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North Watershed

High-Phosphorus mainly agricultural run-off is out of control contaminating Lake Okeechobee.
What could be done to clean-up the watershed ?

Lake Okeechobee

The Lake is heavily polluted. Its waters cannot feed the Everglades and are diverted into St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers.
The lake clean-up is a major multi-billion $$ challenge.

Rock Mining

There is a push for extension and new mine sites - close to the Everglades.
Surface water and aquifer contamination likely.

South Florida Environmental Report
(by SFWMD and FDEP)

2012 Progress Report on Everglades Restoration preprint AVAILABLE NOW
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NEWS HEADLINES - Current Development            BEST selection of relevant NEWS - more HEADLINES
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161231-a Biennial water review shows insufficient storage
161230-c Massive South Florida reservoir back in spotlight at conference Miami Herald
161229-a Coal-fired generators poison Everglades dolphins with record-high mercury
161228-b South Florida tidal floods could occur 10 times per year by 2040 Palm Beach Post
161227-b The water is going the wrong way Palm Beach Post

continually updated from the web. Only a few selected press headlines shown above.

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The Gulf oil disaster does not directly concern the Everglades - let's keep focused.
Remote for Everglades

CLICK photo for a satellite view of early spill extent, also see OIL SPILL page

LOOK ! VIDEOS - professional, easy and brief :
Many more VIDEOS on different aspects of the Everglades - their challenges and ISSUES - are posted in a special section of this web-site.
Click HERE to get to the video section and spend as much time watching as you care and can afford - it is definitely worth it !
Kissimmee River - Restoration project: The US Army Corps of Engineers recently backfilled draining canal and restored meandering old river flow. Marshes now filter the water feeding into Lake Okeecho- bee and provide wildlife habitat.
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    Restoring the Everglades

    Saving the Everglades

    Everglades -
      World Without Water

    Everglades Invasives

    Everglades and Sea Rise

    South Florida and Sea Level

    South Florida's Rising Seas -
      Sea Level Rise Documentary

Tamiami Trail - has a section that blocks water to the Everglades (NP). After protracted debates, a bridge project has been initiated (Dec,4, 2009) to lift the road and let water through to feed the Everglades.
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  The Everglades - a National Geographic video showing the beauty and unique nature of the River of Grass. Over the last century, the Everglades wetland was drained to less than 1/2 of its original size.
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  Agricultural Pollution - a clip from the PBS series: It is mainly the surplus nitrogen and phosphorus threat from fertlizers that is oozing from the fields into the surface and even underground waters.
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  The Everglades Foundation's video is wonderfully narrated by Harrison Ford. It shows the majestic Everglades and, as typical for many NGOs, the thrust toward restoring this unique ecosystem essential for the environment and people alike.
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What are our top 10 environmental problems ?     
1. Apathy
2. Human overpopulation
3. Habitat loss, fragment'n, and degradation
4. Freshwater quality and quantity
5. Threat of disease
6. Unsustainable agriculture
7. Air pollution
8. Degradation of marine habitats
9. Global climate change
10. Invasive plants and animals
       » Read more - -
FL Everglades, a Disaster Waiting to Happen
Men's Journal, Nov. 2007(!) - like today  
Despite a $10 billion rescue plan, the Everglades are a disaster waiting to happen.
In July 1969, Supreme Court
Justice William O. Douglas declared the Army Corps of Engineers America's "public enemy number one." In an exhaustive screed in a national magazine, he detailed how the Corps had plundered the U.S. environment and ransacked the U.S. Treasury with preposterous water projects designed to keep its employees busy and its congressional patrons happy.        » by Michael Grunwald - worth reading more
Water author speaks at CF, Oct.5, 2011    »MORE -
“If we Southerners knew as much about how our forbearers altered rivers and wetlands as we do about the Civil War, we'd have great appreciation for the natural waters that are left", the "Water Author" Cynthia Barnett told the audience at CF.
She said much of the problem is that governments and utilities reroute and dam water to create the illusion that there's water to spare, when in fact springs are disappearing and groundwater tables are shrinking.
“That is our illusion of water abundance,” she said.
                  » Read more
A river of fiscal insanity flows through Florida
Gainesville Sun: Dec. 7, 2011 In your wildest dreams, you could barely imagine the corporate welfare that is flowing to some of Florida’s biggest air and water polluters. From 2009 and up to the present day, the federal government gives paper mills billions of dollars to do something that they have been doing for decades: burning “black liquor” in their boilers. Black liquor is a byproduct of their process. - -
We can’t afford to keep subsidizing big polluters who are not doing their part to protect and preserve the resources that are the economic lifeblood of our state. Don’t think that the federal government will come to our rescue – they are on board with the big polluters, too.
    » Read more
Crony capitalism dominates sugar business Oct.25, 2011
Next time I unwrap a candy bar, I'll think about sugar, free markets, the Florida Everglades and Monica Lewinsky. Why ? Because although the sugar in that candy bar may be natural, its price is entirely artificial -- depending, as it does, on government trade barriers, price supports and subsidized water, as well as the fact that the sugar industry is paying only a fraction of the costs of cleaning up pollution in the Everglades. Put simply, crony capitalism is alive and well in the sugar business. "The sugar industry doesn't make its money from agriculture," - - »Read more
For FL clean water, depend on judge, not state
read "LEGAL"  
With the FL state Dept. of Environmental Protection reverting to what critics once derisively called -
"Don't Expect Protection", Floridians who want clean rivers, lakes, streams and estuaries must depend on the federal courts.
The US-EPA was not enforcing the Clean Water Act in Florida and it is now forced by the court to do so. - -

» Read more - - and also
understandable brief descrition of key legal cases.
Everglades sulfate runoff & methylmercury
Florida Independent: May 2, 2011           » Read more
The use of sulfate in agricultural areas near the Florida Everglades is creating an enormous mercury problem — with seemingly no end in sight. The Everglades are often thought of as the state’s natural gem, protected from the hustle and bustle of nearby Fort Lauderdale and Miami. - - It has been demonstrated that increasing MeHg occurrence there is driven by the sulfate contamination problem. To lower highly toxic MeHg is to reduce the amount of sulfate entering the ecosystem - mainly due to discharges from the Everglades Agricultural Area.     » Read more - -
Protecting Water State's resource, Feb.21, 2010                               » Read more
In 2007 alone, industry dumped 1.16 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Florida's waterways - as Bush administration weakened the Clean Water Act in 2001, making Florida a polluted paradise. More alarming, the risk extends to the precious Floridan aquifer, a major source of fresh water. Based on court order, the federal EPA is in a hurry now to reverse this situation. Ethically and legally, we do not allow someone to throw a hamburger wrapper out a car window. Why, then, do public officials allow industry to discharge toxic litter that kills ? Stopping polluters and wetland developers brings immeasurable dividends. No state will benefit more from the Clean Water Restoration Act than Florida - the Water State. - -       » Read more

Turning wetlands into rock mines
Rock Mining
» An ISSUE - Environmental Fight Brewing :

For 25 cents a ton, rockmining interests, including cement exporting, are digging into the Everglades. Looking for new opportunities when the soil gets exhausted and land falls cheap, limestone quarries are a big business that destroys wetlands and disturbs freshwater supplying aquifers - - » Read more
Everglades: wisdom in an artificial swamp
True/Slant: Feb. 18, 2010                         » Read more - -
- - four rectangular ponds - a miniature of the Everglades. These are man-made structures, open-air laboratories. Nowhere else in the world is the wetland so monitored, so analyzed on such a large scale for its water-cleansing performance. ARM Loxahatchee Nat. Wildlife Refuge and its test wetlands were designed to help find the best and most efficient ways to repair decades of damage imposed on the Everglades by other man-made structures – like canals and flood gates – installed to provide more dry land for farmers, ranchers, developers and the towns that have steadily encroached - -
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Since $$$ seem to be the predominant driving force in our brains -
ECONOMICS of environmental systems and 'environmental services' invariably represent the essential 'bottom line' of our decision making -
ECONOMICS of P-removal for Everglades            »Read more - -   WHO pollutes ?  WHO pays ?
Everglades Foundation Total clean-up Costs:
$106 mil./year
$70 m/y
66 %.
 Agriculture pays: $25.4 m/y
 24 %.
 pollute 23 %
 pay 10%

 76 %
pays :

24 %

ECONOMICS of Everglades Restoration                »Read more - -   $11.5 bil. invested >> 4:1 benefit
Everglades Foundation Protection of
water supply:

$13.150 bil.
Enhanced value
of real estate:
$16.108 bil.
Tourism &

$2.142 bil.
Recovery of
Fishing Industry:

$0.524 bil.
Wildlife, Fishing & Hunting Opportunity:
$14.576 bil.

$46.501 bil

ECONOMIC Analysis of Numeric Water Qual. Standards (FL) - costs    »Read more (Nov.2010)
Economic Impact


60-108 m.
22-38 mil.

$/y 25.4 m.

20-23 mil.
Septic Systems:

$/y 5 mil.


$41.3 mil.

-Lakes :

$10.9 mil

ECONOMICS - REVIEW of EPA Nutrient Criteria for Florida     »Read BRIEF (Mar. 2012)
Economics review "Conducting the cost analysis with increased attention to careful assessment of rule differences, stakeholder engagement, and uncertainty analysis, might not have been possible within the EPA's budget and time constraints. Any critique of the existing EPA cost analysis should consider this."

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IMPORTANT Reports and Everglades science - THE one key Conference presentation Posters, Slides and Abstracts
2012 EPA - WQ Economics
GEER'10 Posters
GEER'12 Abstracts
2012 Report - AVAILABLE
GEER Conference
GEER 2010 Conference
Greater Everglades
cosystem Restoration

July 12-16, Naples, FL
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Repeated annually,
watch for (see past):
(Jan.7-10, 2016):
Everglades Coalition Conference (Annual)

(Mar.16-17, 2012):
Florida Academy of Sciences - (Annual

Oct.17-21, 2011
Quincy, FL:
SER Southeastern Chapter Ann. Mtg.

Recent past :

dot Apr.21-23, 2015
Coral Springs, FL:
Greater E-glades Ecosyst. Restor.

dot May 17-18, 2015
Beijing, P.R. China:
Internat. Conf. on
Energy & Envir. Syst.
Engineering (EESE'15).

dot June 1-4, 2015
Internat. Conf. Bio-
diversity, Ecology & Conserv. of Marine
Ecosystems 2015 (BECoME 2015).

dot Aug.16-20, 2015
Boston, MA :
ACS Envir.Chemistry

dot Jan.7-10, 2016
Coral Gables , FL :
Everglades Coalition

UPCOMING 2016-17:

May.9-13, 2016
Delft, Netherlands :
US-Netherlands Connection: Profess. dev. - sea-level rise adaptation & resilience

dot Jul.18-20, 2016
Rome, Italy :
EWWM - Int. Congress on Water, Waste & Energy Management.

Aug.16-18, 2016
Edinburgh, UK:
ICEEE - Int. Conf. Energy, Environment and Economics.

dot Aug.29-Sep.2, 2016
Montpellier, France:
Int. Eco Summit Congress.
Sep 12-16,2016
Rostock, Germany:
IPW8 - Int. Phosphorus Workshop.

dot Nov. 13-17, 2016
Orlando, FL:
AWRA Annual Conf.

dot Dec.5-9, 2016
Jacksonville, FL:
A Community on
Ecosyst. Services.

dot Apr, 17-21, 2017
Coral Springs, FL:
Greater Everglades Ecosyst. Restoration.


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