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FCC News Brief - August 28, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Friday, August 28th, 2015 @ 10:29am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 28, 2015

     

    Timothy Cama reports for The Hill – “A federal judge…acted late Thursday to block the Obama administration’s controversial water pollution rule, hours before it was due to take effect. Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court for the District of North Dakota found that the 13 states suing to block the rule met the conditions necessary for a preliminary injunction, including…that they are likely to succeed when their underlying lawsuit against the rule is decided. The decision is a major roadblock for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers, who were planning Friday to begin enforcing the Waters of the United States rule, expanding federal jurisdiction over small waterways like streams and wetlands.” Read Federal judge blocks Obama’s water rule

    Chris Curry reports for The Gainesville Sun – “Gov. Rick Scott’s environmental policy coordinator, Columbia County’s longtime county manager, a former phosphate company executive and the Suwannee River Water Management District’s current interim director are the four finalists for the district’s new executive director…Scott’s administration has taken increased control over water management district’s budgets, property tax rates, operations and permitting policies during his time in office. There is precedent for a Scott official taking over as the executive director of a water management district.” Read Scott official, 3 others finalists to lead Suwannee district

    Adam Epstein reports for the Quartz – “New satellite research from NASA shows that not only are global sea levels rising quickly, but they could rise even more drastically than previous reports estimated. ‘It’s pretty certain we are locked into at least 3 feet of sea level rise, and probably more,’ said Steve Nerem, head of NASA’s Sea Level Change Team. ‘But we don’t know whether it will happen within a century or somewhat longer.’” Read New NASA research points to an “unavoidable” rise of several feet for the Earth’s oceans

    Geoffrey Heal and Jisung Park write for The Daily Climate – “An emerging body of research suggests that rising temperatures are eating into our productivity right now, in part due to the fact that human beings haven’t evolved to operate well at climatic extremes. If we continue to move at our present pace, the possible future economic impact is equivalent to an endless Great Recession…These findings…hold for entire economic sectors including agriculture, transportation and tourism.” Read Underestimating the impact of climate change on our effectiveness, economy

    Kate Bradshaw reports for Political Animal – “The bulk of the (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation) Commission has been appointed by Governor Scott…and most have a background in real estate, construction or utilities…(West Palm Beach-area State Rep. Mark) Pafford (the House Democratic leader) said… ‘…I would submit that he’s putting people in these positions not to do the job that’s expected. [But rather] to benefit basically large corporations in the state who are basically raping the environment. And it’s horrible.’” Read A time to kill? How Florida went from protecting bears to hunting them




    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

     

     

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 2-3, 8:30 am – Attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Meeting in Fort Lauderdale for updates on waste management to deter conflicts with bears, the bear hunt, a new draft policy paper on panther management, and more. The public will be allowed to comment. Find more info here.

    September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

    September 18 – Attend the American Water Resources Association Technical Meeting in Apalachicola for a discussion about RESTORE Act and programs on USGS Streamflow Monitoring, springs protection, habitat restoration and more. Find more info here.

    September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

    October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival in Leesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

    October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

    October 15, 8:00 am – Attend the Walkable Urban Communities Symposium in Fort Myers to learn from 3 national experts & a panel of Florida-based professionals about creating successful urban form, mixed use developments. Find more info here.

    October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind more info here.

    November 12 & 13 – Attend the Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium in Miramar Beach to find out what’s new in the transportation industry, from technological innovations to policy. Find out 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 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 floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

    About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 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 www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

FCC News Brief - August 27, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Thursday, August 27th, 2015 @ 10:03am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 27, 2015

     

    Martin Comas reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “If you’re one of the roughly 23,000 Seminole County homeowners who live west of Interstate 4…Commissioner Lee Constantine wants to offer you…a garbage can that even the fiercest bear can’t rip apart...FWC Deputy Director Kipp Frohlich noted in an email…that Seminole, ‘specifically the portion west of Interstate 4, is at the epicenter of human-bear conflict…’ In June, FWC commissioners agreed that the agency should work with local governments…to adopt rules requiring residents and property owners to seal their garbage to prevent bears from accessing it… “[H]uman-provided” food and other enticements such as bird feeders are the leading causes of human-and-bear conflicts… ‘If we can make it simple for people, by providing these types of…trash cans, then they will do it,’ Constantine said. ‘If we didn’t provide recycling bins to people, how many people would recycle?’” Read Constantine: Offer bear-resistant garbage cans to Seminole households west of I-4

    Jenny Staletovich reports for the Sun Herald – “In a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, a team looked at an ancient, buried volcano…in the Pacific Ocean where carbon dioxide bubbling from the sea floor mirrors projections for future levels of ocean acidification. The results? A real-world yardstick showing the point at which healthy reefs collapse and algae takes over… ‘If a reef so far removed is still seeing collapses…it casts a scary shadow on what might occur on Florida reefs.’” Read Remote volcano may hold key to Florida reefs

    Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times – “(Sen. Pat) Neal wants to wipe out an acre of high-quality wetlands…When the Southwest Florida Water Management District approved Neal’s permit…(local fishing and environmental) groups challenged that decision in the state’s administrative hearing process – and won. But…the (Southwest Florida Water Management District) board commonly known as Swiftmud rejected…(the judge’s) recommendation. The board member who made the motion was Carlos Beruff…who has done business with Neal in the past. The opponents…fear Neal’s project will set a precedent for other waterfront developments – including one that Beruff has been pursuing for several years…When asked if the approval of Neal’s project would pave the way for approving his own project, Beruff said, ‘I don’t want to comment on that.’”Read Swiftmud board member says he has no conflict in approving permit for friend

    Frank Cerabino writes for the Herald Tribune – “…[Y]our state now considers the Florida panther a nuisance animal. This may be news to the more than 46,000 Florida drivers with a “Protect the Panther” state-issued specialty license plate – about 256 Florida panther license plates for each living and breathing Florida panther…It turns out that the most protected species in the state these days is the developer, who has plans to build a whole lot of houses in the panther’s prime habitat… ‘The (Fish and Wildlife Conservation) Commission is heavily weighted toward developers and it’s carrying out Rick Scott’s plan to develop the center of the state,’ (Frank) Jackalone (staff director of the Sierra Club) said.” Read Florida’s most protected species: Developers

    Tom Palmer writes for The Ledger – “The recently announced “Python Challenge” organized by the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida is coming under attack from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility…PEER’s objections are that the hunt will probably do little to reduce the python population and that it could open the door for hunting in national parks…The idea of hunting in state and national parks has been a hot button issue lately…There was no mention of the sponsoring group, which is the same group that plans to honor Gov. Rick Scott later this year for his environmental work even though the Scott administration is better known for working to gut environmental regulations and environmental agencies.” Read Everglades Python Hunt a Publicity Stunt?




    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

     

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 2-3, 8:30 am – Attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Meeting in Fort Lauderdale for updates on waste management to deter conflicts with bears, the bear hunt, a new draft policy paper on panther management, and more. The public will be allowed to comment. Find more info here.

    September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

    September 18 – Attend the American Water Resources Association Technical Meeting in Apalachicola for a discussion about RESTORE Act and programs on USGS Streamflow Monitoring, springs protection, habitat restoration and more. Find more info here

    September 25-26
     - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606

    October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival inLeesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

    October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

    October 15, 8:00 am – Attend the Walkable Urban Communities Symposium in Fort Myers to learn from 3 national experts & a panel of Florida-based professionals about creating successful urban form, mixed use developments. Find more info here.

    October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind more info here.

    November 12 & 13 – Attend the Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium in Miramar Beach to find out what’s new in the transportation industry, from technological innovations to policy. Find out 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 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 floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

    About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 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 www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

FCC News Brief - August 26, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 @ 9:52am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 26, 2015

    Matt Johnson reports for the Bradenton Herald – “The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s governing board has ignored a judge’s order by approving a permit to allow developer Pat Neal’s four-home subdivision to be built where shoreline wetlands exist…Four federal agencies – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – have recommended the permit be denied…Glenn Compton, Manasota 88 chairman, said SWFWMD’s decision calls into question whether environmental groups working through the permit appeals and legal system will be able to successfully challenge permits submitted in the future by ‘wealthy developers.’” Read Ignoring judge’s ruling, water board Oks wetlands permit for Bradenton developer Pat Neal

    Tom McLaughlin reports for NWF Daily News – “With $1.5 billion in BP money to spend solely on economic development, it’s a safe bet that Northwest Florida will see significant growth over the next quarter century. Darryl Boudreau, the Pensacola-based director of government relations for the Nature Conservancy, wants to ensure steps are taken to preserve crucial resources like water…Triumph Gulf Coast, a five-member board, has been tasked with providing funds from fines BP was assessed to eight Florida counties judged disproportionately impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.” Read Future Economic Growth Could Impact Environment

    David Figura reports for Syracuse.com – “Florida authorities recently announced plans for the second “Python Challenge”…cash prizes will be offered to those with the biggest, and most snakes harvested during the month-long contest…The hunting area is being expanded for the second Challenge to allow hunters into the Everglades National Park…Scientists say thousands…(of) snakes are responsible for the decline of native wildlife across Florida’s Everglades.” Read Try the ‘Python Challenge’ for a hunting change of pace: Outdoors Oddities

    Florida Department of Environmental Protection shares – “On Aug. 26, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will kick off a series of five meetings around the state to take public input on the department’s water quality assessment determinations and restoration priorities. The meetings will be held in Stuart, Fort Myers, Temple Terrace, Daytona Beach and Tallahassee respectively.” Read DEP Welcomes Public Input on Watershed Work Plans

     


     

    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

     

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 2-3, 8:30 am – Attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Meeting in Fort Lauderdale for updates on waste management to deter conflicts with bears, the bear hunt, a new draft policy paper on panther management, and more. The public will be allowed to comment. Find more info here.

    September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

    September 18 – Attend the American Water Resources Association Technical Meeting in Apalachicola for a discussion about RESTORE Act and programs on USGS Streamflow Monitoring, springs protection, habitat restoration and more. Find more info here.

    September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

    October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival in Leesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

    October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

    October 15, 8:00 am – Attend the Walkable Urban Communities Symposium in Fort Myers to learn from 3 national experts & a panel of Florida-based professionals about creating successful urban form, mixed use developments. Find more info here.

    October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind more info here.

    November 12 & 13 – Attend the Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium in Miramar Beach to find out what’s new in the transportation industry, from technological innovations to policy. Find out 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 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 floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

    About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 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 www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

FCC News Brief - August 25, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 @ 10:12am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 25, 2015

    Frank Torres reports for Florida Politics – “For a second time, Democratic State Sen. Darren Soto introduced legislation to ban hydraulic fracturing, popularly known as “fracking,” in Florida…Also on hand were fellow State Sen. Geraldine Thompson, State Rep. Victor Torres, and Orange County Soil and Water Chairman Eric Rollings… ‘Talk to your city and county officials to pass fracking ban ordinances now,’ he (Senator Soto) said. ‘So if we can’t hold them back in Tallahassee they would be grandfathered.’… ‘Reach out to your representatives and senators to pass SB 166,’ he concluded.” Read Darren Soto Announces Second Shot at Anti-Fracking Bill

    Senator Garret Richter writes for the Naples Daily News – “Since the adjournment of session, I have met with constituents and concerned third parties about the legislation I intend to refile to better govern the oil and gas industry and it will reflect many of the concerns I heard, including the concerns the Conservancy has shared with me.” Read Sound legislation proposed to regulate Fla. oil and gas industry

    William Levesque reports for the Tampa Bay Times – “The utility’s prediction that the project (fracking in Oklahoma financed by utility customers) would be a big money-saver took a body blow this month as FPL filed a report with state regulators forecasting $5.8 million in 2015 losses for its customers. Millions of dollars in projected first-year savings have vanished, the Aug. 14 report shows…Critics said the loss underscores a reality with Florida’s investor-owned utilities whose estimates of costs and savings often seem like guesswork even as regulators accept them as gospel.” Read FPL’s fracking investment is a money loser so far

    The Ocala Star Banner Editorial Board writes – “Florida’s parks have been recognized three times…as the nation’s best park system. No other state has earned the honor that many times…But that’s not good enough for Florida officials, who are concerned that too many parks generate insufficient revenues for management…The DEP’s focus on self-sustainability is a bit perplexing. First, parks, like public transportation, usually are among the “loss-leaders” of government – valued services that require subsidies because operating costs, no matter how efficient they’re made, exceed maximum revenues from users. The goal is to keep those subsidies as low as possible. Florida parks do quite well in that area…Why bother having state parks if they cease being what they are?” Read When being best isn’t good enough

    Tom Palmer writes for The Ledger – “The current debate over the status of the Florida panther appears to demonstrate what happens when wildlife management succeeds and growth management fails…With an increasing number of panthers squeezed into a  decreasing amount of available habitat…it’s not surprising that panthers are becoming a more common sight…The conflicts could have been reduced by setting aside more land in county growth plans for conservation and putting more limits on how much sprawl could occur, but that didn’t happen and the weakening of growth management laws in recent years doesn’t offer any hope for relief. The best approach would have been to buy the land or at least its development rights. Amendment  1 was intended to accomplish that…” Read Panther Debate about Politics, Growth




    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

     

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 2-3 8-30 am – Attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Meeting in Fort Lauderdale for updates on waste management to deter conflicts with bears, the bear hunt, a new draft policy paper on panther management, and more. The public will be allowed to comment. Find more info here.

    September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

    September 18 – Attend the American Water Resources Association Technical Meeting in Apalachicola for a discussion about RESTORE Act and programs on USGS Streamflow Monitoring, springs protection, habitat restoration and more. Find more info here.

    September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

    October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival in Leesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

    October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

    October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind more info here.

    November 12 & 13 – Attend the Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium in Miramar Beach to find out what’s new in the transportation industry, from technological innovations to policy. Find out 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 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 floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

    About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 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 www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

FCC News Brief - August 24, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Monday, August 24th, 2015 @ 10:27am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 24, 2015

    Terri Lowery writes for the Orlando Sentinel – “Whether it’s for drinking, recreation or environmental protection, clean water isn’t free or cheap anymore. With 19 million residents and nearly 100 million visitors to Florida each year, we’ve pushed the limits of this critical resource. As a state, we’ve recognized the importance of protecting our water…However, as individuals we want someone else to pay the price.” Read Clean-water mandates must consider costs: My Word

    Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times – “Richard Corbett, the Tampa mall developer who chaired the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission when it decided to bring back bear hunting after 21 years, has resigned …The new commissioner is Robert Spottswood, a wealthy hotel builder and attorney from Key West. His first day in office will be the first day of the commission’s next meeting, at which it is supposed to discuss a new policy on Florida panthers and also set a limit on how many bears can be killed during the October hunt…The new chairman is Brian Yablonski…” Read Richard Corbett resigns as Florida Fish and Wildlife Commissioner

    WFTV reports – “A bear cub was hit by a vehicle and killed Friday morning along Interstate 4…Some wildlife supporters said such incidents could start happening more frequently. Wildlife supporter and bear hunt opponent Chuck O’Neal told Channel 9’s Racquel Asa that with Florida set to allow hunting of black bears, bear cubs crossing the roadway will happen more often, especially because female bears are fair game during the hunt…A representative from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it’s not uncommon for a bear to be hit by a car along the interstate, especially as bears try to find new territory. Florida Department of Transportation officials said that the I-4 Ultimate project, a multi-year makeover of the interstate in the Orlando area, doesn’t include wildlife crossings.” Read Bear cub struck, killed on I-4 in Seminole County

    Jess Swanson reports for Miami New Times – “As Miami Beach is midway into a $300 million project to install dozens of anti-flooding pumps around the island, the jury is still out on their effectiveness at battling sea level rise and tidal flooding. But some residents say…the pumps are flooding Biscayne Bay with garbage and filthy water…New commission candidate Isaiah Mosley, who is a scientist by day,…walked over to the pump-snorkel, fins, and underwater camera in tow. He jotted down his scientific observations and then dove in.” Read Amid Miami Beach Pump Controversy, Commission Candidate Dives into “Foul” Water

    Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times – “As a presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hasn’t said much about the environmental issues facing America. He has waffled on climate change and supported approval of the Keystone pipeline and drilling in the arctic, and that has been about it. But when he was a gubernatorial candidate in 1998, he took pains to show his concern about the environment – particularly about one of the state’s signature animals, the manatee. He even helped SeaWorld release a pair of rehabilitated manatees, one of them named “Little Jeb.”…But when Bush had a chance to solve one of the biggest problems in manatee protection, he backed off, deferring instead to his own conservative ideology.” Read Jeb Bush said he loved manatees, but preferred boaters, anti-tax stance as governor

    The Tampa Tribune Editorial Board writes – “Aliki Moncrief, the new group’s (Florida Conservation Voters) executive director, is correct when she says, ‘Florida has a long history of bipartisan support for the environment…’…Republican Gov. Bob Martinez initiated the land-acquisition program that would become Florida Forever, and it was championed by Democrat Gov. Lawton Chiles, Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and one-time Republican Gov. Charlie Crist. Regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats were in leadership, the Legislature strongly supported Florida Forever – until recent years…Conservation provides a way to save priceless resources in a rapidly growing state without government controls. The approach protects landowners’ rights and the environment.” Read Holding arrogant lawmakers responsible for failing to deliver on Amendment 1

    St. Johns River Water Management District shares – “Brown’s Farm in Alachua County recently received $94,000 from the St. Johns River Water Management District…The grower is installing a more efficient irrigation system that will conserve water and produce quality crop yields…Utilization of these new approaches will conserve more than 2 million gallons of water per year and reduce nutrient loading by more than 2,000 pounds of total nitrogen and 700 pounds of total phosphorus per year.” Read Alachua farm partners with District to conserve water

    Sally Swartz writes for the Palm Beach Post – “Florida lawmakers did one thing worth celebrating in this year’s legislative session: They approved, at long last, a law that protects residents from SLAPPs- Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.” Read Anti-SLAPP legislation deals a long-awaited blow to law suits

     


    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

     

    August 28-30 - Attend The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute's Wekiwa Field School in Apopka for lectures, guest speakers, fieldwork and fun regarding springs health. Find more info here.

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 2-3 8-30 am – Attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Meeting in Fort Lauderdale for updates on waste management to deter conflicts with bears, the bear hunt, a new draft policy paper on panther management, and more. The public will be allowed to comment. Find more info here.

    September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

    September 18 – Attend the American Water Resources Association Technical Meeting in Apalachicola for a discussion about RESTORE Act and programs on USGS Streamflow Monitoring, springs protection, habitat restoration and more. Find more info here.

    September 25-26
     - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

    October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival in Leesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

    October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

    October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind more info here.

    November 12 & 13 – Attend the Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium in Miramar Beach to find out what’s new in the transportation industry, from technological innovations to policy. Find out more info here.




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FCC News Brief - August 21, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Friday, August 21st, 2015 @ 9:57am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 21, 2015

    Thomas St. Myer reports for the Pensacola News Journal – “A groundswell to ban hydraulic fracking in Florida secured support from the Escambia County commissioners by a narrow 3-2 vote. The approved resolution supports legislation providing a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing, and well stimulation performed for the purposes of exploration or production of oil or natural gas…Escambia is the 13th of 67 counties in Florida to support legislation for the statewide ban.” Read BOCC sides with anti-fracking crowd

    Tampa Bay Newspapers reports – “Congressman David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, has cosponsored legislation (HR 3202) that would amend the Lacey Act of 1900 and ban the importing of lionfish into the United States… ‘Once a population of lionfish becomes established on a reef, their feeding and breeding habits often crowd out native fish. In the coastal waters off Pinellas County, this means damage to economically important grouper and snapper populations. In other areas of the Gulf Coast, lionfish establish themselves in the coastal mangrove and sea grass areas, endangering the principle nurseries of countless native fish species,’ Jolly added.” Read Jolly cosponsors legislation to ban the import of lionfish

    Flagler Live reports – “In 1988 Flagler County voters by a 2-1 margin approved a referendum to increase their property taxes and buy pristine lands with the money. Among the purchases was the 1,000-acre Princess Place Preserve, to this day considered the crown jewel of Flagler’s Environmentally Sensitive Land program. With scant prior discussion…the county administration and Matt Dunn, the county’s tourism chief, have been working out an agreement to turn over the Princess Place Preserve next March to Spartan Race Inc…” Read Princess Place Preserve Slated for Extreme-Sport-Type Endurance Race, and 6,000 Racers


    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

     



    August 22, 11 am
    Attend Past, Present and Future: Florida’s Water in the St. Johns River Basin at the Museum of Science & History in Jacksonville. Learn from scientists, artists, and community leaders about the issues facing our water today. Find more info here.

    August 28-30 - Attend The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute's Wekiwa Field School in Apopka for lectures, guest speakers, fieldwork and fun regarding springs health. Find more info here.

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 2-3 8-30 am – Attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Meeting in Fort Lauderdale for updates on waste management to deter conflicts with bears, the bear hunt, a new draft policy paper on panther management, and more. The public will be allowed to comment. Find more info here.

    September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

    September 18 – Attend the American Water Resources Association Technical Meeting in Apalachicola for a discussion about RESTORE Act and programs on USGS Streamflow Monitoring, springs protection, habitat restoration and more. Find more info here.

    September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

    October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival in Leesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

    October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

    October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind more info here.

    November 12 & 13 – Attend the Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium in Miramar Beach to find out what’s new in the transportation industry, from technological innovations to policy. Find out more info here.



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

FCC News Brief - August 20, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Thursday, August 20th, 2015 @ 10:40am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 20, 2015

    Rosie Scammell reports for the Huffington Post – “The Vatican…announced a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the latest move by Pope Francis to push environmental issues up the global agenda. The prayer day will be celebrated annually on Sept. 1, in line with the Orthodox Church’s day for the protection of the environment….” Read Pope Francis Declares A World Day of Prayer for the Environment

    Rachel Zoll and Emily Swanson report for the Associated Press – “A new survey has found fewer than half of U.S. Roman Catholics said they knew of Pope Francis’ bombshell encyclical on curbing climate change – and only a fraction of those heard about it from the pulpit…The U.S. is home to some of the staunchest objectors to mainstream science on climate change and to government intervention aimed at easing global warming, along with a segment of Catholics who think the pope should be talking far more about marriage and abortion than the environment.” Read AP Poll: Minority of US Catholics know pope’s climate views

    Paula Dockery writes for TC Palm – “With Florida’s current regulatory structure, access to the (solar) market is sufficiently blocked. With the current political environment, energy policy to advance renewables at the state Legislature is dead on arrival. With industry-friendly appointments to the Public Service Commission, consumer protection is rare…Florida is one of only four states with a prohibition forbidding the direct sale of electricity from anyone other than a regulated utility…For the three out of four Floridians who want more solar power, you will want to support the initiative by Floridians for Solar Choice and avoid inadvertently helping the industry effort cynically selling itself as “Consumers for Smart Solar.”” Read Utilities use devious tactics to prevent solar choice initiative

    Brooke Baitinger reports for the Sun Sentinel – “Momentum continues to grow across Broward County against a land owner’s application to drill for oil in the Everglades. (Miramar Mayor Wayne) Messam urged individuals to contact their local officials and ask them to pass no drilling resolutions. Half the cities in the county have so far…” Read Miramar takes stand against oil drilling, urges others to follow




    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings



     
    August 22, 11 am – Attend Past, Present and Future: Florida’s Water in the St. Johns River Basin at the Museum of Science & History in Jacksonville. Learn from scientists, artists, and community leaders about the issues facing our water today. Find more info here.

    August 28-30 - Attend The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute's Wekiwa Field School in Apopka for lectures, guest speakers, fieldwork and fun regarding springs health. Find more info here.

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 2-3 8-30 am – Attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Meeting in Fort Lauderdale for updates on waste management to deter conflicts with bears, the bear hunt, a new draft policy paper on panther management, and more. The public will be allowed to comment. Find more info here.

    September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

    September 18 – Attend the American Water Resources Association Technical Meeting in Apalachicola for a discussion about RESTORE Act and programs on USGS Streamflow Monitoring, springs protection, habitat restoration and more. Find more info here.

    September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

    October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival in Leesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

    October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

    October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind more info here.

    November 12 & 13 – Attend the Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium in Miramar Beach to find out what’s new in the transportation industry, from technological innovations to policy. Find out more info here.




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    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 floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

    About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 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 www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

FCC News Brief - August 19, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 @ 10:21am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 19, 2015

    Kevin Speak reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “North Florida has stepped up opposition to Central Florida’s big water plan that proposes to pump heavily from the St. Johns River to meet the demands of population growth…North Florida has long feared that Central Florida would become addicted to river water and ultimately pump enough to cause environmental harm from reduced flows and a greater portion of the river being compromised of polluted storm water… ‘Central Florida has no business trying to grab 155 million gallons per day from the St. Johns River when the region hasn’t even scratched the surface of reducing wasteful water use through effective conservation measures,’ said Audubon’s Charles Lee.” Read Jacksonville raises stakes in water conflict with Central Florida

    Luis Hernandez reports for WLRN – “…[T]here is oil drilling in the Sunshine State – about 2 million barrels a year. And that is truly a drop in the bucket compared to the total amount of oil consumed in this country on a daily basis…Edward Glab is the Director of the Global Energy Forum at Florida International University. He’s spent 35 years in the energy industry with companies such as Exxon. He says there’s not enough oil to take the risk of spills in an already damaged ecosystem.” Read Energy Pro: Florida is not a big oil state. So why drill?

    Pallavi Agarwal reports for Highlands Today – “It’s Florida’s iconic bird, and after many years of grim news about the endangered bird’s very existence, things are looking up for the snail kite…While the plan is to help the snail kites grow to at least 3,000, many questions remain, such as why they are not faring well in the Everglades, of which the snail kites are a symbol of.” Read Snail kit numbers slowly coming back

    Sophie Nielsen-Kolding reports for NBC2 – “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission commented publicly Friday on its newly released revised Panther Position Paper…The report reflects on an increase in the panther population…It says, while it is nowhere near the two 240 panther populations called for in recovery plans, the process is at a crossroads now that there has been increasing panther-human conflict…The paper says, ‘It is timely for FWC to review and refocus the agency’s role in panther conservation efforts…’…Jennifer Hecker, a policy expert at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, said that decision should have come out in a joint effort between the Federal Wildlife Service and other stakeholders….She says there has been a joint, inter-agency team focused on panther recovery. She said the paper released by FWC circumvents that effort… ‘Whether or not that recovery plan needs to be revised is something that’s undetermined at this point we don’t know whether new science really warrants revision to the plan.’” Read FWC taking heat for panther position paper

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

     

     
    August 22, 11 am – Attend Past, Present and Future: Florida’s Water in the St. Johns River Basin at the Museum of Science & History in Jacksonville. Learn from scientists, artists, and community leaders about the issues facing our water today. Find more info here.

    August 28-30 - Attend The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute's Wekiwa Field School in Apopka for lectures, guest speakers, fieldwork and fun regarding springs health. Find more info here.

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 2-3 8-30 am – Attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Meeting in Fort Lauderdale for updates on waste management to deter conflicts with bears, the bear hunt, a new draft policy paper on panther management, and more. The public will be allowed to comment. Find more info here.

    September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

    September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

    October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival in Leesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

    October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

    October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind more info here.

    November 12 & 13 – Attend the Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium in Miramar Beach to find out what’s new in the transportation industry, from technological innovations to policy. Find out 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 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 floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

    About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 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 www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

FCC News Brief - August 18, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 @ 10:23am


  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 18, 2015

    RealEstateRama shares – “…Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi joined 14 other state attorneys general seeking to block the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Finalized earlier this month by our Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Power Plan will reduce carbon pollution from power plants. In response, Sierra Club’s Senior Campaign Representative Kelly Martin issued the following statement: ‘By asking the courts to halt implementation of the Clean Power Plan, AG Pam Bondi is siding with big polluters over the health and well-being of communities across the state. She should be standing up for the health of Florida’s people and the economic benefits the CPP will provide to our state instead of fighting clean energy measures and important pollution safeguards…Steverson named the Clean Power Plan implementation among his agency’s top priorities…Bondi’s action is inconsistent with the recent comments from the head of the agency responsible for protecting Florida’s air quality.’” Read Sierra Club Florida Statement on AG Bondi’s Move to Block Implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

    Valerie Garman reports for The Times – “A group tasked with developing a plan for spending 30 percent of RESTORE Act funds released a draft list of priority projects this week, outlining nearly $140 million in restoration efforts to address the damage caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.” Read RESTORE draft project list released; public meetings scheduled

    Jay Meisel reports for Highlands Today – “…Florida is the state with the most turtle smuggling. And within Florida, the central part of the state is the prime area for it…the turtle poaching occurs because of the demand for it in Asian countries…up until 2009, the wild turtle population was depleted because of that. The state outlawed harvesting of wild turtles, but set up regulations to allow turtle farming. However, that hasn’t ended the turtle poaching.” Read County becomes a focal point for turtle smuggling, official says

     
    Fred Grim writes for the Miami Herald – “So this is why Bambi must die. It had been perplexing…Why was the Scott administration so desperate to extract new revenue from the park system…? Now we know. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees the park service, has been docked with some rather unnatural expenses. The governor intends to extract $445,000 from the DEP’s miserly budget to help settle open-records lawsuits prompted by his penchant for flouting Florida’s Sunshine Laws…The settlements seem to have sent Scott’s minions scouring through agency budgets, looking for money to cover his losses the way gamblers rummage for change under sofa cushions.” Read Even more payouts from the land of the loser lawsuits

     
    Nate Monroe reports for the Florida Times–Union – “Courts give government agencies broad deference in legal challenges, meaning even a formidable case showing that the Army Corps failed to build adequate environmental protections into its plans to deepen the Jacksonville Port Authority’s shipping channel from 40…to 47 feet may not be enough to sway courts…But similar cases in Miami and Savannah also show that judges and government agencies are sometimes willing to meet environmental advocates halfway, offering millions of dollars for more mitigation work in mediation sessions to avoid costly…court battles.” Read Dredging suit uphill battle for St. Johns River watchdog, but don’t rule out more protections

    University of Florida IFAS Extension shares Karl Havens research – “Florida’s economically important estuaries could be heavily impacted by sea-level rise and altered river flow, both caused by climate change. The resulting higher salinity, or saltiness of the water, could harm plants and animals, alter fish and bird habitat, and reduce the capacity of estuaries to provide such important services as seafood production and the protection of shorelines from erosion.” Read Climate Change: Effects on Salinity in Florida’s Estuaries and Responses of Oysters, Seagrass, and Other Animal and Plant Life

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

     

     
    August 22, 11 am – Attend Past, Present and Future: Florida’s Water in the St. Johns River Basin at the Museum of Science & History in Jacksonville. Learn from scientists, artists, and community leaders about the issues facing our water today. Find more info here.

    August 28-30 - Attend The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute's Wekiwa Field School in Apopka for lectures, guest speakers, fieldwork and fun regarding springs health. Find more info here.

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

    September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

    October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival in Leesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

    October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

    October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind 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 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 floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

    About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 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 www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

FCC News Brief - August 17, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Monday, August 17th, 2015 @ 10:38am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 17, 2015


    Robert Knight writes for the Ocala Star Banner – “FSI’s (Florida Springs Institute’s) efforts, as well as research conducted by the state of Florida, have demonstrated severe biological impairments at Silver Springs as a result of reduced flows, elevated…nitrogen concentrations and lost connectivity to the St. Johns River. All of these detrimental impacts are a result of human actions, are reversible, and are contrary to Florida laws that protect the biological integrity of “Outstanding Florida Waters” such as Silver Springs…FSI prepared a comprehensive restoration plan for the Silver Springs System in 2014.” Read The People’s Plan for Silver Springs

    Jennifer Hecker writes for the Tampa Bay Times – “Florida’s unique geologic and hydrologic conditions mean fracking-type oil extraction can have significantly different impacts here than elsewhere…Yet without any credible and objective science to assess impacts of these…techniques in Florida, they are presently allowed and the state lacks explicit legal authority to restrict or stop their use. What’s worse is that almost all of these activities are done in complete secrecy, with the driller notifying the state only after they have a conventional drilling permit in hand and then claiming that even the notification is a “trade secret”-preventing local governments and the public’s ability to know about it.” Read Column: Energy extraction in Florida needs to have limits

    Andy Reid reports for the Sun Sentinel – “Sugar cane growers and other farmers south of Lake Okeechobee this year reduced three times as much polluting phosphorus as required from water flowing toward the Everglades…But environmental groups counter that sugar producers and other farmers need to do much more to stop phosphorus from draining into the Everglades and threatening wildlife habitat. Audubon of Florida argues that the state’s pollution reduction standard was intentionally set too low, making it easier for sugar industry and other growers to meet the annual requirement.” Read Growers top Everglades water cleanup goal

    Herman K. Trabish reports for UtilityDive
    – “Two solar initiatives, backed by dueling diverse coalitions, are competing for the almost 700,000 signatures needed to get on the 2016 Florida ballot. And it is not easy to understand the differences between them.” Read Inside the contentious fight over rooftop solar in Florida

    Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times – “The Florida wildlife commissioner who pushed to loosen the state’s official panther policy is also part of a group seeking a federal permit to kill a certain number of panthers if they get in the way of plans for their land…They envision a new town in the middle of panther habitat, along with mining, oil exploration, agriculture and, on some acreage, preservation to benefit panthers…Meanwhile…a scientific study published last month contends that panthers have already lost more habitat than federal and state officials think. ‘Because there is less panther habitat remaining than previously thought, we recommend that all remaining breeding habitat in south Florida should be maintained,’ the authors of the study, “Landscape Analysis of Adult Panther Habitat,” wrote…Other major landowners working with Priddy in pursuing the incidental take permit on panthers include two major sugar companies, Alico and King Ranch; the Half Circle L Ranch; Pacific Tomato Growers; English Brothers; and the Barron Collier Partnership and Collier Enterprises.” Read Wildlife commissioner part of group seeking permit to ‘take’ panthers

    Carl Hiaasen writes for the Miami Herald – “Once Andrews learned about Scott’s undisclosed emails, he pushed hard to obtain them. After a court recently ruled that Google had to turn over all relevant correspondence…Scott quickly decided to settle the case rather than reveal the contents of his messages. He agreed to pay Andrews $700,000…with state funds. The payout…is coming out of…the budget of the governor’s office…the Department of State…the Attorney General’s office…and, most arrogantly, the Department of Environmental Protection ($445,000)…It’s another kick in the teeth for the 4 million Floridians who voted for Amendment 1, believing DEP would use newly designated revenues for the purchase and protection of conservation lands. Nobody dreamed that the governor – even this governor – would loot DEP to pay his own legal bills.” Read Gov. Scott picks the public’s pockets

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission writes for the Boca Beacon – “Heavy rain and rough weather along southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast are impacting sea turtle nests along the beaches, jeopardizing the eggs and hatchlings emerging from the nests…’Beach-goers can help sea turtle hatchlings survive by taking turtle-friendly actions along the weather-battered southwest Gulf Coast,’ said Robin Trindell, who heads the FWC’s sea turtle management program.” Read Storms impacting sea turtles on southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast

    Judith Kraft, Briny Breezes write for the Palm Beach Post – “The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board – rescinding the vote to permit revenues to increase in order to help needed programs – is the final bullet to the district’s head after its body has been weakened by layoffs. Now Gov. Rick Scott will hang the lion’s head in his office as a trophy, while grinning about his tax cuts for Floridians…concluding question, ‘Whose needs should be met – the few or the many?’ …” Read Point of View: Moves by board, commissioners bad for environment

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

     

    August 22, 11 am – Attend Past, Present and Future: Florida’s Water in the St. Johns River Basin at the Museum of Science & History inJacksonville. Learn from scientists, artists, and community leaders about the issues facing our water today. Find more info here.

    August 28-30 - Attend The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute's Wekiwa Field School in Apopka for lectures, guest speakers, fieldwork and fun regarding springs health. Find more info here.

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

    September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606

    October 2-4 – Attend the Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival inLeesburg for speakers and field trips including kayaking, photography, birding, etc. Most activities are free. Find more info here.

    October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

    October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for field trips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind 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 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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    For more information on the FCC visit www.floridaconservationcoalition.org

FCC News Brief - August 14, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Friday, August 14th, 2015 @ 10:27am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 14, 2015

     

    Kevin Spear reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “Fearing the state has sanctioned further harm to one of Florida’s first tourism treasures, Silver Springs, two environmental groups are seeking to overturn an aquifer pumping-permit issued to a ranch belonging to a Canadian billionaire…An appeal would stage a David vs. Goliath battle, with the grass-roots St. Johns Riverkeeper and Florida Defenders of the Environment facing off against the tax-funded district and global industrialist Frank Stronach. ‘Allowing our over-pumped aquifer and polluted waterways to be further degraded for the economic benefit of a private landowner is completely contrary to the public interest,’ said Lisa Rinaman, who serves as “Riverkeeper” for the Jacksonville-based group.” Read Environmentalists appeal to protect Silver Springs from aquifer pumping

    Eric Staats reports for the Naples Daily News – “…[C]onservation and sportsmen groups on either side of the issue agree the new (panther policy) memo uses softer words but says the same thing as the memo that drew fire the first time around…some troublesome wording remains in the new memo, panther biologist Mark Lotz said…South Florida Wildlands Association Director Matthew Schwartz said…’Unless these two agencies (FWC and FWS) team up and stop habitat loss, we’re not going to have panthers…It’s all kind of semantics anyway.’” Read Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission revised panther memo doesn’t quell criticism

    Mary Ellen Klas reports for the Miami Herald – “The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) last December gave approval to FPL’s plan to ask customers to finance a venture into the controversial natural gas fracking business in Oklahoma…In July, regulators gave FPL permission to enter into agreements with other gas fracking companies and charge customers up to $500 million a year, without seeking regulatory approval…But the Office of Public Counsel, which represents the public in utility rate cases, as well as the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, oppose the ruling and each filed a notice of appeal with the high court…The PSC overruled its own staff when it approved the FPL request, allowing the company to become the nation’s fist utility to use ratepayer money for what the staff called a ‘non-regulated risk.’” Read Consumer advocate asks court to reverse FPL gas fracking fee

    Susan Salisbury reports for the Palm Beach Post – “For the 20th straight year, farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area south of Lake Okeechobee have exceeded the phosphorus reduction requirements for water flowing from their farms to the Everglades, the South Florida Water Management District said Thursday.” Read Lake O farmers lauded for 20 years of beating cleanup goals

    Charlie Frago reports for the Tampa Bay Times – “So far in August, the city (St. Petersburg) has dumped 16.5 million gallons of untreated, or partially treated, sewage into Boca Ciega and Tampa Bays. On Wednesday, officials conceded that dumpings could continue for at least a year because St. Petersburg’s aging and overloaded system can’t handle the rainfall. The admission comes four months after city officials closed a wastewater plant…” Read Recent rains expose a St. Pete wastewater system in disarray

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

      

    August 22, 11 am – Attend Past, Present and Future: Florida’s Water in the St. Johns River Basin at the Museum of Science & History in Jacksonville. Learn from scientists, artists, and community leaders about the issues facing our water today. Find more info here.

    August 28-30 - Attend The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute's Wekiwa Field School in Apopka for lectures, guest speakers, fieldwork and fun regarding springs health. Find more info here.

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

    September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

    October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

    October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind 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 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 floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

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

FCC News Brief - August 13, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Thursday, August 13th, 2015 @ 10:41am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 13, 2015

     

    Eric Staats reports for the Naples Daily News – “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has softened its earlier proposal to back away from a key goal of the federal plan to recover the endangered Florida panther…The new memo also drops references to a growing panther population in Southwest Florida being ‘at carrying capacity,’ a statement that had drawn fire from the Conservation Commission’s own panther scientists.” Read FWC Revises Florida Panther Position Paper

    The News Service of Florida reports – “Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, a group that led the campaign to pass Amendment 1, announced Wednesdayit will now be known as Florida Conservation Voters…One of the missions, according to a release, will be to elect conservationists to public office.” Read Amendment 1 Group Going Political

    Nate Monroe reports for The Florida Times-Union – “After years of debate and a more recent attempt at compromise that has so far stalled, the St. Johns Riverkeeper filed a letter of intent Tuesday indicating it plans to move forward with a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its plan to dredge the river, arguing the agency grossly underestimated the project’s potential environmental damage, fallen woefully short of providing adequate river protections and failed to fully vet the dredging’s economic benefits…In January, the Riverkeeper, the JAX Chamber, City Hall and JaxPort signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding stipulating that the coalition will push for state money to breach the Rodman Dam in Putnam County, a hotly debated proposal long sought by river advocates because it would restore the Ocklawaha River, the largest freshwater tributary to the St. Johns River. If that project could be authorized and funded, the Riverkeeper agreed it would drop its federal challenge-restoring millions of gallons of fresh water daily to the river would, in theory, offset potential salinity increases from dredging.” Read St.Johns Riverkeeper to Challenge River-dredging Project in Federal Court

    Jenny Staletovich reports for the Miami Herald – “Broward County…staff members told commissioners the land (proposed by the Kanter family for drilling in the Everglades) is zoned for conservation, which prohibits drilling…The county’s authority to govern its land…trumps a deal struck by state water managers decades ago that allowed the state to use the land for water storage while letting the Kanter family hang on to rights to extract oil, gas and minerals…Last week, in its initial response, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection laid out a long list of items missing from the (Kanter) application...” Read Broward County: local zoning trumps oil drilling rights

    Tim Elfrink reports for the Miami New Times – “…a team of scientists led by Dr. Thomas Wahl, a post-doctoral researcher…at the University of South Florida…discovered that flood severity on the East Coast is growing steadily worse.” Read Severe Coastal Flooding in Florida is Getting Worse, New Study Finds

    St. Johns River Water Management District shares – “The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board on Aug. 11 approved $25 million in cooperative funding for 50 local projects…(to) conserve more than 1.7 million gallons of water a day (mgd), develop more than 56 mgd of alternative water supplies, reduce total nitrogen loading to waterways and springs by nearly 540,000 pounds per year and reduce total phosphorus loading by more than 113,000 pounds per year.” Read District Approves $25 million for cooperative funding projects

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

    August 28-30 - Attend The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute's Wekiwa Field School in Apopka for lectures, guest speakers, fieldwork and fun regarding springs health. Find more info here.

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 17 6:30 pm, - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

    September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606

    October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.

    October 23 12:00 pm, October 24 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind 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 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 floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

    About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 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 News Brief - August 12, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 @ 10:47am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 12, 2015

     

    Tom Palmer reports for The Ledger – “Forming a countywide municipal water cooperative could avoid the mistakes officials in other parts of Florida have made and provide adequate water for everyone, a crowd of elected officials was told Monday during Polk County’s first–ever water summit…Creation of that organization…will qualify Polk County for millions of dollars in aid from Swiftmud to develop alternative water supplies…The alternative to the cooperative is competition and lawsuits, said Steve Siebert, a former Pinellas County commissioner who was in office during…the “Tampa Bay Water War,”…” Read Polk water summit 1st step in forming countywide municipal cooperative

    Brooke Baitinger reports for the Sun Sentinel – “In a County Commission meeting Tuesday, (Broward County) commissioners unanimously voted to pursue an amendment to state law clarifying that counties have the power to decide whether drilling can occur in unincorporated areas, just as state law says cities do within their borders…Miramar, the closest city to the proposed drilling site, will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Miramar City Hall. The meeting will allow Broward County cities to discuss methods to organize efforts and respond to actions taken by the state…” Read Broward County takes step to oppose Everglades drilling

    Michael Mayo writes for the Sun Sentinel – “(Kanter representatives stated that the) Kanter property is located in…a highly altered and environmentally degraded area of the Everglades…Recent improvements in drilling technology…make us confident the project can be completed safely and with significant economic success…a major development of the resources of the Kanter property is to help expand water treatment and water storage resources for South Florida.” Read Everglades oil Q and A with John Kanter

    South Dade News Leader reports – “What we haven’t heard a lot about is the worsening drought conditions in southeast Florida; recently upgraded from “severe” to “extreme” by the National Drought Mitigation Center…So what can we do to help conserve water? One way is to get a free irrigation evaluation from a Mobile Irrigation Lab, and advice on a more efficient irrigation system; saving money and water!...These labs are supported by three of the state’s water management districts, FDACS, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and others.” Read South Florida Drought: Mobile Irrigation Labs to the Rescue

    Brad Buck reports for the University of Florida/IFAS – “New University of Florida research shows (strawberry) growers can keep using both their current sprinkler spacing and low pressure or enhanced real-time irrigation control to save water – and they can produce the same strawberry crop yield during mild freezes…The improvement? An automated control treatment that used real-time dew point measurements – rather than temperatures – to turn the system on and off…The enhanced control system saved 91,000 gallons in one year, 700,000 gallons the next…‘By reducing water use, growers also can reduce fertilizer leaching, as well as prevent fungi diseases, meaning less pesticides,’ said Maria Zamora, who conducted the experiment… ‘That, in turn, can be translated into a reduction of aquifer pollution.’” Read UF/IFAS research finds ways to save water, strawberries and money during cold temps

    My Fox Orlando reports – “Officials say a Florida panther was found dead…it appeared the panther had been killed in a fight with another panther. This is the 26th Florida panther killed this year. Officials say 17 have been killed by vehicles…Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around 180 remain in the wild.” Read Panther killed in southwest Florida

    Monivette Cordeiro reports for the Orlando Weekly – “In April, theTampa Bay Times obtained internal DEP draft documents called the “Optimized Land Management and Cost Recovery Plan,” in which the agency details how by the end of 2015, it plans to have bid documents ready to send out to companies for timber harvesting and cattle grazing (in state parks). The plan also called for the agency to coordinate with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to allow hunting as a recreational activity in certain parks. The DEP also highlights its desire to “prioritize outsourced labor needs” – in other words, hire outside help for prescribed burns and the management of exotic imperiled species, tasks that are usually reserved for park staff…DEP is preparing to test its proposals on Myakka River State Park…” Read State officials clash with critics over controversial DEP secretary appointment

     

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings



    August 28-30 - Attend the The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute'sWekiwa Field School in Apopka for lectures, guest speakers, fieldwork and fun regarding springs health. Find more info here.

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 17 6:30 pm, - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

    September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606

    October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference inOrlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference.Find more info here.

    October 23 12:00 pm, October 24 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind 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 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 andsubscribe 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 atfloridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

    About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 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 News Brief - August 11, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 @ 9:44am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 11, 2015

     

    Kevin Spear reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “When the authority responsible for aquifers, wetlands and rivers of Central and North Florida meets today in Orlando for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, it will be amid rising distrust for the agency and resurging conflict between the two regions. Not on the meeting agenda of the St. Johns River Water Management District is North Florida’s fear that Orlando and its neighbors again are maneuvering to pump heavily from the St. Johns River, which flows north and is Jacksonville’s defining feature. Tied to that concern is environmentalists’ sting over a recent district decision to let a ranch pump aquifer water from near the revered and ailing Silver Springs. Their resentment has centered on John Miklos of Orlando, the agency’s chairman who also is a private consultant for developers.” Read Tensions rise over water supply, regional authority

    Michael Mayo writes for the Sun Sentinel – “The early reaction…doesn’t look promising for the Kanter family’s proposal to drill for oil on the edge of the Everglades…the biggest hurdle looks to be the opposition from Broward County… ‘I want to give people a chance to speak out,’ said Commissioner Beam Furr,… ‘I’m trying to find out what our parameters are, what we can ban when it comes to drilling and fracking…’” Read Broward says oil drilling not permitted on kanter everglades land

    Emerson Brito reports for The Tampa Tribune – “Roadblocks, swamped cars and soaked drywall are among the many problems arising from this week’s flooding in Tampa, but the most revolting might be the overflow of raw sewage into the streets…Along with human waste overflowing from the sewers, nasty stuff from the surface like pesticides and animal feces also are washed into the water by the rain, spreading the bacteria-laden mixture far and wide.” Read Sewage infiltrates floodwaters due to aging wastewater system

    The Tampa Tribune Editorial Board writes – “All of the misery caused by flooded roads over the past week should be considered Exhibit A for the need to raise the stormwater fees in Tampa to finally address this long-standing problem. The standing water also reinforces the need to manage growth in a way that minimizes flooding, rather than allow residential and commercial sprawl in what used to be rural areas across the Tampa Bay area.” ReadStorms reveal need for flooding fixes

     

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

     

    August 28-30 - Attend the The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute's Wekiwa Field School in Apopka for lectures, guest speakers, fieldwork and fun regarding springs health. Find more info here.

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606

    October 23 12:00 pm, October 24 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind 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 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.

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    Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Gladys Delgadillo at floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

    About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 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 News Brief - August 10, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Monday, August 10th, 2015 @ 11:12am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 10, 2015

     

    Jim Gross writes for The Gainesville Sun – “In 2011, a state agency issued an ominous warning about Florida’s groundwater…’If another drought of this magnitude occurs (referring to the drought that occurred from 1998 to 2002), depending upon the amount of increased pumping, it could potentially have adverse effects on the long-term sustainability of Florida’s groundwater resources’…The Florida Geological Survey warned, ‘Saltwater encroachment is a hugely significant issue.’…And with both our population and agricultural irrigation growing once again, it is all but certain that pumping during the next severe drought will be significantly greater…when climate change is considered, the risks are amplified…DEP is now proposing rules to incentivize unsustainable withdrawals from deep in the Floridan aquifer system.” Read Our fresh groundwater supplies are at grave risk

    CBS Miami reports – “An appeals court upheld decisions meant to allow sugar-cane growers to get permits, rejecting arguments the permits would not properly protect the Everglades.” Read Court upholds permits for sugar growers

    St. Johns River Water Management District shares – “Work continues to move ahead on upgrades to the Silver Springs Shores wastewater treatment plant and to increase the distribution and reuse of reclaimed water, a partnership project among Marion County, the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to improve water quality and flow in Silver Springs.” ReadCooperative project to improve Silver Springs water quality and flow moving forward

    The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board writes – “It was clear the move (to hunt bears) was in response to a handful of bear attacks in a state that continues to allow home developers to push ever deeper into Florida’s natural woodlands. The state set no limit on the number of licenses that could be sold…At this rate, hunters could outnumber the bears...This is what happens in a state where the governor cares little about the environment…where political appointees on the wildlife commission feel absolutely no sense of public accountability…It’s another reason Florida voters should make protecting the environment and wildlife more of an issue when evaluating candidates before the next election.” Read A hunter for every bear

    Cindy Swirko reports for The Gainesville Sun – “…[A]ny sizeable expansion of public conservation land (in Alachua County) is in jeopardy despite widespread public support for it…Local and national studies have indicated that conservation land increases tax revenue by boosting the value of neighboring property. An Alachua County study pegged the potential increased value at more than $108 million, far more than the conservation land cost.”Read Will public lands expand? Right now, it’s unlikely

    Stetson University shares – “Stetson University has selected noted environmentalist and policy expert Clay Henderson as the first executive director of its newly established Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.”Read Henderson to Head New Water Institute

    Kim Powell reports for Wink News – “‘Southwest Florida, this is public enemy number one-the Argentine Tegu,’ Ian Bartoszek, a biologist for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida said… ‘It eats small birds and lizards, so it’s a disruption of the natural ecosystem and this could become the next Burmese Python…if we don’t act soon,’…If you think you see a tegu, you’re asked to take a picture if you can and sen(d) it to www.IveGot1.org or call 1-888-IVE-GOT1. You can also use the app ‘IveGot1.’” Read Invasive lizard spotted in SWFL, experts warn residents

    Dianne Depra reports for Tech Times – “Florida has a big problem in the form of African land snails…and it looks like they’re not going anywhere anytime soon…Aside from voraciously eating 500 different plants, African land snails have also developed a liking for stucco, eating them off houses.” Read Snails as big as tennis shoes becoming huge problem for Florida residents

    Nick Evans reports for wfsu – “This week the Environmental Protection Agency announced the final draft of its Clean Power Plan – a new set of rules aimed at lowering carbon emissions from power plants. But Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R-Estero)…filed a memorial bill in the last legislative session urging Congress to block the president’s proposed plan… ‘In Florida, 66 percent of voters support this plan – only 31 percent are opposed to it…In Florida,…a plurality of republicans (are) in support of the plan, 50 to 49’” Read EPA releases carbon cutting plan; swing state voters seem receptive

     

     

    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

    August 28-30 - Attend the The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute's Wekiwa Field School (Youth Camp) in Apopka for lectures, guest speakers, fieldwork and fun regarding springs health. Find more info here.

    September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.

    September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606. 

    October 23 12:00 pm, October 24 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

    November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind 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 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.

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    Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Gladys Delgadillo at floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com

    About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 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 News Brief - August 7, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Friday, August 7th, 2015 @ 10:50am

  • FCC News Brief

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

    August 7, 2015

     

    The Miami Herald Editorial Board writes - “Florida leads nation in risk to property by climate change. The report measures the state’s vulnerability in dollars-and-cents and finds, not surprisingly, that we’re Number One. But not in a good way…The projections cited…are within the lifetime of most people reading this…Yet the report is much more than a mere accountant’s ledger of the costs of climate change. It’s a call to action on the part of the business community, a plea for those who have the most at stake to get involved in the biggest challenge facing this generation and future ones.” Read Ground Zero for climate change

    The Tampa Tribune Editorial Board writes - “[T]he possibility exists that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will issue a permit to a company wanting to look for oil in the southwestern part of Broward County…Drilling may be safer today than in years past, but it only takes one accident to cause irreparable harm. And the activities related to oil production- from the roads needed to accommodate the heavy machinery to the waste products- are incompatible with a wildlife area that is home to endangered plants and animals…[T]he work being proposed by the latest permit request risks contaminating the aquifer that provides fresh water to South Florida.” Read Drilling for oil in the Everglades a bad deal

    Matt Galka reports for news4jax - “(FDEP Secretary) Steverson is kicking around the idea of opening up Florida’s state parks to cattle grazing, timber harvesting and hunting. He said it’s a matter of self-sustainability…But the idea doesn’t sit well with Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. ‘They’re not going to be self-sustainable, and what it would take to manage a park to be self-sustainable would be unacceptable to the reasons why we got it,’ Putnam said.”  Read Newly reappointed DEP secretary considers opening state parks for other uses

    Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times - “Four conservation groups (the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, the Florida Wildlife Federation, and the Surfrider Foundation) notified the state Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday that they intend to sue over its permitting of seawalls that block sea turtles from nesting on Florida beaches. The agency has already been under fire from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over permitting because all sea turtles are legally protected species…Experts said the walls would only slow down the erosion, not stop it...”  Read DEP faces future legal battle over seawalls that interfere with turtle nesting

    Dan Christensen reports for FloridaBulldog - “State regulators are quietly backing the award of a crucial environmental permit to a company that wants to build a controversial $3-billion natural gas pipeline in North Florida. The company’s investors have included Gov. Rick Scott..[T]he DEP intends to grant an easement that would allow…(the) use (of) ‘submerged state lands’ to help construct the pipeline. Some of those lands are beneath the Suwannee, Sante Fe and Withlacoochee rivers, where the 36-inch pipeline would be buried. The Board of Trustees of Florida’s Internal Improvement Trust Fund owns the submerged lands, according to DEP’s notice. The board is comprised of the governor and Cabinet – Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and state chief financial officer Jeff Atwater…The governor and other public officials in Florida are generally prohibited by state ethics laws from owning stock in businesses subject to their regulation or that do business with state agencies.”  Read Gov. Scott’s pipeline investment gets a boost from Florida environmental regulators

    The Herald Tribune Editorial Board writes - “A major U.S. Senate committee approved a bill last week that would allow oil- and gas-drilling rigs within 50 miles of large swaths of Florida’s coast…For Florida, at least, passage of the “Energy Policy Modernization Act” would represent a huge step backward, putting the state’s marine environment and economy at unacceptable risk. The bill is particularly galling because it would repeal a moratorium, which is supposed to last until 2022, on drilling closer to Florida’s shores.”  Read Protecting Florida from drilling

    Alex Browning reports for wcjb - “According to a July Florida Department of Environmental Protection report…nitrogen levels in two wells in Gilchrist and Alachua counties reached up to 48mg/L. The DEP safe drinking water standard is 10mg/L. ‘The effects may be chronic, but they could be very serious…’ Knight (with the Florida Springs Institute) says nitrate is a bi-product of human activity, but high levels…in North Central Florida could be pointed to the high presence of farms and dairies.”  Read What’s in your water? Tests show nitrates in wells

    Timothy O’hara reports for Keysnews - “Raschein (Rep Holly-Key Largo) met with the Monroe County and Keys municipalities’ leaders on Wednesday to come up with language for the Florida Keys Environmental Stewardship Act, which would tap into money from the passage of Amendment 1. The bill sets aside about $20 million a year for the Keys conservation projects in the next 20 years.”  Read Raschein, county leaders target state funding


    Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings



    September-December –
     Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin Cleanup!Find more info here.


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     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.

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    Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Gladys Delgadillo at floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com 

    About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 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 News Brief - August 6, 2015

Posted by Gladys Delgadillo, Thursday, August 6th, 2015 @ 1:50pm

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

    August 6, 2015

    Alexander Gonzalez reports for WLRN “The (South Florida Water Management) board held a special meeting on Friday, July 31, where they approved a property tax rate cut for the fifth year in a row. Two weeks ago, the board voted 6-2 to maintain the tax rate that would’ve prevented having to rely on the agency’s reserves. The final vote on the proposed budget will take place in September.” Read Updated: South Florida Water Management Agency Reverses Vote On Tax Cuts

    Guy Boero writes for the Sun Sentinel- “Whether it’s resuming the senseless killing of black bears for sport, running a bait and switch on Amendment 1, or continuing to defund the agencies responsible for supplying South Florida with safe drinking water, Scott has been consistent in pandering to his base of corporatists and anti-government extremists by undermining most efforts to save our fragile environment.” Read Tax rate reversal nothing but naked politics

    Northwest Florida Water Management District shares - “Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Ted Everett to the Governing Board of the Northwest Florida Water Management District.” Read Ted Everett appointed to NWFWMD Governing Board

    Michigan State University study says - “The notion that septic tanks prevent fecal bacteria from seeping into rivers and lakes simply doesn’t hold water, says a new Michigan State University study.” Read Septic Tanks Aren’t Keeping Human Sewage out of Rivers and Lakes

    University of Colorado Boulder shares- “Cleaning up municipal and industrial wastewater can be dirty business, but engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed an innovative wastewater treatment process that not only mitigates carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, but actively captures greenhouse gases as well.” Read Researchers use Wastewater Treatment to Capture CO2 Emissions and Produce Energy

    Local 9 reports for WFTV- “Despite hours of public comment from residents opposed to the plan, the St. John’s River Water Management District decided to move forward with a permit allowing cattle operation in Marion County to draw more than 1 million gallons of groundwater a day.”Read 9 Investigates cattle operation groundwater permit

    Brendan Byrne reports for WMFE- “For the first time in 20 years, Florida wildlife officials are issuing permits to hunt bears…Chuck O’Neal from the League of Women Voters of Florida and Brad McNaughton, president of the Central Florida Bear Hunters Association join us to discuss the upcoming black bear season. Also, development is changing Florida’s wetlands. Tampa Bay times environmental reporter Craig Pittman joins the program to talk about the impact of surging population growth and urban sprawl and the national and state policies aimed at preserving the state’s wetlands. Listen to Intersection: Florida’s Natural Environment and the Challenge of a Growing Population

    Lloyd Dunkelberger reports for The Daytona Beach News-Journal- “Another constitutional fight involving the Florida Legislature will be revving up this week…The suit was filed in late June on behalf of several environmental groups, including the Florida Wildlife Federation, St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida… The lawsuit contends that in spending the $740 million under Amendment 1, lawmakers “misappropriated” some $300 million, while giving little weight to the primary purpose of the Land Acquisition Trust Fund, which was originally created in the early 1960s.” Read Fight expected over Florida lawmakers’ spending on environment

    Steve Cousquet reports for the Tampa Bay Times- “Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Wednesday reappointed the heads of two major state agencies, Rick Swearingen at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Jon Steverson at the Department of Environmental Protection. Swearingen received stronger support than Steverson.” Read Gov. Scott and Cabinet reappoint leaders of FDLE and DEP

    The opinion staff at the Palm Beach Post writes- “On Monday, hunters hoping to shoot the Florida black bear during the state’s first bear hunting season in 21 years began buying up permits…Given that published reports say there are just 3,000 Florida black bears in the wild, we sent eight questions on the hunt to officials at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.” Read Florida bear hunt: Eight questions for state wildlife officers

    Erin Sullivan writes for Orlando Weekly- “There has been essentially no progress in meeting the broader range-wide (Florida panther) recovery criteria…FWC’s recommendation: Stop trying. The agency memo suggests that the state…keep it small, keep it limited to the area it’s in and make sure it’s not inconveniencing the human population that has reduced its territory to a relative postage stamp. That’s exactly the opposite of what the Public Library of Science study recommends.” Read Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission says it’s time to give up on expanding Florida panther population

    Andy Marlette writes for the Pensacola News Journal- “Basically cuz, take it from a guy who was recently set up — this all sounds like a set up. I mean, you’ve got a guy whose agenda has threatened the very water you drink. His initiatives have threatened the very land you roam. And now, there might be policies that actually threaten you? And all the while they’re giving him some big, fancy pants award for being a friend of the environment?...It’s got to be a set-up.” Read Marlette: To Florida, Love, Cecil

    Erin Sullivan reports for Orlando Weekly- “Seminole County’s Speak Up Wekiva was joined by the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters of Florida, the Center for Biological Diversity (based in Tucson, Arizona) and Environmental Action (based in Boston) in asking a court to consider the constitutionality of the FWC’s decision (to reinstate a bear hunt). The suit was filed in Leon County circuit court on Friday, July 31…The next species on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s hit list? Florida panthers, which are critically endangered. It’s estimated that only 100-180 breeding panthers live in the state now, but according to FWC Liesa Priddy, they’re becoming a nuisance.”  Read FWC issues bear-hunting permits despite lawsuit

    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 andsubscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free).

    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 floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

    About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 60 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.


    Founder and Chairman, Bob Graham; Vice-Chairmen, Nathaniel Pryor Reed & Lee Constantine

New FCC Administrator: Gladys Delgadillo

E-mail sent by Gladys Delgadillo, Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 @ 1:18pm

Dear Florida Conservation Coalition Members,

I am excited to share that I have been hired as an administrator for the Florida Conservation Coalition.

As I will be working frequently with all of you, I wanted to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself. My name is Gladys Delgadillo and I'm originally from San Diego County, California. I developed a passion for wildlife at a young age and this passion ultimately inspired me to focus my studies and my budding career on environmental policy work. I have a BS degree in Earth Systems from Stanford University and over 2 years of experience in this field, gained via different internships across multiple states. Most recently I worked as an environmental policy intern for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida for a little over 10 months.

I learned so much from my experience with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and truly loved my work, so I am eager to continue working toward the protection of Florida's land, water, and wildlife in this position and to continue learning about the world of Florida environmental policy! We all know that Florida has some pretty serious environmental issues to address in a tough political climate. I sincerely believe, however, that together we can positively and significantly change our state and I will be honored to assist this movement in every way I can.

You can reach me at this e-mail address or at (850) 222- 6277 ext 107. I am excited to meet, learn from, and work with all of you!

Genuinely,

Gladys

FCC Daily News Brief - November 17th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Monday, November 17th, 2014 @ 11:57am

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

November 17, 2014

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board writes – “Florida voters spoke with an overwhelming sense of unity this month in passing Amendment 1, the ballot measure dedicating some $10 billion over the next 20 years for water, land and wildlife conservation. Now Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-led Legislature have a responsibility to spend the money in areas that promote the long-term protection of the state's natural resources… The state needs to ensure the money is not frittered away on isolated or pork-barrel projects, and the way to start is by bringing in public and private groups to agree on a guiding mission and a list of spending priorities… The trust fund should be seen as money above and beyond to augment the state's conservation program, not a shell game to merely swap one funding source for another.” Read Spend responsibly on environment.

The Orlando Sentinel editorial board writes – “Over the past decade, (Floridians) pumped less water out of the ground even as the state's population grew by nearly 3 million… Before toasting such success with a glass of our finest drawn from deep in the Floridan Aquifer, however, we should delve into the future of Florida's drinking water supply. Here the outlook becomes more sobering... Each of us will need to be better stewards of the finite and irreplaceable resource that is Florida's water supply. We will need to demand that our government officials stiffen their resolve to stop wasteful water use and reckless development. Otherwise, recent gains in conservation become an excuse for inaction.” Read Future growth makes water conservation vital.

Tyler Treadway reports for TCPalm – “The state is trying to buy about 1,800 acres of Harmony Ranch, where houses and businesses once were proposed, to restore it to a water-cleansing wetland.” Read Martin County suburban sprawl out, wetland in.

Bruce Ritchie writes for Context Florida – “Pipes vs. parks. Could that become the focus of debate over Amendment 1, the conservation lands amendment approved by 75 percent of voters on Nov. 4... Will Abberger, campaign manager for the Florida’s Water and Land Legacy group behind Amendment 1, said the amendment sponsors don’t believe it should be used to pay for wastewater treatment… State Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said this week that Amendment 1 is an ‘essential ingredient’ of legislation he is working on the preserve springs.” Read Did voters envision sewage plants when they voted on Amendment 1?

Craig Pittman reports in the Tampa Bay Times – “On a Southwest Florida road last week, biologists found a female Florida panther that had been run over by a car or truck. The death of that 3- or 4-year-old panther marks the 19th roadkill death of one of Florida's official state animals this year. That ties the all-time record set in 2012 — with more than a month left to go in the year. Experts expect to see the record broken before New Year's Eve rolls around.” Read Deadly times for the panther as Florida ties roadkill record.

Kevin Spear reports in the Orlando Sentinel – “An Orange County family sued in 2012 by a neighborhood association for planting environmentally friendly landscaping is still fighting the civil action… The snail's pace of the case underscores ambiguity in Florida law enacted in 2009 to promote yards that conserve water and lessen harm to the environment, So far, there has been little clarity arising from court actions over whether association rules that favor thirsty grass can be overruled by a homeowner citing the Florida-friendly landscaping law.” Read Legal fights drag on over environmentally friendly landscaping.

Sarah Zielinski reports for Smithsonian Magazine – “A third of the United Nations World Heritage sites valued for their geology, biodiversity or natural beauty are in danger. And 8 percent of all the sites—including Everglades National Park in Florida—are now considered to be in critical condition, according to an assessment from the International Union for Conservation of Nature.” Read the full story here.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

November 19th, 10:00 am – Help the Florida Springs Institute, Save the Manatee Club and the Kings Bay Springs Alliance assemble cages for aquatic plants to protect water quality in Kings Bay. Find more info here.

November 21st, 12:00 pm – The Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association will meet in St. Augustine to discuss “hot topics in water resources with a north Florida focus.” Find more info here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

January 15th, 2015 6:00 pm – The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars perform at The Moon in Tallahassee. Find more information here. Buy tickets here.

February 21st, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – The City of Orlando 
holds its annual Orlando Wetlands Festival at Fort Christmas Park. 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 atrsmart@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 - November 14th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ashley Killough, Friday, November 14th, 2014 @ 12:28pm

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

November 14, 2014

Andy Reid reports for the Sun Sentinel – “Palm Beach County voters seem to love real estate shopping, especially when taxpayers are buying. On Election Day, they gave the biggest stamp of approval in the state to buying more land to protect the environment. The county's 85 percent approval for Amendment 1 was the largest percentage of ‘Yes’ votes among Florida's 67 counties for the measure to buy more land for conservation and to clean up water pollution.” Read Palm Beach County voters deliver big support for environmental land buying.

Scott Powers reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “In a bi-partisan effort, Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Posey of Rockledge and Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter got the House of Representatives to reauthorize money Tuesday for estuary restoration, with some specifically to help the troubled Indian River Lagoon, which runs through both their districts.” Read Posey, Murphy push through Indian River Lagoon aid.

The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board writes – “The agreement between the United States and China to curb carbon emissions is a historic step toward addressing the dire threats posed by climate change. The deal sends a timely message to other industrialized states as world leaders prepare to draft a broader climate pact next year, and it should inspire the clean energy industry, which has been looking for a sign that the global community is prepared to move away from its reliance on dirty fossil fuels. The agreement hinges on mutual cooperation and a heavy dose of public faith, but it's a solid starting point that should have a positive domino effect across the globe.” Read Bold step on climate change.

Fred Grimm writes for the Miami Herald – “After 24 years of unending, uncompromising water wars, Florida versus Georgia, one lawsuit after another, the flow has built to a mighty torrent. Of legal fees, that is. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court set off yet another litigation bonanza, agreeing to consider Florida’s claim that Georgia has been pilfering so much water out of the Chattahoochee River on behalf of the sprawling Atlanta metropolitan region that the downstream effect has ravaged Florida’s Apalachicola Bay.” Read Florida’s legal fees flow like a mighty river.

Paula Dockery writes in Florida Today – “The biggest winner of the Nov. 4 election was Amendment 1. Not only was it the only one of three amendments on the ballot to pass, but it passed with 75 percent of the vote… The Legislature should fully fund Florida Forever at $300 million and Water Sustainability at $100 million and use the remaining $197 million for Everglades restoration, springs protection, and a healthy annual boost to our underfunded state park system for land management and capital projects and maintenance.” Read Respect voters' wishes on Amendment 1.

Jim Turner reports in the Orlando Sentinel – “A retired U.S. Air Force pilot and National Rifle Association member wants the state to stop hunters from using dogs to track down deer around his Panhandle property. Claiming they have been threatened by hunters and that dogs chasing deer can scare rescued horses, William Daws Jr., and his wife, Ouida Gershon, filed a suit Wednesday in Leon Circuit Court against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The lawsuit seeks to stop deer-dog hunting in the portion of the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area where they have lived since 2005.” Read Couple seeks to stop deer-dog hunts near home.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

November 19th, 10:00 am – Help the Florida Springs Institute, Save the Manatee Club and the Kings Bay Springs Alliance assemble cages for aquatic plants to protect water quality in Kings Bay. Find more info here.

November 21st, 12:00 pm – The Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association will meet in St. Augustine to discuss “hot topics in water resources with a north Florida focus.” Find more info here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

January 15th, 2015 6:00 pm – The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars perform at The Moon in Tallahassee. Find more information here. Buy tickets here.

February 21st, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – The City of Orlando 
holds its annual Orlando Wetlands Festival at Fort Christmas Park. Find more info here.

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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.  

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