Monthly Archives: December 2017

Home / 2017 / December

Never satisfied, environmentalists should just take the win for Lake O reservoir

Last Session, environmental activists, working with Senate President Joe Negron, hammered out a bill that (at one point) called for buying up to 60,000 acres of working farmland south of Lake O.

But an equally vocal group of Everglades farmers, joined by local leaders and community advocates, strongly opposed the plan, pointing out the negative economic impact that Negron’s land buy would have on the Glades farming community.

Read more from Florida Politics.

Taylor: Fix the dike and live up to reservoir agreement

They are coming for our land.

Former Arkansas Sen. Dale Bumpers once famously said, “When they tell you it’s not about the money … it’s about the money.”

Well, when the coastal elites and radical environmentalists tried to tell us that building a reservoir to store water south of Lake Okeechobee was “not about taking our land” … we knew … it was about taking our land.

Read more in the Naples Daily News.

EAA reservoir plan draws heated debate

OKEECHOBEE — The public comment period at the Dec. 21 South Florida Water Management District meeting about the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir brought out emotions and some accusations. While the SFWMD meeting presented EAA reservoir alternatives that can be built on state-owned land, many in the audience were more concerned about State Sen. Joe Negron’s recent statements about obtaining more EAA land and expanding the footprint of the project.

Read more in the Okeechobee News.

Smith: Everglades Deja Vu Alert: Let’s Not Repeat ‘Reservoir 2008’

Does anybody believe Senate President Joe Negron decided all on his own — before he’d studied the completed plans — to challenge the science behind the South Florida Water Management District models for the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee?

Read more in Sunshine State News.

‘Land grab’ or too small? Everglades reservoir plan denounced by several groups

The reservoir will be a sight, rising over the pancake-flat farmland of western Palm Beach County.

Walls of rock and earth up to 35 feet high will enclose a water-storage pit that could be as big around as the city of Boca Raton.

Read more in the Sun Sentinel.

Sasser: Irresponsible for Sewall’s Point to reject septic conversion funds

As the former mayor of the city of Pahokee, I can state with pride that our community converted from septic tanks to sewer over 50 years ago.

That enlightened act helped to greatly reduce the nutrient runoff into our local waterways here in the Glades.

Read more from JP Sasser in the TCPalm.

Negron asks SFWMD to expand EAA reservoir footprint

Just when it looked like the long-discussed Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir was finally on it’s way to becoming a reality, somebody’s trying to change the plan … again.

Read more from the Belle Glade Sun.

Glades Lives Matter: They Want Our Land

Senate President Joe Negron’s suggestion that water managers expand their search for land to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee is drawing pushback from area residents.

Janet Taylor, a former Hendry County commissioner and chairwoman of Glades Live Matter, sent out an email rebuking the call to widen the planned reservoir.

Read more from the News Service of Florida’s blog.

EAA farmers celebrate another record year of clean water flowing south

Extending a two-decade record for Everglades restoration south of Lake Okeechobee, a group of farmers — armed with an effective water quality treatment strategy — have posted historic water-quality performance levels in 2017, sending more clean water than ever flowing south.

Seizing on numbers announced this week by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) farmers are celebrating their role in more than 20 years of restoration, by delivering increasingly clean water to the Everglades.