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September 25, 2017

Environment

President Trump approves major disaster declaration for Florida

On Sunday, September 10, 2017, just hours after Governor Rick Scott's request, President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration. Read more »
Published on 9/11/2017

Smarphone users: Mote Marine Laboratory invites you to help report red tide outbreaks

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota has created an app that make is easy for the public to report red tide outbreaks. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2017

Commentary: Vern Buchanan issues statement to Feds, 'Protect the Florida Panther'

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vern Buchanan today wrote to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service requesting that vital protections for Florida's official state animal, the panther, remain intact. Read more »
Published on 8/24/2017

East Coast's rapidly rising seas explained

University of Florida scientists discover cause of Atlantic coastline's sea level rise hot spots Read more »
Published on 8/10/2017

Report: Homeowners Trapped by Repeated Flooding Under Troubled Flood Insurance Program

The nation's flood insurance program has repeatedly rebuilt some of the most flood-prone properties in the country, unintentionally setting a trap for owners of modest homes who would prefer to move out of harm's way, according to a new national report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Read more »
Published on 7/26/2017

Gulf County scallop season postponed due to naturally occurring algae bloom

As a precautionary measure due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay that affects shellfish, the bay scallop harvest originally scheduled to begin on July 25th in Gulf County waters will be temporarily postponed. Read more »
Published on 7/26/2017

Sunken Treasures: Artificial reefs boost economy and environment

Lending expertise to artificial reefs, Florida Sea Grant boosts the economy and environment Read more »
Published on 7/25/2017

‘Sharkathon 2017' is here: How to watch it like a scientist

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your television, the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” and National Geographic Wild’s “SharkFest” are hitting the air with competing daily programming. As director of the... Read more »
Published on 7/25/2017

Marine scientists and astronauts join forces to create world's deepest coral nursery

The world's coral reefs are threatened by fishing, pollution, global warming and even sunscreen. Because these disturbances affect shallow reefs more than deep reefs, FIU marine scientist Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty is studying whether corals in deep waters can be used to repopulate imperiled reefs in shallow waters. He and the members of his lab have partnered with the Coral Restoration Foundation to create the nurseries. Read more »
Published on 7/18/2017

Gov. Scott Recognizes Statewide Zika Preparedness Efforts

Today, Governor Rick Scott gave opening remarks at the Florida Department of Health's (DOH) Zika Preparedness Planning Meeting in Miami. DOH hosted the meeting with county health departments and mosquito control districts from across the state, as well as CDC officials, to discuss ongoing efforts to prepare for and combat the Zika Virus. Read more »
Published on 7/17/2017

UF Water Institute gets $5 million grant to aid region's agriculture, environment

The University of Florida Water Institute has received a $5 million, five- year grant to promote water security for the region's farmers, foresters and the environment. Read more »
Published on 7/5/2017

SFWMD, USACE Take Emergency Action To Protect Wildlife From High Water

District's ongoing actions and Corps' latest temporary regulation deviations are reducing water levels in water conservation areas to protect the Everglades ecosystem from further harm. Read more »
Published on 7/3/2017

Goliath grouper workshops scheduled August through October; FWC needs your input

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters. Read more »
Published on 6/27/2017

Anglers can take advantage of more Gulf red snapper fishing starting this weekend

This Friday, June 16, begins the first weekend of an additional 39-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in Gulf federal waters and changes to the state season. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced these expanded fishing opportunities today, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) followed with an executive order setting the updated season in state waters. Read more »
Published on 6/16/2017

New DEP Secretary Hailed As Consensus Builder

Conservation groups, Governor Rick Scott and Cabinet members are praising Florida's newest top environmental regulator, Noah Valenstein, as a consensus builder dedicated to public service. Read more »
Published on 5/24/2017

Oyster ambitions: A businessman works to revive Florida's oyster industry

"I started this business because I want to resurrect what has been a dying industry," says Pensacola businessman Donnie McMahon. Read more »
Published on 5/24/2017

REPORT: Nearly One in Four Americans' Drinking Water Comes from Untested or Contaminated Systems

Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts Could Decimate EPA's Ability to Ensure Safe Tap Water, Especially Rural America Read more »
Published on 5/4/2017

Scientists study portion of Everglades closed to people for decades

After nearly 40 years of being closed off to the public, visitors to Everglades National Park can now explore Joe Bay. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2017

District declares 'Phase I Water Shortage' throughout 16-county region in southwest Florida

Included in the order are Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter counties. Read more »
Published on 4/26/2017

The time is now to address the Everglades crisis

This is an opinion piece from Governor Bob Martinez and Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro on the Everglades crisis. Read more »
Published on 4/25/2017

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