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Hope on the Horizon, CEPP— St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

Double rainbow over Atlantic Ocean, Jensen Beach, Hutchinson Island-- just on the other side of the Indian River Lagoon. Photo JTL, 2015.
Double rainbow over Atlantic Ocean, Jensen Beach, Hutchinson Island– just on the other side of the Indian River Lagoon. Photo JTL, 2015.

Hope (noun)
“a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen”.
b. “grounds for believing that something good may happen.”
“a feeling of trust.”


When looking at the water issues facing the St Lucie/Indian River Lagoon, it sometimes appears that we are doomed to an endless repetition of discharges from Lake Okeechobee and regional canals for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren. We are not; we must have hope.

I am clearly aware that the Central Everglades Planning Project, (CEPP) will not alleviate all of the waters killing our rivers. In fact, from what  I think I understand, it will deal with about 250,000 acre feet of water of a needed at least 200 million.  US Sugar Corporation will probably quote 450 million. For me, the number is not the issue right now, the issue is getting started. By getting started, a groundwork is laid for “more” in the future.

Yes, I wish that the state of Florida had purchased the US Sugar option lands and we could have storage and a “flow way south” to the Everglades from Lake O of sorts,  but the state did not.  We must still fight for this concept, but also for CEPP.

As right now, CEPP is the only thing “on the books” to send water south and thus our only hope for “sending water south” in the future. The last time I wrote about CEPP I was furious because after all of the hard collective advocacy work to get it in the Water Resources Development Act of 2014, it did not make it. Well now we have another chance, and I have hope that it will.

To remind readers, CEPP is a “fast-track” portion of CERP. (Central Everglades Planning Project/ Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.) CEPP: (http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental/EcosystemRestoration/CentralEvergladesPlanningProject.aspx)


CEPP was intensely reviewed across South Florida by many. It was led by environmental lead Dr Gretchen Ehlinger, ACOE/Jacksonville, and locally,  by West Palm Beach’s, project supervisor, Kim Taplin/ACOE. Both tirelessly worked this project. It was truly a miracle in itself that the project was fast tracked. As we know, government is the world of molasses and quicksand….

To review CEPP:

“The goal of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) is to deliver a finalized plan, known as a Project Implementation Report (PIR), for a suite of restoration projects in the central Everglades to prepare for congressional authorization, as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The Central Everglades Planning Project will identify and plan for projects on land already in public ownership to allow more water to be directed south to the central Everglades, Everglades National Park and Florida Bay….”


Dr. Gretchen Ehlinger, (second from right), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers environmental lead for CEPP,
Dr. Gretchen Ehlinger, (second from right), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers environmental lead for CEPP. Her office is in Jacksonville.  (ACOE website)
Kim Taplin is in the red shirt . Kim worked with stockholders in CEPP's review here in South Florida. (ACOE website)
Kim Taplin is in the red shirt . Kim worked with stakeholders in CEPP’s review here in South Florida. Her office is in West Palm Beach. (ACOE website)
Map CEPP component of CERP ACOE, 2009
Map CEPP component of CERP ACOE, 2009

On August 31st, 2015, something big happened. Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary to the Army, finally signed the “record of decision” for the project. Thank you.


So now the project is approved to “move forward” by the Army Corp. The Final Integrated Project Implementation Report and Environmental Impact Statement has been “approved.” (Please read document above.) So what has to happen now?  A lot! The project has to become part of the next Water Resources Development Act, (WRDA), that moves through the US Congress only once every 2-7 years….

If CEPP becomes part of the next WRDA bill, then it would have funding to start with, then the funding has to be continued of course….as politics shift and sands sink and rise…. and yes, the project has to be built….and the water has to be there to flow!….Excruciating isn’t it?  But we are on our way. ——The business of hope is not for the weak of heart, it is for the strong.


ACOE CERP review: (http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Portals/44/docs/FactSheets/CERP_FS_March2015_revised.pdf)

SFWMD: See Restoration Projects to review CERP: (http://www.evergladesrestoration.gov/#)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

Rainbow over the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon or Atlantic Ocean? (Jensen Beach, 2-8-15, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch)
Rainbow over the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon or is it the Atlantic Ocean?  (Photo Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Jensen Beach, 2-8-15.)

Somewhere over the rainbow, 
Way up high
, There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby… Somewhere over the rainbow, Skies are blue,  And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true…. Someday I’ll wish upon a star, 
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me, 
Where troubles melt like lemon drops, 
Away above the chimney tops, 
That’s where you’ll find me…. Somewhere over the rainbow,  Blue birds fly,  Birds fly over the rainbow,  Why then, oh why can’t I? If happy little blue birds fly beyond the rainbow, 
Why oh why can’t I?” —Judy Garland



Rainbows are symbolic of dreams and of promises….

This amazing rainbow and perfectly timed sailboat were photographed on February 8th, 2015. Many other people from many different locations along the Indian River Lagoon region also photographed the rainbow that day.

This rainbow post has been so popular on Facebook that I thought I’d write about it and share some more photos of it today. It keeps popping back up!

I witnessed this incredible natural phenomenon while walking with my childhood friend, Eric Potsdam, who is now a professor of Linguistics at University of Florida. It was a double rainbow and at times, appeared to be with in 30 feet of where we were standing.

As stated in HOW THINGS WORK, “a rainbow does not actually exist at a location in the sky, but rather is an optical phenomenon whose apparent position depends on the observer’s location;” of course this is why some people photographed the rainbow over the rivers, and others over the ocean, and still others over the land….

This is also why when you’re chasing the “pot of gold,” you never quite get there, but you really do! 🙂

Eric and I as taken by a walker by...
Eric and I as taken by a walker by…
Somewhere Over the Rainbow, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon...(Photo Jensen Beach Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch)
1. Somewhere Over the Rainbow, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon…(Photo Jensen Beach Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch)
7. Rainbow over the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon or Atlantic Ocean? (Jensen Beach, 2-8-15, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch)

How Does a Rainbow Work?” (https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061201145943AA9SHCB)


Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch Facebook page since Feb 8th, 2015
Miraculous rainbow at Jensen Beach this afternoon.

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Rebecca Fatzinger love this with the sailboat in it!
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Cecilia Beaux Gorgeous.
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Stefani Campo Hughes Serreal
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Jerry McComas Postcard picture.
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Alexis Tolis Stone Amazing picture!
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Michelle Richey Little piece of heaven in our backyard!
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Cindy Sanchelli-Capwell I’m speechless. Gods gifts at its finest!
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Cabot Lord Over Sewalls Point as well this late afternoon.
Cabot Lord’s photo.
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Rainbow as seen by Cabot Lord. (2-8-15)
Rainbow as seen by Cabot Lord. (2-8-15)

Lynda Heemsath South Sewalls pt rd!
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As seen by Lynda Heemsath, south Sewall's Point- 2-8-15.
As seen by Lynda Heemsath, south Sewall’s Point- 2-8-15.

Patty Duquette Beautiful!
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Tracy Chase Barnes Miraculous is definitely the word. When we saw it I said to Doug that I understand how it works with reflective light and all, but to have those perfect 7 colors come out like that every time is absolutely a miracle
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Patti Strait It was truly a gorgeous sight!!
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch beautiful shots!
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Lynda Heemsath time for bed Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch!!!!
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch Lynda Heemsath I KNOW! I have got to GO TO BED! U 2
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Marguerite Krute So beautiful for all of us to enjoy. It made the television news.
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch cool!
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Dinah V Pulver Gorgeous!
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Sunni Kittrell Ashforth So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
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Patricia Haney Just takes your Breath away!
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Patrick Stracuzzi Amazing thank you
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Karen Christy Beautiful
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Elsie Scheuerlein Long Incredible!
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch It really was. A miracle of creation.
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Elsie Scheuerlein Long The sailboat really adds to it too.
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Keri West Promises from heaven. We need some answered prayers for our lagoon
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Patti Kennedy I knew there had to be a beautiful rainbow somewhere. I was looking for it when the sun came out after this cloudy day. What a great photo
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Debra Duvall Amazing shot of our beautiful area
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Paige Lyons Wow!!!!
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Patti Kennedy The sailboat is perfectly placed!
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch I was pure chance and perfect timing. I waited just for that ideal moment. Such a rare moment!
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Valli B. Seidle Great Picture.,,,thanks…
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