Category Archives: Jupiter Inlet

PRESS RELEASE: COMMUNITY FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH OCEAN REHAB FOR REEFS

June 7, 2011 

Community Foundation Link

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

William Djubin, Ocean Rehab Initiative, President

Ocean Rehab Initiative Link

 

(561) 308-8848, William_djubin@msn.com

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH OCEAN REHAB INITIATIVE AND CITIZEN DIVERS TO PROTECT OUR REEFS AND COASTLINES

 

(June 2, 2011) WEST PALM BEACH – Ocean Rehab Initiative, a Palm Beach County based Coral Reef Initiative is pleased to announce it has received a $2,500 matching grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties with a total of $5,000 directed towards Coral Reef Conservation. Ocean Rehab Initiative will use these funds to support its Florida Reef Project and continue its mission of surveying the entire length of the Southeastern Reef Tract. 

The Florida Reef Project employs citizen divers to survey the reef, which stretches from the St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County, all the way to the Florida Keys. A major concentration of the portion of the reef which lies closest to shore is in Martin and Palm Beach counties. These divers are certified free of charge according to Reef Check International standards. They agree to perform two survey dives over the next two years. These dives will create the first ever baseline of the reef system, allowing for proper management in the future.

The grant, on behalf of the Wendy and Royall Victor III Fund for Environment and Landmark Preservation of the Community Foundation, will allow Ocean Rehab Initiative to certify twelve Palm Beach and Martin County divers. Those divers will then begin surveying the reef line that runs along Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

“A real progress in addressing environmental challenges is to involve a broad group of concerned citizens. The Ocean Rehab Initiative does exactly that by employing citizen divers in studying and mapping the reef structures off the east coast of South Florida, which is one of the most endangered marine environments extant,” says Royall Victor III, Chair of the Environmental Committee and the Vice Chair of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Board of Directors.

 “Ocean Rehab Initiative is extremely grateful to the Community Foundation for this very generous grant,” said William Djubin, president of Ocean Rehab Initiative. “It is only because of foundations like the Community Foundation that we are able to exist, much less perform this work, which is very important to everyone who lives along Florida’s coast.”

Ocean Rehab Initiative is a 501(c) (3) Public Charity Non-profit volunteer organization Ocean Rehab’s next scheduled “Citizen Scientist” diver certification classes will be held the third week of  June 2011 thanks to the sponsorship of CFPBMC.  

Contact Ocean Rehab Initiative at http://OceanRehab.org or e-mail at info@oceanrehab.org for any inquiries.

 

The Community Foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. (Ask the Community Foundation to supply a quote regarding your project by emailing the Director of Communications and Marketing.)

About the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

As one of Florida’s largest community foundations, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties advances quality of life, citizen engagement, and regional vitality through its promotion of philanthropy. We have been in existence for more than 35 years, with permanent endowment now totaling more than $100 million. Last year, the Foundation awarded over $3.4 million in grants and led initiatives to address critical issues of common concern among our region’s communities, including hunger, homelessness, affordable housing, and the conservation and protection of water resources. We are the trusted steward of over 250 funds created by area families, philanthropists, corporations and private foundations for charitable investment in our region’s communities. To learn more, please visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org or our You Tube Channel at www.youtube.com/palmbeachmartincf.

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April Fool’s Day and Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc.

April Fool’s Day and Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc.

About Ocean Rehab and April Fool’s Day

Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc. was actually born on this exact date; April Fool’s Day is the day that is stamped on our determination letter by the IRS declaring Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc. a 501(c) (3) public charity. Donors and Charter Sponsors whether independent or corporations receive 100% tax deductions for their generosity.

We are Reef Check Florida; an Ecological Assessment and Long Term monitoring program for the Southeast Florida Reef System as administered by Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc. 

We hope you enjoy our project and work’s to protect Florida’s most valuable eco-system, the Oceans.


the Politics of Green and Oil Spill Damages; priceless

the Politics of Green and Oil Spill Damages; priceless

Fishery at Breakers Reef June 22, 2010 (Ocean Rehab)

Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc. pre- Oil Spill Surveys of Breakers Reef slideshow on Earth Rehab Flickr’ . click here and see what’s happening to protect Florida’s underwater eco-systems.

Slideshow Click.

 


the Politics of Green; Florida and the Clean Water Act

the Politics of Green; Florida and the Clean Water Act

A meeting will be held at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute on March 31, 2010 to discuss the Federal EPA Clean Water Act.

The meeting is intended to get scientific and public input regarding the nutrient criteria for establishing clean and healthy waters for Florida, and you are invited.

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
PLACE: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University, Johnson Education Center Auditorium, 5600 US Highway 1 North, Ft. Pierce, Florida 34946

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local scientists, is embarking on a process to engage those people familiar with Florida’s marine waters in the development of numeric nutrient criteria for estuarine and coastal areas. The primary purpose of numeric nutrient criteria is to protect healthy well-balanced natural populations of flora and fauna from the effects of excess nutrient enrichment. Implementation of these criteria can prevent over-enrichment from occurring, and can be used to identify waters impaired by nutrients in need of restoration. The criteria would also support full recreational use of the State’s predominantly marine waters.

The components of this estuarine/coastal nutrient criteria development process include:

• Engaging local organizations, stakeholders, and experts around the State to generate discussion and exploration of appropriate numeric nutrient criteria;

• Compiling data and scientific support on key ecological attributes and for recommended numeric nutrient criteria where such information is generated and available; and

• Ensuring that such information is accessible to both FDEP and EPA for consideration when moving forward with proposed numeric nutrient criteria. 


Containers fall off ship, drift toward West Palm, but Coast Guard says shoreline safe

Containers fall off ship, drift toward West Palm, but Coast Guard says shoreline safe:

thanks Palm Beach Post.

WEST PALM BEACH — After racing to prevent an environmental disaster, the Coast Guard sought to calm fears late Thursday that 30 shipping containers that fell off a freighter in the Keys might drift up Florida’s east coast spilling severely hazardous materials.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/containers-fall-off-ship-drift-toward-west-palm-200130.html

-Thanks Paul Quinlan


the Politics of Green and Climate Change

Leaked info on 3 Degrees Celsius probability:

Copenhagen Climate Change Conference | 3 degree threat
“A document leaked from the UN secretariat says the world will warm by about three degrees this century if the greenhouse gas cuts being proposed at Copenhagen are followed through, exposing the huge gap between the rhetoric of world leaders at the conference and climate science.
Scientists say the three degree rise would likely have severe consequences on human development for centuries, and may well trigger “tipping points” that cause uncontrollable climate change.”


The Politics of Green and Agricultural pollution

The Politics of Green and Agricultural pollution

Red and Green Algae Bloom

Red and Green Algae Bloom

An amazing victory will be celebrated in Florida, a victory for the Reefs and the Inland waters.

A federal judge orders the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  to set limits on Agricultural pollution and polluters that have deemed over 2000 Inland bodies of water impaired. The phosphorus and nitrogen over enriched waters of inland Florida have created massive Harmful Algae Blooms for over a decade, and consequentially also assisted massive Dead Zones (Hypoxia) to flourish.

Excellent job goes to David Guest and Earth Justice for the lawsuit and follow through.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/11/16-13

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – November 16 – A federal judge in Tallahassee today approved a historic consent decree which requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set legal limits for the widespread nutrient poisoning that triggers harmful algae blooms in Florida waters.