Florida Waters Weekly: January 20th, 2017

Current Events:

Around Florida

If Ellenton smells Tuesday, this is why
12,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled in Ellenton
Melbourne fined less than $4K in raw sewage spill

   St. Pete Bird Kill
St. Pete pelicans dying after fish kill
Charlie Crist asks EPA to investigate deaths of pelicans, egrets in St. Pete
A St. Petersburg mystery: Why are pelicans dying at Riviera Bay and Coffee Pot Bayou?
Riviera Bay, Coffee Pot Bayou water test results near normal, St. Pete says

   Algae Blooms
More algae tests keep Port St. Lucie park closed over MLK holiday weekend
With bacteria and algae gone, St. Lucie River is back in business
Donald Trump learned about algae blooms from Brian Mast

   Septic Tanks
Septic Tank Inspections Sought As Part Of Home Sales
Florida Rep. Fine files bill to tackle leaky septic tanks along lagoon

   Industrial Wastewater
Hillsborough may increase allowable levels of lead, other chemicals in industrial wastewater
Hillsborough commissioners pass on raising toxin levels in industrial wastewater for now

   Climate Change
Rising sea levels pose potential threat to SWFL coast
City of Pensacola task force tackling climate change

   Nuclear Waste
FPL Wins Battle to Store Radioactive Waste Under Miami’s Drinking Water Aquifer
Environmentalists Start Petition Against FPL’s Radioactive-Waste Plan

   Water War
Alabama warily considers entering Water Wars
Alabama raises concerns about Florida, Georgia taking water from rivers

County leaders decline to be ‘obstructionist’ on Big Pass dredging
Port Canaveral starting process for channel deepening

   Dolphin Die-off
81 False Killer Whales Dead in Stranding off Everglades
Dolphin carcasses will be left in Florida Everglades waters

   Water Availability
Manatee has enough water through 2034
Forum: Collaboration needed to counter looming water shortage

   … and the rest
Senate sets course for St. Johns River plan
North Florida water managers OK first-ever long-term usage, supply plan
County Approves $17 Million Renourishment Project
District to keep funneling water to Florida Bay
Sierra Club Sues to Stop FPL’s $811 Million Rate Hike
A new artificial reef is coming to Manatee County
Environmental Protection, Fracking Ban and Criminal Justice Reform Top Local Delegation Requests
Apopka residents’ concerns about water quality go unanswered by leaders
Preserving the local waterways – Destin
How catching ‘junk’ fish cleans up Central Florida lakes

Lake Okeechobee & Everglades
$2.4 Billion Reservior Proposal Begins To Show Cracks
Analysis: Sugar growers’ ad blasts Lake Okeechobee reservoir plan
Corps reports progress on dike repairs
Big Sugar hires 64 lobbyists, again, in Tallahassee to reinforce its closed loop system of government
Court reinstates EPA rule to allow pumping dirty water unchecked
Court panel OKs back pumping into Lake Okeechobee without federal permit

Florida Pipelines
The Gainesville Sun
Hundreds protest construction of Sabal Trail Pipeline in Suwannee
8 arrests during MLK Day pipeline protests in Florida
Sabal Trail Pipeline Protesters Released After Day In Jail

Editorial: Kriseman’s sewage claims smell funny
Carl Hiaasen: Big Sugar’s slime flows north to Florida’s Capitol
Protect the Everglades, not sugar farmers | Editorial
Taxpayers should be wary of false sugar reform proposals
POINT OF VIEW It’s time to choose: Fracking or safe water?
Dave Denslow: Waiting is wrong answer to warming

Research Articles
Groundwater residence time and aquifer recharge in multilayered, semi-confined and faulted aquifer systems using environmental tracers — Journal of Hydrology
New insights into nitrate dynamics in a karst groundwater system gained from in situ high-frequency optical sensor measurements — Journal of Hydrology
Phosphorus retention and fractionation in an eutrophic wetland: A one-year mesocosms experiment under fluctuating flooding conditions — Journal of Environmental Management
New regional sea level scenarios help communities prepare for future economic risks via NOAA

Weekly Observations:

Suwannee River State Park Mass Civil Disobedience

Upcoming Events:

Support Divestment and Stop Sabal Trail Pipeline
Water-conservation expert to discuss growth challenges (Today)
Collier County Waterkeeper at Naples Boat Show, Naples Municipal Airport, Fri-Sun
Manatee, state officials plan aquifer recharge project
Water Cooperative to discuss plans — Polk County
Brevard Stop Sabal Trail
Orlando Says No DAPL/No Sabal Pipeline
Sabal Trail Protest – Tally
Hold Regulatory Agencies Accountable
Ft Myers beach Town Hall Protest For Local Water Quality Tests
Wednesday 25th — Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Negron’s Lake O plan
Rally Against Sabal Trail Pipeline At Bill Nelson’s Office
Visit to Bill Nelson’s Office to ask him: Stand To #StopSabalTrail
Walk For Water & Speak For The Springs


Water is Life Movement – Beyond Standing Rock — January 17th, 2017 — Adam Dubbin of Florida and Melissa Mays of Flint, MI
the noOs Show with Greg Smithwick and Corey Cottrell — January 20th, 2017 — Inaugural Day chat


Water protectors call out to police .. “We love you” (We Are Change Orlando)
Saturday’s Coverage by Dylan Hansen (Water Protector Alliance)
Sabal Trail Pipeline Suwannee River State Park Demonstration Live Feed
Interview with Gretchen Robinson
Suwannee River State Park Demonstration — Adam’s Cut

Other announcements:

Sign the Now Or Neverglades petition!
Protect South Florida Drinking Water from Radioactive Waste