Friday, January 30, 2015

Tell Water Managers to Buy Sugar Land Now

More than 5,000 protest dirty water, not sent south,
but to the Indian River Lagoon in the summer of 2013.

www.tcpalm.com/videos/detail/indian-river-lagoon-rally/  
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is again dumping nutrient-polluted water into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, which can cause algal blooms threatening marine life.

The only solution is for the South Florida Water Management District to buy sugar land to store and clean water and send it south to the Everglades instead.

Tell the South Florida Water Management District to buy 46,800 acres of U.S. Sugar's land south of Lake Okeechobee before the state’s option expires in October.

TAKE ACTION!
Send the following email

To: (copy and paste this entire list into your email)

dokeefe@sfwmd.gov, kpowers@sfwmd.gov, fbarber@sfwmd.gov, sbatchel@sfwmd.gov, mhutchcraft@sfwmd.gov, mpeterson@sfwmd.gov, jmoran@sfwmd.gov, jportuon@sfwmd.gov, bguillory@sfwmd.gov, mkivett@sfwmd.gov

Subject line: “Buy US Sugar land now”

Message: 

Dear Governing Board members,

As an affected resident, I ask you to purchase 46,800 acres of US Sugar land now to build a reservoir and save the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. The water should be cleaned up and sent south to restore the Everglades instead. We do not have the luxury of time. We must act now!

Sincerely,

[Your name and city]

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Background:

Last summer, U.S Sugar announced its intent to build a 67-square-mile city called Sugar Hill in the heart of the Everglades watershed. Although all commenting state agencies rejected the plan, the company can resubmit - the threat is not over.

U.S. Sugar's city plan is expected to come back. This reinforces the need to buy sugar land now, as much of the land available for state purchase lies within the Sugar Hill proposal.

A restored Everglades and healthy estuaries require more sugar land. Governor Scott and his appointees at South Florida Water Management District need to lay the groundwork for the purchase now.

U.S. Sugar has until May 1, 2015, to revise and resubmit the Sugar Hill city plan. The deadline to purchase 48,600 acres is Oct. 12, 2015.

Thank you for taking action!