LAST STAND CALLS FOR DEEP INJECTION WELL AT CUDJOE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

 

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Last Stand announced on Wednesday that it is strongly opposed to disposal of treated sewage into shallow wells at the as yet unfinished Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

In letters to DEP, FKAA and each Monroe County Commissioner, the Keyswide environmental group cited state regulations, insufficient treatment and danger to sealife as reasons why the plant should be required to pump its waste 2,500-3,000 feet below the surface into the Boulder Zone.

“DEP requires sewage plants that have the potential to treat one million gallons a day to use deep well disposal,” said Naja Girard, president of Last Stand, a watch-dog group which has operated in the Keys for over 25 years.  “Deep wells receive the partially treated waste water and retain it below solid barriers, while shallow wells allow the fresh water to rise to the surface and move into the nearshore waters,” she added. Continue reading

SAVE THE DATE! Keys Water Quality: The Buck Stops Here

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Everyone acknowledges that the interaction between water quality and coral reefs, seagrasses, and marine creatures in the Florida Keys is a complicated issue. Climate-change, land-based sources of pollution, habitat loss and destruction, and overfishing all contribute to the health of local waters.

Recognizing the importance of water quality, Last Stand and Everglades Law Center are scheduling free forums in April, bringing together a panel of water quality, hydrology, and coral reef experts to examine the science behind what is occurring and what is being planned to improve water quality in the Keys.

The Upper Keys forum, on Wednesday, April 16 in Key Largo, features the director of South Florida Natural Resources Center for Everglades National Park, Bob Johnson, and the director of science and policy for the Everglades Foundation, Tom Van Lent, Ph.D.

Also on the program are Andrew Baker, Ph.D., associate professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, Jerry Lorenz, director of research for Audubon Florida, and Billy Causey, Ph.D., Southeast Regional Director for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

“We know how critically important water quality is to the Keys,” said Last Stand president Naja Girard. “That’s why we’re having two sessions. The people we’ve invited to speak are all renowned experts on the issue of Everglades’ water flow and near- and off-shore water quality.”

The April 16 forum will be held at the Key Largo Public Library, 101485 Overseas Hwy. in Key Largo, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The informational session is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

A second session takes place in Key West on Tuesday, April 22, also from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Eco-Discovery Center. 

For more information, contact Julie Dick at 312-399-4057.

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Last Stand’s Annual Meeting January 25th

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Last Stand will hold its annual meeting on Saturday January 25th at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 35 East Quay Road, Key West. Check in and Social will begin at 5:30. The business meeting to elect directors and report on 2013 activities will begin at 6:15.

2e1767bd9bcaac3bc76ad2edaa0d1339At 6:45 Tabitha Cale, Ph.D. will present a talk “Getting the Water Right: Everglades Restoration and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie River Estuaries”. Low nutrient fresh water flowing from the Everglades to the Florida Bay is vitally important to the health of sea grass, fish nurseries and the coral reef. Last Stand has consistently supported Everglades restoration projects that will return sheet flow of high quality fresh water to historical levels in the Everglades National Park, thus benefiting the Florida Keys. Members are encouraged to attend and the meeting is open to the public at no charge.

Dr. Cale is a native Floridian from Fort Myers, FL. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Louisiana State University. Her research at LSU focused on various areas of environmental policy, including climate change and environmental public health. After a post-doctoral appointment with the LSU Superfund Research Program, Dr. Cale joined the Audubon Florida team as an Everglades Policy Associate. She is an avid birder and kayaker, and currently lives in Miami, FL.

Last Stand’s Annual Meeting January 25th

Last stand logo cropped

Last Stand will hold its annual meeting on Saturday January 25th at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 35 East Quay Road, Key West. Check in and Social will begin at 5:30. The business meeting to elect directors and report on 2013 activities will begin at 6:15.

2e1767bd9bcaac3bc76ad2edaa0d1339At 6:45 Tabitha Cale, Ph.D. will present a talk “Getting the Water Right: Everglades Restoration and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie River Estuaries”. Low nutrient fresh water flowing from the Everglades to the Florida Bay is vitally important to the health of sea grass, fish nurseries and the coral reef. Last Stand has consistently supported Everglades restoration projects that will return sheet flow of high quality fresh water to historical levels in the Everglades National Park, thus benefiting the Florida Keys. Members are encouraged to attend and the meeting is open to the public at no charge.

Dr. Cale is a native Floridian from Fort Myers, FL. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Louisiana State University. Her research at LSU focused on various areas of environmental policy, including climate change and environmental public health. After a post-doctoral appointment with the LSU Superfund Research Program, Dr. Cale joined the Audubon Florida team as an Everglades Policy Associate. She is an avid birder and kayaker, and currently lives in Miami, FL.