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Maggy Hurchalla’s Keynote Address at Friends of the Everglades’ 50th Anniversary celebration!

Where are we with saving the Everglades?We have Congressional approval for the Little Reservoir That Can’t south of Lake Okeechobee. It’s too small and too deep and doesn’t have adequate cleanup capacity. But the RIGHT NOW challenge is how to manage the Big Lake while we get Everglades Restoration projects straightened out and built. That might be a while. For some reason they changed the acronym for managing the Lake to LOSOM. Our job is to keep LOSOM from being LOATHSOME. The rules should be designed to make the Lake management system work the best it can to help and not hurt all the people and all the wild places of South Florida.   The Corps of Engineers wants you [...]

2019-12-29T17:54:03-05:00April 23rd, 2019|All Posts|

Friends of the Everglades 50th Anniversary Event

Join us as we celebrate our 50th anniversary on April 7, 2019 – Everglades Day and Marjory’s birthday. Net proceeds from the event will support Friends’ work to carry on Marjory’s remarkable legacy of standing up to politicians and other powerful interests to defend our River of Grass. Click here for more information. When: Sun, April 7, 2019 from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables, FL 33156 Friends of the Everglades was founded in 1969 by renowned journalist, author, and environmental activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas to preserve, protect, and restore the only Everglades in the world. Friends prides ourselves on our grassroots approach to elevate citizens’ voices, and we [...]

2019-12-29T17:54:08-05:00March 8th, 2019|All Posts|

Action Alert for Turkey Point NPDES Permit: Tell Gov Desantis No Permit to Pollute

Tell Governor DeSantis that you oppose the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) draft permit for FPL’s Turkey Point plant. If issued, this permit would allow FPL’s leaking cooling canal system to continue to pollute the Biscayne Aquifer – our drinking water resource – and allow FPL’s pollution to continue migrating into Biscayne National Park and Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary.   Turkey Point’s antiquated cooling canal system has been leaking pollution into the environment for decades, now documented in surface waters. If this permit is issued, this pollution will continue to degrade water quality.  Ask Governor DeSantis to stand up to FPL and say NO to a permit to pollute! Click here to send an email to Governor DeSantis. This flawed permit [...]

2019-12-29T17:54:18-05:00February 21st, 2019|All Posts|

Judge Refuses to End Everglades Pollution Oversight (From Bullsugar)

“No.” The last holdouts on Rick Scott’s South Florida Water Management District governing board had gone years without hearing this answer from any authority, but things in Florida are different now. On Monday US Judge Federico Moreno denied their request, made essentially on behalf of Florida sugarcane growers, to end federal water quality standards in the Everglades.Called the consent decree, a deal brokered 27 years ago when the federal government decided state agencies were letting the sugarcane industry dump its pollution into public lands and a national park, the standard has never been met. Not even after taxpayers spent more than $1 billion building filtration for the industry’s runoff, and tens of millions every year since to operate that system. (Florida lawmakers voted [...]

2019-12-29T17:54:45-05:00February 19th, 2019|All Posts|

A public comment period is now open on a draft permit to govern Turkey Point: ACTION is needed

A public comment period is now open on a draft permit to govern Turkey Point. ACTION is needed. With the issuance of this Permit, DEP is choosing to side with the corporate polluter for its short-term profits, instead of the long-term sustainability of South Florida! The public know may comment on the NPDES permit renewal at the Turkey Point nuclear plant, as advertised in the Miami Herald. As we know, regulation is meaningless unless there is enforcement and under the last administration DEP and SFWMD have been asleep at the wheel leaving only Miami Dade County to lead the regulatory battle with FPL to protect our resources.  Now to cover that fact up DEP has issued a permit that conveniently [...]

2019-12-29T17:54:45-05:00February 13th, 2019|All Posts|

Hold the Line: Public Hearing for SR 836/Dolphin Expressway Extension 12.13.18

MDX will hold a public hearing for the SR 836/Dolphin Expressway Southwest Extension (Kendall Parkway) Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study. The public hearing is being conducted to give interested parties an opportunity to express their views concerning the location, conceptual design, and social, economic and environmental effects of the proposed project.  Your participation is critical to ensure the environmental concerns are put on the record. Representatives from MDX’s project team will be available for any questions from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM. The public hearing will start at 6:30 PM.Overview: MDX is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to evaluate the feasibility of a southwest extension of SR 836/Dolphin Expressway. The Hold the Line Coalition opposes this [...]

2019-12-29T17:54:45-05:00December 11th, 2018|All Posts|

Give Miami Day 2018

Friends,  Thursday November 15th, is Give Miami Day – South Florida’s biggest annual day for charitable giving.Friends of the Everglades has been active this year on a number of issues ranging from the planning of the southern reservoir to the failed cooling canal system at Turkey Point to the expansion of State Road 836 past the Urban Development Boundary, and we’re counting on your support to continue this work in 2019!  Please consider donating during Give Miami Day, where for 24 hours every donation will have a chance to be matched by the Miami Foundation! You can donate by clicking here. For more information on the work we’re doing, you can visit us on Facebook, on www.everglades.org, or read more in [...]

2019-12-29T17:54:45-05:00November 12th, 2018|All Posts|

Now it’s up to congress… and you. (From Bullsugar)

It’s official: Congress has the legislation needed to cut off the flow of nutrient pollution and toxic blooms to our coasts. With your help, it can become law. Here's what you need to know:What the legislation is and does: Called the Stop Harmful Discharges Act, HR 6700 was filed by Rep. Brian Mast on Tuesday. This bill proposes one simple change to our water management policy: Put people first. Human health and safety is not a priority in our water system today. The danger of discharging toxic blooms and the nutrients to feed them into our communities is a non-issue in the Army Corps’ management of Lake Okeechobee. Worse, the agency’s claims that it protects people in the Glades from a dike failure are false: [...]

2019-12-29T17:54:46-05:00September 6th, 2018|All Posts|

Nathaniel Reed (From eye on miami)

Nathaniel Reed, a champion of Florida's environment, passed away after an accident while fishing for salmon on a river in Canada. He was 84 and had lived a full and purpose-driven life. I met Nathaniel in 1988 in Key West. We shared a love of fishing, and he was a mentor in advocacy for protecting Florida Bay and the Everglades. Nathaniel was an idealist whose ideals were tempered by pragmatism. He was friend and, as a result of a long career in public service -- both in state and federal government appointed positions -- a unique one. Our fishing was in Florida Bay with a guide, poling a narrow draft skiff to catch and release bonefish, permit and tarpon; species [...]

2019-12-29T08:58:50-05:00July 18th, 2018|All Posts|