Lake Okeechobee

As Lake O discharges to St. Lucie begin, here’s what we need to end them once and for all

January 24, 2023

The mood at the Rivers Coalition meeting in Stuart Jan. 19 was upbeat, almost triumphant. Gov. Ron DeSantis had issued an executive order earlier in the week, promising more money for Everglades restoration and the Indian River Lagoon. Lake Okeechobee…

As Lake O fills up, it’s time for Big Sugar to share some adversity

November 17, 2022

Ever noticed that when Mother Nature — and Florida water managers — dole out adversity, Big Sugar is always at the back of the line? It’s happening right now. After Hurricane Ian and then Hurricane Nicole slammed Florida, Lake Okeechobee…

The Caloosahatchee’s in trouble – and we need a political solution

July 12, 2022

The following is commentary by Ray Judah, a member of the VoteWater Board of Directors and a former Lee County Commissioner. Poor water quality in the Caloosahatche river and our coastal estuaries is a political problem and requires a political…

Florida doesn’t have a ‘culture of clean water.’ How do we get there from here?

June 30, 2022

In Florida our iconic waters are central to our quality of life; perhaps even our culture. But we do not have a “culture of clean water.” The phrase was coined by Dr. Paul Gray of Audubon Florida, speaking at a June…

Florida: Polluted lakes, polluted estuaries and only one way out

March 21, 2022

Florida: We’re Number One! In polluted lakes, that is: The state’s waters have long been fouled by dirty stormwater and algae blooms fed by fertilizer run off from farms. Now a new study examining water quality across the U.S. shows Florida ranking…

If West Palm Beach finds another source of water, shouldn’t Lake O be kept lower?

March 17, 2022

Toxic blue-green algae on Lake Okeechobee isn’t just a problem for the lake, or for the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee when those estuaries are being blasted with discharges from the lake full of cyanobacteria. Increasingly, as this article in the…

Wilton Simpson will harm our waters – and he’s almost certain to be Florida’s next Agriculture Commissioner

February 25, 2022

When the bigwigs in Tallahassee are committed to corporate privilege over clean water, you get what we’ve got – a long crisis that can only get worse. Case in point: Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson, who is running for Agriculture…

Senate Bill 2508: Citizen opposition made a difference

February 17, 2022

They blinked. The night before a profoundly damaging bill for the Everglades and Florida’s environment in general was slated to go before the state Senate, word came: There was an amendment. And many of the worst provisions in Senate Bill…

Florida Senate to address controversial Senate Bill 2508

February 17, 2022

The Florida Senate is in session today and will be addressing Senate Bill 2508, a controversial measure which originally proposed far-reaching changes to Everglades restoration measures which would have undermined the LOSOM process and could have had a major impact…