“War–” US Sugar and The Everglades Trust, SLR/IRL

Jacque’s says it so much better than me! please read

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

File photo, WWII bomber. (Public photo.) File photo, WWII bomber, “flying over fields”. (Public photo.)

I must begin by saying  that my recent blogging has been somewhat “uncomfortable” for me, as I was raised to act like a “lady,” and recently I feel more like a fighter pilot.

Politics  sometimes makes “being a lady” a difficult goal, so I do apologize to anyone, such as my mother, who may be offended by my relentless “fighting” blog posts recently regarding the importance of  state purchase of the 46,800 acres of option lands for sale by US Sugar Corporation.

As a warning, mom and others, today’s blog post will be more of the same, as a “type of war” has started.

—-A war of information. A war to influence our governor and legislature….a war over how to use Florida’s Amendment 1 monies….a war to save the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon, the Everglades, and drinking water for South…

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Saving Florida’s Water Action Alert

Right before “Meet the Press” I saw this on wptv channel 5.

I almost fell off my couch.

Here is the website


GO there and sign the petition. You can tweet or facebook  Rick Scott.  Tell him to buy the land. Share the website with your friends and family. This website is a gift. It’s a miracle. So please break twitter and facebook. lets do this folks. This petition needs thousands of signatures.

According to the Scientists at the Everglades Coalition meeting “The most important thing to prevent sea level rise in MIami is to send the water south.”

75% of Floridians voted in amendment one. This land was written into that.

If you have any questions watch this video presentation.

Here is a good article about this project. http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/a-new-tv-campaign-presses-for-purchase-of-us-sugar-land/2218650

now go sign the petition 1-2-3 go http://savingflwater.com/

2015 Floridians for Clean Water & Amendment 1 Rally

Here are all the videos. If I spelled anyone’s name or didn’t include your name please send me an email at clenz@mac.com and tell me which video you were in and send me a link to your organization. Much apologies I don’t have a list of speakers.

After you watch the videos  please go here and follow the directions to sign the petition.


River Kidz

Opening Statements

speakers 1

Mark Pafford

The St johns Riverkeeper

John Scott

Mark Perry

Tropical Audobon

from the keys

Agriculture, the Governor, the Florida State Legislature, “Blood is Thicker than Water,” St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

a must read!

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

Historic photo, Ca. 1800s, courtesy of Sandra Henderson Thurlow, Thurlow Archives.) Historic photo, ca. 1850s, Martin County,  courtesy of Sandra Henderson Thurlow, Thurlow Archives.)

I come from a historic agricultural background, on both sides of my family, so I feel like I can criticize it.

My Thurlow great-great grandparents grew thistles in New York, and my Henderson great-grandparents, from a long farming line, settled in Madison, Florida. My grandfather, Russell Henderson, was a well-respected soli-scientist and taught in the Agriculture Department at the University of Florida, even getting a mural painted including him by citrus legend, Ben Hill Griffen…

I ate boiled peanuts while learning about different crops and cows during my summer vacations as a kid while visiting Gainesville.  I understand the connection and importance of agriculture to the success of both my family and to our country.

Gov Broward for which Broward County is named, led in draining the Everglades. (Public photo.) Florida’s Gov Broward for which Broward County is named, led in leadership to “drain the Everglades,” for agriculture and development. (Public photo.)

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Eula Clarke, LWV Honoree of the Susan B. Anthony Award

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Today Eula received the   LWV Honoree of the Susan B. Anthony Award from the Martin County League of Woman Voters.


Crystal Mills Lucus and Mary W. Higgins.Candidates for House of Representatives 82 and 83.

Thank you to Candidate Mary Higgins for inviting me.




Eula http://elections.tcpalm.com/candidates/eula-clarke

Raising Cane – A History of Big Sugar in South Florida

an awesome history – a must read

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      6,000 years ago, the Everglades were created when a receding ocean revealed a bare limestone plain that covered south Florida. Fed by heavy rainfall, subtropical plants made their home on the low nutrient soil. Rain falling across central Florida made its way to Lake Okeechobee, which frequently overflowed its southern boundaries, creating a slow moving ‘river of grass’ that once covered most of present-day Dade and Broward counties as well as the southern part of the state. As this ‘river’ slowly made its way towards Florida Bay, impurities were flushed from the water and Florida’s aquifers (large, underground limestone caves filled with fresh water) were replenished. Plants and animals thrived in this very unique ecosystem for

thousands of years. Then the white man came…

  The saga that is the tale of Florida’s sugar industry and its effect on the local environment is one of greed and power…

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Advocates at the Governing Board Monthly Meeting at SFWMD

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Advocates came from all over South Florida. Representation from Everglades Coalition (The awesome Cara), The Everglades Foundation, The Sierra Club, The Conservation Alliance of Martin County, The Indian River Keeper, The Audubon Society , Tropical Audubon, Mark Perry, Dawn Shirreffs,  Julia Hathaway, Maggy Hurchella, George Jones,  Donna Melzer,  a kick your butt blonde fisherwoman, and of course our awesome River Warriors of the Indian River Lagoon. Even Me. Even the video girl.

All saying the same thing #buytheland #sendcleanwatersouth

Make sure you watch Eileen DuClau’s  impassioned speech. You don’t mess with Gramma’s from Providence, RI.

45 speakers. All saying the same thing to a stoned faced board who because of political reasons has no interest in doing this. For us Science has trumped politics. For them politics has trumped Science.

I have only one question. What will South Florida look like if this doesn’t happen? Will these people be held responsible?

Cultural Shift, Yet SFWMD/WRAC Still Focusing on “Constraints” not “Possibilities?” SLR/IRL

Please read this is so important

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

Burning sugarcane fields in the EAA. (Photo Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, 2012.) Burning sugarcane fields in the Everglades Agricultural Area near Palm Beach County. This area south of Lake O used to be the Everglades and today is the EAA. This area is a constraint to moving water south. (Photo Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, 2014.)

The St Lucie and the Caloosahatechee estuaries are part of the Everglades as was the Everglades Agricultural Area….

A sugar refinery in the Everglades Agricultural Area. (Public photo.) A sugar refinery in the Everglades Agricultural Area, (EAA). Refineries are a constraints to moving water south. (Public photo.)

Black Gold, the muck soils south of Lake Okeechobee. (Photo JTL, 2014.) Black Gold; the muck soils south of Lake Okeechobee that make the sugar industry wealthy. These soils are a constraint to moving water south. (Photo JTL, 2014.)

Sugar fields burning near Clewiston. (Photo JTL, 2014.) Refinery near Clewiston– a historical town built of the sugar industry located south of Lake Okeechobee. This city and others  are a constraint to moving water south but could benefit from ecotourism economy along with agricultulre. (Photo JTL, 2014.)

Gail M. Hollender, begins her book, “Raising…

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