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  • October one of South Florida's wettest on record

    October one of South Florida's wettest on record
    What a difference a year makes when it comes to South Florida’s weather and water supply. One year after South Florida’s driest October ever, October 2011 turned out to be one of the wettest in almost 80 years. A year ago, October kicked off...
  • 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...
  • South Florida water supplies still strong after dry November

    South Florida water supplies still strong after dry November
    South Florida’s November turned out to be nearly as dry as an overcooked Thanksgiving Turkey. After near-record rainfall in October, November produced just 32 percent of the normal rainfall. November is officially the end of the hurricane and...
  • 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...
  • Feds reject new territory for Florida panthers

    Feds reject new territory for Florida panthers
    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...