DeSantis signs water-quality bill touted as historic, yet also condemned as polluter-friendly

(June 30, 2020  FloridaPhoenix.com) Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law the “Clean Waterways Act,” adopted in March by the Florida Legislature. Senate Bill 712, text found here SB 712 , was spearheaded by Sen. Debbie Mayfield, a Republican from Indian River and Brevard counties and the original  bill was endorsed by the Brevard Indian…

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Brevard Zoo Completes Largest Living Shoreline Yet

(June 23, 2020  Space Coast Daily news) This conservation project, which took several weeks to complete, was jointly funded by the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program and Brevard County’s Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan. The living shoreline was built across three different conservation properties along the Indian River Lagoon in Melbourne Beach…

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Vero Beach Stormwater Utility

June 21, 2020.  CWC FB post. On Tuesday at 9:30 am, the City Council is holding a pre-budget workshop on the possibility of initiating a  Stormwater Utility to fund water quality projects to reduce pollution to our lagoon.  You are encouraged to express your support through emails to tbursick@covb.org. The stormwater infrastructure in Vero Beach…

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Indian River Lagoon mangroves provide habitat for numerous species, hurricane protection

June 11, 2020  TCPalm.com “Mangrove trees are super trees,” said Caity Savoia, lead scientist at the Marine Resources Council in Palm Bay. Mangrove trees can survive in both fresh and salt water. Black and white mangroves excrete salt out of their leaves, while red mangroves have a filtration system in their roots to keep salt out but let water…

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Interior to push drilling in Florida waters after November election

Photo credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images. Politico.com, 6/10/2020. According to reporter, Ben Lefebvre, “Interior has spent years working on a proposed drilling plan that would expand oil companies‘ access to waters around the country’s coastline, including a draft plan issued in 2018 by the Trump administration that considered opening the federal waters off both of Florida’s coasts. …

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Heat-Related Illness Rising with Temperatures

(WUFT News, reporter D. Ivanov, May 4, 2020) “The past five years have been the hottest ever recorded, according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, and 2020 is “almost certain” to follow, the agency projects. Florida has made headlines this spring for record heat, but the trend stretches back far longer. ” This news…

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Halt wetlands permitting changes until public can comment in person

(Tampa Bay Times, opinion piece Bob Graham) “Florida should focus on the pandemic and not force through rash changes in environmental policies”, writes Bob Graham. “In this time of crisis and uncertainty, Floridians are depending on state leaders for direction and critical support. Our government should be focused on performing the essential functions that protect…

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Derelict Vessels in the IRL

Brevard Delivers is a quarterly publication for providing transparency on projects throughout Brevard County.  It is published by the Brevard County Government www.brevardfl.gov . This article discusses how the Brevard County’s boating and waterway’s program is responsible for keeping derelict vessels from becoming a navigational risk or an environmental problem.  While it is the owner’s…

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