Water Storage & Quality Issues

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

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