Category: Clean Water

April 8, 2024 • Brian Mast

Let’s Talk About It: The Army Corps

2 years ago I passed the Northern Estuaries Restoration Plan – the first ever law to require the Army Corps to develop a plan to fully eliminate harmful discharges to the estuaries.

Today, the Army Corps is refusing to implement the law – willfully refusing to follow the orders given to them by Congress and the President.

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March 26, 2024 • Brian Mast

Let’s Talk About It: Lake Okeechobee

The Army Corps spent $1.5 billion repairing the Herbert Hoover Dike. Yet, nearly as soon as the repairs were complete, discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee started again.

Now, the Army Corps can’t explain what benefit Florida’s taxpayers got for the $1.5 billion they spent—saying that the repairs will have literally zero impact on the quantity of discharges from Lake Okeechobee. 

Let’s talk about it:

If you’re as outraged by this blatant abuse of tax dollars as I am, sign our petition here to stop the discharges:

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February 22, 2024 • Brian Mast

The Army Corps Spent $1.5 Billion Repairing The Herbert Hoover Dike. Now, They Can’t Explain Why.

Last January, the Army Corps triumphantly announced the completion of an 18-year project to repair the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee at a total cost to taxpayers of $1.5 billion.

Over the nearly two-decade lifespan of the project, each time the Army Corps came asking for more taxpayer funding, the project was heralded as a necessity that would increase the capacity of Lake Okeechobee by more than a foot—reducing the need for harmful discharges to the coastal estuaries, making communities around the lake safer from flood risk and decreasing the risk of water shortage.

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May 12, 2022 • Brian Mast

Big Win For Clean Water

Big news! Last night, Congress passed my bill–the South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act! 

This bill will mandate the federal government take action in the northern estuaries and South Florida to combat toxic algal blooms. 

It is the first-ever federal plan of its kind to force the federal government to take responsibility for the damage they have caused in our state.

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March 18, 2022 • Brian Mast

A note on what just happened in Tallahassee

I’m not going to sugarcoat this: the Florida legislature has just wrapped up another session with no meaningful reform to protect Florida’s waterways.

You may have heard about a bill called SB 2508, which was a bill designed to give more water control to the sugar industry to the detriment of Florida’s environment. While this bill was ultimately amended after intense public pressure to remove some of the worst parts, it’s still a crap bill that will make it harder for water managers to protect Florida’s natural resources.  

And, while SB 2508 grabbed many of the headlines from this session, the biggest news story is probably what didn’t happen: no increased efforts to curb pollution, no policy changes to combat toxic algal blooms and nothing that will help send more water south into the Everglades. 

Governor DeSantis has been an absolutely fierce warrior to secure the funding needed for Everglades restoration.

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December 20, 2021 • Brian Mast

Manatees need our help!

Florida’s waterways are continuing their rapid deterioration with forces like corrupt elected officials, corporate polluters, and the powerful sugar lobby only making matters worse…

The situation in our lagoon is so bad for manatees right now that wildlife officials have been forced to provide food for them.

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October 29, 2021 • Brian Mast

REJECT Drilling in the Everglades!

In case you haven’t seen it, there have been proposals recently to allow oil drilling projects in the Everglades!

This is something that I wholeheartedly reject.  We can’t allow our waterways to be put in harm’s way as a result of this reckless drilling plan.

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August 10, 2021 • Brian Mast

Send the water south!

On Monday, the Army Corps will make a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT in the process to rewrite the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule, and the sugar industry is already gaming out how to manipulate the next phase to their advantage.  

They are rounding up politicians to send letters with their talking points, threatening lawsuits, and inundating reporters with spin from their political operatives.

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March 19, 2021 • Team Mast

Brian Has Been Busy!

The liberal media likes to denigrate and attack Republicans, so you don’t often hear about the big conservative wins. But our America First Congressman Brian Mast has been getting it done!

Just recently we’ve seen Brian:

  • Deliver historic funding for Everglades restoration
  • Help small business owners connect with coronavirus recovery resources
  • Push back against censorship from Big Tech and from liberal media hosts who came after him personally
  • Introduce legislation to combat radical Islamic terrorism
  • Fight to expand vaccine access for veterans
  • Introduce legislation to combat harmful algal blooms and protect coral reefs
  • And more!

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January 22, 2021 • Brian Mast

Looking Ahead

While Democrats in DC are singing a song of unity, their actions this week have sent a different message (no surprise there…). 

They have rushed forward with an aggressively radical agenda that includes shutting down construction of the border wall, lifting travel restrictions for terrorist-harboring nations and stopping deportations of illegal immigrants. 

What do all these orders have in common?  They help people from other countries at the expense of American citizens.

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