| May 10, 2011
| 3:21 PM
Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday appointed five people to the South Florida Water Management District’s board, continuing his push to reshape the agency charged with protecting water supplies, guarding against flooding and leading Everglades restoration....
| Jun 9, 2011
| 4:17 PM
The last vacancy on the South Florida Water Management District Board was filled Thursday when Juan Portuondo of Key Biscayne was sworn in to represent Miami-Dade County.
Portuondo became Gov. Rick Scott’s sixth appointee to the nine-member board...
| Jun 6, 2011
| 8:25 AM
Lake Okeechobee, South Florida’s backup water supply, dropped to its lowest level since 2008 when its water level dipped Saturday below 10 feet above sea level.
By Monday the lake hit 9.89 feet – 2 feet below normal and more than 4 feet below...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 8:23 AM
Frustrated with stalled Everglades restoration, Palm Beach County Commission Chairwoman Karen Marcus contends that federal and state officials lack the "courage" to get it done.
One year ago, Palm Beach County imposed a moratorium on new rock mines...
| May 19, 2011
| 5:05 AM
Lake Okeechobee’s declining water level strains urban and environmental water supplies alike, as South Florida waits for drought-quenching summer rains to bring relief.
Lake Okeechobee serves as South Florida’s primary back-up water supply,...
| May 17, 2011
| 2:48 PM
A large power plant with smokestacks up to 150 feet high has been proposed for a patch of Florida panther habitat south of Lake Okeechobee, setting up what is likely to be a bitter fight with environmentalists.
Eddie Garcia, a Palm Beach Gardens...
| May 23, 2011
| 1:12 PM
New irrigation restrictions kicked in Monday for sugar cane growers and other agriculture due to drought-strained Lake Okeechobee dropping too low to keep water flowing to South Florida.
Lake Okeechobee is South Florida’s primary backup water...
| May 27, 2011
| 11:33 AM
A petition to reintroduce the Florida panther to part of its historic range in northern Florida and southern Georgia was rejected Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, even though the agency’s own recovery plan calls for expanding the...
| May 23, 2011
| 10:12 AM
The peregrine falcon, the world’s swiftest killer, has learned to use human technology to catch birds.
The falcons follow airboats through the Everglades and around Lake Okeechobee and pounce on birds flushed by the noisy, propeller-driven...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 9:31 AM
Everglade snail kites abandoned their young to die at six nests on Lake Okeechobee over the past week, as the pumping of water from the lake for farms and cities dried up the birds' foraging areas.
The birds build nests in vegetation over the water to...
| May 26, 2011
| 3:35 PM
Pumps will be added to keep drought-strained Lake Okeechobee’s water flowing south, despite environmental objections about draining wildlife habitat.
While that will help irrigate sugar cane fields and potentially boost community water supplies,...