Oh, the Everglades. Our noble river of grass. Our beautiful, unique ecosystem. Oh, the ways in which we have totally screwed it over. No, seriously. We've made our alligators the size of Kate Moss. We've turned some birds gay, and we keep releasing all sorts of stupid pets into it.
Call it a split decision. The latest legal skirmish over the Deep Dredge devolved into an all-day court battle over contracts and language yesterday. Despite the dredge drudgery, however, environmentalists emerged from federal court claiming important concessions in their ongoing battle against the ... More >>
The deep dredge could be in very deep trouble. Miami's most controversial public works project has been under the microscope in recent months as environmentalists have complained the dredge is killing precious coral colonies. This morning, however, those same environmentalists are filing a request ... More >>
A month ago, state regulators raised the alarm over silt from the Deep Dredge killing Miami corals. Now the feds are stepping in as well. According to documents obtained by New Times, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a scathing set of recommendations for saving endange ... More >>
For years, Deep Dredge proponents have promised that the $220 million project wouldn't kill off Biscayne Bay wildlife. Corals would be removed from harm's way, they claimed, and water quality would be closely monitored. Like the massive dredge barges themselves, however, those promises appear to be ... More >>
Jack Laban swears a cat was out here raising hell just this morning. Mosquitoes slurp blood through the 94-year-old shirtless Gladesman's baggy skin as he hobbles across a landfill of empty Pepsi cans and settles into a folding chair. The former Miami plumber with a full head of white hair uses a ro ... More >>
Two years ago, environmentalists desperately tried to derail the Deep Dredge. They claimed the $2 billion plan to deepen the Port of Miami would kill wildlife in Biscayne Bay, so they sued to stop it. But when a bevy of state agencies lined up against them -- threatening dredge opponents with outrag ... More >>
The men work quickly in the cool emerald light. The thin one wields a hammer and chisel, deftly removing one prized piece after another. He passes them to his stockier accomplice, who stuffs them into a bag slung over his shoulder. Between the two of them, they look like Santa Claus and his elfish h ... More >>
On one side, there's the billion-dollar cruise industry and Key West's powerful chamber of commerce sinking thousands into a campaign to convince islanders to dredge 17 acres of sea floor to allow bigger ships and thousands more tourists to visit. On the other, environmentalists, preservationists an ... More >>
In 1972, a nonprofit group came up with a brilliant idea: Create a three-mile-long artificial reef off the South Florida coast using 2 million old tires. Goodyear donated the rubber, Broward County forked over the funds, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed off. The plan quickly went to he ... More >>
Fisher Island Community Association's president worries that the Port of Miami dredge will damage propertiesThis weekend, Port of Miami director Bill Johnson wrote to The Miami Herald to rebut "naysayers" who just don't understand what an "enviable position" the city will be in once we've blasted ... More >>
A federal appeals court Thursday shot down a case that greatly endangered both Miami-Dade's drinking water and Everglades National Park. The three-judge panel confirmed last year's decision to side with the Sierra Club and several other groups against the Army Corps of Engineers. In 2002, th ... More >>
Our feature earlier this month about the never-ending disaster we call Everglades restoration left little doubt that the Army Corps of Engineers deserves a lot of blame. After all, these are the guys who gutted the Glades in the first place with miles of canals and drainage systems. And these are t ... More >>
Saving the Glades could mean screwing these guys.
What was contaminating our drinking water? Who knows - Dade officials stopped looking.
Rock miners are prepared to dig near the Everglades.
Virginia Key Beach
Waterway tells a city's story
As the acknowledged scientific expert on the Glades, Ron Jones brought Florida International University prestige and millions in grants, so naturally the school tried to have him arrested
Water pollution is more serious than the WASD plan would have you believe
Everglades National Park's sub-surface tsuris
Should 2700 little birds be allowed to hold up the reclaiming of the Everglades?
Authorities are in a pickle over where to dump the toxic sludge soon to be scraped from the Miami River
Officials insist the Lake Belt created by limestone mining in Northwest Miami-Dade will be an eco-panacea. Critics say that's all wet.
Planners hope the Natural System Model can help restore the Everglades. But will it survive politics?
Southern Glades Trail
A weird government plan to help save an endangered species winds up threatening to defile the Everglades
When Coral Gables officials see a tiny lake in the middle of their fair city, they think ... shopping mall!
There's a million cubic yards of toxic sludge on the bottom of the Miami River and you may as well get used to it
Everyone seems to love the Florida commander of the Army Corps of Engineers. So why do his superiors want him to leave?
The fight may be about houses in the Everglades, but the battle is about Miccosukee independence by paula park
Long a staple of the Everglades tourist's itinerary, the airboat tour takes a direct hit from the feds
The true story behind the beach erosion explosion is politics as usual
Creating an artificial reef is no longer a slam-dunk affair, despite an abundance of missile sites, water towers, and wanna-be philanthropists
When Everglades National Park chief Dick Ring held a feel-good camp-out in the Dry Tortugas, he really toasted some people's marshmallows
Toxic sewage spawns swamp monsters; officials say no cause for alarm
When authorities pledged to reflood the Everglades, they tried to accommodate residents of the 8 1/2 Square Mile Area in Southwest Dade. They're still trying.
A century of messing with Mother Nature has robbed the Everglades of too much water. Now we don't even have enough for ourselves.