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Months After Algae Blooms Invade Martin County, We Explore What’s Being Done To Ensure This Doesn’t Happen Again

It hasn’t been long since a bloom of algae washed onto Treasure Coast shores, resulting in local concern and national coverage. Writer Ike Crumpler talks with scientists, politicians and U.S. Sugar in order to tap into what can and will be done to stop the ooze from contaminating our waterways in the future.

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How septic tanks may imperil this Florida ecosystem

In Florida, one of the nation’s largest waterways is in danger as septic tanks are disrupting the fragile ecosystem of the state’s Indian River Lagoon. NewsHour Weekend special correspondent Lisa Desai has the story, which was supported by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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Lake Okeechobee reservoir faces political hurdles, sugar industry pushback

Florida’s next Senate president plans to deliver 2.4 billion reasons for the politically powerful sugar industry to part with South Florida farmland needed to build a Lake Okeechobee reservoir.

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U.S. Senate approves Everglades water plan

The Senate approved a $10 billion water projects bill Thursday.

Among other projects, the bill would help to restore Florida’s Everglades and combat algae blooms that have fouled the state’s beaches and rivers.

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Editorial: ‘Glades lives matter’ and land buy are not mutually exclusive

It was naive, perhaps, to expect that state Sen. Joe Negron’s plan to buy some 60,000 acres south of Lake Okeechobee for water storage would be universally embraced.

For as obviously necessary as it may seem to residents of the Treasure Coast, the prospect of another huge chunk of land lost to water storage is bound to be controversial in the farming communities south of the lake, where residents may fear the plan could result in lost jobs and a weakened industry in the Everglades Agricultural Area.

Consider that the EAA encompasses roughly 700,000 acres; Negron’s plan calls for buying 9 percent of the total.

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Letter: Sen. Negron’s plan would devastate farming and farming communities

Residents living in the Glades community need to stand together and oppose the plan proposed by Sen. Joe Negron. Sen. Negron is jeopardizing the livelihood of farmers and farming communities as he proposes the use of government action to acquire sugar-cane land in the Everglades Agricultural Area.

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Why Are Black South Floridians Not Part Of Discussions For Plan To Buy Their Land?

Florida’s next Senate President recently announced a plan to buy up 60,000 acres of land in the poor, mostly black communities south of Lake Okeechobee. Should Republican Senator Joe Negron convince legislators to get the state and federal government to spend $2.4 billion on buying the land, he will need to ask for another $2 billion to store dirty water coming from wealthy coastal communities.

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Clinton sends former EPA administrator to investigate algae issue

Carol Browner, the longest-serving Environmental Protection Agency administrator, will meet Monday in Stuart with business owners, residents and elected officials concerned about the algae that blanketed local waterways earlier this summer.

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Buying land south of Lake Okeechobee hurts communities

Audubon Florida’s Eric Draper and state Sen. Joe Negron suggest the best answer to discharges is to purchase additional land south of Lake Okeechobee. How foolish.

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Negron Proposal Punishes Farming Families and Gets Little in Return

This proposal would take some of the country’s most fertile farmland out of production and provide little in terms of relief to the estuaries to the east and west of the lake. According to a University of Florida Water Institute report, 65-80 percent of all the freshwater hitting the estuaries are from their own basin—not Lake Okeechobee.

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