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August 20, 2017

Environment

Screwworm detected on additional Florida Keys

Following the first announcement on Oct. 3, 2016, of the confirmation of New World screwworms in Big Pine Key, Florida, the United States Department of Agriculture and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced that the screwworm has also been detected on the keys listed below, which are all west of Big Pine and No Name keys and in close proximity Read more »
Published on 11/7/2016

Cherry Lake Tree Farm Wins Commissioner's Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

Over the past five years, Cherry Lake Tree Farm has reduced its water consumption by 15 percent, while simultaneously increasing its production by 15 percent. This was achieved through the implementation of best practices, new technology and innovative production management techniques. Read more »
Published on 11/4/2016

Jones Potato Farm Wins Commissioner's Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

Jones' operation provides the potato industry a solid footing to kick off the fresh potato season. Green beans are used as a rotational crop, beneficial as a nitrogen fixer and soil builder. Cover crops are primarily used to maintain soil health, and for erosion control. Read more »
Published on 11/4/2016

Alliance Dairies Wins Commissioner's Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

Alliance is committed to using best management practices (BMPs) as part of the company's sustainable agriculture mission. All water is recycled on the dairy (except for cleaning, cow cooling and consumption). In addition, more than 80 percent of sand used in bedding is recycled. Read more »
Published on 11/4/2016

Florida farms singled out for environmental leadership

Florida's farmers and ranchers not only fuel our people and economy, they have proven themselves as responsible and innovative stewards of our land and world-renowned natural resources. Read more »
Published on 11/4/2016

Bees are crucial to Florida's environment, agriculture and economy

Bees, please don't buzz off! Read more »
Published on 11/1/2016

Babcock Ranch: A place in the sun

It's been almost a decade since developer Syd Kitson first approached Florida Power & Light about his plans to build what he envisions as the country's most sustainable community at Babcock Ranch. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2016

More than 3,000 acres of environmentally sensitive ranch land preserved in Polk, Okeechobee

The Governor and Cabinet today unanimously approved the preservation of more than 3,000 acres of environmentally sensitive agricultural lands in Polk and Okeechobee counties, while allowing the land and agriculture operations to continue to contribute to Florida's economy. Read more »
Published on 10/25/2016

Naturally occurring red tide confirmed in southwest Florida

Red tide is a naturally occurring microscopic algae that has been documented along Florida's Gulf Coast since the 1840's and occurs every year. Blooms, or higher-than-normal concentrations, of the Florida red tide alga, Karenia brevis, frequently occur in the Gulf of Mexico at this time of year (late summer or early fall). Read more »
Published on 9/28/2016

Florida DEP setting the record straight on Mosaic New Wales facility sinkhole

DEP's priority is always the safety of Floridians and our environment. Read more »
Published on 9/21/2016

Florida sinkhole to cost Mosaic up to $50 million to fix

A massive leak of contaminated water through a sinkhole at a Mosaic Co fertilizer facility in Florida will cost it $20 million to $50 million to fix, a company executive said on Tuesday. Read more »
Published on 9/21/2016

Mosaic: New Wales water loss incident

Mosaic is using ground water well P-4 to recover water that was lost as a result of the sinkhole formation. The well, which is 24-inches in diameter and 800 feet deep, is located west of the south gyp stack and is shown in the photo at right. Read more »
Published on 9/19/2016

Bloom and bust: Algae takes a heavy toll on Florida tourism

The harmful algae bloom affecting some South Florida beaches has driven away half of people considering visiting the Sunshine State and could deter nearly three-fourths of those thinking of traveling to the affected counties, a new study shows. Read more »
Published on 8/5/2016

Environmental Regulation Commission approves Florida-specific human health criteria

After years of development, moving forward with rules is critical for protection of Floridians. Read more »
Published on 7/27/2016

Statement from Florida's DEP Secretary about changing water quality standards

"DEP and EPA are strengthening Florida's water quality standards, not weakening them. Moving forward with the proposed criteria is critical to better protect Floridians' health because the criteria nearly doubles the number of chemicals that the department will be able to regulate. The proposed rule sets stringent and protective criteria for 39 chemicals that currently have no limits." Read more »
Published on 7/27/2016

Drawing a line in the sand

Walton County grapples with beach public access questions. Read more »
Published on 7/27/2016

Gov. Scott activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for small businesses affected by algal blooms

Today, Governor Rick Scott activated Florida's Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program for businesses affected by the presence of algal blooms in local waterways. Read more »
Published on 7/14/2016

Health issues due to sea level rise impact communities in South Florida

“Sea level rise represents an unexpected public health concern,” said Roderick King, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation. “We normally think of populations with the lowest socio-economic status as being the most vulnerable, due to lack of financial resources to pay for health care. In the case of sea level rise, the most vulnerable turn out to be the wealthier populations who can afford to live close to the ocean. They may also be older, with health issues that require regular treatment, and if they can't access health care because the streets are flooded, it poses a significant problem.” Read more »
Published on 7/12/2016

Should Florida ‘frack' its limestone for oil and gas?

UF geophysicists Ray Russo and Elizabeth Screaton provide context for the debate over whether fracking should come to Florida, a state with a unique geology and hydrology. Read more »
Published on 5/10/2016

UF, Disney team up to protect butterflies, sea turtles

When your life's work is protecting endangered species, progress is often marked in incremental victories. But the efforts of University of Florida researchers are taking a major leap forward through a Disney Conservation Fund initiative that aims to save threatened species from extinction. Read more »
Published on 4/22/2016

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