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Bullsugar Holiday Wish List

We made history this year. Never before has the human health impacts of toxic algae been a prime consideration for water management in South Florida. In 2019, a change in operational management by the Army Corps lowered the level of Lake Okeechobee before the rainy season, sparing the northern estuaries from another horrific toxic summer. The successful deviation inspired public discussion, political debate, and media coverage in a way it never has before. For the first time, lawmakers and agencies enter a new year with an effective blueprint not just for recognizing our water management crisis, but for solving it. We aren’t stopping there. In the coming days, a bill passed by the House ensuring dedicated federal [...]

2019-12-19T11:20:31-05:00December 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Happy Holidays from Bullsugar!

There is a very special group of people that choose the hard fight over the comfort of the sidelines every year. You are a part of that group. This year, the hard work and generosity of bullsugar supporters paid off, and we saw changes to water management that were specific to preventing negative human health effects from toxic algae. This was *big news* and we are grateful to all of you that helped us move the needle. Now we have to keep the pressure on to ensure clean, safe water for all Floridians, every year. We cannot thank you enough for your continued support through this revolutionary water movement. Without it, celebrating the holidays certainly would not be the same. [...]

2019-12-19T06:07:08-05:00December 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Our Own Silent Spring

What’s a Florida resident to do when one of the greatest perks of living in this state--close proximity to the water--becomes a danger to your health? Jody O’Konski has lived on a canals in Fort Myers for nearly three decades. In an interview with Bullsugar, she recounts her time spent along the water among her greatest sources of enjoyment. Somewhere she describes spending countless hours sitting or strolling along with her family and her dog, Duke. Somewhere she can watch the dolphins and the birds and take in the scenery that makes this place such an iconic paradise for so many. But in 2018 her perspective changed. A terrible odor filled the air and the canal in her back yard filled [...]

2019-12-19T06:07:49-05:00December 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Happy #GivingTuesday! In the next 1,440 minutes, we'd like to ask Bullsugar supporters to support the fight for clean water in the biggest way possible. With your help, we hope to protect the only Everglades in the world for generations to come. This Giving Tuesday, your gift can go even further when you make a donation through the Patagonia Action Works profile page for our affiliate organization, Friends of the Everglades. Now through the end of the year, our partners at Patagonia are matching donations made to Friends of the Everglades in full! CLICK HERE or click the "gift of giving" graphic below to make a matched donation today!  Giving Tuesday ends at midnight. As the clock runs out, we need you [...]

2019-12-19T06:08:00-05:00December 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

We’re Thankful For You

On this Thanksgiving Day, we’re thankful for you. Because of Bullsugar supporters like you, the fight for clean water has only gotten stronger. Much of what we do would not be possible without the support we receive from all across Florida and even beyond the confines of the state. This year, thanks to your support and participation: We finally have leaders at the highest levels willing to acknowledge and combat the corruption and mismanagement destroying this precious public resource and threatening public health. We finally have a water management district that’s putting people before special interests and using sound science to help make informed water management decisions in the best interests of human health and the environment. We have thousands [...]

2019-12-19T06:08:05-05:00November 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Ask Florida DEP to Protect Public Health

We need your help. The state’s triennial review of water quality standards is under way and Friday, November 22, is the deadline to ask the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to establish strict numeric standards for cyanotoxins to protect public health. We know that drinking, touching, and even breathing algae-borne toxins can cause skin rashes, eye irritation, nose and throat irritation and breathing difficulty, stomach and intestinal problems, and liver damage. Additionally researchers have linked these toxins to increased risks of liver failure, ALS, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and multiple cancers. This week we joined the Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups calling on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to establish legal limits for cyanotoxins that pose [...]

2019-12-19T06:08:24-05:00November 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Give Miami Day is TOMORROW!

Thursday November 21st, is Give Miami Day – South Florida’s biggest annual day for charitable giving to 501(c)3 organizations. As a 501(c)4, Bullsugar.org is not qualified to participate in this giving event. Instead, we’d like to encourage our supporters to consider contributing to our tax-exempt sister organization, Friends of the Everglades. Friends of the Everglades is a 501(c)(3) organization built to preserve, protect, and restore the only Everglades in the world through research, policy, education, and legal action. Friends of the Everglades works closely with partners at Bullsugar.org and other experts in the Everglades restoration community to compel government agencies to comply with existing environmental laws, and resist efforts to weaken such laws by creating public awareness of the importance [...]

2019-12-19T06:10:45-05:00November 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Will a Clean Water Champion Replace Rooney?

Last month, Congressman Francis Rooney surprised many by announcing he would not make another run for Congressional District 19. Though Bullsugar hasn’t always been apt to praise Rep. Rooney, we’d like to take the opportunity to tip our hats to him on his way out for a few key accomplishments that moved the needle in Florida’s fight for clean water. With the 2020 elections on the not-so-distant horizon, we’d also like to use this chance to issue a challenge to the people of Florida, to replace him in the upcoming election with fresh representation that has true potential to be a champion for our water. Situated on Florida’s southwest coast, congressional district 19 includes Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, and [...]

2019-12-19T06:10:50-05:00November 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

ACTION ALERT: Please Submit Public Comments to CDC

There are 6 days left to submit comments on a proposed study by the CDC that would examine exposure and health effects of aerosols from cyanobacterial blooms on highly exposed populations during the next active bloom season.  We don’t yet know the extent of harm caused by extended exposure to aerosolized toxins from these blooms, but past studies show concern for long-term exposure and health concerns.  A study hosted by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute last summer resulted in positive tests for “detectable levels” of microcystin, the toxin produced by cyanobacteria, in the nasal passages of every volunteer subject tested living along the St. Lucie River.  Information on aerosol exposure and toxicity is critical in the areas around Lake Okeechobee where [...]

2019-12-19T06:10:58-05:00November 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

NEW VIDEO: “We Want Our Paradise Back”

Carol moved from Connecticut in search of a tropical paradise, beautiful beaches, and clean waters. She thought that she’d found it when she landed in Palm City, but today she describes that excitement as short-lived. In recent years, that paradise has become a gamble. Summers marked by Lake Okeechobee discharges are often the norm. Green water began regularly replacing the jewel tones she moved here for, and properties lined with toxic algae and fouled by its smell peppered the shoreline of the coastal community that she’d made home. She and her partner, Rick, watched in horror as their paradise declined right before their eyes.  After the massive cyanobacteria outbreak of 2016, Carol found herself plagued by chronic health issues that [...]

2019-12-19T06:11:03-05:00November 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|