Wednesday, June 28, 2017

UPDATE: “Water can flow into endangered [Cape Sable Seaside] sparrow territory”.

Here’s the latest news from Palm Beach Post reporter Kimberly Miller. An excerpt from the article:

Water will be allowed to flow south out of swollen water conservation areas to alleviate flood concerns and save wildlife in the Everglades, but the move could damage nests of the endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow.
     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had barred the opening of flood gates into the sparrow’s nesting area through July 15 — the end of nesting season.
     But Ken Warren, a spokesman for the service, said Tuesday that the Army Corps of Engineers was given the green light to open the gates if it’s “absolutely necessary.”
     “The corps feels like this has evolved into a human health and safety issue because they see the potential for levies to be compromised due to the high water,” [emphasis added] Warren said.

To read the previous news story from last week by the reporter titled, “Emergency Lake Okeechobee back-pumping granted to save wildlife” use this link. And below learn more about the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow.

The South Florida Water Management District was granted emergency permission today to back pump clean water into Lake Okeechobee to save animals and plants in bloated water conservation areas.
     District spokesman Randy Smith, said the district had hoped to avoid the back pumping by opening flood gates that would allow excess water to flow south into Everglades National Park and Florida Bay.
     But that option has so far been blocked to protect the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow, [emphasis added] Smith said.
     “The obvious solution, the quick solution, is to open the gates and let it go into the park,” Smith said. “That is the logical thing to do to provide immediate relief, but so far we’ve gotten no response from U.S. Fish and Wildlife.”

To learn more about the Migratory Bird Act, Endangered Species Act, and past efforts to save our Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow use this link.
Learn more about SFWMD’s efforts to save our birds and the “Tremendous Progress on Kissimmee River Restoration Projectusing this link.