Everglades – related posts on uel.org
Miami New Times 12/12/16
For nearly 20 years, Florida has planned to buy back land from Big Sugar companies south of Lake Okeechobee to help restore clean water flow to the Everglades. The plan is nearly universally backed by scientists and climate experts, who blame sugar companies for pumping pollutants into the state water supply, ruining Lake O, and occasionally turning the coasts into green sludge.
But Big Sugar has lots of cash to blow on lobbyists to fight those plans. That fact was on clear display at last week’s Miami-Dade County Commission meeting, where commissioners angrily shot down a simple resolution that would have supported the state land buy.
Palm Beach Post 12/8/16
CERP, or Everglades restoration, has always required buying a large amount of land south of Lake O. Without that land for storage, treatment and conveyance, Everglades’ restoration won’t work, Miami’s water supply will more rapidly go salt, and Florida Bay and the coastal estuaries will be irrevocably destroyed.
Miami Herald 3/1/16
Everglades advocates upped their fight against U.S. Sugar Tuesday with a full-page ad in the New York Times and another planned for Wednesday’s Miami Herald, calling out the nonprofit that derives much of its wealth — and its name — from the sugar grower.
Miami Herald 11/11/15
Waste Management Inc. wants to expand a dump into the footprint of the Biscayne Bay coastal wetlands project, a project to restore Biscayne Bay and the Everglades by allowing fresh water to flow naturally. The site is eligible to be purchased with Amendment 1 money. The landfill was opened to facilitate clean-up after hurricane Andrew and consequently longer term planning may have been neglected.
Miami Herald 10/4/15
There are already bike paths in the Everglades – do we really need to pave 140 more acres, plus damage the surrounding area in the construction process?
Miami New Times 6/9/15
This article is a must read if you’re unfamiliar with what’s going on with the Miami Air Show or the history of the airport in the Everglades. It’s the same old story – a big, over the top, supposed money-maker plan that supporters claim won’t harm the environment, despite incorporating long term infrastructure in a sensitive environment, and a terrible precedent for use of conservation land.
“This is the only part of Miami-Dade County where you can go to be alone in peaceful solitude,” Hammer says about the Everglades. “And sometimes it feels like the county wants to make it another Miami Beach.”
Miami Herald 3/28/15
Florida lawmakers may be on the verge of making a mistake of historic proportions by letting a splendid opportunity to aid Everglades restoration and clean up waters east and west of Lake Okeechobee slip through their fingers this session.
The money is available. The land is available. The time is right. The only thing missing is leadership.