Environment

Tom Corser, www.tomcorser.com

Lake Okeechobee’s water level remain near a historic high after Hurricane Hermine hit Florida last week.

The state’s largest lake has been rain-swollen all year, prompting releases of excess polluted water to coastal estuaries. The influxes triggered toxic algae blooms this summer.

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May 1 through Oct. 31 marks the official sea turtle nesting season on Florida beaches.  Threatened Loggerhead sea turtles are most prominent locally, although endangered Green and Leatherback sea turtles are also known to nest on local beaches.  Sea turtle monitoring efforts pointed to a robust and possibly record breaking nesting year, but recent high tides and stormy weather have washed out or threatened to flood nests here in Southwest Florida.  

Florida wildlife authorities may expand protected areas for some of the state’s most iconic and imperiled bird species like roseate spoonbills and brown pelicans.

Martin County Challenges New Water Standards

Aug 29, 2016

Pointing to concerns about increased chemicals going into Lake Okeechobee and nearby waterways, Martin County has filed a legal challenge to controversial new state water-quality standards.

Everglades National Park is home to an endangered bird whose nesting habitat seemingly stands in the way of Everglades Restoration. Named after Cape Sable, the southernmost point in mainland United States, the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow is so particular about its nesting habitat that it has been nicknamed the “Goldilocks Bird.” Only when perfect conditions are met — just enough flooding, just enough fires — will the male sparrow sing and nesting begin.

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