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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida: Staying the course for the public good

By Nicole Johnson | Director of Environmental Policy, Conservancy of Southwest Florida Marjory Stoneman Douglas famously penned one of the greatest books ever written on the Everglades, the eloquent and…

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida appeals Rivergrass Village lawsuit

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has filed its initial brief in Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal seeking to overturn the trial court’s ruling on its challenge to the development…

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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.