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Miami Herald: Record South Florida rain threatens Glades wildlife, sets stage for summer water woes

So much rain so early in the wet season has led to a slow-moving crisis across South Florida: what to do with all the water before things get really bad.
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New Web Page Tracks Progress of Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project

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West Palm Beach, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today launched a new web page, featuring an interactive map and milestone tracker to allow the public to follow the progress of the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

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Everglades flooding risk could send more water pollution to Lake Okeechobee

6.26_thmbEmergency pumping to ease Everglades flooding could end up worsening pollution in Lake Okeechobee.

At the start of the summer rainy season, western Broward and Miami-Dade counties are already filling up with too much water too fast.

That has triggered extra pumping to save swamped wildlife and to also head off future risks for western communities.

The emergency pumping is moving water north through Palm Beach County and into Lake Okeechobee — the opposite direction that South Florida’s water supply is supposed to flow.

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Video: Toxic Algae: Complex Sources and Solutions

UntitledWater releases from Lake Okeechobee periodically create putrid mats of blue green algae. Scientists think water pollution is to blame, and if something isn’t done about it there could be irreparable damage to the environment, the local economy and people’s health.

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Water management working to prevent storm water runoff

The Governing Board for the South Florida Water Management District voted unanimously to start a research program that will prevent excess storm water from harming the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and estuaries.

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Mark Generales: Army Corps wrong to not support deep injection wells

635967457552197428-e4072dd3-0293-422a-ad88-cac4a9b7758fThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ recent decision that it will not consider deep injection wells as one of the possible tools to manage water as part of the ongoing joint Lake Okeechobee Watershed Planning Project (LOWP) is a clear fail.

This staggering mistake short changes all Floridians and is a 100 percent politically-based decision that doesn’t consider proven science. The USACE has once again dropped the ball when it comes to providing timely, innovative projects to benefit South Florida.

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SFWMD Governing Board Digs Deep to Protect Coastal Rivers and Estuaries

sfwmdWest Palm Beach, FL – A unanimous South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board last week voted to begin assuming leadership of a research program to develop wells that can prevent excess stormwater from harming the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and estuaries.

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Above Lake O…Where the Everglades Truly Begin

B14-CBN-06-09-17-2For years now, it’s been all over the news. The Everglades are dying, it’s drying out. The water flow has been altered and is being pushed to the east and west coastlines, denying lands directly south of Lake Okeechobee the much-needed hydration it deserves to thrive. Nearly 50% of the natural landscape in a pristine ecosystem is gone…changed forever.

These are, indeed, current issues that need to be addressed. But is this where the problem really starts? All of the talk seems to be about Big Cypress Preserve and Everglades National Park, but are these locations the root of it all or just the end result? If so, where does the issue really begin?

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Flood Protection in the Glades: One Canal Is Already Higher than Lake O

lakeokeechobee-sunshinestatenews_1As South Florida experienced torrential rain Wednesday, with more promised through the weekend, folks in communities east, west and south of Lake Okeechobee nervously watched the big lake rise.

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Fight for Lake Okeechobee reservoir not over, Joe Negron says

Negron6.5.17Getting a reservoir to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges through the Legislature was a major undertaking, but it’s only step one before the project becomes a reality, state Senate President Joe Negron acknowledged Monday.

Negron said he’s an “optimist” and expects the reservoir to get built in three to four years. Before that happens, the South Florida Water Management District has to meet several deadlines and Congress needs to act.

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