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  • Reward offered for Florida panther killer

    Reward offered for Florida panther killer
    A Florida panther has been found shot near Orlando, and a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever did it. The dead panther was found March 12 on Old Mims Road  near the town of Geneva in Seminole...
  • Everglades wading bird nesting increases during drought

    Everglades wading bird nesting increases during drought
    Drought conditions straining South Florida water supplies could actually lead to a wading bird baby boom in the Everglades. Wood storks, spoonbills, white ibis and great egrets are taking advantage of lower water levels in the Everglades water...
  • Watering rule breakers more likely to get warning than ticket

    Watering rule breakers more likely to get warning than ticket
    Despite worsening drought conditions, South Florida cities and counties are still opting for warnings instead of punishments for watering rule breakers. More than 2,500 warnings have been issued since new landscape watering rules took effect March 26...
  • Declining Lake Okeechobee water levels threaten South Florida environment, water supplies

    Declining Lake Okeechobee water levels threaten South Florida environment, water supplies
    Just how low will Lake Okeechobee go during South Florida’s lingering drought? That is the question driving everything from South Florida lawn watering restrictions to the survival of the endangered Everglades snail kite. Lake Okeechobee is...
  • New board brings changes to South Florida Water Management District

    New board brings changes to South Florida Water Management District
    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....
  • Governor fills final vacancy on South Florida Water Management District board

    Governor fills final vacancy on South Florida Water Management District board
    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...
  • Lake Okeechobee hits lowest level since 2008

    Lake Okeechobee hits lowest level since 2008
    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...
  • Delayed Everglades restoration prompts Palm Beach County leader to question state, federal 'courage'

    Delayed Everglades restoration prompts Palm Beach County leader to question state, federal 'courage'
    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...
  • Sharing Lake Okeechobee's declining water supply stresses environment

    Sharing Lake Okeechobee's declining water supply stresses environment
    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,...
  • Power plant proposed for panther habitat

    Power plant proposed for panther habitat
    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...
  • New watering limits for growers as Lake Okeechobee drops

    New watering limits for growers as Lake Okeechobee drops
    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...