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Take action: Protect the Panther Refuge from encroaching development

Connectivity: it can be life or death for the endangered Florida panther.  There are two important major corridors used by wildlife, especially large mammals such as the Florida panther.  The…

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Army Corps announces plan that will guide LOSOM

With great anticipation—on Tuesday, Nov. 16, the U.S. Army Corps announced the final plan that will guide the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). LOSOM will replace the current…

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Once proposed for mine location, panther habitat to be protected

By Amber Cooks | Environmental Policy Manager On September 21, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis and his cabinet approved an option agreement allowing the state to move forward with the purchase…

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Let’s call the whole thing off: Clean Water Act permitting should return to Feds

By Amber Crooks | Environmental Policy Manager At a recent industry conference, developers, their representatives, and consultants from across the state expressed frustration that the new “state 404” program had…

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Collier County Board of Commissioners approve RLSA Amendments but agree changes may be needed sooner than later

The three-year process to amend Collier County’s 300 square mile growth plan for the Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA) came to a close on July 13 when the Board of…

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Tell the U.S. Army Corps LOSOM Must be Balanced for All Stakeholders!

Your voice is needed to urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to incorporate critical changes into LOSOM that will ensure the protection of the Caloosahatchee and west coast communities.…

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Updated Naples Stormwater Ordinance

On June 16, the Naples City Council took another meaningful step towards advancing water quality by adopting updates to the City’s stormwater ordinance.

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SB100 signed by Gov. DeSantis

On June 24, 2021, SB100 was signed by Governor DeSantis!  Thank you for all your calls and emails urging him to sign this important legislation. SB100 repeals the Multi-use Corridors…


Lake Okeechobee management up for once-in-a-decade discussion

This summer marks the homestretch of a three-year long planning process that will dictate how Lake Okeechobee is managed for the next 7-10 years.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…