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Lake Okeechobee Operations

On September 12, ELC submitted comments on behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and Florida Bay Forever regarding a draft Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) evaluating proposed changes to operations to the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual… Read More

Saving the Savings Clause

On September 12, ELC Filed an Amicus Curiae (or “Friend of the Court”) Brief in the Sugar Industry’s legal challenge to the Everglades Agricultural Area (“EAA”) Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area (“STA”) on behalf of seven organizations –… Read More

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

Economic Valuation of Lake Worth Lagoon

The Everglades Law Center (“ELC”) is a nonprofit law firm that has long used advocacy, policy development, and litigation to protect and sustain South Florida’s unique and irreplaceable ecosystems and communities. PFM Group Consulting LLC (“PFM”) works at… 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”