FCC News Brief - January 12, 2017



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Bruce Ritchie reports for Politico Florida – “The South Florida Water Management District wants to stick to a schedule for Everglades restoration – but that can be changed, an agency representative told a Senate appropriations subcommittee…Antonacci also told reporters…that water storage south of Lake Okeechobee can be accomplished without the need to buy more land…Gary Goforth, an engineer who has spent the past 25 years focusing on restoration of the Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee and Everglades system, said building a reservoir south of the lake should be a priority. While noting that Negron has proposed purchasing 60,000 acres for water storage…Goforth said, ‘I don’t think we need that much.’ He said previous planning studies have identified 35,000 acres as sufficient and said 15,000 acres owned by the state should be considered.” Read Water district tells Senate panel it’s sticking to schedule on Everglades restoration

The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board writes – “There should be no doubt that the Florida Legislature should move forward with a sensible plan to create more water storage space south of Lake Okeechobee to achieve the goals of the multibillion-dollar Everglades cleanup effort.” Read Negron’s smart next step for the Everglades

Mitch Perry reports for Florida Politics – “Canova announced a petition drive last month to oppose the (Sabal Trail) pipeline. More than 89,000 signatures have now signed on to the petition at Change.org…” Read Nearly 90,000 people have signed Tim Canova’s petition to stop Sabal Trail Pipeline

Susan Salisbury reports for the Palm Beach Post – “Sen. Bill Nelson…called for the federal government to step up its response to the New World Screwworm infestation that has spread to the Florida mainland. ‘If we don’t move aggressively to halt the spread of this dangerous pest, the result could be catastrophic for Florida’s wildlife and livestock industry,’ Nelson wrote in a letter sent today to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. ‘More than 130 endangered Key deer have already fallen victim…We cannot allow the white-tailed deer population, or the endangered Florida panther, or Florida’s nearly $1 billion beef industry to collapse too.’” Read Nelson seeks federal funding as screwworm spreads to Florida mainland

Elyse Wanshel reports for the Huffington Post – “HomeBiogas…is a biogas system that turns food and organic waste into…cooking gas, and its byproduct can be used as liquefied plant fertilizer…It’s easy to assemble and can be placed in your own backyard. You can place all kinds of organic waste including meat, dairy and even used kitty litter into the system.” Read This Machine Turns Your Food Waste Into Gas for Cooking

Tristen Townsend writes for The Gainesville Sun – “19 out of 33 of the state’s first magnitude springs [are impaired for nutrients.]…Drinking water with elevated nitrates can have serious health impacts as nitrates can reduce the blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to major organs. According to the Florida Springs Institute, some significant spring-water brands, such as Crystal, Great Value, Nice and Zephyhills, have bottled water with nitrate levels higher than the standard for springs.  Similarly, though not to the same extent, the cities of Hawthorne, Archer and Newberry also have experienced nitrate levels above the springs standard in their municipal water…[T]here are parts of North Florida with groundwater wells that have nitrates past the threshold for safe drinking water…Some may argue that since nitrate levels for most areas are not elevated past the…standard for drinking water, we need not worry. I would argue that those people are missing the point.” Read Protecting springs protects us all

Maritime Executive reports – “adidas has released the UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley running shoe – the first mass-produced footwear created using plastic waste retrieved by clean-up operations in the Maldives (95 percent) and recycled polyester (five percent). Each pair reuses eleven plastic bottles.” Read Adidas Releases First Mass-Produced Ocean Plastic Shoe

Rachel Waldholz reports for NPR – “The tiny village of Newtok near Alaska’s western coast has been sliding into the Ninglick River for years…Now, in an unprecedented test case, Newtok wants the federal government to declare these mounting impacts of climate change an official disaster. Villagers say it’s their last shot at unlocking the tens of millions of dollars needed to relocate the entire community.” Read Alaskan Village, Citing Climate Change, Seeks Disaster Relief in Order to Relocate





From Our Readers

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Protect Weeki Wachee Springs; Stop the 7 Diamonds Mine in Pasco County

Prevent the Loss of One of Florida’s Most Popular National Wildlife Refuges

Tell Congress to Stop Sabal Trail

Stop New Phosphate Strip Mining in Florida

Stop the Division of Herky Huffman/Bull Creek WMA 2016

Now or Neverglades Declaration

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

Save the Econlockhatchee River!

Ask County Commissions to Pass Bear-Friendly Trash Ordinances

Stop the Port Canaveral Rail Extension Project

Ask the USACE to reject Harbor Sound application to fill wetlands

Paynes Prairie in danger

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

Deny Beruff’s Mitigation Bank Permit

Help Florida Become a “Pay for Shade” state




Upcoming Environmental Events

January 13 –  Attend the 26th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference in Fort Myers. For more information and to register, click here.

January 14, 3:30 PM – Attend Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance in St. Petersburg. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

January 15, 1:00 PM – Attend Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance in Saint Augustine. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

January 18, 12:00 PM – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s Free Webinar: 2017 Florida Legislative Preview. Learn about key community planning and conservation bills to be considered during the 2017 legislative session and how they could impact state and local governance in Florida. For more information and to register, click here.

January 20, 8:00 AM – Attend the State of Biscayne Bay Restoration Workshop in Miami. For more information and to register, click here.

January 21, 10:30 AM – Attend Solar: Unlimited Energy for the Sunshine State at the Homosassa Library (4100 S. Grandmarch Ave) in Homosassa. For more information, contact Nancy Kost at (352) 628- 0698 or nkost@tampabay.rr.com.

January 22, 11:00 AM – Attend the Red Hills Fire Festival in Tallahassee. The festival will include wagon rides, wildlife, live prescribed fire, equipment demonstrations, fire talks with experts, kids activities, food trucks, and live music. For more information, contact Brian Wiebler at (850) 363 – 1079 or click here.

January 28, 9:30 AM - Attend the 1st Nature's Spirit Conference hosted by the Pagan Environmental Alliance and the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches to discuss how science, belief in nature, and activism can tap into greater community involvement. For more information, click here.

January 28, 10:00 AM – Attend a free Solar Information Meeting of the Space Coast Solar Co-op in Palm Bay. For more information and to register, click here.

January 29, 10:00 AM – Attend Southwest Florida Veg Fest in Fort Myers. For more information, click here.

January 29, 6:00 PM – Attend The Nile Project at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. The show takes the audience on a journey up and down the Nile River basin through vibrant, joyful and original music that combines the traditions of 11 countries along the river. The Nile Project’s mission is to, ‘…empower the citizens of the Nile basin to foster the sustainability of the Nile River’s ecosystem. For more information, click here. To buy tickets, click here. Limited Supply Offer for FCC News Brief Readers: Use Promo Code “Water” for 25% off tickets!

February 7, 12:00 pm – Join the Florida Springs Institute for Springs Academy Tuesdays at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center (99 NW 1st Avenue) in High Springs. February’s lecture is on Springs Stresses: Groundwater Pumping, Fertilizers, Wastewater Disposal, & Recreation. For more information, click here.

February 8, 12:45 pm – Attend the Villages Environmental Discussions Group meeting at the Belvedere Library (325 Belvedere Blvd.) in The Villages. The guest speaker is Margaret Stewart, Esq., Associate Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence. Margaret will discuss Florida’s current water laws, how they’re enforced, and why they are insufficient. RSVP to resourcewisdom@gmail.com.

February 9-11 – Attend the Public Interest Environmental Conference: Land Conservation: The Worth of the Earth at the University of Florida. For more information, click here.

February 15, 12:00 pm – Participate in 1000 Friends of Florida’s FREE webinar: Implementing Water 2070: Water Conservation Planning for Florida Communities. Dr. Pierce Jones, Director of the University of Florida’s Program for Resource Efficient Communities, will discuss water conservation planning for Florida’s communities based on a series of studies he’s conducted on behalf of the Toho Water Authority, Envision Alachua (Plum Creek), and other local governments, developers, and water authorities. For more information and to register, click here.

February 15, 6:30 pm – Attend Troubled Waters: Tallahassee Screening and Panel Discussion at the Challenger Learning Center IMAX (200 South Duval St, Tallahassee, FL 32301). Florida’s waterways are suffering from significant pollution problems. Combined with the impacts from a rapidly growing population, we have a potential recipe for disaster. The documentary will be shown (48) minutes and followed by a panel discussion featuring Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper; Sarah Owen Gledhill, Florida Wildlife Federation; and Ryan Smart, 1000 Friends of Florida. For more information and your FREE tickets, click here.





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