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  • Big Sugar wins first round in proposed changes to Everglades restoration requirements

    Big Sugar wins first round in proposed changes to Everglades restoration requirements
    Big Sugar-backed changes to Florida’s Everglades restoration requirements won initial approval Thursday, despite environmental objections to potentially shielding agriculture from more water pollution cleanup costs. Environmental groups warned...
  • Army Corps decides to maintain lower level Lake Okeechobee water releases

    Army Corps decides to maintain lower level Lake Okeechobee water releases
    The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday agreed to keep discharging Lake Okeechobee water to the West Coast, but not increase the amount 44 percent as previously suggested. The corps since December has been using infusions of freshwater from the lake to...
  • Lake Okeechobee wading bird population plummets

    Lake Okeechobee wading bird population plummets
    Lake Okeechobee wading bird populations took a steep decline between 2011 and 2010 due to drought-strained water levels, according to the South Florida Water Management District. The state counted 2,750 heron, egrets, ibis and other wading birds on the...
  • South Florida gets record-low January rainfall

    South Florida gets record-low January rainfall
    South Florida just had its driest January on record, but water supplies are holding steady thanks to a soggy fall, water managers said Wednesday. South Florida averaged just .16 inches of rainfall during January, about 8 percent of the average rainfall...
  • West Coast could get more Lake Okeechobee water to protect marine habitat

    West Coast could get more Lake Okeechobee water to protect marine habitat
    Increased Lake Okeechobee water discharges to improve environmental conditions on the West Coast could leave less water to backup South Florida supplies if severe drought conditions return. Lake Okeechobee is South Florida’s primary backup water...
  • Invading, jumbo snails helping endangered Everglades bird

    Invading, jumbo snails helping endangered Everglades bird
    The endangered Everglades snail kite is making a surprising rebound, and an invading bird delicacy that’s the size of a baseball may get the credit. Preliminary estimates show the Everglades snail kite population increasing by 200 heading into this...
  • South Florida water supply holds up after drier-than-usual March

    South Florida water supply holds up after drier-than-usual March
    Below normal March rainfall is setting South Florida up for a worsened water supply strain at the peak of the region’s winter-to-spring dry season. South Florida averaged 1.77 inches of total rainfall during March, about 56 percent of normal,...
  • Environmentalists warn that law change helps Big Sugar dodge Everglades cleanup

    Environmentalists warn that law change helps Big Sugar dodge Everglades cleanup
    Big Sugar is trying to change state law to dodge more Everglades pollution cleanup costs, according to Audubon of Florida. Audubon Wednesday was rallying opposition to measures that the environmental group warns would help Big Sugar avoid paying more of...
  • Lake Okeechobee water sought to help Caloosahatchee River

    Lake Okeechobee water sought to help Caloosahatchee River
    Lake Okeechobee water could start flowing again to Florida’s West Coast, despite concerns about dipping into South Florida’s back-up water supply. The South Florida Water Management District on Thursday endorsed resuming periodic discharges...
  • South Florida water conservation tips pushed at peak of dry season

    South Florida water conservation tips pushed at peak of dry season
    Florida declared April “Water Conservation Month,” encouraging residents to take extra steps to cut water use at the peak of the winter-to-spring dry season. South Florida has had a drier-than-usual dry season, averaging about 45 percent of...
  • Lake Okeechobee water draining starts again

    Lake Okeechobee water draining starts again
    Rising waters from recent rains prompted the Army Corps of Engineers this week to start dumping Lake Okeechobee water east into the St. Lucie Estuary and out to sea. The new low-level discharges are aimed at stemming the rise in lake levels on the eve...