FCC News Brief - November 2, 2017

James Call reports for the Tallahassee Democrat – “Residents told Leon County’s legislative delegation they want… them to spend more money on children and the environment when the legislative session begins in January… Kim Ross of Rethink Energy Florida updated lawmakers on efforts to ban fracking… When she asked those in attendance who are opposed to fracking, nearly a quarter of the room rose… Afterward, (Sen.) Montford said he always takes home something good from the pre-session meetings with voters. This time it was a bad grade on the environment. ‘Tonight you heard it loud and clear. We did not represent the people well on Florida Forever. We did not fund it adequately,’ said Montford. ‘That will make a difference. When we go into committee or on the floor (to vote) it will make a difference.’” Read Tallahasseeans want more money for schools and the environment, restrictions on guns and a ban on fracking

Martin E. Comas reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “Beach restoration was one of the topics covered at a seven-day water-management conference hosted by the European Union that (Commissioner) Constantine attended last week in three European countries… Those European nations face many of the same issues regarding water management as… Florida. Many of the modern technologies implemented by those nations also can be used in this region, Constantine said… In Rotterdam – a delta city that has sat below sea level for hundreds of years – new parks and squares were recently built to function as temporary water basins. That’s similar to Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, Constantine said, which floods during heavy rainfall events and collects storm water from surrounding areas. ‘They were built to flood,’ he said of the Rotterdam parks… In Helsinki, most of the wastewater treatment infrastructure is below ground. ‘They got rid of all their septic tanks,’ Constantine said. ‘All of the systems and pipes are underground. It was so massive that I was riding a bike underground through it…’” Read Seminole Commissioner Lee Constantine visits Europe to study water issues

Barbara Sharief writes for the Sun Sentinel – “It can be hard to think about (water) conservation when it’s raining and even harder when your lawn is brown and crispy. But year-round conservation is a necessary habit that balances highs and lows in our water supply, and provides safeguards for periods of water scarcity… Increasingly we find that weather extremes in our region have become more pronounced as climate is changing. Effective water conservation efforts will be key to ensuring sustainability in our protection and use of our limited freshwater sources. Fortunately, the Broward Water Partnership is making conservation easier, and can help you save money. We are offering up to $100 to replace old toilets with high efficiency models and free water saving devices to those who qualify… [There] is a direct connection between water and energy use, which contributes to the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, and to the changing climate… [W]ater conservation isn’t just about saving money and water. Water conservation is about doing your part to reduce impacts to the climate, our natural resources, and our quality of life… [T]ogether, we can do this. We can save water and energy… [W]e can make a difference for the entire planet.” Read Conservation. It’s a great deal for South Florida, and the environment.

Robert Knight writes for the Orlando Sentinel – “The Wekiva River System north of Orlando… has gradually declined from a pristine blend of clear water and wetland wilderness, to an increasingly impaired, depleted and altered neighbor to one of the most developed landscapes in Florida. Spring and river flows are below regulatory minimums and are continuing to decline. Nutrients, especially nitrogen, are more than four times higher than state-mandated concentrations… Despite multiple layers of state and federal designations as an ecosystem to be ‘protected for the enjoyment of future generations,’ the Wekiva River System’s ecological health continues to degrade, losing aesthetic appeal for a growing population of recreationalists… The good news [is] that nutrient concentrations in many of the Wekiva River feeder springs have declined or stabilized, unlike other impaired springs and spring-fed rivers in Florida. The bad news [is] that anticipated development and additional groundwater extraction and pollution will further exacerbate the currently unacceptable level of ecological harm… The Friends of the Wekiva River and local leaders like Seminole County Commissioner Constantine and state Sen. David Simmons have brought unprecedented personal energy and dedication to solve these problems. Thousands of acres surrounding the Wekiva River Basin have been purchased and placed in public ownership as protected areas... Springs advocates must take heart that these problems are solvable. Spring flows can be restored… by cutting back regional groundwater extractions through implementation of meaningful urban and agricultural water-conservation measures and increased reliance on rainfall and stormwater. Nitrogen load reductions can be achieved by eliminating unnecessary fertilizer uses, connecting the most polluting septic systems to central wastewater utilities with advanced nitrogen removal, and replacing intensive agriculture with advanced best-management practices such as unirrigated, unfertilized forestry.” Read Good news and unwelcome news for Wekiva River Basin

Tracy Brown reports for the Los Angeles Times – “Samantha Bee skipped recapping Donald Trump’s latest feuds and devoted Wednesday night’s entire episode of “Full Frontal” to climate change… ‘Look, I get it, it’s hard to remember that climate change is slowly destroying the world,’ said Bee. ‘Maybe because it doesn’t have a Twitter account to remind us of our mortality every five minutes. Climate change isn’t some far-off threat in the distant future like Beyoncé aging. It is upon us…,’ Bee added… But, of course, there are plenty of climate-change deniers out there… So Bee enlisted singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson for a little ditty about how much the Earth is not OK.” Read Samantha Bee reminds us that climate change is real with a terrifying song from Ingrid Michaelson

Jordan Yadoo reports for Bloomberg – “[T]he fastest-growing occupations in the U.S.... reflect… a shift to clean energy and employer demand for science, technology and math talent… The number of solar photovoltaic installers – responsible for installing systems on roofs or other structures, and earning a median annual wage of $39,240 in 2016 – is projected to more than double from 2016 to 2026…” Read These are the Fastest Growing Jobs in the U.S.

Jenny Staletovich reports for the Miami Herald – “A South Florida man will spend a year in jail after using bread to bait three Key deer, hog-tying the protected animals and then tossing them in his car. One of the deer later died.” Read South Florida man gets jail time for hog-tying protected Key deer

Jim Turner reports for the News Service of Florida – “Florida could be moving closer to stockpiling fuel for future hurricanes or other disasters. Sen. Gary Farmer… filed a proposal (SB 700)… that would establish a task force within the state Division of Emergency Management to come up with recommendations for a strategic fuel reserve.” Read Florida may study setting up hurricane fuel reserves

 

 

 

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Job Openings

Project & Content Manager for The Nature Conservancy (Job ID 45848)

Apalachicola Riverkeeper/Executive Director

Staff Attorney in St. Petersburg for the Center for Biological Diversity

Organizing Representative in Miami for Sierra Club Florida

 

 

Petitions

Save Endangered Sea Turtles from Drowning in Shrimp Trawls

Defend Attacks on the Marine Mammal Protection Act

Protect Florida’s Gulf Coast from Offshore Drilling

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

Tell Congress to Stop Sabal Trail

Stop New Phosphate Strip Mining in Florida

Ask County Commissions to Pass Bear-Friendly Trash Ordinances

Stop the Port Canaveral Rail Extension Project

Paynes Prairie in danger

Help Florida Become a “Pay for Shade” state

 

 

Upcoming Environmental Events    

 

November 3, 9:00 am – Attend the Volusia County Delegation meeting at the Ormand Beach City Hall Chamber (22 South Beach St.) in Ormand. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

November 3, 9:30 am – Attend the Hillsborough County Delegation meeting at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds Grimes Family Agricultural Center (2508 W. Oak Ave) in Plant City. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

November 3, 3:00 pm – Attend the Citrus County Delegation meeting at the Citrus County Courthouse (110 North Apopka Ave.) in Inverness. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

November 4, 11:00 am – Attend Clean Energy Fest at the UWF Historic Trust’s Museum Plaza (120 Church St) in Pensacola. This event celebrates a clean energy future through art, food, live music, and dynamic people showcasing solar, wind, and people-power for the 21st century. Children’s activities with hands-on play around the ideas of conservation and clean energy will take place all day long. For more information visit Clean Energy Fest 2017 on Facebook, email 350pensacola@gmail.com, or call (850) 687 – 9968.

November 7, 12:00 pm - Join the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center in High Springs for Springs Academy Tuesdays; a lunchtime lecture series on Florida’s springs. November’s lecture is on Springs Hydrogeology – Floridan Aquifer, Groundwater Recharge, Spring Flows with FSI Executive Director, Dr. Robert Knight. All lectures are free and open to the public. A recommended donation of $5 is appreciated. For more information, click here or call (386) 454 – 2427.

November 8, 12:45 pm – Attend Bats and Bees – Important for Nature at the Belvedere Library Community Room (325 Belvedere Blvd.) in The Villages. Shari Blissett-Clark, of the Florida Bat Conservancy, will discuss the work of the conservancy to protect native bat populations in Florida. She will also bring a sample of a bat house that is available for purchase. Carmen Fraccica, of the Florida Bureau of Plant & Apiary Inspection, will discuss beekeeping in Florida. For more information and to RSVP, email resourcewisdom@gmail.com.

November 10, 9:00 am – Attend the Cedar Key Climate Change Conference. This conference presents an examination of the research of climate change and sea level rise as it affects Cedar Key and the Levy Coast. For more information and to register, click here.

November 16, 7:00 pm – Attend Rivers, Birds and Water Wars with Todd Engstrom at the King Life Science Building (319 Stadium Drive) in Tallahassee. For more information, click here.

November 20, 8:30 am – Attend the Highlands County Delegation meeting at the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners Chambers (600 S. Commerce Ave.) in Sebring. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

November 20, 9:00 am – Attend the Walton County Delegation meeting at the Walton County Board of County Commissioners Chambers (76 North 6th Street) in DeFuniak. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

November 20, 10:30 am – Attend the Holmes County Delegation meeting at the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners Chambers (107 E. Virginia Ave.) in Bonifay. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

November 20, 11:45 am – Attend the Washington County Delegation meeting at the Washington County Board of County Commissioners Chambers (1331 South Blvd.) in Chipley. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

November 20, 2:15 pm – Attend the Jackson County Delegation meeting at the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners Chambers (2864 Madison Street) in Marianna. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

November 21, 5:00 pm – Attend the Liberty County Delegation meeting at the Liberty County Clerk-Circuit (10818 NW State Road 20) in Bristol. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

November 27, 9:00 am – Attend the Pasco County Delegation meeting at the Wesley Chapel Center for the Arts (30651 Wells Rd.) in Wesley Chapel. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

November 29, 9:00 am – Attend the Indian River County Delegation meeting at 1801 27th St in Vero Beach. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

December 1, 8:30 am – Attend the Palm Beach County Delegation meeting at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center of Palm Beach State College (1977 SW College Drive) in Belle Glade. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

 

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