property. Biologists at FWC are standing by.” Read Florida Wildlife Conservation Urges Floridians to Become ‘Bear Aware’

Tyler Treadway reports for the TC Palm – “Sen. Thad Altmna…said he’ll ask the 2017 Florida Legislature for money to research and teach the public and emergency room staff about the natural but sometimes deadly bacteria (Vibrio vulnificus).” Read Sen. Thad Altman will seek state money to research Indian River Lagoon Vibrio bacteria

Terry Spencer reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “Researchers have confirmed that three Nile crocodiles were captured near Miami, and they say it’s possible more of the man-eating reptiles are still out there, although no one can say for sure… ‘They didn’t swim from Africa,’ University of Florida herpetologist Kenneth Krysko said. ‘But we really don’t know how they got into the wild.’…Nile crocs are believed to be responsible for up to 200 fatalities annually in their native sub-Saharan Africa…The Nile croc, if it became established in the Everglades, would pose another invasive threat to its teetering ecosystem. Through crossbreeding, they could endanger the smaller…American crocodiles, which have never been responsible for a confirmed human death in the U.S.” Read Nile crocodiles slither into South Florida

 

 

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Job Postings

The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking a staff or senior attorney – Southeast Endangered Species.

Sierra Club is seeking an Organizing Representative based in Palm Beach County for their Everglades Restoration Campaign


Petitions

Ask the SFWMD to deny the permit for the Crosstown Parkway that cuts through TWO State Preserves

Save the Econlockhatchee River!

Ask County Commissions to Pass Bear-Friendly Trash Ordinances

Save Conservation Land Surrounding Gemini Springs

Stop the Port Canaveral Rail Extension Project

Ask the USACE to reject Harbor Sound application to fill wetlands

Paynes Prairie in danger

Save the Biggest Wetland Mitigation Bank in the U . S . A . from Development

Deny Beruff’s Mitigation Bank Permit

 

Making Connections

Gulf Restoration Network’s Johanna de Graffenreid wants to help citizens/environmental groups interested in opposing the Sabal Trail Pipeline. Contact her at johanna@healthygulf.org.

 

Upcoming Environmental Events

May 26, 6:00 pm – Attend Santa Rosa’s Board of County Commission Meeting in the board meeting room at 6495 Caroline Street in Milton. Share your opinions on the proposed RIB station near Williams Creek. For more information on this issue, click here.

June 4, 10:00 am – Attend Coastal Dune Lake Day. Learn about the coastal Dune Lakes and experience Western Lake from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Paddle to clean up the Lake from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Clean up the park from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Meet at the Boat Launch Parking Lot at Grayton Beach State Park. Fore more information, contact Marlue Maris at

June 7, 12:00 pm – Attend Springs Academy Tuesdays at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center (99 NW 1st Avenue) in High Springs every first Tuesday of the month. There is a suggested donation of $5 per class to help support the efforts of Florida Springs Institute. This month’s class will be on springs chemistry: General, nutrients, and trace contaminants. For more information, click here.

June 18, 2:00 pm – Attend “Karst Environments in Florida and Geology of Fred George Basin,” a presentation by Harley Means (FLGS Geologist), at 2043 Capitol Circle NW, Tallahassee, FL. For more information, contact Michael Kelly at (229) 225- 6530.

June 25, 2:00 pm – Attend “The Beautiful Life of a Dead Tree: The Most Important Tree in the Woods,” a presentation by Jim Stevenson (Florida Springs Expert), at 2043 Capitol Circle NW, Tallahassee, FL. For more information, contact Michael Kelly at (229) 225- 6530.

 

 

 

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For more information on the FCC visit www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

Charter Members

FOUNDER and CHAIRMAN
Bob Graham, Former Governor of Florida and U.S. Senator

VICE CHAIRMEN
Nathaniel  Pryor Reed, Former Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Former Chairman SFWMD, Founder and Chairman Emeritus 1000 Friends of Florida 
And
Com. Lee Constantine, Seminole County Commissioner and Former State Senator, State Representative and Mayor of Altamonte Springs

AUDUBON FLORIDA

Eric Draper, Executive Director

CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Rob Moher, President
Jennifer Hecker, 
Director of Natural Resource Policy

FLORIDA WILDLIFE FEDERATION
Manley Fuller, President
Martha Musgrove, Board Member
Preston Robertson, General Counsel and VP for Conservation

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
Pam Goodman, President

1000 FRIENDS OF FLORIDA

Victoria Tschinkel
, Board Member and former Secretary of Department of Environmental Regulation
Ryan Smart, President

Charles Pattison, Policy Director 
Roy Rogers, Board Member

SIERRA CLUB
Craig Diamond
Frank Jackalone, Senior Organizing Manager

ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER
Lisa Rinaman, Riverkeeper
Jimmy Orth
, Executive Director

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
John Robert Middlemas, Chair
Janet Bowman, Director of Legislative Policy and Strategy

TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND
Greg Chelius, Florida State Director
Will Abberger, Director Conservation Finance

INDIVIDUALS
Lester Abberger 
John Finlayson, Agriculturist, Jefferson County, former Chairman SRWMD
Bill Kerr, Environmental Consultant, Brevard County, former Chairman SJRWMD
Gary Kuhl, Former Executive Director, SWFWMD 
Jay Landers, Former Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Former Director of the Department of Natural Resources

Allan Milledge, Former Chairman ELMs Committee and SFWMD
Auley Rowell, Agriculturist, Taylor County, former Chairman of SRWMD 
Earl Starnes, Former Dade County Commissioner, Former Director of the Division of State Planning
Sonny Vergara, Former Executive Director, SWFWMD and SJRWMD
Estus Whitfield, Former Principal Environmental Advisor to 5 Florida Governors

Mailing Address


Florida Conservation Coalition

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