FCC News Brief - July 25, 2018

Maggy Hurchalla writes for the Treasure Coast Palm - “What can you do, locally, about the toxic algae bloom? First, avoid it. It is dangerous. Second, it isn’t your fault. The suggestion that the bloom on 90 percent of Lake OKeechobee is not toxic is not true. It is not true that the algae only becomes toxic when it hits Martin County septic runoff...there are things all of us can do to decrease the nutrient inflow the algae loves. If you are a homeowner: Stop fertilizing your lawn when it starts raining and don’t start again until it stops raining in October...If you have a septic system, get it pumped out every three years…” Read Hold candidates accountable for their commitment to our waterways.

Garry Raymond reports for Time - “Over the past two weeks, Republican lawmakers, lobbyists and the Trump administration have proposed, introduced and in some cases voted on legislation and amendments to the Endangered Species Act. This act, which has been in place since the Nixon administration, protects threatened species from logging, drilling and other human activities that would destroy habitats and cause the extinction of wildlife. But, with deregulation a signature goal of the Trump administration, an effort to declaw the act is underway. For example, legislation proposed on Thursday by the Interior Department would add economic considerations into the calculus on adding or keeping species on the ‘endangered’ or ‘threatened’ list, among other changes…” Read Here’s why the Endangered Species Act was created in the first place.

Janae Muchmore reports for Wink News - “What if the answer to ending the algae emergency was in your backyard? Some homeowners are fighting the green gunk by planting seagrass gardens. But others say it’s not that simple....Not only does seagrass play a vital role in the community, but experts say it’s a natural way to restore water quality.” Read Charlotte County experts look to use seagrass as natural solution to algae problem.

Don Jodrey writes for the Miami Herald - “Finally, on July 25 after 18 months of silence, the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force is scheduled to convene in Washington, D.C. to discuss next steps for Everglades restoration. As Floridians know, the intergovernmental restoration effort is the world’s largest infrastructure project that will, when complete, bring economic and environmental benefits for a vast region that ranks 13th in the nation in population and economic output…” Read The next step is simple: Fund Everglades restoration.

Annmarie Welser writes for WFSU News - “ A new report released by the Environment Florida Research and Policy Center, shows the state is both a leader and lagger in the new wave of clean energy. According to the report, Florida ranks 4th in electric vehicle sales and installed the 2nd most publicly available charging stations in the nation. But Florida ranks near the bottom of states for energy efficiency savings, meaning the state uses more traditional energy to provide services than that of green energy alternatives…” Read Florida struggles to change to clean energy.

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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 7th, 12:00 pm - Springs Academy: Class 5 Springs Stresses. This Springs Academy class will be taught by Dr. Bob Knight, Executive Director of the Florida Springs Institute. Dr. Knight will be presenting an in-depth overview of Springs Stresses including groundwater pumping, fertilizers, wastewater disposal, and recreation. Held at the North Florida Environmental Center in High Springs, Florida. For more information email info@floridaspringsinstitute.org or visit the website

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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