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Environmental activists spreading wrong water information

news-pressIn their never-ending quest to drive sugarcane and vegetable farming from the Glades region, special interest activists have completely lost touch with reality.

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Commentary: Coordination critical to restore Everglades

naplesdailynews.ashxVehicular tours, over-simplified slogans and the opportunistic cherry-picking of details in guest commentaries have become the foundation of advocacy groups and their mission to dim Florida’s environmental enlightenment.

A recent guest commentary by an activist attempted to rewrite history and trot out only part of the story. The commentary relies on one point that conveniently fits the argument for sinking all available funding into a single project, a massive new storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, at the expense of all other vetted and environmentally beneficial projects. It self-servingly ignored the historical record.

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Opinion|Cherry picking sugarcane land stats misses big picture

imagesAndy Reid’s Sun Sentinel article, about sugarcane on some state land not meeting targets, cherry picks tiny parcels of land and data that ignore the historic progress that sugarcane farmers have achieved in reducing phosphorus throughout the Everglades Agricultural Area.

Case in point: farmers have averaged 55 percent phosphorus reductions for the past 21 years. The requirement is 25 percent. There is no individual farm “target” but rather a 25 percent reduction for the agricultural basin as a whole. His article is akin to focusing on a couple of missing bicycles in a city with virtually no real crime.

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Letter: Water to the north is harming Lake O

image.ashxAs a resident of Pahokee who takes great enjoyment in all that Lake Okeechobee has to offer, I am disappointed in state Senate President Joe Negron’s plan to buy land to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. It does nothing to mitigate the nutrient-loading into the lake from its northern tributaries. These nutrients fuel algae blooms.

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Weather Channel’s Lake Okeechobee Distortion

SSNlogoA documentary and story The Weather Channel calls its latest attempt “to explore the intersection of weather, the environment and social justice,” is beyond disappointing.

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Weather Channel exposé unfairly bashes sugar for algae, critics say

TWC_story_thumbnailA documentary published this month about the summer’s widespread algae outbreak faces criticism from scientists, fishermen and farmers who say it pins too much blame on Florida’s sugar industry, and paints an inaccurate picture of Lake Okeechobee as a bubbling cesspool of “radioactive fish.”

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SFWMD’s Infographic Shows the Greater Benefit of Storing Water North, Not South, of Lake Okeechobee

The South northsouthinfographic-sunshinestatenewsFlorida Water Management District rolled out a new infographic at Thursday’s Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) meeting — this one comparing the benefits of storing storm water north of Lake Okeechobee versus storing water south of the big lake.

“With so many groups promoting an agenda of ‘south’ water storage as the best way to spend taxpayers’ money, the District decided to produce a graphic to show quickly and easily why storing water north of the lake is so much more beneficial,” said Randy Smith, spokesman for SFWMD.

See the full-sized infographic here.

J.P. Sasser: Everglades restoration principals freezing out Glades

sasser-picWhen the Everglades Reservoir and restoration were originally designed, permitted and funded almost 20 years ago, the first to oppose the reservoir were the environmental groups. Their reasoning was that it would be more of an aid to the sugar industry than it would benefit restoration. In addition, a critical part of the plan was to have land swaps that would allow agricultural interests to swap good farmland for less productive land that could be used for restoration. Again, this was opposed by the environmentalists. This option was later removed from the deal when announced by then-Vice President Al Gore.

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