| May 25, 2011
| 2:52 PM
A large power plant proposed for Florida panther habitat south of Lake Okeechobee passed an important hurdle Tuesday when the Hendry County Commission voted unanimously to rezone 3,127 acres of ranch land for the project.
Eddie Garcia, a Palm Beach...
| May 10, 2011
| 3:21 PM
Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday appointed five people to the South Florida Water Management District’s board, continuing his push to reshape the agency charged with protecting water supplies, guarding against flooding and leading Everglades restoration....
| May 26, 2011
| 3:35 PM
Pumps will be added to keep drought-strained Lake Okeechobee’s water flowing south, despite environmental objections about draining wildlife habitat.
While that will help irrigate sugar cane fields and potentially boost community water supplies,...
| May 27, 2011
| 11:33 AM
A petition to reintroduce the Florida panther to part of its historic range in northern Florida and southern Georgia was rejected Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, even though the agency’s own recovery plan calls for expanding the...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 9:31 AM
Everglade snail kites abandoned their young to die at six nests on Lake Okeechobee over the past week, as the pumping of water from the lake for farms and cities dried up the birds' foraging areas.
The birds build nests in vegetation over the water to...
| Jun 6, 2011
| 8:25 AM
Lake Okeechobee, South Florida’s backup water supply, dropped to its lowest level since 2008 when its water level dipped Saturday below 10 feet above sea level.
By Monday the lake hit 9.89 feet – 2 feet below normal and more than 4 feet below...
| Jun 8, 2011
| 1:58 PM
Lake Okeechobee’s continued water level decline is expected to trigger new once-a-week landscape irrigation limits for West Palm Beach water customers.
The switch to stricter watering rules for homes and businesses would also apply to the town of...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 4:17 PM
The last vacancy on the South Florida Water Management District Board was filled Thursday when Juan Portuondo of Key Biscayne was sworn in to represent Miami-Dade County.
Portuondo became Gov. Rick Scott’s sixth appointee to the nine-member board...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 2:08 PM
Water managers so far don’t plan to dip deeper into the Everglades to help ease South Florida’s water supply woes during the lingering drought.
One of the South Florida Water Management District’s last-resort measures during past...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 1:40 AM
Following a Sunday drenching for parts of South Florida, expect another blazing hot week with lots of sun and isolated storms in the afternoons.
Sunday proved to be stormy for parts of South Florida, where hail fell on both Coral Springs and Hialeah...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 3:37 PM
Even after brief relief brought by weekend rains, most South Florida water supplies remain well below normal – adding to the strain of a record-setting drought and manmade water problems.
Groundwater monitoring wells in Broward and Palm Beach...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 4:40 AM
The first environmental review of a controversial proposal for a huge federal wildlife refuge north of Lake Okeechobee will be released in August.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will release an environmental assessment of the proposal for the...