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November 19, 2018 | Get Involved

A Board with No Respect Deserves No Respect

Around 9 pm on the night after polls closed and Floridians focused on election results, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) inserted into their agenda a lease agreement for New Hope Sugar Co., a subsidiary of Florida Crystals, on land that was earmarked for the EAA reservoir. The existing lease was not to expire until March of 2019, yet the board unanimously approved it in their meeting the next day. On the same day, the SFWMD voted to vacate the Federal Decree requiring minimum water quality levels on waters being sent to the Miccosukee lands and Everglades National Park.
November 5, 2018 | Latest News

Election Day is Almost Here

By the time you receive this, it is likely you have either already voted or decided who you will vote for tomorrow. Two and a half years ago, water quality was barely a blip on the awareness meter for most Floridians. In this election it has rocketed near the top of the list because millions of us can see the damage and feel the pain created through blatant disregard for our states water quality and the natural resources where we live, work and play. The Now or Neverglades coalition has focused on the heart of South Florida's water management problem,
October 17, 2018 | Latest News

Water Resources Development Act of 2018

By now most of us have heard that the US Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA) last Wednesday. The vote was an overwhelming 99 to 1, and the bill awaits presidential signature. Cleaning our water supply, restoring the Everglades, and reducing toxic discharges are painfully obvious objectives and beneficial to most Floridians and the American people. Bipartisan lawmakers have agreed on a virtual no brainer regardless of other issues or party politics. This has been a key objective of Now or Neverglades since inception, but what does it really mean? It means that the physical reservoir
October 1, 2018 | Latest News

Stay Educated on the Issues

Just a few days ago, the cities of Cape Coral, Sanibel and Ft Myers Beach signed a joint petition asking the South Florida Water Management District to increase minimum dry season flows from Lake Okeechobee to try to mitigate the devastating effects of blue-green algae and red tide that have been wreaking havoc on these communities for months. The cities recognize that this would be a temporary fix, and only return of southern flow will provide a more permanent solution. Our Now or Neverglades coalition has grown to over 80,000 likeminded organizations and individuals who believe a dynamic southern storage
August 6, 2018 | Latest News

EAA Reservoir Moves Forward

A few weeks ago, the White House backed the EAA reservoir. We are grateful to everyone who made their voices heard. While funding is expected to be included as part of America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, the request for funding still needs to be approved by the U.S. Senate. Late last week, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would slow the discharges from Lake Okeechobee that have been causing the eruption of harmful blue-green algae in the surrounding waterways. Fish and animals have been dying, people are getting sick, and businesses like Florida Sportsman have had to
July 9, 2018 | Latest News

A Simple Request

Thanks again for your heartfelt support and growing awareness of Florida's destructive water management policies. After our last report, we were flooded with inquiries on who to vote for in the upcoming elections to fix these problems!  Now or Neverglades has always stated that implementation of the solutions is a political problem caused by individual legislators and administrative appointees, not political parties. There have been leaders and obstructionists from both parties in the fight to create dynamic southern storage, filtration marshes, send clean water through the Everglades to Florida Bay and reduce the St Lucie and Caloosahatchee discharges. Three estuary disasters with one common solution. The fall elections
June 18, 2018 | Newsletters

Deja Vu All Over Again

The natural rainy season has arrived in Florida, creating high water levels in Lake Okeechobee. The US Army Corps of Engineers once again began releasing billions of gallons of water from the lake into the estuaries two weeks ago. Pictures soon emerged that were reminiscent of the discharges from 2016 - blue-green algae and brown water invading coastal areas. Harm occurs to the estuaries when flows are over 2,800 cubic feet per second - and as of Wednesday, flows were around 7,300 cubic feet per second. Congressman Brian Mast and others have called for the Army Corps to stop the discharges before
May 29, 2018 | Newsletters

America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

Last week, committees in both the House and Senate unanimously approved legislation that includes placeholder language for the Everglades reservoir once the required Army Corps of Engineers' report on the project is received. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, approved "America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018" by a vote of 21 to 0. The legislation includes a section that authorizes a number of projects, specifically including placeholder language for the Everglades reservoir. On the House side, Chairman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania moved the 2018 Water Resources Development Act by voice vote. The
April 10, 2018 | Newsletters

NON Update

The NoworNeverglades Coalition was founded in 2016 in support of over 200 Everglades scientists calling for more storage, treatment and conveyance of fresh water from Lake Okeechobee south to the Everglades. Our goal is and will always be to preserve and protect three nationally vital estuaries, Everglades National Park, Florida's tourism economy and the water supply for 8 million people. Thanks to your support and commitment, the EAA southern reservoir has moved forward. We now call on Congress to authorize and fully fund this project intended to provide the projected benefits of reducing Lake Okeechobee discharges and sending a yearly average of 120 billion gallons of additional clean water south from Lake Okeechobee
January 4, 2018 | Newsletters

Moving Ahead In 2018

As we move into 2018, I want to offer each of you a heartfelt "thanks" for supporting the Now or Neverglades movement during the short year and a half of our existence! Your support has moved us one step closer to the science-based solution of creating a dynamic southern water storage reservoir, a filtration system and return of flows south through the 'Glades to Florida Bay, as nature intended. Only then will the dreadful manmade discharges from Okeechobee down the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries be significantly reduced. In 2017 we found a champion in Senate President Joe Negron, whose
October 26, 2017 | Newsletters

Trouble Is Brewing Again In South Florida

We saw the horrifying images last year - blue-green algae, brown water, dead fish and animals. Trouble is brewing again in South Florida as Lake Okeechobee releases resumed, sending polluted and nutrient-rich water cascading into the surrounding estuaries. It's supposed to rain frogs during the rainy season in Florida! Until a dynamic southern storage reservior and River of Grass flows to Florida Bay are complete, there will be no curing the problems for Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee, St. Lucie and Florida Bay. Governor Scott has called for the important step of expediting Herbert Hoover Dike repair. Now Scott and the rest
October 10, 2017 | Newsletters

Picking Up The Pieces After Hurricane Irma

Florida is still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Irma, and one grave threat is all the extra water the hurricane dropped on Lake Okeechobee, which has brought the lake to its highest levels since 2005 and continues ongoing concerns about the dike around the lake failing. In response, the Army Corps of Engineers is once again dumping billions of gallons of polluted, nutrient-rich water from the lake into the surrounding estuaries - just like they did last year, which resulted in toxic algae blooms that took a heavy toll on communities and ecosystems. The releases have been temporarily stopped
September 22, 2017 | Newsletters

Hurricane Irma

Mother nature intended Florida Bay and the Everglades to receive about 1/3 of its annual fresh water from tropical rains during the wet season. Well, we all know mother nature has fulfilled her mission this year through Irma at great cost and suffering to hundreds of thousands of Floridians. Our first concern is of course easing the pain for our friends impacted by this devastating event. I have been receiving hundreds of inquiries from supporters on how they can help with recovery. Some of the strongest advocates of Now or Neverglades have been those connected with the fishing, boating and
September 5, 2017 | Newsletters

Army Corps of Engineers Committed To Expediting SB 10

This is BIG news! Yesterday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that that they are committed to expediting SB 10 and the building of the reservoir outlined in the bill. This is an important step forward in the process of helping to restore the Everglades and surrounding waterways. In other important news, a TCPalm investigation into hundreds of emails they obtained from the South Florida Water Management District showed that the SFWMD was on the verge of tightening agricultural pollution regulations in 2014 before letting a sugar lobbyist dictate edits that resulted in substantially weaker regulations. It is a reminder
August 19, 2017 | Newsletters

Algae Bloom In Lake Okeechobee Has Microcystin Levels That Are 80x More Toxic Than What WHO Deems To Be Unsafe Levels

Last week, Florida DEP announced that the latest algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee has microcystin levels that are 80 times more toxic than what the World Health Organization deems to be unsafe levels. Microcystins pose a grave health hazard and are capable of making humans and animals very sick. We can only hope that water levels in the lake remain low enough that water won't need to be discharged into the estuaries, causing another environmental and human health disaster like the one we faced in 2016. Decades of pollution and mismanagement have led us here, and the problems in Lake
August 7, 2017 | Newsletters

A New Era For The South Florida Water Management District?

Are we entering a new era for the South Florida Water Management District? Environmentalists are hopeful that the answer is yes, as scientist Ernie Marks was just tapped to take over the Executive Director of the SFWMD role, replacing Peter Antonacci. Unlike Antonacci, whose main qualification was being general counsel to Governor Scott, Marks has a background in science and is highly qualified for the role. He has been working for the district as the director of Everglades policy and coordination, and previously served as the south region director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Prior to
July 22, 2017 | Newsletters

ICAST/IFTD Show In Orlando

Last week, the fishing industry gathered at the annual ICAST/IFTD show in Orlando, a fitting location since Florida has the largest fishing industry in the country. Also in attendance were representatives from the Now or Neverglades founding partners as well as Senator Joe Negron, who was primarily responsible for SB 10. The show further affirmed enthusiasm for Now or Neverglades from the fishing world, with many more industry leaders signing the declaration and pledging support. The fishing industry recognizes that building the reservoir and completing the other critical Everglades restoration projects is key to both their businesses and way of
July 10, 2017 | Newsletters

“It’s An Emergency In The Everglades”

"It's an emergency in the Everglades," said Ron Bergeron, commissioner for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Heavy rains in the past few weeks in South Florida have continued to highlight what we already know - the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee is needed to help properly store, clean and convey fresh water. Without it, the state is left with only poor choices for how to manage the flooding, inevitably putting coastal communities, our waterways, ecosystems and many species of animals, fish and birds at grave risk. The situation is urgent, and this has to stop. We need to
June 26, 2017 | Newsletters

Senate Bill 10 Implementation Schedule

Last month marked a major legislative victory for Everglades restoration, the culmination of the hard work of many lawmakers, individuals, companies and organizations. Still, there is much work to be done, and we need to keep the pressure on to ensure that the legislation - calling for building a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to store, clean and convey freshwater - becomes a reality. Below is a timeline of important milestones to ensure Senate Bill 10 is implemented in a timely manner and the reservoir is built. We have won a major victory, but now is not the time for
May 17, 2017 | Newsletters

Governor Scott Signs Senate Bill 10 Into Law

Last week, Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 10 into law, clearing the way for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to store, clean and properly convey freshwater. The historic occasion was the culmination of an extended effort by thousands of organizations, companies and individuals and was led through the Florida Legislature by Senator Joe Negron. I extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who played a part in pushing this legislation through. It marks an important step in the fight to restore the Everglades. Days later, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast introduced federal legislation to help expedite the process. Despite this
May 3, 2017 | Newsletters

We Have News From Tallahassee!

We have news from Tallahassee! The Florida Senate and House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 10 yesterday, paving the way for a much needed EAA Reservoir. This was an incredibly important day for the Everglades and the future of Florida's water! Thanks to people like you - fishing guides, anglers, business owners, homeowners and people from around the country - Florida's legislators heard from the people about why sending water to the EAA reservoir is so important. Each and every one of you who took the time to sign the Now or Neverglades Declaration and contact elected officials played a
April 21, 2017 | Get Involved

Take Action! Call Your State Representative Today.

We are so very close to getting the most important part of Everglades restoration in place - a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to store, clean and properly convey freshwater south to the Everglades and Florida Bay and reducing toxic discharges out the Caloosahatchee and St Lucie Estuaries. Thanks to your efforts, Florida Senators received thousands of phone calls urging them to vote yes on the bill, and our Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of it. At this critical time, we turn our efforts to the Florida House of Representatives, asking them simply to pass the bill intact - no
April 10, 2017 | Get Involved

NowOrNeverglades Sportfishing Day TOMORROW

Last week, fishing guides gathered in Islamorada on a windy day, spelling out the word "HELP" with flats skiffs, yet another plea for change from some of those most affected by the ongoing water crisis in South Florida. I recently wrote a piece about how much I've seen the South Florida fishery change since I started fishing down here in the 1970s. For those who are on the water daily making a living, the changes are profound and heartbreaking. Tomorrow, many captains and anglers from around Florida are taking days off of work to travel to Tallahassee to make their
March 21, 2017 | Newsletters

Now Is Not The Time To Let Up

Since forming the Now or Neverglades coalition a year ago, tens of thousands of individuals, conservation organizations and companies have stepped up and shown their support by signing the Now or Neverglades Declaration. The momentum is swinging in our favor, with bills recently filed in both the Florida Senate (SB10) and House (HB761) to expedite a project to stop discharges into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers and send Lake Okeechobee water south where it can be stored, cleaned and properly conveyed, with more water heading south to Everglades National Park, Florida Bay and the Florida Keys. This is the
February 15, 2017 | Get Involved

NowOrNeverglades Sportfishing Day

On April 11, hundreds of us will gather in Tallahassee to make our collective voices heard. Together we will meet with legislators from our districts and from all parts of Florida to help make history. Our lives and our livelihoods are at risk and lawmakers need to hear from ALL of us - Captains, Fishing Guides, Anglers, and Floridians. They must be reminded that Florida's Everglades and Estuaries are essential to our businesses and quality of life. You signed the declaration, you emailed your support of Senate Bill 10 and at each juncture you asked what more you could do to
February 11, 2017 | Newsletters

Keep The Momentum

Thanks for your tremendous support on Senate Bill 10, you went above and beyond. By the end of the day, thousands of concerned Floridians like us had e-mailed the Governor and their legislators. They're paying attention. That was just the first of many bridges to cross in securing funding to buy the land, construct the southern reservoir, and reduce the toxic discharges from Lake Okeechobee. There is even more great news to share! Representative Thad Altman has filed House Bill 761, and SB 10 just unanimously passed its first committee in the Senate. Let's accelerate our momentum even more to
January 26, 2017 | Newsletters

Senate Bill 10 Will Help

The awesome support over 40,000 of us have shown by believing in the Now or Neverglades Declaration has moved the bar up another notch. We have GREAT NEWS to share! Earlier today, Senator Rob Bradley filed Senate Bill (SB)10 to help expedite the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir. As you well know this is a priority project for all who care about our drinking water, estuaries, the Everglades, and Florida Bay.  The reservoir will reduce the algae-causing discharges into our coastal estuaries and provide badly needed fresh water to rehydrate the Everglades and Florida Bay. We are now one step
December 22, 2016 | Newsletters

Looking Ahead To 2017

On behalf of the founders of the Now or Neverglades Declaration, I want you wish each of you Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year! As 2016 comes to a close in our lives as Everglades and clean water warriors, we must ask ourselves - what is ahead? This year began with toxic, algal blooms in South Florida waters (including our coastal communities and Florida Bay) - yet ends with hope for what is to come next. We have found an Everglades champion in Joe Negron. In August, in front of a standing room of business leaders, environmentalists and local
October 3, 2016 | Newsletters

Momentum Is On Our Side

I continue to be overwhelmed by your passionate support! Tens of thousands of individuals, companies, conservation organizations, public figures and politicians have joined you in endorsing the common sense #NoworNeverglades Declaration to fix our failed water policies. In response to the current water crisis, on August 9th, Florida Senate President-Designate Joe Negron announced his plan to expedite the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir to store water that can be sent south into the Everglades and Florida Bay and thereby helping protect the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. Early last fall lack of fresh water delivery to Florida Bay resulted in


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