South Florida Water Management District

Quincy J Walters / WGCU News

It’s been more than two weeks since Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida. But, some people in Bonita Springs are only now able to return to their homes, as flood waters are finally subsiding.   

Photo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Flickr

A lobbyist given the edit pen on pending regulations. A regulatory agency influenced by the very people and businesses it’s tasked with overseeing. That’s the story from reporter Lucas Deprile, whose report in the Treasure Coast Palms newspaper looks at a trove of emails and meeting notes he says shows the South Florida Water Management District diluting new rules about water quality at the behest of a U.S. Sugar lobbyist. 

Photo: South Florida Water Management District

Florida's rainy summer season began with a sopping wet June, which saw nearly twice the amount of rainfall across South Florida compared to past years. The heavy rain caused water emergencies in some areas of South Florida that saw as much as 200 percent of their average rainfall. Now the South Florida Water Management District is back pumping into Lake Okeechobee amid a flurry of efforts to control the water across the region.

Appeals Court Rejects Caloosahatchee Water Case

Jun 20, 2017

A federal appeals court Monday rejected a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ management of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River caused pollution problems in the Southwest Florida waterway.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

A new report by the South Florida Water Management District said some wading bird species saw a sharp decline during last years’ nesting season.

This annual wading bird report looks at how often and where birds nest in South Florida. Most wading birds, like the white ibis or wood stork, make their homes in the Everglades.

It’s a sign to environmental group that there’s still more work to be done with Everglades restoration.