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Targets of’s criticism wonder where group gets its funding

The group supporting a water reservoir to divert and store discharges from Lake Okeechobee has brought harsh rhetoric to the debate on Everglades issues this past year after being formed just two years ago.

Group members have criticized politicians who have received donations from the sugar industry. But the group would not provide a list of its donors when requested by POLITICO Florida.

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Florida’s Environmental Activists March to The Beat of a Single Drum


Whether the mission is preserving swampland, attacking farmers, advocating for rivers or protecting birds, the near-term objectives of Florida’s environmental activists have converged around a single, unified catch-phrase: “buy the land.”

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Everglades Foundation to Hold Bus Tour to Promote EAA Reservoir

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The Everglades Foundation will hold an 11-day bus tour throughout Central and South Florida from October 27, 2016, to November 6, 2016, to help persuade the next President, Congress and Florida lawmakers to support the construction of a water storage reservoir in the Everglades Agriculture Area (EAA) that will protect Florida’s water and help restore the Everglades.

The tour will also help build public support for the #NoworNeverglades Declaration, with organizers and volunteers at each stop asking people to join the more than 31,000 supporters who have already signed on.

Winner of Florida’s U.S. Senate race could influence progress of Everglades work

For all their differences on national issues, how Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Patrick Murphy handle one uniquely Florida issue — pollution from Lake Okeechobee — could have a profound impact on the future of the state. The two U.S. Senate candidates both say they’re committed to Everglades restoration — and boast of accomplishments in Congress to prove that dedication — but they differ on how the problem should be solved.

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Lake O is holding, but get ready for major flows downriver

636113631645897335-Lake-Okeechobee-Hurricane-MatthewBands of wind and rain scattered across the south side of Lake Okeechobee Thursday as Hurricane Matthew barreled through the Bahamas and set its sights on Florida’s East Coast.

Several inches of rain could fall on or near the lake between now and Tuesday, when Matthew is expected to bounce off the Sunshine State, move south and possible strike the state a second time.

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