FCC News Brief - August 3, 2017

Dima Vitanova reports for WJCT – “There is a bird observation platform at Round Marsh to the east of the area, which allows for splendid views of the wetlands along St. Johns River. A picnic area sits close to the trailhead. Willie Browne’s cabin is also on site, tucked away in a mature wood. The [Theodore Roosevelt Area] is a scenic spot for hiking, birding, fishing, picnicking and biking.” Read Video: Explore Northeast Florida’s Theodore Roosevelt Area

Bruce Ritchie reports for Florida Politics – “Georgia on Monday argued in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court that Florida’s lawsuit over water use from the Apalachicola River system should be dismissed because [the Army Corps of Engineers] wasn’t included… In May, Florida argued that the court had never found that a state was harmed by upstream water use but then determined it was powerless to do anything about it.” Read Georgia backs recommendation to dismiss Florida’s water lawsuit

Jenny Staletovich reports for the Miami Herald – “Miami-Dade County began taking emergency action… to address reports of a leak in its massive sewage outfall pipe near Virginia Key and Fisher Island, a day after an environmental group said officials had ignored the problem for a year. Water and sewer officials met Tuesday afternoon to fast-track hiring a contractor to make repairs while environmental staff began testing water… On Monday, Miami Waterkeeper released county emails showing that a lobsterman had reported the leak in an outfall pipe… in 17 feet of water… The pipe, capable of pumping 143 million gallons of sewage a day, is supposed to dump the waste at least 3.5 miles from shore and in water 100 feet deep… [T]he group filed a notice of intent to sue, citing violations of the Clean Water Act, state rules and a federal consent decree hammered out in 2014 that requires the county to fix and maintain its aging sewer system… [T]he county has not inspected either the Central District pipe, or another massive pipe at its North District plant… in more than a decade. The two pipes, along with four others in South Florida, are part of an antiquated disposal system that dates back to the 1950s before the environmental hazards from dumping waste offshore were fully understood. In 2008, lawmakers ordered them shut down by 2025.” Read With sewage spewing close to coast, Miami-Dade will fast-track repair of massive pipe

Bruce Ritchie reports for Politico Florida – “The decision by South Carolina utilities to shut down a nuclear plant under construction should send a signal to other states, including Florida, that a supposed nuclear “renaissance” is over, critics said… The Florida Public Service Commission is scheduled to begin a hearing Aug. 15 on FPL’s request to defer its feasibility analysis and nuclear cost recovery for 2018… Some South Carolina legislators… criticized the state law that allows utilities to charge customers for nuclear plants that are under construction… Utility customers have been charged $1.4 billion for the halted nuclear plant. Florida has a similar law that has allowed FPL and Duke Energy to charge customers for those nuclear plants that have not been built. Bills that would repeal nuclear cost recovery have been filed in the Florida Legislature in recent years, but were voted down or were not heard in committees, as was the case with SB 1100 this year.” Read South Carolina’s construction shutdown should signal Florida’s nuclear demise, critics say

Lisa Broadt reports for the TC Palm – “Treasure Coast officials… said a 2015 federal environmental report, which found few problems with All Aboard Florida’s passenger-rail project, is outdated. Martin and Indian River counties and the citizen group CARE FL in a letter called on the U.S. Department of Transportation to mandate a supplemental environmental report, a requirement that could slow down All Aboard Florida should the company decide to pursue a federal loan.” Read All Aboard Florida environmental report outdated, new one is needed, Treasure Coast says

Alexandra Glorioso and Ledyard King report for the Naples Daily News – “U.S. Reps. Francis Rooney and Mario Diaz-Balart said… they would like to see more money for Everglades restoration and an upgrade of the Herbert Hoover Dike. But the two congressmen… said their hands are tied… Congress can’t appropriate more funds for specific projects than the president allocates in his budget. The Republican-controlled Congress banned such earmarks several years ago as a way to control government spending. All it can do is provide more funding to an agency or a program in the hopes that the extra money will find its way to local priorities… U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney… proposed legislation to undo the ban on earmarks just for corps of Engineers projects… Trump’s budget allocations go to a number of projects in Southwest Florida, including: the Picayune Strand Restoration Project, Indian River Lagoon, Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir, Kissimmee River Restoration.” Read Reps. Francis Rooney and Mario Diaz-Balart want more money for Everglades

Katie Landeck reports for the Panama City News Herald – “A mid-season extension to the recreational red snapper could lead anglers to harvest as much as three times the legal catch limit this year, according to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts. If the catch allotment is exceeded, then under the Magnuson-Stevens Act the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would be forced to subtract the overage from next year’s poundage appropriated to recreational anglers… Pew predicts the overfishing will set the recovery of red snapper – a stock that plummeted from overfishing during the 1990s – back six years…” Read Study says red snapper likely to be overfished

Minhae Shim Roth writes for the Miami New Times – “Egmont Key… is at risk from shoreline erosion… [A]fter the Third Seminole War from 1855 to 1858, the Seminole people were taken to Egmont Key to be deported to Oklahoma… [H]alf of the land mass of the site has disappeared since the 1870s, and… according to simulations, with a rise in the global temperature of a half-degree Celsius, the island will soon be underwater.” Read Climate Change has Damaged Historic Seminole Sites, Archaeologists Say





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Upcoming Environmental Events    


August 4-6, 3:00 pm – Watch the Florida Wildlife Corridor’s newest documentary, “The Forgotten Coast” at The Calusa Nature Center in Fort Myers. The film showcases an expedition along Florida’s west coast from the Everglades to the Panhandle. The film showing is included with regular admission to the museum. For more information, click here.

August 10, 7:00 pm – Attend Chasing Coral – Movie Night in Tallahassee. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. For more information, click here.

August 12, 4:00 pm – Participate in the Hot City-Cool City Walking Tour in Pensacola. During the walk, participants will explore old and new ways that cities can adapt to the higher temperatures and heavier rainfall of our changing climate. For more information email 350pensacola@gmail.com, call (850) 687 – 9968, or click here.

August 15, 7:00 – Attend a free, public solar information meeting at the Coral Gables Adult Center (2 Andalusia Ave.) in Coral Gables. The meeting is hosted by the Central Miami (North) Solar Co-op. For more information and to register, click here.

August 16, 7:00 – Attend a free, public solar information meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church (7701 SW 76th Ave.) in Miami. The meeting is hosted by the Central Miami (South) Solar Co-op. For more information, click here.

August 20-23 – Join the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute for its annual Florida Springs Field School; four days of outdoor activities and springs education in the Ocala National Forest! Field trip locations include Silver Springs State Park, Salt Springs, Juniper Springs, and Silver Glen Springs. For more information, click here or call (386) 454 - 2427.



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