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An opportunity to discuss water quality

The following Editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on January 10, 2021. There may not be a topic that gets people’s attention in Southwest Florida easier than the condition of our water resources. Be it concerns about phosphate mining, red tide, sewer malfunctions or the question of supply and demand, everyone has a stake in

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Environment

Manatees, facing a crisis, will get a bit of help: extra feeding

By Catrin Einhorn, New York Times, Dec. 7, 2021. The starving manatees are easy enough to spot. You can see their ribs through their skin. They surface to breathe more than normal. Those most in need appear off balance, listing to one side. As manatee deaths spike and Florida rescue centers fill up with malnourished animals,

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Environment

Study on impact of algae toxins appreciated

The following Editorial was published in The Daily Sun on December 1, 2021. We think it’s a great idea to know to what degree harmful algae blooms can hurt humans. It was good to learn in a Miami Herald article that Florida Atlantic University is beginning a study on the effects of human exposure to

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Environment

Too much nitrogen is flowing into Charlotte Harbor

By Betsy Calvert, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Nov 1, 2021. Charlotte Harbor is environmentally impaired, and the state has deferred an action plan to local officials. Charlotte County’s new Water Quality Manager Brendan Moody shared the status of the county’s waterways with commissioners recently and said he will be advocating in early 2022 for

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Environment

Charlotte County Water Quality Assessment and Improvement Presentation

When: Thursday, October 21, 2021, 5:00-7:00 PM Where:  Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda Who: Brandon Moody, Charlotte County Water Quality Manager and Nicole Iadevaia, Research & Outreach Manager, Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership   Hosted by:  the PGI Civic Association and TEAM Punta Gorda This presentation will discuss the

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Environment

Englewood Democratic Club meets in-person on October 27th

Summer is over! Please join us for our first  in-person membership meeting this year. Who:  All fully-vaccinated EDC Members and Friends are welcome.  Masks are optional. Where: Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 S. Indiana Ave, Englewood 34223.  Parking at the Chamber of Commerce is limited, but there is street parking and the Allstate King Financial &

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Environment

Who should get the dirty water?

Editorial by The Daily Sun, Aug 8, 2021 Top of Form OUR POSITION: We support the Charlotte County commissioners’ efforts to tweak the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan on where to send Lake Okeechobee’s runoff. We don’t want Lake Okeechobee’s toxic water. That’s a message we need to make clear. It wasn’t that long ago, 2017

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Environment

DeSantis and Fried offer very different takes on red tide

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida, Aug 3, 2021 SARASOTA — Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried made appearances Tuesday along the Gulf Coast, offering competing views about an ongoing toxic red-tide outbreak. Fried, the state agriculture commissioner, reiterated a call for DeSantis to declare a state of emergency to help

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Environment

‘Tons of dead fish’ as red tide hits Englewood

People suffered respiratory irritations from Venice to Lido Key By Steve Reilly, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Aug 1, 2021 Englewood was hit hard with toxic red tide Sunday. “The fish were coming in steady streams, and you could smell them already in the parking lot,” said Jean Ranallo in an email Sunday morning. She

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Environment

Upcoming events for environmentalists

By Phyllis Wojcik, President, Charlotte County Environmental Caucus Brandon Moody, Water Quality Manager for Charlotte County,  presented to the Charlotte County Environmental Caucus last night and mentioned some informative upcoming events for us to attend:  Thursday, August 5th at 9:00 AM – US Army Corps of Engineers IDS 101 and Stakeholder Session: The Integrated Delivery

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Environment

Feds reveal roadblocks to new waterway for Charlotte Harbor

By  Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Daily Sun Staff Writer, July 20, 2021 Some Charlotte County commissioners are ready to scale the heights of federal permitting to dredge a new passage from the Manchester Waterway to Charlotte Harbor. “This is dysfunctional federal government,” said Commissioner Chris Constance, after listening to a summary of what 12 federal regulators

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Thousands of acres of seagrass lost in Lemon Bay and Charlotte Harbor

By Phyllis Wojcik, Charlotte County Environmental Caucus, June 14, 2021 Betty Staugler, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Harmful Algae Bloom liaison, Florida Sea Grant University of Florida and Nicole Iadevaia, Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP) presented “Seagrass Trends in Charlotte Harbor: Current Findings and Ongoing Efforts” to the Charlotte County Commissioners at

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Environment

Charlotte Dems honor Earth Day

On April 22nd, members of the Charlotte County Democratic Club honored Earth Day by picking up four bags of trash and debris from the roadside and ditches along Olean Blvd from Beacon St. to Kings Hwy.  The Club services this road throughout the year as a participant in the “Adopt a Road” program, keeping Charlotte

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Environment

Environmentalists demand we preserve water quality on Earth Day

The Englewood Democratic Club, the Democratic Environmental Caucus and Englewood Indivisibles  came together to conduct an orderly and peaceful Earth Day demonstration around the phosphate mining issue in light of the Piney Point disaster, the effects of which are yet to be known.  About 50 like minded citizens who want our waters to remain clean rallied

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Analysis

The Democratic Environmental Caucus position on Piney Point

By Andy Mele, Sarasota environmental activist and Democrat Background: Piney Point in Manatee County, just south of Tampa, is a small mountain of waste phosphogypsum called a “gypstack,” with earthwork berm-retained lakes on top for settling out the waste phosphogypsum, and recycling the acidic process fluids used in fertilizer manufacturing.  The current spill is just

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