On September 2, 2020, following a unprecedented fish kill, Friends of the Everglades joined Miami Waterkeeper and dozens of representatives from science and education institutions and environmental organizations in signing a consensus statement that calls for the following remedies for Biscayne Bay: Curtail sewage leaks Convert septic tanks to centralized wastewater treatment Clean and treat stormwater Reduce fertilizer overuse. While we recognize that many of these solutions will take concerted time, effort, and money to complete, we sincerely feel it is inexcusable that, in the face of Biscayne Bay's near-death state, Miami-Dade County has yet to pass a fertilizer ordinance. In Florida, 139 municipalities and 32 counties have passed fertilizer ordinances since 2007. Just over half of municipal ordinances include [...]
Last week, residents and activists from the Glades communities spoke with us about the environmental and health injustices of sugarcane burning. Shocking imagery and compassionate personal testimony helped to paint a picture of the very real threat that looms over communities south of Lake Okeechobee 6-8 months of the year. The take-away was clear: impacted communities deserve immediate and lasting protections. At Friends of the Everglades, we've made a commitment to help shine a light on this flagrant example of environmental inequality and we'd like to ask for your help. Last week, we sent a letter to Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried to express our support for the expansion of real protections for communities most impacted by the pre-harvest practice of sugarcane burning, until such [...]
ACTION ALERT: Send a letter to Gov. DeSantis and lawmakers urging them to protect the endangered Florida panther by stopping new toll roads.
Did you hear? Young friends of the Everglades are leading the fight to protect Florida's state animal, the Florida panther. This endangered species faces a significant threat from a set of new toll roads, known as M-CORES, proposed to cut through territory that is vital to the panther's survival and recovery efforts. In a new initiative launched last week, kids across the state sent letters to Gov. DeSantis and members of the Florida legislature urging them to protect the endangered Florida panther by stopping construction of the new toll roads. Their commitment set a worthy example for Floridians of all ages that care about the preservation of state wildlife. To make a real difference, we need all of you to weigh in. Without your voices, we [...]
We need your help. The Army Corps of Engineers has formally recognized the serious public health threat posed by harmful algal blooms. As such, it is imperative that they move forward with a proposed deviation from the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS 2008) that would allow for common-sense adjustments to the current lake management plan to avoid sending toxic algae to communities. The Corps is gathering comments from the public to help them finalize the proposed changes to current lake management. Your input can help shape the way the federal government manages South Florida’s waterways. If you’ve seen the impacts of toxic blooms, discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee, or the collapse of Florida Bay and the health of [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our lives, but it has not diminished our spirit of advocacy. During the past month, our staff has been working remotely to deliver two new programs that will help empower environmental advocacy in the era of COVID-19. The first is the new Young Friends of the Everglades, a virtual learning hub for students that’s designed to inspire action among the youngest environmentalists. Students can sign a petition to protect the Key deer and learn about Everglades ecology through this free virtual program. The second is a virtual outreach initiative to ensure Lake Okeechobee is managed in the interest of human health, not polluters. It’s essential that we raise our collective voices on the federal government’s [...]
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Florida's waterways are under attack. Will you help us protect them? Friends of the Everglades is leading the effort driving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' development of a new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual that would prioritize public health and safety and improve the management of Lake Okeechobee. Achieving these operational changes today would protect thousands of people from toxic blooms and would stop the collapse of the Everglades and Florida Bay. We've made great progress this year but the fight is not over and your support will make it possible to continue this work in 2020. Join our league of water warriors by participating in an incredible giving opportunity! From November 29th (Black Friday) - December 31st, our partners at [...]