Environment

Environment

Environment

Climate and Environmental changes affect population trends, economic development, tourism, health (especially the health of children), food resources, temperature extremes, air quality, water quality and weather disasters like hurricanes, floods and sea level rise.  

Focus:

  • To promote governmental accountability and transparency regarding our precious, fragile Florida environment.

Chair: Lorraine Zimmerman (plzimm@bellsouth.net, 561-241-3264)

Meetings: The 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm.

Location: The Summit Library in WPB,  3650 Summit Blvd, WPB 33406…

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Hurricane Season 2017

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues

Hurricane Season 2017The 2017 hurricane season is upon us.  It began on June 1 and ends on November 30.  The heart of the hurricane season runs from mid-August through October, and the peak is on Sept. 10.  You can prepare now by downloading a hurricane guide, such as:  Florida Health in Palm Beach County, “Disaster Preparedness Guideor both WPTV and WPBF offer a Hurricane Survival Guide.”  Publix also offers a publication, “Are you ready to weather a storm?

In September 2004, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne ravaged Palm Beach and Martin Counties leaving billions in damage.  The two hurricanes were less than a month apart.  In October 2005, Hurricane Wilma clobbered South Florida with surprising strength, leaving the area …

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Analysis: What stopped the first Lake O reservoir in mid-construction?

It’s been nearly 10 years, but debate continues: What stopped a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee in mid-construction?

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Environmental Report- July

Environmental Report- July

Environmental Team

July, 2017

The LWV is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. League works to increase understanding on major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Official League position statements are issued only by the President or designee. Action on issues should be done as an individual and not as a League member.

During this time of political change, how will we most effectively meet the environmental challenges.

Our issues:

  • Solar with co-ops May 17 Hot Topics was a fun and informative luncheon. The LWVPBC and the Sierra Club will have their kick off with WPB Mayor Muoio and PBCC Mayor Burdick on October 4 at Pine Jog Environmental Center. Contact Diane Marks to volunteer
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More Housing in AG Reserve?

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

More Housing in Ag ReserveFlorida homebuilder, GL Homes, wants to increase the number of homes they can build in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and conservation zone west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach.  Instead of proceeding with their already approved plan to build 3,900 homes in Indian Trails Grove, a 4,900-acre site west of the Acreage, GL now wants to change the rules.

Currently, the rule reads:

The County requires that developers conserve 60 acres in the reserve for every 40 acres they develop.  Land outside of the Agricultural Reserve cannot be used to meet preservation requirements for development in the reserve.

GL Homes is trying to change the County’s comprehensive plan so they can develop more of the property they own …

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A Good Day for Solar in the Sunshine State

Solar Amendment 4 We Did ItIT’S A GOOD DAY FOR SOLAR IN THE SUNSHINE STATE!

Amendment 4, which voters approved with a 73% vote last August and which the Florida Legislature unanimously voted to implement this Spring, has officially been signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This is a major victory for Florida and would NOT have been possible without all of your hard work. Whether you volunteered at the polls, made phone calls, sent emails, distributed yard signs, made your OWN yard signs, or any of the other amazing, creative efforts we saw, YOU made a difference. Floridians will enjoy lower energy costs as burdensome taxes on solar energy systems are reduced beginning January 1, 2018.

Here’s what just a few of the Floridians for Solar Choice coalition members had to …

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Delray Putting Cimate Change at Forefront

Delray to put climate change at forefront: ‘The waters are coming’

Lulu Ramadan

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
3:06 p.m, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Southern Palm Beach County

delray climate changeDELRAY BEACH

President Donald J. Trump may not be prioritizing climate change, but Delray Beach city leaders are.

Mayor Cary Glickstein joined more than 300 mayors nationwide in signing a vow to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement for environmental action to combat global warming, despite Trump’s recent controversial withdrawal of the United States from the agreement.

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Governor Rick Scott Signs Senate Bill 10

Governor Rick Scott Signs Senate Bill 10

Lake Okeechobee Restoration Plan  

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

Governor Rick Scott Signs Senate Bill 10: Lake Okeechobee Restoration Plan

Governor Rick Scott and Senator Joe Negron at the signing of SB 10 in Palm Beach County by Lake Okeechobee.

On May 9th, Governor Rick Scott signed SB 10 into law and pledged $800 million in bonds toward Senate President Joe Negron’s signature project to restore Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades by building a reservoir south of the lake.  The project is designed to stop discharges of toxic algae into streams and estuaries to the east and west by storing 78 billion gallons of water in a smaller and deeper reservoir to the south, with treatment and ultimate discharge into the Everglades and Florida Bay.

 

Governor Scott’s ceremonial signing of the bill was held on Friday, May …

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Moving Solar Energy Forward in Florida

Moving Solar Energy Forward in Florida

By Kathy Panko

Scroll to the bottom for videos of Deirdre’s presentation.

Deirdre Macnab, former President, League of Women Voters of Florida, and currently a member of Florida’s Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, spoke at the Palm Beach County Hot Topics Luncheon on May 17, 2017.  Hot Topic:  Solar for Florida!

Deirdre reported that Florida has fallen behind in solar home installations for two reasons:  Knowledge and Price.  But with citizen support and the passage of Amendment 4, tax breaks are now provided to solar homeowners. You should be aware of Florida’s laws:

  • Everyone/anyone can put solar on their roof.  HOA’s cannot prevent!
  • Utilities must offer NET METERING – they buy back unused power.
  • Residential solar installation costs are EXEMPT from both property and sales tax.

Deirdre explained that …

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Hot Topics: Solar Florida

Hot Topics: Solar Florida

MOVING SOLAR ENERY FORWARD IN FLORIDA

Deirdre Macnab, former President, League of Women Voters of Florida, and currently a member of Florida’s Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, spoke at the Palm Beach County Hot Topics Luncheon on May 17, 2017. Hot Topic: Solar for Florida!

Deirdre reported that Florida has fallen behind in solar home installations because of two key reasons: Knowledge and Price. Everyone should know Florida’s laws:

  • Everyone/anyone can put soar on their roof. HOA’s cannot prevent!
  • Utilities must offer NET METERING – they buy back unused power.
  • Residential solar installation costs are EXEMPT from both property and sales tax.

Video on Facebook-

Deirdre explained that Florida Solar United Neighborhoods (FLSUN) is a non-profit that educates Floridians about the benefits of …

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Solar Co-Ops

By Diane Marks

 

Florida Solar United NeighborhoodsIn the League of Women Voters, we educate on an issue and come to a consensus for what we will advocate. The League came to a consensus in 1992 on climate change – it does exist and is one of the most important issues for the future of the world.

From that, it was concluded that solar energy was good and cut the carbon footprint of those who used it.  However, when the League advocated for solar energy, the Legislators were not interested in talking about it.

Deirdre Macnab, past President of the Florida League and current Vice President for Natural Resources, decided that the way to get Legislators interested in solar was to increase the number of homes in Florida with solar.  Florida …

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