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Florida Waters Weekly: January 27th, 2017

Current Events:

Lake Okeechobee & Everglades
Senate Bill 10!
Negron to sugar: Sell land to reduce Lake O discharges or state will force sale
Bradley files bill to buy 60k acres of farm land and make estuaries a priority
Lake Okeechobee reservoir bill filed in Florida Senate
Captains for Clean Water commends Senator Rob Bradley for filling SB10!
Proposed plan to buy farmland south of Lake Okeechobee off to slow start in Florida Senate
Don’t bow to Big Sugar: Re-hydrate Everglades
Tension brews over Florida senator’s plan to prevent toxic algae
Senate President Joe Negron defends Lake O discharges bill
2010 – U.S. Sugar land is a good deal for Florida
Everglades Water Quality Continues To Improve

Around Florida

   Sewage
Titusville break leaks 14,000 gallons of sewage into Indian River Lagoon
DEP: Sewage, bleach spills reported Saturday in Martin County
Neighbors worry about health risks from Golden Corral sewage
8,250-gallon sewage spill traced to lift station malfunction
Over 22K gallons of raw sewage spilled in Manatee
Overflowing sewage reeking havoc on Lake Worth apartment complex
Florida Emergency Management releases report on sewage spill
Health officials confirm wastewater contamination in Suwannee, Withlacoochee rivers

   IRL Pollution
ORCA CEO presents year’s worth of Kilroy data tracking polluters of the Indian River Lagoon
ORCA: Scotts Miracle-Gro ‘didn’t diddle’ with Indian River Lagoon research

   Red Tide
Nanoplankton, red tide found in St. Petersburg waterways
Red tide continues to reign Bradenton beaches in January

   Algae Blooms
ORCA: Ammonia like a ‘Big Mac’ for algae blooms in lagoon, St. Lucie River
Port St. Lucie Park still closed because of blue-green algae in lake

   Water Toxin Rule
Environmentalists to EPA: Reject Fla.’s water toxins rule
Environmental leader says Hillsborough should be more forthcoming about new industrial wastewater rules
In Blow To South Florida Environmental Groups, Court Upholds EPA’s No Pollution Permits Rule
Sen. Galvano introduced bill that would require 24-hour notification of “release of any dangerous substance”

   Dolphin Die-Off
Scientists tackle mystery of mass dolphin stranding near Everglades Park

   Radical Climate Change
Sea level rise could have water lapping at Tampa’s edges in 2040, study says
Sea level rise symposium provides insight to island residents

   DEP
DEP secretary Jon Steverson resigns after stormy 2-year tenure
Cabinet to discuss replacement for DEP chief next week
Rick Scott taps Ryan Matthews as interim DEP chief
DEP Secretary Departure Sets Rumor Mill Spinning
Richard Corcoran: House won’t OK legal money for DEP

   Water Wars
“Water wars” could cost the state another $13M in legal fees
DEP withdraws request to pay lawyers in ‘water war’

   Southwest Florida Groups
John Cassani named Caloosahatchee Waterkeeper
New group fighting to keep Lee County waterways clean

   Dredging
Port Everglades expansion could be delayed by new environmental review
Port Everglades dredging work delayed
Siesta Key Association files lawsuit against Big Pass dredging plan

   Mining
Mosaic’s record in Polk looms over efforts to expand phosphate mining in Manatee
Hundreds of calls and emails flood commission office ahead of Mosaic rezone vote
Bradenton Herald, neighbors give thumbs up to Mosaic Wingate Mine expansion
County Commission to hear Mosaic’s pitch for phosphate mine

   Infrastructure
Bill Nelson, Democrats, unveil their $1 trillion infrastructure plan
Clearwater approves $11 million for stormwater and sewer improvements

   Utilities
Wedgefield residents seeking grants for Pluris water purchase
Wedgefield water takeover could take lots of time, money
Water warning in the Shores
9 Investigates: Fertilizer discharge behind Apopka wastewater treatment plant issues, city says

   Closed Beaches
Health Department recommends no swimming at 2 Hillsborough County beaches

   Fertilizer Ordinance
Hernando County Fertilizer Ordinance in Effect Jan. 1st through March 31st

   Nuclear Waste Storage
Lawsuit Could Stop FPL’s Plan to Store Radioactive Waste Underground, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Still Fighting

   Paper Mill Explosion
OFFICIALS GIVE UPDATE ON PAPER MILL EXPLOSION

Florida Pipelines
Protesters Demonstrate Against Proposed Pipeline Ending in Florida

Research Articles
Dominating aquatic macrophytes for the removal of nutrients from waterways of the Indian River Lagoon basin, South Florida, USA
The influence of natural organic matter on trihalomethanes formation during the conditioning of drinking water
Water quality data for national-scale aquatic research: The Water Quality Portal
Sustainability, Vol. 9, Pages 180: A Framework for Building Efficient Environmental Permitting Processes

Weekly Observations:

Now Or Neverglades, Tallahassee

Upcoming Events:

1/28/17
Walk For Water & Speak For The Springs
Paddle the Lake
Space Coast Solar Co-op Info Session
People Not Pipelines
Miami Climate Alliance Annual Meeting and Elections
1/29/17
Fleet Audubon Park Swarm Ride with 1% For The Planet!
Further ahead:
The Florida CLEAN WATER MOVEMENT In The Ft Myers beach Shrimp Parade
NowOrNeverglades Sportfishing Day

Outreach:

No outreach events this week. Coming up — Jim Graywolf Petruzzi’s arrival

Videos:

Florida State Senate Subcommittee meeting – pre-commencement

The Florida Senate subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources hearing on solutions for the Lake Okeechobee and Florida's Everglades issues. Video shows the chambers before the hearing began.

Posted by Adam Dubbin on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Senate subcommittee hearing for Lake O & the Everglades

The Florida Senate subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources hearing on solutions for the Lake Okeechobee and Florida's Everglades issues.

Posted by Adam Dubbin on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dr. Thomas van Lent speaks to the Senate Subcommittee

Dr. Thomas van Lent speaks before the the Florida Senate subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources hearing on solutions for the Lake Okeechobee and Florida's Everglades issues.

Posted by Adam Dubbin on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Earnie Barnett speaks before the Senate Subcommittee

Ernie Barnett speaks before the the Florida Senate subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources hearing on solutions for the Lake Okeechobee and Florida's Everglades issues.

Posted by Adam Dubbin on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Various people from the community speak before the Senate Subc…

Bullsugar.org and others speak before the the Florida Senate subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources hearing on solutions for the Lake Okeechobee and Florida's Everglades issues.

Posted by Adam Dubbin on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

After the Senate Subcommittee hearing

People gathered then quickly dispersed after the hearing at the Capital Building.

Posted by Adam Dubbin on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Other announcements:

Sign the Now Or Neverglades petition!
Stand Up North Florida
Northeast Florida legislators take different approaches in fight for water money
Lawmakers want money for North Florida waterways
See also: Floridians for Clean Water, Lake Okeechobee Alliance
Don’t Like the pages, just bookmark them and check periodically.

Acknowledgements:

Bullsugar.org & Everglades Trust
et al