Everglades http://wlrn.org en Sea-Level Rise To Be Discussed At Symposium http://wlrn.org/post/sea-level-rise-be-discussed-symposium <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The impact of sea-level rise on South Florida will be the topic of discussion at the </span><a href="http://www.artmarshall.org/portal/sea-level-rise-symposium#.U9FSmo1dU9U" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Second Annual Sea Level Rise Symposium</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Friday.</span></p><p>Experts say Florida is ground zero for sea level rise, and the Southeast Florida region will be the most impacted.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:57:06 +0000 Nadege Green 36089 at http://wlrn.org Sea-Level Rise To Be Discussed At Symposium Florida Gets Lion's Share Of Water Bill For Port Expansion, Everglades Restoration http://wlrn.org/post/florida-gets-lions-share-water-bill-port-expansion-everglades-restoration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida is the big winner under the new </span><a href="http://transportation.house.gov/wrrda/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Water Resources Reform and Development Act</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which President Obama signed last week. The bill carries $12.3 billion in infrastructure spending for the entire nation and $3 billion of that is coming to the Sunshine State.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:22:56 +0000 Rick Stone 34125 at http://wlrn.org Florida Gets Lion's Share Of Water Bill For Port Expansion, Everglades Restoration New Map Helps Water Managers Battle Salt http://wlrn.org/post/new-map-helps-water-managers-battle-salt <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Geological Survey and Miami-Dade County have mapped out the extent of saltwater seepage into our groundwater. The last comprehensive look was in 1995, and the good news is it hasn’t moved much since then.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">South Florida is constantly battling against salt: keeping salty ocean water from getting into our groundwater.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:05:31 +0000 Elaine Chen 33631 at http://wlrn.org New Map Helps Water Managers Battle Salt A Strike Of Lightning Without Rain In Everglades Causes Dense Smoke, Health Warnings http://wlrn.org/post/strike-lightning-without-rain-everglades-causes-dense-smoke-health-warnings <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(13, 52, 89); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">During smoky fires, officials encourage people to stay home. However, as a response to fire, birds tend to leave home.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:49:38 +0000 Carla Javier 33632 at http://wlrn.org A Strike Of Lightning Without Rain In Everglades Causes Dense Smoke, Health Warnings Education Bills Highlight Differences Among Republican Leadership http://wlrn.org/post/education-bills-highlight-differences-among-republican-leadership <p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:29:41 +0000 Elaine Chen 31345 at http://wlrn.org Education Bills Highlight Differences Among Republican Leadership Everglades Water Circulation Program Will Move Forward http://wlrn.org/post/everglades-water-circulation-program-will-move-forward <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The South Florida Water Management District decided Thursday morning to OK an Everglades restoration project it designed.</span></p><p>Since 2011, the District has been working to develop a $1.9 billion plan to put some circulation back into the heart of the Everglades.</p><p>"It is going to require removing lot of things that have been put in," says Randy Smith, a representative for the Water District. "[It will require] creating new water-flow projects and water storage projects. The landscape is going to more closely resemble what it was originally."</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:46:38 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30546 at http://wlrn.org Everglades Water Circulation Program Will Move Forward Teens Can Find Time To Rhyme During National Poetry Month http://wlrn.org/post/teens-can-find-time-rhyme-during-national-poetry-month <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was the Everglades that brought out the poet in Coral Gables High School student James </span>Lachterman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And in under 20 lines of rhyme, the then 15-year-old was able to capture a prize in the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s contest for teen poets.</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:21:36 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 30188 at http://wlrn.org Teens Can Find Time To Rhyme During National Poetry Month Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/bittersweet-sugar-industry-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Talking about sugar in South Florida is like talking about politics and religion in polite company. Few people are without strong opinions about the sugarcane farms stretching across the eastern Everglades south of Lake Okeechobee. The industry is a mix of government price policies, environmental regulations, trade practices and the demand for food.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:58:30 +0000 Tom Hudson 28333 at http://wlrn.org Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry In South Florida Big Sugar's Influence Stretches From South Florida To Washington http://wlrn.org/post/big-sugars-influence-stretches-south-florida-washington <p>Sugar is one of the biggest special interests in Tallahassee.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">More sugar comes from Florida than anywhere else in the country.&nbsp;</span></p><p>It’s grown in a 700,000-acre region between Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades known as the <a href="http://www.conservancy.org/our-work/everglades-agricultural-area" target="_blank">Everglades Agricultural Area.</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">(Actual farming acreage, which includes other crops, is 470,000 because of conservation areas and other projects.)&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 03:30:36 +0000 Gina Jordan 28331 at http://wlrn.org Big Sugar's Influence Stretches From South Florida To Washington National Park Service Wants Public's Opinion On Acquiring FPL-Owned Everglades Land http://wlrn.org/post/national-park-service-wants-publics-opinion-acquiring-fpl-owned-everglades-land <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Park Service </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">has come up with five different ways they can&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">acquire Everglades land currently owned by the Florida Power and Light Company.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPS held a forum this week to get public opinion on possible&nbsp;acquisition plans. Currently,&nbsp;</span>FPL<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;owns an 8.5-square-mile area of land within Everglades National Park.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:14:36 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 28173 at http://wlrn.org National Park Service Wants Public's Opinion On Acquiring FPL-Owned Everglades Land Wild Money: Crocs, Cash And Sea-Level Rise http://wlrn.org/post/wild-money-crocs-cash-and-sea-level-rise <p>As water levels rise in the Everglades, are prolific pythons and their iguana cousins going to come slithering out, seeking higher ground and pushing out our local crocs? The very idea makes most of us want to relocate.<br /><br />It turns out wildlife biologists and other scientists have been studying for the past few years what might happen to more than 20 Everglades species. One conclusion: Soon, we all may be scrambling for a higher perch.<br /> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:46:16 +0000 Laura Coburn 23431 at http://wlrn.org Wild Money: Crocs, Cash And Sea-Level Rise A Wild Frontier In West Kendall http://wlrn.org/post/wild-frontier-west-kendall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Southwest </span>132nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Avenue was on the edge of Miami in 1972, when </span>Marily<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Reyes and her husband Frank moved into their new home just south of Bird Road. Their view across the narrow avenue was elephant grass for six long years.</span></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Laura Coburn 23006 at http://wlrn.org A Wild Frontier In West Kendall Whatever Happened To The Deal To Save The Everglades? http://wlrn.org/post/what-ever-happened-deal-save-everglades South of Florida's Lake Okeechobee, hundreds of thousands of acres of sugar cane thrive in the heart of one of the world's largest wetlands. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:05:37 +0000 Greg Allen 21918 at http://wlrn.org Whatever Happened To The Deal To Save The Everglades? Gov. Scott Announces $90 Million Everglades Plan In Ft. Myers http://wlrn.org/post/gov-scott-announces-90-million-everglades-plan-ft-myers <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wgcu/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201308/photo_%2812%29.JPG" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wgcu/audio/2013/08/SP0198.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott was in Fort Myers Wednesday surrounded by state, local and federal officials to discuss his plan to deal with the escalating water quality problems in Southwest and Southeast Florida due to ongoing water releases from Lake Okeechobee.</span><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:33:20 +0000 Ashley Lopez 19821 at http://wlrn.org Gov. Scott Announces $90 Million Everglades Plan In Ft. Myers Sen. Nelson: We Need A New Floodgate Policy For the Everglades http://wlrn.org/post/sen-nelson-we-need-new-floodgate-policy-everglades <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">This year’s heavy rainfall has sent water levels in the Everglades to their highest level on record for this time of year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">The high water has caused animals to take refuge on a few tree islands, where they are more vulnerable to predators.</span></p><p>Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission are calling for emergency action to have the floodgates opened immediately to lower the water levels in the conservation area of concern.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:38:07 +0000 Patience Haggin 19526 at http://wlrn.org Sen. Nelson: We Need A New Floodgate Policy For the Everglades