FCC News Brief - December 14, 2018

Read Trump wetlands rule rollback makes about 6 million acres in Florida unprotected - “A new definition of federally protected wetlands that the Trump administration unveiled this week would make an estimated 6 million acres of Florida's wetlands vulnerable to developers and other interests that seek to wipe them out, according to figures from the Environmental Protection Agency. The figures, first reported by an energy and environment publication called E&E News, say the new wetlands definition would remove federal protection under the Clean Water Act from about 51 percent of all of the nation's wetlands. Florida has about 12 million acres of wetlands, the most of any state except Alaska. Losing federal protection for half of them "could alter the Florida landscape pretty significantly," said Jan Goldman-Carter, senior manager for wetlands at the National Wildlife Federation. "There will be a significant impact on water quality as a result."...Brad Cornell of Audubon Florida pointed out that “this is a very bad time to lessen protection for wetlands and watersheds in Florida — we are in the second year of just about continuous Red Tide affliction.” A Red Tide toxic algae bloom is fueled by pollution in storm runoff, which can be filtered and cleaned up by wetlands. The new rule, unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, says that the only wetlands that will be federally protected are those immediately adjacent to a major body of water, or ones that are connected to such a waterway by surface water…” Craig Pittman reports for Tampa Bay Times.

Read Remembering Nathaniel Reed’s devotion to public service and conservation - “In the same week America bade farewell to George H.W. Bush, hundreds gathered for a memorial service at the Hobe Sound Bible College to honor the life and legacy of another revered leader. Nathaniel Pryor Reed wasn’t as universally known as the 41st president, but Reed’s accomplishments over his lifetime of public service are, like Bush’s, historic and far-reaching.  Bush died at 94 on Nov. 30 following a long period of declining health, while Reed passed away at 84 on July 11 after an accident on a fishing trip in Canada. Bush’s parents bought a home formerly owned by Reed’s parents on Jupiter Island in the early 1960s, and the families were well acquainted. But it’s more notable that these two lifelong Republicans shared some core character traits, as evident in the eulogies delivered by their loving family and friends...In a public service career that began more than a half-century ago, Reed served six governors from both parties, two U.S. presidents and top state and federal environmental officials. The benefits of his epic environmental achievements on the state and federal levels have been profound. A partial list of his achievements includes derailing the Florida Jetport in the Big Cypress Swamp and the Cross-Florida Barge Canal; enacting a federal ban on DDT; drafting and passing the Endangered Species Act; passing the Clean Water Act; and extending federal protection to millions of acres of treasured natural lands…” Paul Owens of 1000 Friends of Florida writes for the TCPalm.

Read Environmental groups accuse JEA of causing ‘serious harm’ to St. Johns River - “The St. Johns Riverkeeper and Sierra Club want the state to put the brakes on renewing a JEA permit that allows pollution to make its way into the St. Johns River. The organizations have filed what are known as technical comments to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday. At issue is JEA’s Northside Generating Station's pollution discharge permit. “Contaminants dumped directly into groundwater and leaching from JEA waste facilities are making their way into the river, its tributaries, and surrounding wetlands. Operations at NGS harm endangered sea turtles and kill billions of aquatic organisms each year,” said Janet Stanko, local group chair for the Sierra Club Northeast Florida in an email to WJCT News...The St. Johns Riverkeeper and Sierra Club are recommending: That JEA stop the discharge of what the groups call "highly polluted wastewater" directly into groundwater and indirectly into San Carlos Creek, surrounding tidal marshes, and the St. Johns River. The state require immediate corrective action to halt and clean up the ongoing toxic contamination of ground and surface waters from NGS’s waste facilities. Revoke DEP’s beneficial use exemption that allows JEA to sell “hazardous combustion residuals” from the plant to the public. The St. Johns Riverkeeper claims that exemption is “unlawful.” Ensure that sufficient monitoring and reporting requirements are in place to evaluate ground and surface water pollution trends, Require the installation of a new cooling system at the plant. Mandate the implementation of interim, protective requirements at the plant’s cooling water intake system to reduce the velocity of intake water to reduce the entrapment of organisms until the new cooling system in on line…” Bill Bortzfield reports for WJCT.

Read Red tide: Bradenton legislator wants to bring back septic tank inspections - “Following a series of devastating algae blooms that have fouled water bodies across Florida, a Bradenton lawmaker is reviving a proposal to inspect septic tanks to determine if they are failing and leaching algae-feeding pollution. Republican state Rep. Will Robinson filed HB 85 this week. “Water quality issues and red tide are a very important priority for me and District 71 and frankly all of Florida,” said Robinson, who represents District 71 in western Manatee County. “That is by far the number one issue that voters talked to me about over the course of the campaign.” The bill requires septic tanks to be inspected every five years. It also tasks the state Department of Health with establishing “requirements for the pump-out or repair of a failing system” and with creating “enforcement procedures” for property owners who fail to get an inspection. Robinson’s hometown and the entire Southwest Florida coast have been hit hard by a red tide algae bloom that has caused massive fish kills and fouled waterways for more than a year. “It’s devastated our entire community,” Robinson said, adding: “Folks want action.” Last week the Robinson Preserve in Bradenton — which is named after Will Robinson’s family — was the site of a massive fish kill. Thousands of dead mullet choked the preserve’s inlets. Red tide also has caused problems in other parts of the state, and a blue-green algae bloom that originated in Lake Okeechobee has slimed estuaries on both coasts…” Zac Anderson reports for the Herald-Tribune.

Read Hunters need to stand up for the Clean Water Act - “Billed as a rollback of Obama-era “overreach,” the Trump administration announced the most far-reaching assault on environmental protections our country has ever seen. The proposed regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency would strip protections from 50 percent of stream miles in the Lower 48 states and from 110 million acres of wetlands, as well as the larger bodies of water all that flows into. In short, top up your water bottles now, because clean drinking water might just become a thing of the past.  When it was passed in 1972, the Clean Water Act set out to maintain the “chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Nation's waters.” To do that, it banned polluting our nation’s “navigable waters.”..The announced change to the CWA would alter the definition of “waters of the United States,” or “WOTUS.” The exact terms of that definition have been a legal and political battleground since the Clean Water Act’s inception in 1972. The expansion of that definition to include seasonal bodies of water and flood plains during the Obama administration provided much political fodder during the run up to the 2016 election...As we all know, the water in even giant rivers comes from innumerable small tributaries. Under the new definition of WOTUS, you still won’t be able to throw a dump truck full of old car batteries into the Colorado River, but you would be able to do that in one of the small streams that flows into it. So the result—polluting that river—will be the same. And the same will be true for every other river in this country. The scale of this environmental degradation is hard to comprehend, but by allowing pollution of our wetlands, the biggest loser may be our wildlife. Half of all wild bird species in this country depend on healthy wetlands for their survival. One-third of all our endangered species call wetlands home. Ninety-five percent of commercially-harvested fish and shellfish are wetland-dependent. If this new rule becomes law next year, it will devastate the waterfowl hunting, recreational fishing, and commercial fishing industries…” Wes Siler reports for Outside.

Read Water board OKs Flagler Beach marsh restoration project - “A project to return an area of old mosquito ditches to salt marsh in Flagler Beach will move forward, over the objections of property owners and fishermen who won concessions but not as many as they’d hoped...After a unanimous vote of the governing board to proceed, the excavation is expected to start after the first of the year. The first phase will take place on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway near Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area. The proposed restoration has divided the community in the vicinity of the ditches. Property owners who live along the wetland area and fishermen who frequent the network of man-made waterways see it as a thriving ecosystem that has recovered from the network of ditches and spoil piles created in the 1960s and 1970s for mosquito control. But officials with the water district, the Florida Park Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say the project is needed to restore sport fish nurseries and coastal marsh habitat The district plans to restore about 40 acres of salt marsh in the project area, which originally encompassed about 113 acres of state-owned land near Gamble Rogers. The additional wetlands will work to help improve water quality, said Erich Marzolf, director of the district’s division of water and land resources. And the wetlands will accumulate sediment and materials and help buffer the area against sea level rise, he said…” Dinah Voyles Pulver reports for the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Read Red tide happens around the globe. No one has found a ‘magic bullet’ to kill it - “Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and the Bradenton area are not alone in feeling economic and environmental pain from red tide. Many areas of the United States and around the world deal with what researchers call HABs, shorthand for Harmful Algal Blooms...Karenia brevis, the type of bloom found in the Gulf of Mexico, is the only one in the United States thought to produce a respiratory impact, and one of the few that directly kills fish, Rick Stumpf, a red tide expert for the National Ocean Service, said in an email this week...Rather than working in isolation, researchers often look at what scientists are doing elsewhere. One example is Korea and China, where finely crumbled clay has been effectively used to control, or mitigate, algal blooms in aquaculture. While the long-term effects of using clay on the environment are still not completely understood, it is a strategy that Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota will be looking into over the next year. At a Sept. 24 press conference at Mote Marine, Eric Sutton, executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, announced that Gov. Rick Scott had directed a $2.2 million investment to test red tide mitigation technologies, including specialized clay field experiments and expansion of Mote’s ozone treatment system. Mote’s patented ozone system was originally developed to remove red tide and its toxins from water entering Mote Aquarium...Normally, red tide appears off Southwest Florida in the fall, which is the start of dry season. For a bloom like this year, land-based nutrients, especially nitrogen from several sources, including run-off, fertilizers, and septic systems may have been a factor in increasing the size of this bloom, Stumpf said…” James A. Jones reports for the Bradenton Herald.


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December 17, 2018 – 2:00PM-5:00PM– Alachua County Legislative Delegation – (Gainesville) – Attend the Alachua County Delegation meeting at Santa Fe College NW Campus (Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St. Gainesville, FL). You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To be placed on agenda, email Adriana Mitchell, Mitchell.adriana@flsenate.gov .

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December 18, 2018 – 9:30AM-4:00PM– Broward County Legislative Delegation– (Fort Lauderdale) – Attend the Broward County Delegation meeting at 115 South Andrews Avenue Room 430, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources!  To be placed on the agenda, complete this Speaker Form.

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December 19, 2018 – 9:00AM– Manatee County Legislative Delegation– (Bradenton) – Attend the Manatee County Delegation meeting at the Manatee County Commission Chambers, (1112 W Manatee Ave, Bradenton, FL). You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To be included on the agenda, please contact Meagan Hebel at meagan.hebel@myfloridahouse.gov no later than noon Thursday December 13, 2018.

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December 20, 2018 – 9:00AM– Walton County Legislative Delegation– (DeFuniak Springs) – Attend the Walton County Delegation meeting at the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (76 N 6th St DeFuniak Springs, FL). You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To request an appearance form to be placed on the agenda or submit handouts for the Walton, Holmes, Washington and/or Jackson County Legislation Delegation meetings, please email gainer.george@flsenate.gov or gainey.andrea@flsenate.gov or contact Senator Gainers district office at (850) 747-5454 no later than 4 p.m., Friday, December 14th.

December 20, 2018 – 10:30AM– Holmes County Legislative Delegation– (Bonifay) – Attend the Holmes County Delegation meeting at the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners (107 E Virginia Ave Bonifay, FL). You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To request an appearance form to be placed on the agenda or submit handouts for the Walton, Holmes, Washington and/or Jackson County Legislation Delegation meetings, please email gainer.george@flsenate.gov or gainey.andrea@flsenate.gov or contact Senator Gainers district office at (850) 747-5454 no later than 4 p.m., Friday, December 14th.

December 20, 2018 – 11:45AM– Washington County Legislative Delegation– (Chipley) – Attend the Washington County Delegation meeting at the Washington County Board of County Commissioners (1331 South Blvd Chipley, FL). You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To request an appearance form to be placed on the agenda or submit handouts for the Walton, Holmes, Washington and/or Jackson County Legislation Delegation meetings, please email gainer.george@flsenate.gov or gainey.andrea@flsenate.gov or contact Senator Gainers district office at (850) 747-5454 no later than 4 p.m., Friday, December 14th.

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January 3, 2018 – 4:00PM– Nassau County Legislative Delegation– (Yulee) – Attend the Suwannee County Delegation meeting at James Page Government Complex, (96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL). You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! For more information, contact Representative Cord Byrd’s legislative Assistant Katherine Woodby at Katherine.Woodby@myfloridahouse.gov.

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January 15, 2019 – 9:30AM-4:00PM– Broward County Legislative Delegation– (Fort Lauderdale) – Attend the Broward County Delegation meeting at 115 South Andrews Avenue Room 430, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources!  To be placed on the agenda, complete this Speaker Form. Topics for this meeting include the environment and growth management.

January 16, 2019 – 1:00PM– Dixie County Legislative Delegation– (Cross City) – Attend the Dixie County Delegation meeting at Dixie County Commission Chamber, County Courthouse, (214 NE Hwy 351, Cross City, FL). You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! 

January 16, 2019 – 9:00AM-12:00PM– Indian River County Legislative Delegation– (Vero Beach) – Attend the Indian River County Delegation meeting at Indian River County Administration Complex, (1801 27th St, Building A, Vero Beach, FL 32960). You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources!  To participate in the delegation meeting, a request form and corresponding materials must be delivered to Sen. Mayfield's office no later than January 9. To receive a request form, email Margaret Mitchell at Mitchell.Margaret@flsenate.gov .

January 16, 2019 10:00-11:30AM – Lafayette County Legislative Delegation– (St. Mayo) – Attend the Lafayette County Delegation meeting at County Commission Chamber, Lafayette County Courthouse (120 W Main St, Mayo, FL). You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! For more information, email Tonya Shays at shays.tonya@flsenate.gov .

January 16, 2019 – 4:00PM– Gilchrist County Legislative Delegation– (Trenton) – Attend the Gilchrist County Delegation meeting at County Commission Meeting Facility, (210 S. Main Street, Trenton, FL). You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! 

January 17, 2019 – 9:00AM-12:00PM– St. Lucie County Legislative Delegation– (Fort Pierce) – Attend the St. Lucie County Delegation meeting at the Indian River State College – Ft. Pierce Campus Knight Center for Emerging Technologies Indian River State College (3209 Virginia Ave, Building V Fort Pierce, FL 34981). You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! 

January 19, 2019 - 10:00am-12:00pm - Rising Sea Levels- Are we losing our coastal cities? (Deerfield) - The Deerfield Progressive Forum will host Dr. Colin Polsky, Director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies and Professor of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University, for a discussion of sea level rise and its impacts on Florida. For 39 years progressives in South Florida have been enlightened by a series of weekly talks presented by nationally distinguished speakers on provocative current issues. Lively discussion follows each talk. The Deerfield Progressive Forum meets every Saturday morning from December through March from 10:00 AM-noon in Century Village, Deerfield Beach. For more information, visit their site here.

January 22, 2019 - 12:00pm-1:30pm - Free 2019 Florida Legislative Preview Webinar - The 60-day 2019 Florida Legislative Session starts on March 5 and is scheduled to end on May 3 of 2019.  The actions taken during the session likely will have significant public policy impacts for planning, conservation, transportation, community design and other issues of concern to many Floridians with myriad impacts for concerned citizens, professionals, local elected officials and others.  1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins, and Board Member Emeritus and Past Chairman Lester Abberger will discuss key growth management, design, conservation and related bills including budget recommendations that may be up for consideration during the 2019 Florida Legislative Session and will discuss how this could impact state and local governance and planning in Florida. This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP CM LEGAL CREDITS for planners (#9162191) and .15 CEUs for Florida Environmental Health Professionals. 1000 Friends has applied for professional certification credits for Certified Floodplain Managers, Florida attorneys, and Florida DBPR Landscape Architecture but cannot guarantee credits will be approved.  Register at www.1000friendsofflorida.org/webinar/.

January 28, 2019 – 2:00PM-5:00PM– Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation– (Boynton Beach)– Attend the Palm Beach County Delegation meeting at Lakeside Medical Center, (39200 Hooker Highway, Belle Glade). You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources!  To participate in the delegation meeting, complete this form and return by mail or email to Christine Shaw, Cshaw1@pbcgov.org.

January 28, 2019 – 2:30PM-6:00PM– Orange County Legislative Delegation– (Orlando)– Attend the Orange County Delegation meeting at the Orange County Administration Center, Commission Chambers (201 South Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801). You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources!  To participate in the delegation meeting, email LD@ocfl.net to request an appearance form.

March 27, 2019 - 12:00pm-1:30pm - Free 2019 Florida Legislative Update Webinar - This free webinar is scheduled for a little more than three weeks into the 2019 Florida Legislative Session. The actions taken during the session likely will have significant public policy impacts for planning, conservation, transportation, community design and other issues of concern to many Floridians with myriad impacts for concerned citizens, professionals, local elected officials and others. 1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins, and Board Member Emeritus and Past Chairman Lester Abberger will discuss key growth management, design, conservation and related bills including budget recommendations that are being considered during the 2019 Florida Legislative Session and other legislation that may surface as the session progresses. This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP CM LEGAL CREDITS for planners (#9162194). 1000 Friends has applied for professional certification credits for Certified Floodplain Managers, Florida attorneys, Florida Environmental Health Professionals, and Florida DBPR Landscape Architecture but cannot guarantee credits will be approved. Register at www.1000friendsofflorida.org/webinar/.

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