Defending Florida’s Ecosystems and Communities

The Everglades Law Center is a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to preserving the natural landscape of Florida. We advocate, negotiate, and when necessary, litigate to protect Florida’s special places.


 
ISSUES

You Should Know

We’re working to make the revisions to the Clean Water Act be protective of our water and ecosystems. These new rules provide clarity and regulatory certainty, and they are critical to protect our water resources.  Listen as ELC gets the last word in the discussion.

 

 
RESOURCES

New on the Shelf

The Everglades Coalition sends a letter supporting the Army Corps of Engineers Project Report for the Central Everglades Planning Project: “This project is unique among restoration initiatives in that it will provide system-wide benefits, from relieving a portion of harmful overflows to the northern estuaries to restoring sheetflow and sending water south to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. This initiative served as a model for expediting Corps projects and resulted in a reduced planning timeline.” Read more here.

 

 
LEGAL ACTION

Current Challenges

Read how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ misguided plans to dredge Lake Worth Inlet may significantly impact endangered species, recreation, and local fisheries.  Letter to Corps, NMFS, and USFWS >> Final EIS Comments

 
EVENTS

Mark Your Calendar

Join ELC’s General Counsel Jason Totoiu on Sunday at the University Uniterian Universalist  Church in Orlando, where he’ll present “The Everglades: An Essential Part of the Interdependent Web.” See more details.

Of note…

“The reef and seagrass habitats that would be destroyed are irreplaceable. The dredging and blasting will wipe out this ecosystem. This project is far too harmful to proceed” said Drew Martin, Conservation Chair of the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group.

That’s why the Everglades Law Center is representing a number of environmental and civic organizations to oppose the planned deepening and widening of the Palm Beach inlet and harbor. The proposed expansion poses a significant threat to manatees and local snook populations, and wipe out several acres of important and unique sea grass and hard bottom habitat.

The project is also adjacent to a popular marine recreation area, known as Peanut Island, and the expansion could potentially result in dangerous interactions between recreational users and large vessels.

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