Martin County Conservation Alliance

SAVE THE DATES!  

Feb 19 (11 & 27) for Corps Meetings on 

Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS)

Feb 20, 6:30 - 7:30 for local workshop for residents:  

Wolf Technology Center Auditorium, 2400 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997, featured speakers:
  • Maggy Hurchalla, winner of numerous awards for her work on the Indian River Lagoon Restoration Plan
  • Alex Gillen of Bullsugar.org
  • Drew Martin of the Loxahatchee Sierra Club
Understand the Importance of LORS and writing effective comments to the Corps and local government about what needs to be done. Sponsored by: The Martin County Conservation Alliance, Martin County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, Loxahatchee Group of Sierra Club, BullSugar, and The Guardians of Martin County.  The theme is "how to draft and deliver effective e-mails to the Corps (and county) by residents." After remarks by each speaker, there will be a panel discussion and question-and-answer.  The deadline for public input for the new LORS is March 31, 2019. 

SAVE LAKE OKEECHOBEE AND US! 

FROM MAGGY HURCHALLA:
The Corps of Engineers wants us to tell them how to manage Lake Okeechobee. It’s all about LORS – that’s the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule.
If you can’t make it to the Stuart hearing take a carful of people to Clewiston or West Palm Beach.
This set of hearings is about the scope of the LORS review. It’s not about the end product. You don’t need to tell them exactly how to manage the Lake. You need to tell them what they have to consider.
These hearings are critical. If we don’t tell them now what to evaluate and consider, we can’t complain later if they don’t consider it.
In past LORS reviews they have only considered flood control and water supply and dike failure. We now know that climate change and nutrient loadings have dramatically changed the impact of Lake management decisions. We know there are health impacts from toxicv algae that they never even thought about before.
It’s not just about the St. Lucie and the deadly Lake discharges. It’s about the people and the environment all over South Florida that are suffering from the existing LORS schedule.
They will tell you they can’t solve the problems until they build all the CERP Projects.
They CAN minimize the damage they do in the meantime.
Tell them the scope of their LORS review must consider:
ALLOCATION OF WATER SUPPLY - - You can't continue water supply guarantees that destroy the Lake marshes or cause public health problems from toxic algae or contribute to destruction of the Park and Florida Bay. How Lake water is distributed needs to deal with climate change and adverse impacts at the southern end of the system.
FLOOD CONTROL -Removing rainfall to someplace else cannot be guaranteed to a single entity at the expense of the health of people and the environmental health of the system. That applies north of the Lake as well as south of the Lake.
WATER QUALITY - While water quality is a state responsibility, the Corps cannot ignore it in creating a new LORS schedule. In the past the Corps has addressed public health and safety only in terms of dam safety and a dike break. Now we know better. We know that cyanotoxins are a real and growing threat and that the health of a whole lot of people will be affected by the LORS schedule. The Corps needs to take ownership of the problem and address it or take the blame for it.
Attend at least one of these important hearings:
  • Clewiston: Monday, February 11, 2019, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  John Boy Auditorium, 1200 South W.C. Owen Ave, Clewiston, FL 33440
  • Stuart: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Indian River State College, The Clare and Gladys Wolf High-Technology Center, 2400 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997
  • West Palm Beach: Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Residents need to ensure that their voices are heard as loudly and as clearly as those of Big Sugar and Big Agriculture. We must stand together to let our message be heard to educate the Corps of Engineers and Martin County Commissioners, who should adopt a strong resolution on LORS.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend at least one of the Corps hearings and the Conservation Alliance public discussion session on February 20.

Sponsored by Martin County Conservation Alliance.  Open to public, no charge.

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