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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.

 

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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.

Protect the Endangered Species Act today.

Endangered Species Act is under attack in Washington.

Time is of the essence.

September 15 is the last day to comment on this proposal.

What you can do.

What I did that was so easy, thanks to Ocean Conservancy, I sent e-mails to my elected officials on their format, and got results.
I received letters from all of the Congressmen and Senators applauding my efforts and acknowledging my e-mail. This is kind of like a vote; you will get heard and noted on this very important issue.

  1. I encourage you to open the link and send e-mail to your State elected officials.
    Ocean Conservancy Link
  2. Also please sign the petition sponsored by Defenders of Wildlife at the petition site…
    Petition Site Link
  3. Use the Audubon form to send a message to Fish and Wildlife.
    Audubon Link

Send a message to Washington today and protect the Endangered Species Act.


11th International Coral Reef Symposium, July 7-11 2008

ICRS Tshirt by EarthRehabBack of Tshirt for the ICRS 2008 by EarthRehabEarthRehab will attend the Symposium and we have created a special t-shirt for the occasion; it reads W.Q.M.S. and T.M.D.L. on the front.

 

Ft. Lauderdale Florida http://www.nova.edu/ncri/11icrs/index.html

Every four years the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) convenes as a major scientific conference to provide the latest knowledge about coral reefs worldwide. Natural scientists, resource managers and users, conservationists, economists, and educators meet together to advance coral reef science, management, and conservation.

REEFS FOR THE FUTURE is the scientific theme of the Symposium, highlighting one of the most important international treasures: coral reefs. Degradation due to factors including pollution, over fishing, and climate change, threaten destruction of these ecosystems on an unprecedented global scale.

As I understand it the following will be present and Expoing at the Symposium:

World Wildlife Fund, Nature Conservancy, Ocean Conservancy, International Coral Reef Initiative, the Billfish Foundation, Wyland Foundation, and NOAA.

Contact William at EarthRehab and reserve a WQMS and TMDL shirt today while supplies last. W1@earthRehab.com

ICRS 2008/ The 11th International Coral Reef Symposium

Broward County Convention Center Ft. Lauderdale Florida

 

A brief synopsis of my experiences, abstracts are available.

Contact me at EarthRehab.com

William Djubin

Founder

EarthRehab

 

The Symposium kicked off in traditional International Year of the Reef 2008 celebration style. Reef Rescue and Ed Tichenor get the well-deserved credit and victory.

 

On opening day Reef Rescue was honored to be recognized by Florida Governor Charlie Crist for our groups work in protecting the marine environment. The Governor opened the Symposium by signing into law a bill to end ocean outfall sewage dumping in south Florida. The bill introduced by Senator Burt Saunders Environmental committee culminated six years of effort by Reef Rescue volunteers and the south Florida diving community to end this archaic practice. .

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Florida’s Endangered Animal Species List by EarthRehab

Endangered Species Florida Cougar

Learn more about Endangered and Threatened Species and Actions being taken to Save these vulnerable animals with the EarthRehab portal:  
  
Here is the updated list for the State of Florida: (sorry, no plants were listed)
Manatee
Shortnose sturgeon
Okaloosa Darter
American Crocodile
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle
Wood Stork
Everglades Snail Kite
Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow
Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Florida Panther
Red Wolf
Key Deer
Lower Keys Marsh Rabbit
Silver Rice Rat
Key Largo Wood Rat
Key Largo Cotton Mouse
Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse
Anastasia Island Beach Mouse
St. Andrews Beach Mouse
Perdido Key Beach Mouse
Indiana Bat
Florida Saltmarsh Vole
Fin Whale
North Atlantic Right Whale
Humpback whale
Sperm Whale
Caribbean Monk Seal
Schaus’ Swallowtail Butterfly
Fat three-ridge (mollusk)
Shinyrayed Pocketbook (mollusk)
Gulf Moccasinshell (mollusk)
Ochlockonee Moccasinshell (mollusk)
Oval Pigtoe (mollusk)
Elkhorn Coral
Staghorn Coral

Florida Water Pollution reporting 2008

Just this past week I was sent 2 E-mails, 1 from the DEP and 1 from Florida Fish and Wildlife.
They would like for Divers and Snorklers to Report Pollution and HAB’s.
If while diving you encounter a Pollution Spill of any magnitude you should photograph the spill and send to DEP.
If while snorkeling or diving you should encounter a Red Tide, HAB Algae Bloom the Florida Fish and Wildlife would appreciate photo’s and water samples.
original emails below DEP First then FFW:
 
Greetings to Everyone,
 
On behalf of The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP-CRCP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and Palm Beach County Reef Rescue (PBCRR) we would like to announce the establishment of Southeast’s Florida Marine Debris Program.
 
The program is encourages local divers and southeast Florida dive shops to report marine debris they observe while scuba diving or snorkeling.  An online data entry form and a hotline has been created to allow you to report the location, type, and quantity of marine debris observed as well as the type and quantity of marine debris removed, if any during the dive or snorkel. 
 
The collection of this information will be used to organize reef clean-up events in the future.
 
For more information and to make a marine debris report visit www.cleanSEFLreefs.com
 
Please feel free to distribute widely and I apologize for any cross-postings.
 
Thank you,
 
Rob Ruzicka
Fishing and Diving Project Coordinator
Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s
Coral Reef Conservation Program
1277 NE 79th St Causeway
Miami, FL 33138
Phone: (305) 795-1221
Fax: (305) 795-3470
http://www.southeastfloridareefs.net/
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/COASTAL/programs/coral/
 
FFW
Good Morning,

Your email and photo’s were received by the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute. If there was a pollution issue, that would be within
the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) jurisdiction. If there
was a bloom of some kind, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) may
have looked at samples, but we didn’t hear about any HAB problems.

Discolored water does not necessarily equal Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB).
Your photos were shared with our HAB expert who stated that if a water
sample could be provided, we can examine it for the presence of any HAB
species.

Thank you for your concern.

Robin Allen
Outreach Coordination
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
100 Eighth Avenue, SE
St. Petersburg, FL  33702-5020

Phone: 727-896-8626 ext. 2059
Fax: 727-893-9183
Robin.Allen@MyFWC.com
http://research.MyFWC.com