Make the call, get Sugar off our land.
My suggestion is for everyone cutout sugar where ever possible or to substitute sugar with honey. Unfortunately, these guys a supplying the country not just Florida.
Most supermarkets offer sugar grown elsewhere, the sugar I use is grown in Colombia.
You will probably never get enough people to not buy Florida grown sugar to make a difference.
Very informative. Thanks for posting.
Completely ignorant article by a group that should stick to fishing! OK so maybe not,,,,,
4000 acres isn't crap!
Ok, so lets try something else, maybe we should make it impossible to grow sugar there with changes in our water management laws.
Hey, great idea, what the hell are the editor going to say when Big Sugar starts building planned communities out there???????
Lets think this thru boys, a lot going on here to understand when you primary job is to publish a magazine!
Fact is, sugar production on land to be used for a reservoir is good, it save us a ton of money in the initial clearing of the land.
Seriously guys think these things thru so you don't look stupid!
I'm with Ron.
why pick on productive farm land.......no body thinks of using Holeyland, Rotenburger, Everglades.wma, and even Hungryland or Pal Mar ???
Turner River Terror said:
YUP, Can't grow crops..let's build houses..lot's of Houses..
Yeah, Clewiston is bursting at the seams and in desperate need of new land to house all those millions of people. They will definitely build huge developments on the land if they can't grow sugar, lol.
I'm with Ron.
Ron@.38 Special said:
I hate to see people who don't understand the whole issue to hav editorials and such suggesting that the people we have running things know nothing.Fact is, you have a lot of great people working very hard at SFWMD and they make the best decisions they can with the budget they have and the regulations they follow.To think that letting land we own sit idle is a good thing shows a lack of full understanding of all issues involved. Why not make a few bucks and have land management taking place while the funds become available to hire a consultant, and design the job then get it started.SFWMD has long term plans and professionals looking at the best way to get it done.Remember, SFWMD employees and staff live here and play here. Trust me they want the same clean water you all do.
IF the SFWMD really are great people with professional long term plans since they are in the "known", then why the hell are the epically FAILING!!!!
This issue is nothing new, they have done nothing in the past to correct it, and still have no real solid plans to fix it currently. Like FloridaOD said, it is the dividing up of a once naturally flowing system into compartmentalized levee's and dikes which got us to where we are today. The solution is NOT more of what caused this issue. A real solution is restoring the NATURAL flow like it was long before man built a dike around the lake and stopped the natural overflowing to the south. Long before sugar fields occupied the land "which we must keep dry" so they can continue to produce sugar at a cost that is higher than we can import it for.. Smart!
Even if the water is not polluted and it's pure freshwater, it is still detrimental to release that much freshwater into a marine environment.
It's early June and the soon the algae which is already hear will become toxic. In 2016 we were into the end of June before it showed. This is going to be the worst summer yet at this rate. Great work SFWMD and the rest of those who "fully understand" the whole issue but have yet to do anything to really fix it! Keep up the good work!
I fully support Florida Sportsman and everything they have done for our fisheries in this state! At least they are willing to get to the bottom of it unlike other politically influenced organizations or politicians.
Sugar companies and executives have pumped at least $525,000 into Adam Putnam's gubernatorial campaign so far. The industry also funnels untraceable amounts through business PCAs such as Associated Industries of Florida and Florida Prosperity Fund. We cannot handle another Rick Scott, and I'm sure Adam will owe big sugar some favors! Corruption from Big Sugar is VERY REAL and I wouldn't doubt it if it made it's way to SFWMD or similar.
I grew up in Stuart and have first hand watched the collapse of our marine ecosystem due to these discharges and it makes me absolutely sick! In 2010 we had lush grass all the way from Ft. Pierce to Stuart. Now they are just barren mud flats..
For those of you who haven't seen this yet, I wanted to share. Thank you FS and Brian Mast!! Perhaps our forum "experts" or those "In the known" care to chime in and address some of these questions while we wait on the USACE response. Wonder if one in particular will stick with his previous comments about how back pumping rarely occurs... It's hard to fight the facts, because it happens way more than "rarely"
Dear Colonel Kirk:
Birds eye view of the algal bloom in Lake Okeechobee. Photo: Steve Schimming, June 16th. Via Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
The algal bloom in Lake O is currently 102 square miles and growing.
As this is an ongoing emergency and human health crisis, I appreciate your immediate attention to this issue and answers prior to your scheduled meeting in Stuart, Florida on June 28, 2018.
Brian Mast Member of Congress