Thursday, April 28, 2011

Top Florida Environmental News - April 28, 2011









Contents:
Sierra Club Florida in the News 
Energy   (oil, coal, nuclear, bio-, solar, wind, efficiency, transit, recycling)
Habitat  (wildlife, land use, growth management, public lands)
Water    (pollution, hydrology, wetlands, phosphate, rock mining)



Sierra Club Florida in the News
Florida conservation groups try derail effort to 'streamline' environmental ...
The News-Press - April 28, 2011
With only nine days left until session's end, Audubon of Florida, 1000 Friends of Florida, the Sierra Club, the Florida Wildlife Federation, the Nature Conservancy and the National Parks Conservation Association appeared at a hastily called press ...




Energy 

Group launches transportation website 
Tbo.com - Ted Jackovics - ‎April 28, 2011
The Tampa Bay Partnership has launched the TampaBayOnTrack.org website to share information on transportation issues throughout the eight-county area the regional economic-development agency serves. ...


Our take on: Offshore drilling flip-flop...
Orlando Sentinel - ‎April 28, 2011‎
Senate President Mike Haridopolos made a big to-do last autumn about President Barack Obama's decision to extend a drilling ban following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf, calling it a "flip-flop." So how would Haridopolos describe his own ...

Santa Rosa to offer free bus rides
Pensacola News Journal - ‎April 28, 2011
We hope that many will discover the service fits their budget and transportation needs, and begin utilizing the bus regularly," explained Nancy Model, county transportation planner. Santa Rosa Transit is a pilot publictransportation program that runs ...

South Florida's air still too smoggy, says lung association report
Sun-Sentinel - David Fleshler - April 28, 2011‎
Smog, or ground-level ozone, can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing and coughing, asthma attacks and increased susceptibility to respiratory infections. Broward and Palm Beach counties showed steady improvement in smog levels since 1996, ... 





Habitat  
SCOTT SIGNS GROWTH MANAGEMENT BILL
Tampabay.com - Janet Zink, Katie Sanders - ‎April 28, 2011
Rick Scott on Wednesday signed the first in a series of growth management bills designed to respond to a court ruling last year that threw out a 2009 bill. SB 7001 relaxes requirements for developers to pay for new roads and schools and exempts larger ...

Wildlife Officials Seeking Gator Trappers
WFTV Orlando - ‎April 27, 2011‎
CENTRAL FLORIDA -- State Wildlife Officials are looking for alligator trappers after a number of them have recently quit. Some trappers said they can't a make a living hunting gators and with rising costs and less profit, more will follow. ...

St. Lucie County International Airport wins environmental excellence award
Fort Pierce Tribune - Susan Burgess - ‎April 28, 2011
This month they won a regional award for environmental excellence from the US Department of Interior's Fish andWildlife Service. "Region 4, which is the one we are in, covers 11 states," said Airport Manager Todd Cox. "So this means a lot that they ...

Legislature poised to repeal much of Florida's growth law
Tampabay.com - Howard Troxler - ‎April 28, 2011
You can easily make the case that the turning point in Florida's modern history was a law called the Growth Management Act of 1985. So it is no small news that in the year 2011, the Florida Legislature is about to ...

EEL program faces grim fiscal future by 2013, officials warn
Florida Today - Rick Neale - ‎‎ April 28, 2011
But within two years -- facing a fiscal crunch -- the department may be reduced to four or five workers who maintain fire lines across more than 20000 acres of habitat. These layoffs would harm scrub jays and other threatened species,

Estero Bay field office among six in Florida targeted for closure
The News-Press - ‎April 28, 2011
Many of the preserves' functions could be taken over by other agencies, such as the South Florida Water Management District, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and DEP, Williams said. Still, the idea of closing the local office ...

Grouper, snapper fishing ban tossed
Daytona Beach News-Journal - Dinah Voyles Pulver - ‎April 28, 2011
Nelson is participating in a project with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that is tagging red snapper off the Florida coast. He said four trips so far have resulted in the tagging of between 65 and 120 snapper per day, ...
 




Water    
First phase of Tamiami bridge on track
Bizjournals.com (blog) - Paul Brinkmann - ‎Apr 26, 2011‎
The first phase of the bridge is well under way, on schedule for completion in May 2013. I had the chance to see construction of the new bridges along Tamiami Trail on Saturday, and the work is impressive. As part of one of the nation's largest ...

Joerger reappointed to water management board
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Dale White - ‎April 28, 2011
SARASOTA COUNTY - Albert Joerger of Sarasota will serve another term on the board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Gov. Rick Scott reappointed Joerger to the unpaid position this week. Joerger is the founder and ...

Editorial: Sneak attack guts local mine control
The News-Press - ‎April 28, 2011
It's a huge issue for Lee County, which has spent millions in recent years devising a model plan for its 83000-acre south county water conservation area, which produces 80 percent of the county's drinking water. The county is currently defending that ...

Obama proposes broadening EPA's power over water
MiamiHerald.com - John Flesher, Cain Burdeau - ‎April 27, 2011
The changes do not remove any existing exemptions from Clean Water Act for activities such as farming and logging but they restore environmental protections that had long been recognized, said Scott Kovarovics, conservationdirector for the Izaak ...

Drainage district bill needed to launch project, clears House
Palm Beach Post - John Kennedy - ‎April 27, 2011
Supporters have touted the project as a common sense solution to the region's environmental and growth management problems. But Gov. Rick Scott's office has raised questions — which still may be unresolved — about taxpayer liability stemming from the ...