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RECOVER Northern Estuary Salinity Envelope Public Comment

Ms. Ehlinger, Please find Friends of the Everglades' attached line-by-line feedback pertaining to the RECOVER Northern Estuaries Salinity Envelope Performance Metrics. We thank the Army Corps of Engineers and the whole RECOVER team for its work on these draft metrics, which are an improvement over the 2007 targets. That said, we see room for improvement if the RECOVER metrics are to stand as a true measure of CERP’s ability to restore, preserve and protect the South Florida ecosystem while balancing other water-related needs. First and foremost, Friends of the Everglades strongly opposes including any Lake Okeechobee Regulatory Releases in “Optimum” performance metrics for the St. Lucie Estuary. The St. Lucie Estuary requires ZERO cubic feet of water from Lake Okeechobee; [...]

2020-05-29T13:41:02-04:00May 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Letter of Support To Prohibit Toxic Discharges

Friends of the Everglades submitted the following letter to Congress to express our support for a provision in the Water Resources Development Act that would prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from discharging Lake Okeechobee water into the St. Lucie Estuary when levels of microcystin exceed 8 micrograms per liter.  

2020-05-22T12:34:06-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Recording Available Now! Clean Water Conversations: What’s up with the EAA Reservoir?

Thank you to everyone that joined us today for our Clean Water Conversation surrounding the EAA Reservoir. If you missed parts of the conversation or want to share this with a friend, you can find the full recording HERE. https://youtu.be/vXu-UAoBr8s A big thank you goes out to Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch and Diana Umpierre for making this a successful and informative event. Today's topic of conversation will continue to evolve. We'll be sure to pass on new information and chances for the public to weigh in on the project as we come across them. We’ll keep you posted and hope you’ll join us for the next Clean Water Conversation. By the way, this effort is funded by people like you who care about protecting [...]

2020-05-21T14:40:24-04:00May 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Join us virtually! Clean Water Conversation: What’s up with the EAA Reservoir?

What are you doing at noon Thursday? If you’re working from home, as I am, I hope you’ll grab a sandwich and tune in live to our next Clean Water Conversation, streamed via Friends of the Everglades’ Facebook page.  The topic: What’s up with the EAA Storage Reservoir? No concept has dominated the conversation about Everglades restoration more than this project, and we have some important new developments to discuss. The $1.8 billion reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee is intended to send clean water south to the Everglades, while delivering a degree of relief from toxic Lake Okeechobee discharges to the northern estuaries. But the EAA Reservoir, as planned, is a shadow of the 60,000-acre undertaking once envisioned for the [...]

2020-05-19T15:55:43-04:00May 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Happy #GivingTuesdayNow – A Day of Global Giving!

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow! For 24 hours, #GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for people everywhere to stand together in unity by powering the movements that they care about, even amidst all the strangeness and uncertainty resulting from COVID-19. At Friends of the Everglades, we are doubling down on virtual efforts to ensure that you remain informed and aware of advocacy opportunities from the safety of your own home. We’ve added online education resources to engage with the next generation of Everglades advocates, and we’ve banded together with experts and activists across the state to bring you a new online series of Clean Water Conversations. We’re also continuing our legacy of watchdog work, most recently by calling on members of Congress to block [...]

2020-05-04T14:05:26-04:00May 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Congress must reject 20-year-old water promises to protect future of Lake Okeechobee, estuaries & Everglades

The following letter was sent by Friends of the Everglades to all Florida congressional offices requesting their rejection of the intentionally manipulative language additions that would ultimately prioritize the water supply needs for large industrial farms south of Lake Okeechobee over the health of residents living along toxic-algae plagued waterways. April 29, 2020 To the members of Florida's congressional delegations: On behalf of Friends of the Everglades, I’m writing to voice our concerns about an effort to manipulate this year’s Water Resources & Development Act (WRDA) in a manner that would be detrimental to the Everglades, the northern estuaries and Florida Bay. In an email sent Tuesday, April 28, Rep. Alcee Hastings’ staff requested other representatives sign onto a letter [...]

2020-04-29T18:23:05-04:00April 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|

#GivingTuesdayNow is One Week From Today!

Virtual advocacy is working! The success of our first Clean Water Conversation last week is proof that no matter the changes happening in the world as a result of the coronavirus, people still care about protecting Florida’s most precious resources. We are exactly one week away from #GivingTuesdayNow. The 24-hour giving event, happening May 5th, is a global day of giving inspired by the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. This is your chance to support important efforts to educate the public and protect our waterways despite all distractions. Will you help us expand our virtual efforts by making a donation on May 5th during #GivingTuesdayNow? Your generosity will support the growth of our newly relaunched Young Friends of the Everglades [...]

2020-04-28T11:13:28-04:00April 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Clean Water Conversation Recording Available Now!

Video streaming glitches aside, we made it through our first Clean Water Conversation today! Technological difficulties are a humbling reminder that we’re adapting to the major shift to virtual advocacy. Thanks to all who stuck it out with us through the initial hiccups. If you missed parts of the conversation or want to share this with a friend, you can find the full recording HERE. https://youtu.be/xOWyz-sjMFY A big thank you goes out to Gary Goforth, Maggy Hurchalla, and Rae Ann Wessel for making this a successful and informative event. Remember: We hope you'll stay involved by tuning into the upcoming LOSOM PDT meeting happening virtually on April 30th at 1 p.m. You can find more information about that here. Thanks again [...]

2020-04-23T16:09:38-04:00April 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Earth Day Reflections

Friends, I’m writing you this Earth Day from my back patio, where I’m savoring the gift of a breezy late-spring afternoon. I hope you’re able to safely enjoy the outdoors today, too. Even if you’re stuck indoors during this period of quarantine, we can offer a few ways to honor the planet on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day: Help protect the endangered Key deer by signing our petition. When you’re done, share the petition and our Young Friends of the Everglades learning materials with the students in your life. Get educated about Lake Okeechobee by reading our Earth Day guest column published in The Palm Beach Post, Sun Sentinel, The News-Press, The Daytona Beach News-Journal and TCPalm. The Invading [...]

2020-04-22T16:35:08-04:00April 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Join our first Clean Water Conversation this Thursday

COVID-19 has not lessened the need for advocacy — it has simply changed the format. This week, we’re announcing the debut of a new livestream series called Clean Water Conversations. Our goal with these live video events is to keep you connected, informed, and aware of advocacy opportunities that you can participate in from the safety of your own home. You can tune in to our first one on your lunch break this Thursday, April 23rd at noon. The conversation will be streamed to Facebook Live. Sign up to attend by clicking HERE. If you’re unable to attend, or don’t use facebook, the event will be recorded and made available at a later date. Our first Clean Water Conversation will focus on the [...]

2020-04-20T19:40:54-04:00April 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|