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Leaky septic tanks fuel algae blooms. Jul 18, 2018 - With toxic algae blooms now erupting all over Florida ' from the St. Johns River to Lake Okeechobee as well as on both coasts ' scientists are pointing a finger at one likely fuel source: pollution from leaking septic tanks.
District and UF complete collaborative three-year investigation into Florida springs’ health Jan 8, 2018 - Scientists and engineers with the St. Johns River Water Management District and the University of Florida have completed a collaborative multi-year science investigation into the health of priority spring systems.
Bills benefit conservation, pre-empt local tree ordinances Dec 29, 2017 - When state lawmakers met during the 2017 legislative session, one of the biggest issues was a bill backed by Senate President Joe Negron to revamp how water flows in parts of South Florida.
Robert Knight: A mixed year for the health of Florida’s springs Dec 22, 2017 - The past year has been a mixed blessing for Florida's springs. Mother Nature started the year with an extended drought that nearly depleted the flow in many intermediate-sized springs and promoted an explosion of filamentous algae in many larger ones.
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Environmental lawsuit over ‘Amendment 1’ funding set for trial Oct 2, 2017 - A Tallahassee judge has set a trial week in a lawsuit over the state's environmental funding under a constitutional amendment passed almost three years ago. The amendment, which needed a minimum of 60 percent to pass, got a landslide of nearly 75 percent, or more than 4.2 million "yes" votes.
Waterways in peril: Silver and Rainbow rivers Oct 2, 2017 - A deadline is looming for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to finalize cleanup plans for the Silver and Rainbow rivers but an agency official and environmentalists alike say the plans will not be enough.
Opinion: How long until disaster forces us to clean up Florida springs? Sep 22, 2017 - There are $50 million in this year's state budget for springs. But how far will that get us? And by the time disaster really strikes and the spring looks like pea soup and the home values drop and tube renters lose their business, it will cost much more to restore Rainbow Springs, if we even can.
Robert Knight: Seeing healthy springs is believing Sep 9, 2017 - Florida's water management districts are also guilty of unwise policies by permitting excessive groundwater withdrawals while publicly owned springs are drying up.
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Robert Knight: Florida’s springs are living things Aug 11, 2017 - Florida's springs have all the qualities of living creatures. They are contiguous systems composed of plants and animals, working together in an organized fashion, and capable of reproduction, growth, response to stimuli and long-term stability.
$7.8 million released to curb Wakulla Springs pollution Aug 10, 2017 - Wakulla Springs defenders cheered Monday's announcement that Gov. Rick Scott, the Department of Environmental Protection and water management districts have decided how to divvy up $50 million in springs' protection money.
Pulp mills get major water permits with no deliberation Aug 10, 2017 - Two Florida pulp mills just got major water permits approved by the St. Johns River Water Management District governing board-- with no deliberation whatsoever, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
Rainbow Springs In The Late Afternoon Is At Great Risk Aug 8, 2017 - Rainbow Springs feeds the Rainbow River and is a beautiful waterway in Dunnellon, Florida. I recently visited the spring after an afternoon on the river with friends. When Takoda and I got there, the park was clearing out and soon we had it all to ourselves.
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Stop Dumping Offshore Fracking Waste Into Gulf of Mexico Jul 13, 2017 - A Trump administration proposal to continue allowing oil companies to dump unlimited amounts of offshore fracking chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico violates federal law and threatens imperiled marine wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity warned this week.
What’s in Florida’s water? Court lets challenge to water standards go forward Jul 11, 2017 - Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, an appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures.
Regional swimming hole plunges into new era Jul 5, 2017 - HIGH SPRINGS ' With its cool water and large jumping platform, Gilchrist Blue Springs has provided a fun relief from the summer heat for generations. But for the first time in nearly 50 years the park is going through a change.
Recapping a disappointing 2017 Florida legislative session May 30, 2017 - Despite good work by our local delegation, the session was a failure by almost every measure. We give it the benefit of the doubt and award it a grade of D.
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Editorial: Plundering Florida's precious springs May 29, 2017 - In the same meeting where it imposed tighter water restrictions on Tampa Bay residents due to drought, the Southwest Florida Water Management District board voted to allow developers to further plunder a critical water source
Ailing Florida springs could be tapped further to fuel development May 23, 2017 - BROOKSVILLE ' Efforts by state officials to set a minimum flow for its iconic springs have stirred up a wave of public opposition. Opponents contend the state is willing to destroy its springs in order to justify continuing to provide water for new development.
Move over, California: Florida has the USA's worst drought May 8, 2017 - When it comes to weather, Florida is usually known for humidity and hurricanes. But now, drought is making news in the Sunshine State. Sixty-six percent of the state is now in a drought, the highest percentage of any U.S. state.
Editorial: Don’t Make FPL Customers Pay For Fracking Apr 28, 2017 - This is nothing but a massive handout to a powerful monopoly at the expense of consumers who should not have to pay for this. If fracking is that promising, the utility's shareholders should shoulder the financial responsibility.
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Senate advances bill to let FPL charge customers for fracking Apr 26, 2017 - Florida Power & Light's quest to have customers pay for natural gas fracking projects in other states overcame a key hurdle Tuesday as the Senate Rules Committee passed the controversial measure and overlooked opposition from residential and commercial customers.
Small-businesses rally for statewide fracking ban Apr 20, 2017 - With just over two weeks left in Florida's regular Legislative Session, a group of over 100 members of the business community released a statement Wednesday indicating support for a statewide fracking ban.
Florida may be paving the way for fracking Apr 20, 2017 - Ray Kemble, a Vietnam veteran from Pennsylvania, knows firsthand how fracking affects water quality.
Bob Graham: Protect Florida's legacy - its lands and waters Apr 18, 2017 - A recent report by 1000 Friends of Florida projects that more than 5 million acres of natural and agricultural lands will be permanently lost to development over the next 50 years if current development trends continue.
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Florida Legislature Slashes Funds For Land Acquisition, Conservation Apr 17, 2017 - Gearing toward the May 5 deadline to pass a budget for the 2017'2018 fiscal year, the Florida House is earmarking no funds for Florida Forever, while the Senate is offering $10 million — a half of the dollars for all land protection programs.
Editorial: Disconnect on springs strategy Apr 15, 2017 - Another water management district, another iconic group of springs, another unpopular approval of allowing the springs and the river they feed to be lowered even more.
Fighting intensifies over Silver Springs and rancher's water permit Apr 12, 2017 - Advocates for Florida springs say the state is falsely blaming aquatic grass and weeds for shriveling Silver Springs as a way to grant water rights to a wealthy rancher
Brewery Partners With Museum to Save Butterflies Mar 27, 2017 - First Magnitude Brewing Company is partnering with the Florida Museum of Natural History to sell a limited-edition beer to raise money for the conservation of Miami blue butterflies
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Fracking Ban Passes First Test In Senate Mar 11, 2017 - The Senate is moving ahead with a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, despite industry threats of a blizzard of lawsuits. But as Jim Ash reports, the House remains a big question mark.
Fracking ban in Florida gets early Senate support Mar 8, 2017 - TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Senate reversed years of opposition to a statewide ban on oil and gas fracking and advanced a bill Tuesday that will prohibit the controversial practice in Florida.
Looking Bad For The EPA Mar 2, 2017 - Consistent with this anti-regulation bandwagon, U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, has introduced a bill in Congress that would abolish the EPA in 2018 and send that authority "downstream" to the states
Crystal River overflight, Sabal Trail End of Line Mar 1, 2017 - What's going on at the end of Sabal Trail's Citrus County Line at Duke's new natural gas plant in Crystal River, Florida?
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Protesters launch 'environmental war' to stop pipeline Jan 9, 2017 - An "environmental war" is brewing in North Florida. Protesters are worried the Sabal Trail pipeline, which will run through North Florida into Central Florida, will cause an environmental disaster and contaminate the state's drinking water.
Q & A With Gabby Salazar, Conservation Photographer Jan 2, 2017 - Salazar was interviewed by conservation photographer Jennifer Adler, a fellow National Geographic Young Explorer who is working on her PhD in interdisciplinary ecology and communications at the University of Florida.
Debra Segal: Innovative wetlands protect springs Nov 5, 2016 - Kudos to Lake City, Columbia County, the Suwannee River Water Management District, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and other governmental entities for funding and constructing the Lake City treatment wetlands.
Completion of Ichetucknee Springs Water-Quality Improvement Nov 3, 2016 - Florida Department of Environmental Protection joined the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD), Lake City, Columbia County representatives and local community leaders for a completion ceremony.
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DEP Awards more than $7.5 Million for Kings Bay and Crystal River Nov 3, 2016 - The Florida DEP has awarded more than $7.5M in grants for water-quality enhancement projects in Citrus County to protect the health of Kings Bay and Crystal River's unique spring-fed systems comprised of more than 70 freshwater springs throughout a 600-acre bay.
Significant Oil Spill in the St Johns River Nov 3, 2016 - Jacksonville, Fl. ' There was an oil spill early Saturday morning in the St. Johns River near Blount Island.
Mermaids raise awareness about issues affecting Florida springs Oct 31, 2016 - The push to keep Florida's springs flowing clean got a new ally this weekend from an unusual source: Mermaids.
State grants will help springs: Marion County > $700K Oct 25, 2016 - The Florida DEP has awarded the St. Johns RWM District $1.5 million to help fund three springs restoration projects. Marion County will get $716,250 of that. The rest will go toward a Longwood Island Lake septic tank removal project.
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Longwood Septic Tanks To Be Removed Near Wekiwa Springs Oct 25, 2016 - Longwood is getting more than $800,000 to replace septic tanks near the Wekiwa Springs. A hundred septic tanks will be replaced, eliminating some 3,600 pounds of nutrients annually from the Wekiwa Springs.
$1 million going to local trails Oct 17, 2016 - On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Transportation announced two segments of the Coastal Trail in Wakulla County would get design funding for 12 new miles of pathway.
Robert Knight: Springs can be saved from total destruction Oct 7, 2016 - The Florida Springs Council, an alliance of 37 organizations representing more than 150,000 members, hosted the Florida Springs Restoration Summit at the College of Central Florida in Ocala.
Editorial: Closing the springs divide Oct 1, 2016 - Ask the two most influential groups engaged in the conversation about the future of Florida's deteriorating springs and they will offer diametrically opposing perspectives on what is needed to save these precious waters.
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Storm Drain Stenciling Eagle Scout Project Increases Awareness Sep 30, 2016 - In an effort to help the environment, protect wildlife, and bring awareness to these environmental issues, one Eagle Scout made it his mission to organize a project to call attention to responsibly handling waste materials.
'Slightly radioactive' water seeping into Florida aquifer from sinkhole Sep 20, 2016 - More than 200 million gallons of 'slightly radioactive' contaminated wastewater from a fertilizer plant 100 miles north of Lee County leaked into one of the state's main underground sources of drinking water after a massive sinkhole opened up beneath a storage pond.
We can't ignore Florida's water quality Sep 19, 2016 - At a time when the governor of Florida failed to appoint the environmental seat and the local government seat to the Florida Environmental Regulatory Commission, the commission voted on July 26 to adopt weakened water quality standards.
OPINION: State keeps itself clueless in springs cleanup Sep 11, 2016 - The 2016 water bill requires the state to restore Florida's springs. But because of legislative restrictions and lack of political will, it will have to do so without data needed to do the job.
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Robert Knight: Fill vacuum in state leadership to fix springs Sep 11, 2016 - For more than 30 years, Floridians have been painfully aware of the declining ecological health of their favorite springs.
Nelson, local leaders question Florida changing water pollution rules Sep 1, 2016 - With water pollution already fueling toxic algae blooms in Florida, the state shouldn't allow more toxic chemicals to flow into waterways, South Florida officials warned Wednesday.
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