CAUCUS AMBIENTAL DEMOCRÁTICO DEL CONDADO DE MARTIN

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Descripción general de Caucus

Declaraciones de misión

Principales problemas en los que nos centramos

Otros grupos ambientales

Calendario

Minutos

Estatutos

Donaciones

El Caucus Ambiental Democrático del Condado de Martin es un capítulo local del Caucus Ambiental Democrático de Florida (DECF).  El caucus se reúne a las 6:30 pm el tercer martes de cada mes, actualmente a través de Zoom.  

 

Las reuniones consisten en una discusión general sobre temas ambientales en las noticias y cómo podríamos responder.  Más específicamente, entre otras preocupaciones, abordamos los asuntos de la ciudad de Stuart, la actividad de la Junta de Comisionados del Condado de Martin y el trabajo de la legislatura estatal y más allá.  

La mayoría de las reuniones incluyen un orador invitado para informarnos sobre un tema ambiental en particular o para escuchar directamente a un funcionario o candidato demócrata local que se postula para un cargo.  

 

Damos la bienvenida a todos los demócratas a ser parte de nuestro caucus mientras aprendemos, hablamos y trabajamos para defender nuestro medio ambiente.  Para participar en nuestro grupo, complete el formulario de contacto indicando su interés en MC Dem Env Caucus y alguien se comunicará con usted.

 
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Declaraciones de misión

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MC Caucus Ambiental Democrático

El Caucus Ambiental Democrático del Condado de Martin tiene la intención de:

  • Identificar y priorizar las preocupaciones ambientales que afectan a nuestros municipios locales, condado, estado, país y mundo.

  • Contemplar soluciones a esas preocupaciones y recomendar cursos de acción.

  • Educar, colaborar y respaldar a los candidatos demócratas que adoptan nuestra agenda.

  • Educar al público y generar apoyo para nuestros objetivos

  • Coordinar con otros grupos ambientales dentro de nuestros distritos legislativos:  Distrito del Senado 25 y distritos 82 y 83 de la Cámara

Como capítulo del Comité Ambiental Democrático de Florida (DECF), en MC Dem Env Caucus también apoyamos los objetivos de DECF.

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Caucus Ambiental Democrático de Florida

El Caucus Ambiental Democrático de Florida (DECF) se esfuerza por apoyar a los legisladores, candidatos, legislación y empresas de Florida que preservan, protegen y mejoran los recursos naturales de Florida. Las preocupaciones del DECF pueden incluir, entre otras, la calidad del aire, las costas y las costas de Florida, los acuíferos, las vías fluviales, los humedales, la vida silvestre, las áreas naturales restantes y las tierras y parques silvestres de propiedad pública.

DECF tiene la intención de:

  • Ayude a elegir candidatos demócratas que respalden acciones adecuadas en cuestiones ambientales críticas.

  • Proporcionar a los miembros del partido y al público en general datos creíbles relacionados con cuestiones ambientalmente sensibles, como opiniones informadas, alertas legislativas y conocimientos técnicos y científicos.

  • Supervisar la legislación y las políticas locales y estatales que afectan el medio ambiente de Florida y alertar a los legisladores y al público.

  • Fomentar la administración ambiental responsable como parte de la política del Partido Demócrata de Florida.

 
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Principales problemas medioambientales
 

Con la creciente población de Florida y con nuestros gobiernos locales y estatales que a veces eligen el crecimiento y el desarrollo y los intereses corporativos sobre la protección de nuestro medio ambiente, los problemas que enfrentamos son infinitos.  Aquí hay una muestra de las preocupaciones que abordamos en nuestro caucus:
 

  • Descargas del lago Okeechobee

  • Restauración de los Everglades, incluidas las áreas de tratamiento de aguas pluviales (STA), el depósito EAA, la finalización del CERP

  • Contaminantes que ingresan a nuestras vías fluviales: fertilizantes, pesticidas, herbicidas con glifosato, desechos agrícolas, biosólidos, contaminación de fuentes difusas

  • Amenazas ambientales debido al desarrollo de la ciudad y el condado, así como a la legislación local y estatal.

  • Degradación del hábitat de la vida silvestre, incluida la disminución de pastos marinos para los manatíes y la acumulación de lodo en nuestras vías fluviales, lo que reduce la producción de criaderos de ostras y la calidad del agua.

  • Cambio climático y aumento del nivel del mar

  • Pozos de perforación petrolera, fracking y de inyección de aguas profundas

  • Transporte de materiales peligrosos (oleoductos, transporte ferroviario de alta velocidad de GNL y otros materiales peligrosos)
     

 
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CALL TO ACTION !

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Prewritten Letters

Petitions

Original Letter-Writing Ideas

Learning Opportunities/Miscellaneous Items

HEADS UP!!   

  • This Thursday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m. the Martin County Local Planning Agency (LPA) meets in Commission Chambers at 2401 SE Monterey Rd.

  • One of the topics under consideration will be amending the county Comp Plan by adopting a new Rural Lifestyle land use designation to make way for the proposed high-end Becker/Discovery development in Hobe Sound near I-95 and Bridge Rd.   

  • We in the MCDEC oppose this altering of the Comp Plan. We believe site-specific land use designations allowed on a development-by-development basis will weaken the Comp Plan and lead to further development and suburban sprawl throughout the county.  As someone said, it will take the "comprehensive" out of the Comprehensive Plan.  

  • We in the MCDEC urge members of the LPA to reject CPA 21-08 and CPA 21-09, which are the two amendments they will be considering.   CPA 21-08 involves changing various Comp Plan chapters to create a Rural Lifestyle land use designation; CPA 21-09 involves a future land use map change of the Becker/Discovery property from agriculture (max one unit per 20 acres) to Rural Lifestyle (one unit per 5 acres).  Many questions surround this new designation as it relates to the Becker/Discovery project, such as their plan to include cottages and dormitory style housing for workers and how they can do that and still adhere to one unit per 5 acres.   Many other aspects are troublesome including how water and sewage will be handled outside the urban boundary and the impact that the Rural Lifestyle designation would have on reducing the amount of agricultural land.

  • Martin County staff has indicated they are willing to give approval of the Rural Lifestyle designation pending some changes in wording, so this may be what the LPA will hear at the meeting.  

  • If the LPA approves this, then it will go to the BOCC for their approval.   Currently the Feb 22nd BOCC meeting is when this would be discussed but we'll need to monitor this in case the date changes.

What should we do?   

  1. Please attend the meeting if possible and voice your concerns.  The more that show up, the better:  "Pack the Chambers"

  2. If you haven't already done so, send an email to Paul Schilling and Clyde Dulin TODAY.   The more emails they receive before the meeting on Thursday night, the better.   You don't need to put a lot of details.   You probably would want to say you oppose any change to the Comp Plan -- that you don't approve of the Rural Lifestyle designation being considered.  That's the main point.  You can look at the bullet points above for guidance (and in Carol Ann's email time-stamped 9:11pm yesterday) if you want to add some details, but try to use your own wording so we all don't sound alike.

    Paul Schilling, Director of the Martin County Growth Management Department:  Go to https://www.martin.fl.us/employee-contact/paul-schilling and complete the online form.

    Comp Planning Administrator, Clyde Dulin:  Go to the website  https://www.martin.fl.us/employee-contact/clyde-dulin  and complete the online form (or send an email directly to cdulin@martin.fl.us).

We basically need to do the same thing here that we did back in November when we protested the proposed elimination of much of Ch 2 of the Comp Plan.   By sending an outpouring of emails and by attending in person and speaking out against that proposal, we successfully defended the Comp Plan.   The same effort should be applied here.

As a reminder, BOCC and LPA meetings are televised.  If you can't go in person, tune in live or view the recorded video:  https://www.martin.fl.us/watch-mctv    Unfortunately, there is no Zoom meeting scheduled.

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*** If you are on our Environmental Caucus email list, you will have received the information below in Carol Ann's emails.  It is detailed but it is good information to know.   She also sent a few emails about this that are not listed here.  Check your email for those. ***

Agenda for LPA meeting

Notice of Public Hearings  (This is the notice about the meeting that appeared in the Stuart News on Jan 5th)

Martin County Staff Report on the amendment to Comp Plan - short version, 6 pages

Martin County Staff Report on the amendment to Comp Plan - longer version, 17 pages

Comp Plan Text Amendments

 

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PREWRITTEN LETTERS

Prewritten letters are quick and easy ways to make your voice heard--just sign and submit.  Please note that in some cases you will be put on the sponsoring environmental group's email subscription list when you submit your letter/petition, so be sure to uncheck the subscription box (if it's there) before you submit it if you don't want to be on their distribution list.

If you forget to do that, you can always unsubscribe later. 

 

(Added 12/29/2021)

Friends of the Everglades has provided a preformatted letter which supports HB 6085/SB 1002.  This is legislation coming before the state legislature in 2022 which corrects an issue with last year's Right to Farm bill SB 88 that essentially prevents citizens from bringing civil action against the sugar industry over sugarcane burning. when those citizens live more than a half-mile radius from the burning.  If this bill passes, then Floridians who live downwind of the burning -- even if more than half-mile away --  will have their legal rights restored so they can bring action against Big Sugar.  The letter will go to members of the Legislature from your area.   Go here to submit the letter.

(Added 12-21-2021)

EarthJustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization, previously submitted a legal petition to the EPA to stop the use of organophosphates in agriculture.   To support this effort, they now have a prewritten letter you can submit asking the EPA to ban organophosphates.  Click here to go to the website to submit the letter.   If you'd like to read the original legal petition, go here.  Also, FYI, they have their own Action Alerts section on their website.  Many of those we already have covered here on our page, but there are some items we haven't.   If you'd like, go here to see their Action Alerts.

(Added 12-21-2021)

Sierra Club has a prewritten letter advocating a ban on LNG transport by rail.   Go here to submit the letter.  

(Added 12-14-2021)

National Wildlife Federation has a letter urging Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act.  Among many items, BBB will make many investments in climate change action by reducing emissions by 2030 and by investing in clean water and energy.  Furthermore, it provides resources for endangered wildlife, protects wildlife refuges, and safeguards our forests and grasslands.  Go here for details and to sign the letter, which will go to your members of Congress.  (If you don't want  to become a member of NWF, uncheck the box before submitting.  Also later unsubscribe to their emails if you don't want them.)

Added 11-3-2021)

Florida Conservation Voters has compiled a letter urging your local representatives to support HB 81/SB 366, the State Renewable Energy Goals bill proprosed for the 2022 legislative session.  This bill moves Florida away from fossil fuels and puts Florida on tract for 100% renewable energy by 2040.  Go here for details and to sign the letter. 

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Friends of the Everglades has a letter for Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried which discusses harmful effects of sugarcane burning and asks her to ban the burning.  Go here to read the letter.

(Added 9/29/2021)

Friends of the Earth has a letter going to EPA about banning neonicotinoids, which are pesticides that harm humans and invertebrate pollinator species, including bees and butterflies.   (If you don't want to remain on their email list, unsubscribe after submitting letter.)

The Everglades Trust has a letter that will go to state and local officials asking them to proactively support clean water initiatives, including the complete restoration of the Everglades.  After you sign and submit, the letter goes to the governor, 2 members of the FL cabinet, your senator, and your representative.

Friends of the Earth has a letter to Home Depot and Lowe's asking them to stop selling Roundup NOW.   This letter was written in response to recent news that Bayer-Monsanto will remove glyphosate sold to US consumers starting in 2023, and so the letter is demanding action now, not in two more years.  Go here for details and to sign the letter.

Send prewritten letter to Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried asking her to end the practice of Big Sugar's burning of their sugarcane crops.  This practice is bad for human health and bad for the environment.  The solution?  Green cane harvesting.  For details and to complete the form letter written by The Everglades Trust, go here.  

 

Last year the Trump administration weakened the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by rolling back provisions that allowed communities to know about and provide input on proposed infrastructure projects.  At the time, many considered this one of the biggest assaults on environmental law we've seen.  The Biden administration has not yet reversed this change. Friends of the Earth, a grassroots environmental group, has an online letter you can send to the administration asking for this to be reversed.

 

It is important that funding for Everglades restoration be approved.  The American Jobs Plan includes $5 billion for the Everglades, but as we all know, often those figures are adjusted during the negotiations to get bills passed.  Send a letter to President Biden asking that full funding for the Everglades be included in the bill.    Also scroll to bottom and send a separate letter to Scott, Rubio, and Mast asking for their support for this bill.  These letters were put together by the Everglades Trust.

 

Friends of the Everglades has a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers ready for you to sign.   The message is to modify Plan CC by sending more water from Lake O south. Click here for letter. 

Captains for Clean Water has letter to USACE about improving LOSOM Plan CC.  Click here for letter.

Contact the Dept of the Interior about Florida manatees dying at record levels and ask that manatees be put back on the Endangered Species list.  The current secretary is Deb Haaland.  Go here for contact info and to complete online letter.   You may also want to contact other officials about this and can get a list of federal, state, and local officials and their addresses here.

Florida Conservation Voters has an email you can send Gov DeSantis and elected officials about water quality and blue-green algae.  It  lists multiple ways to prevent pollution of our waterways and urges government to focus on these recommendations.  Complete the form and submit your letter.  

Contact your Florida legislator to ask that they play fair during the redistricting process.  Stop gerrymandering!!   Florida Conservation Voters has a Fair Districts pledge you can send your legislatorFor maximum impact, personalize for each of your legislators.  Click here for form letter.

PETITIONS

Disney is planning to build a half-mile long pier at Lighthouse Point in the Bahamas.  Environmentalists say this will be detrimental to the coral reefs and sea creatures that inhabit this biologically diverse habitat.  Friends of the Earth has a petition you can sign asking Disney to stop going forward with this plan. (By completing the petition, FoE will put you on their email list, but you can later unsubscribe.)

President Biden:  Be a #PlasticFreePresident...A diverse coaltion of 550+ organizations has created a petition asking President Biden to use his executive powers to fight the plastic pollution crisis.  To sign the petition, go here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/president-biden-be-a-plasticfreepresident  To read in depth about the executive actions asked for in the petition, go here:  https://www.plasticfreepresident.org/

Friends of the Everglades is urging USACE, SFWMD, and elected officials to send more clean water south during the dry season. Citing public health issues, harm to marine life, and harm to  Florida's economy due to the polluted waters, Friends has a FIX THE FLO petition you can sign which asks these groups to stop toxic discharges by sending clean water south.  Click here....See the petition at the bottom of their webpage.

Sign the "Stop Overdevelopment in Martin County" petition!

http://chng.it/MRZYCqsDPD

Go to FL5.org to sign petitions for putting 5 conservation amendments on the 2022 ballot.  The petitions are for the Right to Clean Water, Florida Iconic Species Protection, Captive Wildlife Hunting Ban, FL Wetlands Protection, and Stop New Toll Roads.

WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER

(Added 11/22/2021)

Write Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, President Biden, and Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) regarding the the Biden administration's plan to reinstate a ban on road building within Tongass National Forest, which houses North America's largest temperate rainforest.  For the details on this road ban, click here.   Vilsack can be written here  Biden admin can be written here.     Gov Dunleavy can be contacted here.

To write your own letter to USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) about the changes you want to see in Plan CC, send your email to LakeOComments@usace.army.mil

Contact Gov DeSantis to urge him to declare a state of emergency over the cyanobacteria bloom in Lake O.  Tell DeSantis to request USACE and SFWMD to move excess water in Lake O south now so that discharges to the St. Lucie, Lake Worth, and Caloosahatchee estuaries will not be needed.

Governorron.desantis@oeg.myflorida.com

850-717-9337

Educate and influence the public.  Choose a topic and write a Letter to the Editor to the Stuart News and/or Palm Beach Post.    See this for links to each newspaper's online LTE form.   

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES/MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

A summary of the ongoing pollution of Florida's waterways was presented by Earthjustice back on July 2021.  The focus is on the toxic algae crisis and its harm to wildlife.  Go here to read this analysis.

A recent Protecting Paradise segment on WPTV focused on the need to complete the building of STAs so that toxic water can be cleaned and then sent south to the Everglades. 

Read The Everglades Review, put together by Everglades Trust, for detailed articles on such subjects as objections to LOSOM Plan CC by Big Sugar, the economic value of strong ecosystems, and helping the manatees survive.

 

Friends of the Everglades periodically hosts webinars on various environment-related topics.  View their archives of these Clean Water Conversations here.  Topics include red tide, LOSOM, toxic algae, the legislative session for 2021,  the Roads to Ruin, drilling in the Everglades, and much more.  .

 
 
 
 
 
Recursos ambientales

Hay muchos grupos a nivel local, estatal y nacional que se enfocan en temas ambientales.  Para ver una lista de algunos de los grupos  aprendemos de y trabajamos en conjunto mientras abogamos por el medio ambiente, vaya aquí .
 
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Actas, estatutos y donaciones

Minutos
2021 Minutos
Septiembre de 2021: no se celebró ninguna reunión
Agosto de 2021: no se celebró ninguna reunión
Julio de 2021 - Acta por redactar

Junio 2021
Mayo de 2021
Abril de 2021
Reunión de elecciones especiales de marzo de 2021

Febrero de 2021: no se celebró ninguna reunión
Enero de 2021: no se celebró ninguna reunión


Acta 2020
Diciembre de 2020 - No se celebró ninguna reunión
Noviembre de 2020
Octubre de 2020
Septiembre de 2020
Agosto de 2020 - No se celebró ninguna reunión

Julio de 2020 
Estatutos
 
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