May 6, 2007 |
loxahatchee national wildlife refuge, fla. -- Like the insatiable plant from the musical "Little Shop of Horrors," a verdant menace is eating the Everglades. The Old World climbing fern, known to botanists as Lygodium microphyllum, spreads its asphyxiating fronds like fingers around the necks of native cypress and mangroves. It smothers the flora of the glades' unique tree islands and starves out the endangered wood storks and other fauna. "You can't cut it because it grows right back.
April 17, 2007 |
Even with tough new water-use restrictions and farmers' conservation measures, the Everglades might still need to be tapped to ensure ample drinking water for South Florida, water managers told Gov. Charlie Crist and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) on Monday. At an emergency meeting on Florida's drought, the political leaders also learned that the state appears to be destined for more than a summer's dry spell and heavy wildfire season.
March 24, 2004 |
The Supreme Court, sidestepping a major decision on the government's power to regulate clean water, told a Florida court to reconsider a pollution dispute involving the Everglades. The ruling extends a six-year fight between the 500-member Miccosukee Indian tribe and a water district the Indians accuse of illegally dumping pollutants.
December 15, 2003 |
Two decades ago, residents of two Florida Panhandle towns were so concerned about a hazardous waste site near the Chipola River that state officials agreed to monitor the fish there for five years. They did not detect any hazardous waste contamination in the fish, but they did find mysteriously high levels of mercury. Intrigued, they kept looking.
September 24, 2003 |
A federal judge who presided over the Everglades' restoration for more than a decade was removed from the case Tuesday following sugar growers' complaints that he favored environmental groups. U.S. District Judge William M. Hoeveler's removal by his superior was a victory for U.S. Sugar Corp., which led the fight against Hoeveler. The company contended Hoeveler had become too politically involved, criticizing state lawmakers and Gov.
August 23, 2003 |
From the helicopter flying at 500 feet, the intruder is soon visible: a fringe of cattails, undulating lazily in the hot breeze of a Florida summer's midday. For Gary Goforth, an environmental engineer on the chopper, the lush, densely packed plants stretching in a bright green smudge alongside the L-7 Borrow Canal are an unwelcome sight. They are a noxious force, as well as a warning that this expanse of Florida's vast, watery wilderness is ill.
May 21, 2003 |
Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill Tuesday that could extend the deadline for cleaning up the Everglades by 10 years, despite objections from environmentalists and a judge's warning that the law may violate a federal agreement. Bush said the cleanup will be more than 95% complete by the original deadline of 2006. A related bill that Bush says will address environmentalists' concerns was passed by a Senate committee later Tuesday.
December 29, 2001 |
A Bush administration draft of rules for a $7.8-billion restoration of the Florida Everglades maps out a broad strategy to save water but has no deadlines or time lines demanded by environmental activists. The draft, released by the Army Corps of Engineers, includes only the most general of plans for saving the nation's shrinking wetlands. The blueprint specifies elimination of canals, conservation of water and the tracking of wildlife over three decades.
March 25, 2001 |
Having speared a fat fish, a great blue heron is poised to gulp. I stand on the bank of the Kissimmee River-the headwaters of the Ever-glades-watching the wading bird, expecting that the drama of swallowing will surpass that of the impaling. Surely this feathered predator would fare better, I think, if it had a short, wide, straight neck-like that of a gator-instead of a narrow, sensuous S-curve that's prettier than it is practical. Then again, maybe not.
October 20, 2000 |
The House on Tuesday approved the first phase of a $7.8-billion plan to restore the Florida Everglades, one of the nation's largest such environmental projects. More than half of the 300-mile-long Everglades ecosystem has been destroyed through decades of flood-control efforts that, while benefiting farms and new housing communities, disrupted the natural flow of water. The legislation, part of a larger water resources bill, authorizes the U.S.