Indian River Lagoon

An Environmental History

Author: Nathaniel Osborn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813061610

Category: History

Page: 210

View: 5913

Osborn tells the past and present of the waterway, showing how humans have impacted the region as well as how the lagoon has influenced the human cultures along its shores, to provide much-needed context as debates continue regarding how best to restore this natural resource.

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment: History, Policy, and Politics [2 volumes]

History, Policy, and Politics

Author: Matthew J. Lindstrom

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598842382

Category: Science

Page: 874

View: 6301

A timely, new resource on the history of the U.S. government's approach to environmental policy. • 200 alphabetically organized entries on all aspects of the development of U.S. environmental policy—the events, issues, people, and politics • 100 expert contributors—scholars from a wide range of disciplines—draw on the latest research • A timeline of major laws, events, and governmental agencies related to environmental policy • A bibliography of important books and essays on U.S. government environmental policy in print and on online

The Role of an Environmental NGO in the Landmark Florida Everglades Restoration

An Ethnography of Environmental Conflict Resolution with Many Twists and Turns

Author: Barbara K. Pryor

Publisher: Variocity

ISBN: 193303761X

Category: Nature

Page: 268

View: 5510

? in a region unlike any other place on Earth?Since the turn of the twentieth century, the American conflict between economic development and environmental conservation has been epitomized by the struggles between those who seek to develop and those who seek to protect the Everglades. In recent years the region has embraced the daunting challenge of protecting nearly 70 endangered or threatened species and restoring an ecosystem which has been profoundly altered, while still trying to meet growing human needs for space and natural resources. This environmental conflict centers around the successful implementation of an unprecedented, 38?year, $7.8 billion federal-state Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Dr. Pryor demonstrates that most of the ecological benefits for the Everglades promised in the historic CERP are riddled with conflict over many uncertainties and decades of delays which must still be resolved in order to restore this fragile River of Grass to the highest possible level.The Role of an Environmental NGO in the Landmark Florida Everglades Restoration sheds a beacon of light on this daunting challenge, providing much needed, fresh insight into the largest and most expensive environmental restoration effort in history. Dr. Pryor clearly illuminates the critical role that an environmental NGO can play as it seeks to influence the process of resolving multiparty environmental conflict such as the historic crusade to resurrect our fragile River of Grass.Dr. Pryor offers a unique ethnography for those working with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), academicians and other tireless researchers, conflict facilitators, environmentalists, ethnographers, policymakers, scientists, students and countless other stakeholders. ?The Everglades is a test. If we pass, we may get to keep the planet.? ?Marjorie DouglassVisit Dr. Pryor's website at


The Condition of the Environment and the Control of Nonpoint Sources of Water Pollution

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Nonpoint source pollution

Page: N.A

View: 3637


Natural Areas Journal

A Quarterly Publication of the Natural Areas Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Conservation of natural resources

Page: N.A

View: 1291


Re-Engineering Water Storage in the Everglades

Risks and Opportunities

Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology,Water Science and Technology Board,Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309181501

Category: Science

Page: 140

View: 1625

The Water Science and Technology Board and the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology have released the seventh and final report of the Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, which provides consensus advice to the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force on various scientific and technical topics. Human settlements and flood-control structures have significantly reduced the Everglades, which once encompassed over three million acres of slow-moving water enriched by a diverse biota. To remedy the degradation of the Everglades, a comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was formulated in 1999 with the goal of restoring the original hydrologic conditions of its remaining natural ecosystem. A major feature of this plan is providing enough storage capacity to meet human needs while also providing the needs of the greater Everglades ecosystem. This report reviews and evaluates not only storage options included in the Restoration Plan but also other options not considered in the Plan. Along with providing hydrologic and ecological analyses of the size, location and functioning of water storage components, the report also discusses and makes recommendations on related critical factors, such as timing of land acquisition, intermediate states of restoration, and tradeoffs among competing goals and ecosystem objectives.

Saving the St. Johns River: One Person Made a Difference

Author: Leroy Wright

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1598582399

Category: Nature

Page: 188

View: 3119

This book presents the writer's commitment as a "citizen volunteer" to restore the pollution plagued St. Johns River. I address the early 1900s when man attempted to drain the river's headwaters. The pattern continued into the 1980s with construction of dikes and pump stations throughout the river's first 70 plus miles. In 1985, I founded SAVE St. Johns River, Inc. Our support base includes 3,000 citizens. My work helped secure federal designation of the St. Johns River as an American Heritage River. Another accomplishment included the state purchase of 14 miles of the river's shoreline. A new county recreation facility bears this writer's name. These events, plus others of equal significance are included in the book, supported by 25 photos. Read the full story of this volunteer in action. Most chapters conclude with my sometimes humorous fishing experiences. In writing this book, much of my research material was retrieved from my own personal files I accumulated in my volunteer work over the past 20 plus years. Within the pages of the book, I have included the more significant issues this writer pursued since the mid 1980s. I address the successful conclusions on numerous issues, as well as those issues that continue to present a challenge. I write about some disappointments; not failures. In fact, failure is not a word in this writer's vocabulary. It's simply a delay, pending resolution. The book addresses two complex issues and their effect on the St. Johns River. I present those issues in a way an average person can understand. The book is comprised of 10 chapters, and include this writer's actions: Proposed Sabal Hammocks Project -a great project, wrong location; Restoring Lakes Hell N' Blazes and Sawgrass, a challenge to restore the first two lakes on the St. Johns River; the $200 million dollar plus Upper Basin Restoration Project, a great project; Restoring the Ocklawaha River (removing Rodman Dam), supported by this writer; Transformation of Duda Ranch -New City of Viera, the Viera Company avoided a legal challenge by SAVE St. Johns River, Inc. after the company agreed to sell 14 miles of riverfront to the state of Florida; The American Heritage River Initiative, a highly competitive federal designation of 14 rivers across the United States. Of 126 rivers nominated, I worked to secure this designation throughout the first 150 miles of the river. One chapter addresses sovereignty lands; another chapter addresses a court decision regarding Sabal Hammocks. The final chapter of the book, Fruits of My Labor, document this writer's work, supported by Brevard County Government, St. Johns River Water Management District, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Keep Brevard Beautiful, and conservation groups. My love of fishing beckoned a 9-year old boy to "quiet waters" many years ago. My Dad, a gentle man, often took me fishing. In December 1958, after serving 8 years in the U.S. Air Force, I went fishing on the St. Johns River in Brevard County, Florida. I caught a 7-pound bass. I became a part of this magnificent river. In January 1989, at age 56, I retired as Chief, Design Engineering & Support with the Martin-Marietta Corporation at Cape Canaveral. I have visited the glaciers in Alaska, Ole Faithful in Yellowstone Park, Grand Canyon, and more. However, the St. Johns River's "quite waters" remain my favorite destination. From a former fishing guide to conservationist, I am committed to restoring this magnificent river for future generations. The reader will discover my personal journey and I think will agree: one person made a difference.