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  1. Monroe County urges faster fixes for Florida BayRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jul 20 | The Miami Herald

    Less than a week after South Florida water managers unveiled a quick fix to bring more fresh water to wilting Florida Bay , Monroe County commissioners joined the outcry demanding faster work to repair the Everglades and move water south. Frustrated by efforts so far, commissioners said state and federal officials need to stop neglecting environmental problems that eat away at the state's tourism and fishing industry, two staples for the county's island chain that generate up to $4.5 billion annually.

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  2. Curing Florida's algae crisis will take time, money, scienceRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Jul 17 | The Miami Herald

    The enormous algae outbreak that has coated swaths of Florida's St. Lucie River with guacamole-like sludge is a man-made affliction, arising from political and economic decisions made over the past 140 years. Chasing dollars, Florida land developers and their government allies broke up nature's flow that used rivers, Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades to move water south from central Florida to the Florida Bay at the peninsula's tip.

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  3. Sugara s decades-long hold over Everglades came with a priceRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jul 11 | The Miami Herald

    Water full of algae laps along the Sewell's Point shore on the St. Lucie River under an Ocean Boulevard bridge, Monday, June 27, 2016. Susie Nuttall, a Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist with FWC, is checking culverts and water levels on Tamiami Trail, as water managers have begun dumping water from Lake Okeechobee, Feb. 18, 2016.

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  4. Enjoy your vacation on Playa GuacamoleRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jul 8 | The Miami Herald

    That's the new dread in Florida, as photos and news videos of gunk-covered shorelines are making headlines all over the world. Why would anyone bring their families to vacation on Playa Guacamole? The likely cause of the algae outbreak that has slimed beaches on both Florida coastlines is fouled fresh water from Lake Okeechobee, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began discharging after heavy rains in January.

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  5. Safety requires water releases from Lake ORead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 7 | The Miami Herald

    For most of 2016, heavy rains fueled by El NiA o mean we've had too much. The flood control system operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District has prevented loss of life and major widespread property damage so far this year.

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  6. Where will the green slime go? Florida tracks its spreading algaeRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 7 | The Miami Herald

    The green algae-infested waters lapping Florida's Treasure Coast like watery guacamole over the last few weeks have angered residents, disgusted visitors and drawn the sort of national media attention that can cripple a region's tourist-driven economy. The epicenter of slime remains the waterways branching from the St. Lucie River near Stuart, a rich estuary contaminated by a steady flow of foul, nutrient-laden water from Lake Okeechobee.

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  7. Governor ignores Big Sugara s role in toxic algae infestationRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 7 | The Miami Herald

    Water full of algae laps along the Sewell's Point shore on the St. Lucie River under an Ocean Boulevard bridge, Monday, June 27, 2016. A blue-green algae bloom near the St. Lucie Canal in Lake Okeechobee.

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  8. Tally fails to rally to protect our waterRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Jul 3 | The Miami Herald

    Aerial photo shows blue-green algae enveloping an area along the St. Lucie River in Stuart as a result of pollutants in the water. Just in time for the July 4 weekend, a massive algae bloom sprouted on Florida's Treasure Coast last week, fouling the waters, estuaries and beaches and posing the threat of further damage to the entire ecosystem around Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades.

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  9. Army Corps to reduce lake flows fueling Florida algae bloomRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jul 1 | The Miami Herald

    As a noxious algae bloom fouls beaches on Florida's Atlantic coast, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to reduce the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee. An aerial photo shows blue-green algae enveloping an area along the St. Lucie River in Stuart, Fla.,Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Officials want federal action along the stretch of Florida's Atlantic coast where the governor has declared a state of emergency over algae blooms.

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  10. Storm sends patio furniture flying off condo balconiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 20, 2016 | The Miami Herald

    In two videos filmed by onlookers, several pieces of furniture fall hundreds of feet from condo balconies onto the highway, barely missing cars on the road. The videos , posted on YouTube, have been viewed nearly a total of nearly 145,000 times.

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  11. Ita s summer a " but wea re about to get a break from summer weatherRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 19, 2016 | The Miami Herald

    Monday marks the first day of summer, but South Florida will be taking a temporary break from storms and sweat. While Father's Day celebrations may see some showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m., a cold front pushing through from Lake Okeechobee will drastically lower chances of thunderstorms and high heat for the next few days, said Barry Baxter, a meterologist with the National Weather Service.

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  12. Will Florida Bay survive the summer?Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 17, 2016 | The Miami Herald

    Record winter rain on the heels of a severe summer drought that withered acres of seagrass may not be enough to stem the fever ailing Florida Bay . The seagrass die-off, which spread from about 25 square miles to more than 62 square miles through the winter, blanketed the central bay in a plume of yellow sulfide.

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  13. Ita s summer, and here comes the slimeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 3, 2016 | The Miami Herald

    If you live on the estuary in Stuart, or along the St. Lucie River, summer time is algae time. This year, the ribbons of goop have arrived early.

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  14. System in Gulf of Mexico likely to strengthen, dump heavy rain on FloridaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 3, 2016 | The Miami Herald

    A system brewing in the western Caribbean has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next five days and will likely dump heavy rain on much of Florida. Just three days into the 2016 season , forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said Friday the system is expected to power up as it moves east.

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  15. Controversial Lake O flushing to increase as dike concerns grow with rainy seasonRead the original story w/Photo

    May 26, 2016 | The Miami Herald

    Rain in recent weeks has left the state too waterlogged and water levels in Lake Okeechobee too high in advance of the rainy season, water managers warned Thursday. In the last nine days, lake levels rose three-quarters of a foot, wiping out a winter's worth of flushing to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers that fouled both coasts with muddy brown water.

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  16. FPLa s Okeechobee project close to key approvalRead the original story w/Photo

    May 26, 2016 | The Miami Herald

    Florida Power & Light's plan to build a natural-gas power plant in Okeechobee County is close to getting a key approval, after state and local government agencies signed off, according to documents filed this week in the state Division of Administrative Hearings. FPL needs the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to approve what is known as a "site certification" for the project, which involves building a 1,600-megawatt power plant on 220 acres.

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  17. Storms move across South Florida, making for a messy commuteRead the original story w/Photo

    May 18, 2016 | The Miami Herald

    The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather bulletin for South Florida that could affect morning commuters because there is "a concern for one or two strong storms particularly during the morning hours." Those storms are expected mostly inland and south of Lake Okeechobee and follow a night that saw flooding in various parts of the region, particularly Vero Beach where up to a foot of water inundated some areas.

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  18. Heavy fog greets South Florida commutersRead the original story w/Photo

    May 4, 2016 | The Miami Herald

    Heavy fog stirred up by Tuesday's rain and a southwesterly flow moving in advance of a cold front whipped up the frothy mist that coated much of Miami and Southeast Florida Wednesday. But you had to be an early bird to see it: less than an hour after sunrise, much of it had lifted as the air warmed and sun dried out the mist.

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  19. What do you give the Everglades for Earth Day? How about a bridge.Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 22, 2016 | The Miami Herald

    On Friday, state and federal officials kicked off work to remove part of the Tamiami Trail that has dammed water going into the park for nearly nine decades and build a second, long-awaited span. At 2.6 miles, the $144 million bridge will be more than twice the length of the first bridge completed in 2013 .

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  20. Everglades restoration a work in progressRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 21, 2016 | The Miami Herald

    As commander of the Jacksonville District's 780-member team of professionals, I want to share information about our efforts to restore the environment and to help our nation face the challenges posed by rising sea levels. I am honored to lead a team working to restore America's Everglades - an ecosystem unlike any other in the nation, or the world.

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