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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...

2009-02-22 14:52:54

Florida Crystals, which is trying to block a proposed land deal that would benefit rival U.S. Sugar, is seeking to buy its rival's assets, the companies say. Despite employing lobbyists to work against a proposal by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for the state to buy $1.34 billion in environmentally important croplands from U.S. Sugar, Florida Crystals is hedging its bets by negotiating to buy key assets from its competitor, The Miami Herald reported Sunday. Florida's two largest sugar growers...

2009-02-09 17:19:12

Exotic fish threaten native species in Florida's Everglades but marine biologists say the threat is hard to assess because the invasive species are underwater. Walking catfish and other species pose a threat much greater than the python, the Everglades' most notorious invasive species, The Miami Herald reported Monday "This is a problem that is 10 times worse than the python, but it's all under water, so nobody knows about it,'' said Dave Hallac, the park's chief biologist. Since 2000, park...

2009-01-14 14:45:00

Statement of April H. G. Smith, Esq., Director, Ecosystem Restoration, National Audubon Society WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- April H. G. Smith made the following statement on a briefing call with reporters today. "Audubon has identified numerous shovel-ready and long ignored ecosystem restoration projects. These projects are a win-win because they are a great way to both stimulate the economy through job creation and also improve many degraded parts of the nation. "Our...

2008-12-12 16:34:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Since Governor Charlie Crist's announcement of the purchase of U.S. Sugar's land for Everglades restoration last June, Florida Crystals has sought to work with the South Florida Water Management District and the Governor's office to ensure the deal would achieve the Governor's environmental objectives, while at the same time being financially sound and protecting sustainable agriculture. Unfortunately, the terms of the deal...

2008-12-10 16:31:00

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick today issued the following statement: At its meeting on Oct. 10, the board of directors of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF), the state's largest general interest agricultural organization, declared its opposition to the acquisition of U.S. Sugar Corp. lands by the South Florida Water Management District. The Federation firmly supports the rights of private property owners to acquire,...

2008-12-10 13:24:46

A state legislator in Florida said the state's proposal to buy 181,000 acres from U.S. Sugar to support Everglades restoration was a corporate bailout. In a letter to the South Florida Water Management District, Miami-Dade County Rep. Juan Zapata said the $1.34 billion deal, touted as a huge environmental coup, appears to be nothing more than a corporate bailout. State lawmakers were extremely concerned about the deal, Zapata wrote. U.S. Sugar's board approved the deal, but the South Florida...

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...

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2008-09-30 08:20:00

The Florida Everglades are in peril, according to a study that found a multibillion-dollar effort to restore the vast wetland is failing.  The National Research Council warned that degradation of the Everglades could become irreversible if action is slow. "The Everglades ecosystem is continuing to decline. It's our estimate that we're losing the battle to save this thing," said William Graf, the report's committee chairman and head of the department of geography at the University of...


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