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Local Groups Give Miami-Dade County Stormwater Permit Compliance an Average Grade of C-

stormwater manhole with trash trapped

For Immediate Release Media Contacts:Rachel Silverstein, Ph.D.Executive Director & Waterkeeper, Miami Waterkeeper(305) 905-0856rachel@miamiwaterkeeper.org Elizabeth Fata CarpenterManaging Attorney, Everglades Law Center(786) 496-3309elizabeth@evergladeslaw.org LOCAL GROUPS GIVE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY STORMWATER PERMIT COMPLIANCE AN AVERAGE GRADE OF C-  The report shows that… Read More

ELC Advocates for Biscayne Bay Restoration

Photo of BBSEER Study Area from 2020 Project Management Plan

The Biscayne Bay Southeastern Everglades Restoration (“BBSEER”) Project seeks to combine several projects originally proposed in the 1999 Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (“CERP”) with a focus on restoring more natural, clean freshwater flows into southeastern Everglades wetlands and… Read More

ELC Opposes Florida’s Assumption of Permitting Responsibility Under Section 404 of the Federal Clean Water Act

On November 2, 2020, Everglades Law Center, along with the National Parks Conservation Association and Sustainable Palm Beach County, submitted comments opposing Florida’s proposal to assume responsibility under the federal Clean Water Act for reviewing and issuing permits… Read More

ELC Works to Ensure the Combined Operations Plan (“COP”) Advances Everglades Restoration

ELC – alongside and on behalf of many Everglades restoration advocates – was deeply involved in the public process developing and deciding on the “final” operations plan for the significant new infrastructure built south of Tamiami Trail.  These… Read More

Martin County Wetlands Workshop

Jason Totoiu, ELC’s Executive Director & General Counsel, presented at a recent Wetlands Workshop organized by the Martin County Conservation Alliance. In Martin County, a professional land planner wants to change the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan to allow the destruction… Read More

Water & Wetlands Articles

Wetlands & water resources articles written by the Everglades Law Center: Florida Bar Journal Article: “Planning and Permitting to Protect Wetlands: The Different Roles and Powers of State and Local Government“

Water & Wetlands White Papers

Wetlands & water resources white papers written by the Everglades Law Center:  White Paper: “Protecting Florida’s Waters and Wildlife Through The Endangered Species Act” White Paper: “Optimizing Florida’s Water Supply Planning Law to Advance Everglades Restoration”

Water & Wetlands Comment Letters

Wetlands & water resources comment letters written by the Everglades Law Center:  Letter to Corps, NMFS, US Fish & Wildlife: Lake Worth Inlet Widening Project Letter to Everglades Coalition: Reduce or Eliminate Wetlands Impacts in Everglades  Legal Analysis: Florida’s Wetlands Law Intended… Read More

Optimizing Florida’s Water Supply Planning Law to Advance Everglades Restoration: A White Paper

Executive Summary: Florida’s Water Resources Act is one of the most forward-looking, comprehensive, and highly regarded water laws in the nation. The law has long held that water is a public resource and the Act provides a roadmap… Read More