Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Palm Beach Post: “Editorial: Next chapter of Everglades restoration history starts now”.

Use this link to read the entire Palm Beach Post editorial from two years ago which cites many of the same problems and concerns State Senator Jeff Clemens wrote about just two weeks ago.

Here are two excerpts from the Post editorial, dated May 14th, 2015:

     “It was a magnificent dream — restore the historic sheet flow of Lake Okeechobee into the Everglades by converting sugar cane fields back to marsh. On Thursday, the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board voted unanimously to drive a stake through any lingering hopes that Crist’s plan would survive Rick Scott’s governorship. The board ‘irrevocably terminated’ its 2015 option to buy an additional 46,800 acres of sugar cane fields at fair-market value.
     We grieve the death of this particular dream, [emphasis added] alongside the dozens of dedicated activists who showed up for the meeting. But ultimately, we believe that history may show the water district made the right decision, because, in the end, the details really did matter. The purchase apparently would have cost far more than contemplated, accomplished far less, and encumbered the resources needed to more quickly solve the system’s most pressing environmental problems.”

and. . .

     “The solutions will be multifaceted and complex. Significantly more land is needed north of the lake to clean farm discharges. Significantly more land is needed south of the lake to collect rainwater. But also, serious measures are needed to drop the source of much of the pollution in the Indian River Lagoon — septic tanks and lawn fertilizer.”

Not once in this 2015 Post editorial is the Herbert Hoover Dike mentioned. You can draw your own conclusions. Also not mentioned are the cities of Pahokee, Belle Glade, and South Bay. Again. Draw your own conclusions.

In 2017, not until very late in the debate, were the people in western Palm Beach County asked what they thought.
But when they did speak, it was a voice heard all the way to Washington, D.C. And beyond.

Enjoy watching this 2015 video from the Post. Drew Martin, members of the Sierra Club, et al., dramatically drop quarters into a bucket and talk about the “small cost” to “Send The Water South!”.

However, in the video there’s no mention of the people who live in Western Palm Beach County and nothing about leaking septic tanks along the Indian River Lagoon either. Again, draw your own conclusions.

How about a few quarters in a bucket to fix that problem north of Palm Beach County?
Image from the video cited above. The Sierra Club’s Drew Martin dropping a “quarter into the bucket”. Any quarters left over to fix leaking septic tanks along the Indian River Lagoon?