A new power plant being built near Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is facing a legal challenge by the Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition, this Palm Beach Post article says. The group is suing the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for allowing Florida Power and Light to build the plant, citing pollution and the potential to promote growth in an unsuitable area. FPL says it’s just trying to keep up with expected demand. We’ll have to stay tuned to see what happens.
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Florida restoration projects will be able to move ahead, thanks to funding just approved by Congress; read more here.
Under the Water Resources Development Act, Congress has approved funding for several restoration projects: $1.4 billion for the Indian River Lagoon, $375 million for Picayune Strand State Forest, $81 million for an impoundment area near Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and $10 million to restore Peanut Island. There is also $1.5 million to study how strong the dike is around Lake Okeechobee.
In the Southeast, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cut 68 positions in the past three years; the agency is seeking authority to cut 87 more positions in the region in the next three years, including 21 in Florida – Dec. 3, Tallahassee Democrat