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St. Lucie Estuary

This is what a “Summer of Slime” looks like

April 5, 2024

Inspired by a recent photo essay in TCPalm featuring images from the “lost summers” of 2013, 2016 and 2018, we dug into the archives and selected the following pics, taken by Mary Radabaugh and John Moran (see individual photo credits),…

Deep Dive: If the STAs were reserved for lake water, Lake O might be below 13 feet now

April 4, 2024

As billions of gallons of polluted water poured out of Lake Okeechobee and into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee River estuaries and Lake Worth Lagoon, a familiar question kept being raised: Why isn’t that water going south? And a familiar…

Great turnout for VoteWater town hall in Sewall’s Point

March 25, 2024

Our community event on the discharges from Lake Okeechobee filled the Sewall’s Point Town Hall last Thursday, with dozens of engaged citizens turning out to learn about the problem – and what they can do about it. Thanks to all…

No room at the (water storage) inn? Blame Big Sugar

March 21, 2024

At last week’s South Florida Water Management District meeting, several speakers took potshots at those of us who want to “send it south.” It’s all fine and good to call for water to be sent to the stormwater treatment areas…

WHAT WILL THE DISCHARGES DO TO US?: Find out March 21 in Sewall’s Point

March 5, 2024

Want to learn more about the Lake Okeechobee discharges and what they’re doing to our communities? VoteWater will host a Town Hall meeting on the discharges Thursday, March 21, from 6-8 p.m. at Sewall’s Point Town Hall, 1 S Sewalls…

Think Big Sugar has nothing to do with the discharges? Think again

February 26, 2024

VoteWater’s Gil Smart: Some say Big Sugar has nothing to do with the discharges. But the entire rigged system was created to keep Big Sugar high and dry – while we drown in a deluge of dirty water.

Where are our champions? What are elected officials doing to stop these discharges?

February 22, 2024

Massive discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers began this past Saturday, with up to 6,500 cubic feet of water per second roaring through the Julian Keen Jr. Lock and Dam/S-77 in Moore Haven and up to 3,600 cfs…

Lake O discharges start Saturday. What are we going to do about that?

February 14, 2024

For months we’ve been predicting it. Thursday it became official: Beginning Saturday, Feb. 17, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin hammering the northern estuaries with discharges from Lake Okeechobee. In a press release the Corps said water will…

2024 will be a year to GET LOUD

December 27, 2023

2024 is about ready to rock and roll. And so are we. The Florida Legislature convenes Jan. 9 and session runs through March 8. Several dirty-water proposals have already been filed; more will follow. We’ll track them all, here in…

Florida’s majestic beauty is why we ‘Vote Water’

November 16, 2023

Here at VoteWater, we learned a new word last week: “Doomscrolling.” According to Wikipedia it means “spending an excessive amount of time reading large quantities of negative news online.” Guilty as charged. There’s never any shortage of unsettling news about…

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