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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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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 and Wildlife corridor’s

the politics of Green and Wildlife corridor’s

Upset by the decision to develop a local parcel (pud32) in Palm Beach County that represents Native Florida and contains several protected species I write this post.

Pud 32 recently annexed by the Town of Juno from unincorporated Palm Beach County is slotted for development of Luxury Townhouse with canals and private boat slips by Toll Brothers. Sounds great right, but wait…

Pud 32 located on the SW Corner of Ellison Wilson Rd. and Donald Ross Rd. is a Wildlife Corridor and a Native Tree and Mangrove Forest. This parcel should get a fair assessment of ecological and environmental values before removing muck, mangroves, native trees and species and laying the concrete foundation. My research finds that Florida is liable to protect these sparce areas:

Florida
Florida’s Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development
Regulation Act requires local governments to plan and develop regulations that:
12. Assure protection of key natural areas and agricultural lands that are
identified using state and local inventories of natural areas. Key natural areas
include, but are not limited to:
a. Wildlife corridors.
b. Lands with high native biological diversity, important areas for threatened and endangered species, species of special concern, migratory bird habitat, and intact natural communities.
c. Significant surface waters and springs, aquatic preserves, wetlands, and
outstanding Florida waters.
d. Water resources suitable for preservation of natural systems and for water resource development.
e. Representative and rare native Florida natural systems.
Fl. Stat. Ann. ง 163.3246 (2006). Local governments are subject to state and regional oversight, but may obtain more local control of certain areas through a certification process.
But Toll Brothers seem to walk on water as the Largest Luxury Townhouse developer in the US and have several environmental infractions noted throughout the US Fish and Wildlife court system.
Can we save this Wetland?? and preserve this habitat?? that will have to be determined by the State of Florida, US Govt and the Town of Juno.

the Politics of Green and pollution; EU

Needed to post a few pics from my visit to Europe.

Very poor air quality on Barcelona 2009

Including Barcelona  Spain air quality pics, Livorno (Pisa) water pollution and roadside pollution, finally Cannes France with litter on rooftops and open ocean plastics in the seaweed line. Enjoy.

Very poor air quality on Barcelona 2009

Trash found everywhere roadside in Pisa Italy

Water Issues near a Glass Factory in Pisa, Bright Grey/Blue cloudy water?

Water Issues near a Glass Factory in Pisa, Bright Grey/Blue cloudy water?

Cannes rooftop litter 2009

Open Ocean Pollution; Cannes France 2009 seaweed line

Open Ocean Pollution; Cannes France 2009 seaweed line

Open Ocean Pollution; Cannes France 2009 seaweed line


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.


Step up and help save Corals.

NOAA considering petition to review critical habitat for elkhorn and staghorn coral.

2008 NOAA

2008 NOAA

Press Release: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / 50 CFR Part 226 / Listing Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Designating Critical Habitat; 90–day Finding for a Petition to Revise Designated Critical Habitat for Elkhorn and Staghorn Corals
ACTION: Notice of petition finding; request for information and comments.

http://www.esablawg.com/esalaw/ESBlawg.nsf/d6plinks/KRII-7UL23S

Please comment on this article, ‘for Coral Reefs’, include a name and weblink. Critical times call for critical actions.

Thanks. William

http://www.esablawg.com/esalaw/ESBlawg.nsf/d6plinks/KRII-7UL23S


Renew your Florida Green License Plate

When you renew your DMV Florida License Plate you can also upgrade to an awesome program with the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

Electric car and EarthRehab Green License Plate

Electric car and EarthRehab Green License Plate

4 Specialty license plates benefit the 4 sectors of this Oceanic Environmental Research Institute, that has recently Coop’ed with NOAA.  -press release:

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2009/20090506_institute.html

Additionally you can choose the EarthRehab Green License Plate for FREE, as a token of our appreciation of your support of Harbor Branch.

http://www.fau.edu/hboi/

License Plate page is here:

http://www.fau.edu/hboi/LicensePlates/index.php