FCC News Brief - July 24, 2018

From the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board - “In lawns across America, plastic pink flamingos have not just survived, but thrived. What a shame the same can’t be said for Florida’s real flamingos, those rare elegant leggy, long-necked lovelies that only recently won official blessing as a native species...Now it’s time for Florida and federal officials to band together to protect, manage and promote our favorite bird’s fortunes. A federal or state listing as a threatened or endangered native species is the first needed step to help their numbers expand beyond zoos, parks and postcards. The odds are not good, though, given Thursday’s announcement that the Trump administration plans to roll back key provisions of the Endangered Species Act, the landmark 1973 law designed to prevent the extinction of declining species…” Read Save the Flamingo, Florida’s iconic-and native- bird.

From the DEP Press Office - “The Florida Department of Environmental Protection today announced a partnership with the St. Johns River Water Management District, Indian River County and the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program to provide $2.4 million for the West Wabasso septic-to-sewer project. The project, which will work to improve water quality, includes the construction of a centralized gravity sewer system in the Whitfield subdivision and conversion of approximately 54 properties currently on septic to the new sewer system…” Read Indian River Lagoon Partnership Funds $2.4 million septic-to-sewer project.

Chad Gillis reports for the Fort Myers News-Press - “Algal blooms have raged across much of the historic Everglades this summer, drawing the ire of residents and visitors and attention from national media...The most pressing need is storage, treatment and conveyance of water throughout the system, which is about the size of New Jersey. Here’s a look at four projects or ideas that are expected to at least partially help the situation, along with some reasons why they may not be enough to fix Florida’s algae crisis…”Read Florida algae crisis: Four possible fixes for the Everglades algal blooms.

News Service of Florida reports - “A battle is playing out at the Supreme Court about whether customers of Florida Power and Light should pay for an environmental clean-up project in Miami-Dade County. The Florida Public Service Commission filed a brief Monday urging the Supreme Court to uphold a decision that allows FPL to recover money from customers to deal with a saltwater plume that moved from a power-plant complex into nearby groundwater…” Read Supreme Court to weigh FPL environmental costs. 

Alexi C. Cardona reports for Naples Daily News - “The 4-year-old male panther was found Saturday on Stewart Boulevard inside the Picayune Strand State Forest, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The panther was killed about 26 miles west of the den where FWC officials originally marked him. This marks the 18th Florida panther death this year. Eleven of those were killed in Collier. The rest were found in Hendry County, according to FWC figures. All but two panthers that died this year were struck by vehicles, according to FWC…” Read Florida panther struck by vehicle in Collier County; 18th death this year.

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Upcoming Environmental Events    

August 4, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm - St. Augustine March Against Fracking: This is a family-friendly event, sponsored by multiple environmental and political organizations in Northeast Florida. Guest speakers will include Jen Lomberk (Matanzas Riverkeeper), Dr. Gary Bowers (Physician), V Miller (Campaign Director at Rethink Energy FL), and more! Nancy Shaver (Mayor of St. Augustine) will also be making an appearance. Parking is available on Anastasia Island. We will be gathering at the park on the east side of the Bridge of Lions. Marching will begin promptly at 11:30AM. For more information email Nick at: nickfamu@icloud.com.

August 13-16 - Registration is now open for Florida Springs Institute Field School. The Springs Field School will take place in Silver Springs, Florida, and includes four days of lectures and field trips on springs biology, geology, chemistry, environmental laws and advocacy from leading experts. For info and registration, click

August 17, 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm (CST) - Apalachicola Riverkeeper Meet & Greet: Learn more about Apalachicola Riverkeeper’s current and upcoming projects, including this year’s RiverTrek launch. Enjoy Wine & Beer, Tea & Soda along with light snacks. There will be door prizes! Event will be at the W.T. Neal Civic Center in Blountstown.

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