Water Storage & Quality Issues


A Major Project to Protect the Caloosahatchee Watershed

This article discusses a project with the potential to dramatically reduce the harmful runoff from the Caloosahatchee watershed.

Date published 8/25/22

What Progress Has Been Made Towards Everglades Restoration?

This article presents a cautiously optimistic view of the progress that has recently been made relative to Everglades Restoration.

Date published 6/28/22

What is the Status of Everglades Restoration?

This article summarizes some of the well-meaning actions that were taken, each of which had the unintended consequence of driving deterioration of the Everglades.

Date published 2/10/22

LOSOM’s Overall Framework Might be Finally Decided

The multi-year LOSOM project may finally be finished.

Date published 12/23/21

The Status of Stormwater Design and Operations

This article discusses Florida’s challenges and opportunities relative to rulemaking for the treatment of stormwater.

Date published 10/14/21

What Should We Expect from the Blue Green Algae Task Force?

This article provides an update on Florida’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force.

Date published 9/16/21

The Need to Push Back Against the Army Corps

This article explains why LOSOM may be detrimental to the Refuge.

Date published 6/10/21

Important Updates and a Critical Call to Action

This article provides an update on some threats and opportunities relative to our water resources.

Date published 4/8/21

You Can't Always Get What You Want

The Army Corps of Engineers is attempting to incorporate the risk of Harmful Algal Blooms into the new manual for managing releases out of Lake Okeechobee.

Date published 12/17/20

May You Live in Interesting Times

This article provide an update on some previously discussed water-related legal issues and projects and it identifies some others that we need to watch carefully.

Date published 11/26/20

What’s Happening with the Caloosahatchee River Watershed?

This article discusses the complex process of improving the quantity and quality of the water in the Caloosahatchee River watershed.

Date published 11/05/20

An Update on Modifying Lake O’s Release Schedule

This article explains some of the reasons why it is so difficult to change the guidelines for how water is released out of Lake O.

Date published 8/6/20

Nature Explorers Virtual Summer Camp - Algae Experiment

This video shows people of all ages how adding fertilizer (& extra nutrients) to water can cause more algal growth than water without extra nurtients added. This experiment is shown on a small scale but speaks volumes for our Florida water quality issues. 

Date published 6/18/20

Expanding the SWOT Analysis

A look at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of some key water-related activities 

Date published 6/11/20

What a SWOT Analysis Says about Water Related Issues

This article gives a current assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the quantity and quality of our water resources.

Date published 5/21/20 

Update on Water-Related Issues

Date published 4/3/20 

An Update on People and Projects that Impact Our Water

Date published 3/19/20

How Florida’s National Wildlife Refuges Impact Everglades Restoration

The article provides a comparison of some of Florida’s national wildlife refuges.

Date published 3/5/20

EVCO Video

This is a video of a session at the 2020 Everglades Coalition Conference that focused on the impact that Florida’s national wildlife refuges have on Everglades restoration.

What Can We Expect from the Red Tide Task Force?

This article provides insight into the activities of the Red Tide Task Force.

Date published 1/9/20

Why Do Some Water-Related Projects Take So Long?

This article explains why some key water-related projects are inherently lengthy. 

Date published 12/26/19

What You Need To Know about Florida Red Tide

This article answers several fundamental questions about red tide.

Date published 11/28/19

What has the Blue-Green Algae Task Force Delivered?

This article summarizes the key recommendations of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force.

Date published 10/31/19

The Impact of Florida Forever on the Refuge

Putting additional land into conservation is an important way to improve water quality.

Date published 9/19/19

Why is Sanibel’s Jordan Marsh Water Quality Treatment Park So Cool?

This article identifies a great example of the type of local projects that can significantly impact water quality.

Date published 8/8/19

The Status of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)

In June 2019, the SFWMD presented a webinar on the status of CERP. The webinar begins at roughly 13 minutes into the video.

Date published 7/25/19

It's a Busy Time for Water Issues

This article summarizes the status of key water-quality initiatives.

Date published 6/13/19

At Season’s End: A Status Update on Water Quality Initiatives

This article discusses recent initiatives that have the potential to improve water quality. It also identifies places where additional work still needs to be done.

Date published 5/16/19

Wessel, Evans, and Ruane on Water Quality

This video was created in October 2018. It contains a discussion of water quality issues by Rae Ann Wessel, Natural Resources Policy Director, SCCF; James Evans, Director of Natural Resources, Sanibel; and Kevin Ruane, Mayor of Sanibel.

Would Dispersed Water Management Help the Refuge?

Solving our water quality issues requires creating more water storage. Dispersed water management may be an effective means.

Date published: 3/14/19 

My Water Daily

My Water Daily is a compilation of stories about water quality in Florida that is distributed via email. The link above points to where people can sign up to receive these updates. 

Turning the Tide

Florida Weekly article explores the early economic impacts of the troubled summer of 2018, marketing vs. advocacy.

Date published: 8/15/18

A Response to Frequently Asked Questions about the 2018 Lake Okeechobee, Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers and Estuaries Algal Blooms

This article discusses the causes of the 2018 south Florida algae blooms and contains numerous references.

Date published: July 2018

Caloosahatchee Watershed Regional Water Management Issues

This document, authored by James Evans, Director of Natural Resources, Sanibel, provides a detailed overview of water management issues in the Caloosahatchee watershed.

Published:  July 2016

Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir

This video, created by the South Florida Water Management District, discusses the purpose of the C-43 Reservoir and provides a progress update.

Posted:  December 2017

EAA Reservoir Update

This video provides an update from the South Florida Water Management District on the progress of the EAA Reservoir.

Published:  December 2017

Why the State of the Caloosahatchee River Matters to the Refuge

This article discusses the historic water flow within Florida, the factors that changed that flow, and what that means to the Refuge.

Date published: 2/14/19

The Impact of the EAA Reservoir on the Everglades and the Refuge

The completion of the EAA reservoir has the potential to significantly improve the quality of water that surrounds the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Date published: 11/22/18

The Relationship between Blue-green Algae and Red Tide

As was dramatically demonstrated in the summer of 2018, both blue-green algae and red tide pose a significant ecological threat to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.


Date published: 9/6/18