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2010-03-24 11:06:10

A study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists shows that sugarcane can tolerate flooded conditions for up to two weeks. That's good news for growers who are using best management practices for controlling phosphorous runoff into the Everglades. Phosphorous stays attached to the soil for a long time even with the moderate rates of phosphorous fertilizer applied to sugarcane in Florida. If growers immediately drain their flooded fields after heavy rains have stirred up the soil,...

2010-03-05 11:30:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) receives praise for its proven success in cleaning water south of Lake Okeechobee by two top state environmental agencies in their annual restoration report. The 2010 South Florida Environmental Report, published by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District, reveals the EAA achieved a 68 percent reduction in phosphorus loads in 2009 and an overall...

2009-08-14 15:14:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In the Everglades restoration effort, farmers south of Lake Okeechobee recorded another year of tremendous success with their eco-friendly farming practices. Employing Best Management Practices (BMPs), farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) achieved 68 percent phosphorus reductions in the water leaving the region, according to the South Florida Water Management District's annual update on Everglades restoration performance. Under...

2009-08-06 17:37:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Crystals has supported and continues to support true Everglades restoration. We recognize that restoration of the Everglades is critical for long-term sustainable agriculture in South Florida. As an advocate for true Everglades restoration, we were compelled to challenge, along with the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, the proposed bond validation to finance the acquisition of U.S. Sugar lands, because it is a gross misuse of public funds...

2009-05-01 11:45:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Crystals Corporation welcomes the much-needed $96 million from the Federal Government announced this week that will be used for immediate construction of Everglades restoration projects. "We are encouraged to see the Federal Government living up to its commitment to Everglades restoration," said Gaston Cantens, Vice President of Florida Crystals. "And, more importantly, with so many restoration projects on hold, we are optimistic the...

2008-12-07 16:05:02

Florida officials say they have successfully moved water dumped by Tropical Storm Fay, ending flooding that threatened wildlife in one part of the Everglades. Water north of the Tamiami Trail had been so deep that wading birds such as herons and egrets could not ,and deer and other mammals sought higher ground, The Miami Herald reported Sunday. The trail, the old Miami-to-Tampa highway that runs along the northern border of Everglades National Park, acts as a dam, blocking the natural flow of...

2008-10-16 00:00:10

Florida wildlife officials say near-record flooding in the Everglades have left few dry places for white-tailed deer and other animals. The concern is greatest in the sawgrass prairies north of Tamiami Trail, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday. ''If we don't start doing something, we're going to end up with a total massacre,'' Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioner Ron Bergeron said. Similar flooding in 1982 and 1995 decimated the deer population. State and federal water...

2008-08-26 03:00:31

By Anonymous Florida Gov. Charlie Grist announced recently plans to purchase property owned by a sugar mill that could result in the restoration of the Everglades-the largest ecological restoration in U.S. history, according to some environmental groups. The state would pay U.S. Sugar $1.7 billion for 187,000 acres of land so that it can return to its natural state. Water flow would be restored between Lake Okeechobee and Florida Bay. This lifeline of the Everglades has been damaged by...

2008-07-31 03:00:28

By Andy Reid, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 31--In the midst of the state's buyout negotiations with U.S. Sugar, a coalition of environmental groups on Wednesday called for a moratorium on development that could create new obstacles to Everglades restoration. The state by November hopes to finalize a $1.75 billion deal to buy U.S. Sugar's 187,000 acres in the Everglades Agricultural Area and re-create the flow of water that once linked Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades. In the...


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