Defending Florida’s Ecosystems and Communities

The Everglades Law Center is a nonprofit public interest law firm that specializes in environmental and land use matters. It is comprised of a team of lawyers, conservationists, and advocates dedicated to preserving the natural landscape of South Florida.


 
ISSUES

You Should Know

Everglades National Park has released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will impact whether FPL can build transmission lines inside this World Heritage Site. >> Read our Comments on behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association.

 
RESOURCES

New on the Shelf

ELC objects to a proposed “clearcut” on the Apalachicola National Forest.  The timber sale would threaten endangered species such as the red cockaded woodpecker and frosted flatwoods salamander. Read our objections: Telogia Objection Letter

ELC and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida submit comments on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s draft Strategic Growth policy.

 
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

Want to learn more about water quality in the Keys? Join ELC and Last Stand on April 16th and 22nd on a discussion led by top experts in the field.  Click here for more details.>>

Of note…

A massive rock mine should not be allowed to eat up Palm Beach County farmland that was once part of the Everglades, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday, August 7.

The decision by Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals stops U.S. Sugar Corp. from turning 7,000 acres of its farmland south of Lake Okeechobee into a rock mine.

The ruling was another big victory for environmental groups who have now used the courts to foil plans for at least three rock mining operations, which they argued threatened Everglades restoration.

“It’s a big victory for the Everglades,” said Lisa Interlandi, an attorney for the Everglades Law Center. “This area is intended to remain agricultural and to be available for Everglades restoration.”

Between 2006 and 2010, Palm Beach County approved new or expanded rock mining on 20,000 acres of western farmland, despite environmental concerns.

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It's a busy Earth Day for south Florida today: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will decide whether to move forward on the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) and move water south. Senator Nelson chairs a hearing on coastline impacts of climate change in Miami Beach. ELC and Last Stand host "Florida Keys Water Quality: The Buck Stops Here" event in Key West. Stay tuned! ... See MoreSee Less

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On April 16th, Upper Keys residents joined ELC, Last Stand, and five esteemed scientists, to discuss what are the problems with the Keys water quality, and how can we solve it. ... See MoreSee Less

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Want to learn more about how restoration and water issues affect the Keys? Join us tonight at 6:30pm in Key Largo at the Monroe County Public Library to examine the science and look at strategies moving forward to protect our water. http://evergladeslaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Keys-Water-Quality-Flyer-Apr14.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

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