Wetland Scientist Questions Design of the EAA Reservoir Project

The Everglades Agricultural Area – or EAA – Reservoir was initially proposed as a component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan , or CERP, which was authorized by Congress in 2000. The reservoir, south of Lake Okeechobee, was planned to hold at least 240-thousand acre-feet of water, and include water quality…

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Habitat for 12 Threatened Coral Species

Back in 2014, 12 coral species received protection under the Endangered Species Act , but they still have not received the critical habitat protection the law requires to be designated within one year. Now, the Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service , seeking…

Red Tide Returns To Tampa Bay Area

Red tide has returned to the Tampa Bay area. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported that a bloom of the organism that causes red tide was detected over the past week off Sarasota and Pinellas counties. Respiratory irritation was also reported in Sarasota. Red tide was first detected off…

Red Tide Respiratory Forecast Expands to Sanibel

As red tide conditions persist along the Southwest Florida coast between Venice south to Marco Island, residents and visitors of some Lee County beaches have a new tool to help avoid respiratory ailments caused by exposure to air-borne red tide toxins. It’s an expansion of the Red Tide Respiratory Forecast launched…