DeSantis signs ‘sprawl bill’; will he let fertilizer ban stand?

May 26, 2023

One down, one to go — and not in a good way. On May 24, after weeks of lobbying and email campaigns and public pleas by citizens and conservation groups seeking a veto, Gov. Ron DeSantis ignored it all and signed…

Legislators want to ban fertilizer bans – because they know what ‘the science’ will say

May 16, 2023

As we write this Gov. Ron DeSantis still hasn’t signed the state budget, nor has he vetoed line item 146 — which green-lights a one-year ban on new fertilizer ordinances while the University of Florida studies the matter. VoteWater has…

Will technology save us from toxic algae?

February 23, 2023

In a frightening 2009 article titled “Re-Engineering the Earth,” The Atlantic magazine predicted that as the impacts of climate change worsened, mankind would turn to technology for salvation. Perhaps we’ll pump pollutants into the sky, turning it a reddish-orange, to…

TCPalm gets it: As Florida waters go downhill, lawmakers avoid the tough choices

May 10, 2022

As they usually do, the folks at TCPalm get it right in an editorial, this one dated May 6, titled “Manatee deaths, algal blooms suggest Florida’s waters getting worse, not better”: When will legislators address the widespread problems facing Florida’s…

Algae Blooms, Seagrass Loss, and Manatee Deaths

April 12, 2022

Article Reference: Algae Blooms, Seagrass Loss, and Manatee Deaths By Save the Manatee Club Trouble for Manatees in the Indian River Lagoon The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) stretches for 156 miles along Florida’s east central coast. There are more than 4,400 species…

In the communities south of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, ash falls on houses and cars, the children call it black snow.

Investigation shows how Big Sugar money influences local elections and beyond

February 3, 2022

In a blockbuster Feb. 3 story, the Palm Beach Post and ProPublica laid out exactly how the sugar industry manages to capture local politicians, and indeed local communities, which then helps them stave off change at the state level –…

Why Florida’s massive seagrass loss is so devastating

September 2, 2021

Article Reference: Why Florida’s massive seagrass loss is so devastating By Ben Montgomery for Axios Ground zero: Indian River Lagoon has lost 58% of its seagrass area since 2009, more than 46,000 acres. And more than 300 manatees have been reported…

It’s a sin what we’ve done to Florida’s seagrass

August 5, 2021

Article Reference: It’s a sin what we’ve done to Florida’s seagrass By Craig Pittman for Florida Phoenix The news reports around where I live in St. Petersburg have been greatly concerned with weights and measures recently. It’s an effort to…

The Effects of Nestle Bottling Co.’s on Florida Springs

July 26, 2021

Article Reference: The Effects of Nestle Bottling Co.’s on Florida Springs By Noah Davis, Taylor Garrett. Christian O’Shea Nestle is an enormous food and beverage company with over 2000 brands. The company began in 1866 with the creation of a…

Don’t Feed The Algae

May 24, 2021

Article Reference: Don’t Feed The Algae By St. Johns Waterkeeper Toxic blue-green algae outbreaks, or harmful algae blooms (HABs), are increasing in duration and frequency threatening our waterways and our own health.  Nutrient pollution, warming waters and runoff from frequent rainstorms…