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Martin County sales-tax increase fails despite vow to clean St. Lucie River with funds

MARTIN COUNTY — Tweaking how the county would spend money from a 1 percent sales-tax increase — including a promise to reduce St. Lucie River pollution — wasn’t enough to get the tax increase passed Tuesday.

Read more from the TCPalm.

Harvey reinforcing concerns over dike at Lake O

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – As Harvey continues to drop heavy rainfall on Texas, the storm is sparking concerns within the Glades communities.

Read more from WPTV.

Army Corps: Lake Okeechobee dike could overflow, breach under Harvey’s rainfall amount

If Central Florida got hit with the rainfall Tropical Storm Harvey is dumping on southeast Texas, it would be “catastrophic,” said an Army Corps of Engineers spokesman.

Read more from the TCPalm.

‘Are we ready?’ Scott asks about Lake O dike fix following Harvey devastation

WEST PALM BEACH — Epic flooding in Texas from Hurricane Harvey underscores the need to repair the Herbert Hoover dike around Lake Okeechobee, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said today during a visit here to announce a business expansion.

Read more from the Palm Beach Post.

Jackson-Moore: Glades residents walk the walk of Everglades protection

Issues facing Florida’s waterways are complex and require everyone to do their part – north, south, east and west of Lake Okeechobee — to ensure clean water.
I’m proud that my community in the Glades, south of Lake Okeechobee, has been part of the solution.

Crisafulli: Comprehensive water reforms empowering local communities

Last month in Fort Myers, state water managers joined scientists, environmentalists and representatives from agriculture in developing a plan to reduce excess nutrients flowing into the Caloosahatchee watershed. Thanks to the comprehensive water bill passed by the Florida Legislature in 2015, meetings such as this one are about to become much more common around the state.

Read more from the Tallahassee Democrat.

State, feds: Can’t send water south of Lake Okeechobee

Early season rains here flooded massive swaths of land used to store water during the summer. And while the Everglades is a waterworld, there’s too much water south of Lake Okeechobee and north of Everglades National Park.

What does that mean for Southwest Florida? There’s no sending water south at this point.

Read more from the News-Press.

Lake water cleaner than St. Lucie basin runoff; lake water responsible for just 14 percent of phosphorus entering estuaries

OKEECHOBEE — Some Treasure Coast residents appear to be in denial when it comes to their own water pollution.

Nancy Smith: When Protecting the Lagoon from Pollution Fails to Trump a Newspaper’s Agenda

Have I got this right? One of the leading columnists for a newspaper whose market serves the heart of last year’s blue-green algae disaster is OK with septic tanks in peninsular Sewall’s Point? Well, septic tanks would be OK, if only the town’s nearly 2,000 residents weren’t behaving exactly like Glades folks portrayed them — as “wealthy coastal elites.”

They are, after all, hurting “the cause.” And I mean the newspaper’s, not the lagoon’s or the estuary’s.

Read more from Sunshine State News.

Scientists blame northern inflows for current Lake O algae bloom

Scientists working for the South Florida Water Management District presented findings Thursday pointing to inflows north of Lake Okeechobee as the source of nutrients causing recent algae blooms in the lake.

The findings showed runoff from north of the lake, due to high rain levels and the warm temperature, was the major cause of the bloom.

Read more from SaintPetersBlog.