Articles by: Allie Preston

Don’t let Big Sugar dominate the LOSOM conversation

August 12, 2022

Big Sugar’s at it again. And if we want a more equitable plan for Lake Okeechobee which minimizes the chance of pulverizing discharges to the coasts, then we need to respond. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the…

Who’s to blame for Florida’s failure to fix the blue-green algae crisis?

August 5, 2022

We told you last month that toxic blue-green algae — cyanobacteria — is proliferating across the country, the globe — and across Florida. Dozens of health alerts have been issued across the Sunshine State; in Cape Coral earlier this week…

How special interests play a shadowy game to get what they want

July 29, 2022

Want to know why and how special interests almost always get their way in Florida, even when the public desperately wants to protect the natural environment? Look no further than the story reported by the Miami Herald this week. Reporter…

VoteWater endorses Crist, Demings, Mast, 15 others in Florida primary

July 28, 2022

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, Democratic Senate hopeful Val Demings, Republican Congressman Brian Mast and 15 other candidates at the federal, state and local level earned the endorsement of the environmental advocacy group VoteWater this week. “If we had more…

Our 2022 Voter Guides will help you identify clean-water candidates — and vote for them

July 21, 2022

At VoteWater, we believe that Florida’s imperiled waterways are ultimately a political problem — requiring a political solution. That means better policies, which ultimately requires better politicians. Defending the status quo and the moneyed interests that benefit from it is…

Supreme Court case could end federal protection for key wetlands

July 14, 2022

What, exactly, is a wetland? Careful — the answer could result in a lot fewer of them. This fall the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that could gut federal oversight of the nation’s fragile wetlands and the critical…

Blue-green algae: We know what to do. When are we going to do it?

July 7, 2022

Blue-green algae is everywhere this summer. In Colorado Springs, officials are adding enzymes to the water to clear up annual blooms. In Kansas, officials over the 4th of July weekend warned residents to steer clear of 10 impaired water bodies.…

Boy, the water looks good – our problems must be solved, right?

June 16, 2022

Call this the calm before the storm. Take a look around at the waterways where you live. They look pretty good, right? After an appropriately dry dry season, many oft-turbid waterways are clear and blue. In some regions seagrass is…

How ‘The People’ Helped Kill SB 2508

June 9, 2022

Ding dong, the bill is dead. On June 8 Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he’d vetoed notorious Senate Bill 2508, the worst environmental bill out of Tallahassee this year. SB 2508 was a toxic mixture of dirty politics and terrible policy,…

Florida ecology is being ‘annihilated.’ Here’s how to stop it

May 26, 2022

Out-of-control development, poor water quality, dead seagrass and dying manatees were not inevitable in Florida. It didn’t have to be this way. But it IS this way due to specific decisions made by elected leaders and bureaucratic officials who act…

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