Big Sugar, Lake Okeechobee, and Florida’s Water

Recent years have seen voter mandates to the Florida Legislature to deal with Everglades protection, dramatic videos of Summer time green slime outbreaks on both of South Florida’s coasts, and considerable infighting in the Legislature over whether or not to deal with the growing crisis in South Florida’s water flow.

A. Read these online stories and view the video as background prior to participating in his Forum. Do not participate in the discussion without having this background knowledge.

Big Sugar Hires 64 Lobbyists in Tallahassee

Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry in South Florida

Florida Legislature Passes Everglades Restoration Bill – May 2017

Lake Okeechobee: A Time Warp for Polluted Water

What is Eutrophication? (video)

U.S. Sugar Corporation home page

B. Now answer the following questions in your posting and number your responses B1 and B2 (worth 6 points).

  • 1. How has cartoonist Doug MacGregor used the cartoon at the top of this page to illustrate the current status of the quality of South Florida’s water flow? That is, how has he used the map, colors, shapes, etc. to tell this story? (3 points)

2. Describe whether or not you think the illustration is accurate in its depiction. Use your textbook readings or the above articles/video to support your description. Describe and relate to current and past water flow patterns of South Florida. (3 points)

  • C. After you have posted, you must respond to at least one of your classmates right there on the discussion thread. This is worth 2 each = 4 points.

After creating a thread and posting your “Initial Post”, be sure to respond to at least two classmates’ posts.  A response needs to be something substantial and contribute something significant to the conversation, not just saying “Good job.” or ” I like how you explained …”.  Say something original and significant.  Contribute some information, describe an example, share an experience, ask a thoughtful question, etc.  If you are asked a thoughtful question, part of your significant response can be providing an intelligible response to that question.  Each response should be at least a paragraph in length, that is, at minimum, 4-5 full sentences.  Each response post is worth 2 points.

  • This discussion board is worth 10 points total and goes toward your “participation” grade.

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