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13 Jan: Wild Kingdom: Python beats alligator in epic showdown

WARNING:  CONTAINS IMAGES WHICH SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND DISTURBING. A reporter for the Palm Beach Post who was biking in Big Cypress National Preserve recorded the moment when the two reptiles started a battle for their survival. The event occurred on December 21, 2016. It’s estimated that the snake could be up to 15 feet…

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12 Jan: Massive South Florida reservoir back in spotlight at conference

A massive South Florida reservoir that is key to fixing the Everglades’ faulty plumbing, and has divided water managers and environmentalists, will once again take center stage at an annual meeting on restoration next weekend. Drawing conservationists, politicians and scientists from across the state and Washington, the Fort Myers conference, titled “Three Estuaries, One Solution,”…

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28 Dec: Congress approves Everglades project aimed at bringing water south

December 12, 2016 Everglades restoration scored a major victory over the weekend when Congress approved a long-awaited waterworks bill. The $10 billion bill comes at the end of a year filled with water woes that wilted Florida Bayand left Treasure Coast estuaries coated in slimy green algae, and includes authorization for the Central Everglades Planning…

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04 Dec: Will Florida have enough water by 2070?

During the next half century, urban sprawl across Florida could double the water consumption of cities and suburbs, according to a new study released Tuesday. It’s a thirst the state will be hard pressed to quench without putting natural resources at risk or making big improvements in conservation, water reuse technology and landscaping practices. “We’re…

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26 Oct: The Nature Conservancy’s Wagner Creek Greenspace Restoration Project Awarded $20,000 Grant from The Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge

Funding will help reduce flooding, connect people with nature, provide space for recreation, and support wildlife. Miami, FL | October 21, 2016 The Nature Conservancy’s Wagner Creek Greenspace Project has been awarded $20,000 as one of the winners of The Miami Foundation’s 2016 Public Space Challenge. The funding will support the restoration project, which aims to create beautiful,…

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18 Oct: Gov. Scott calls for faster public alert of pollution

TALLAHASSEE – Facing severe criticism for his administration’s handling of a sinkhole at a Polk County phosphate mine last month that led to contaminated water seeping into a state aquifer, Gov. Rick Scott said Monday he will require businesses to notify the public of pollution, spills and leaks affecting water quality within 24 hours of…

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05 Oct: Why a giant sinkhole was kept a secret from homeowners

In August, when a 300-foot-deep sinkhole opened up at a phosphate plant in Mulberry, draining acidic waste into the aquifer below, the owner, fertilizer industry giant Mosaic, alerted the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Polk County. But neither Mosaic nor the three governmental agencies alerted the nearby homeowners who…

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03 Oct: Corps increases Lake Okeechobee flushing to coastal estuaries

On Thursday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it will increase the amount of water flushed from Lake Okeechobee to lower levels that had reached about 15.36 feet, just inches shy of the wet season target. GREG LOVETT AP Water managers announced Thursday they would increase the dumping of water from Lake Okeechobee that…

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25 Sep: St. Johns River restoration touted as greatest in Florida

PALM BAY — The biggest environmental repair ever fully completed in Florida was celebrated recently with little fanfare at a boat ramp as sunbathing vultures watched. It took decades for state and federal agencies to rehabilitate a span of St. Johns River birthplace more than double the size of Orlando, which is 50 to 80…

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23 Sep: Dozens seek water testing after fertilizer plant leak

This aerial photo shows a massive sinkhole Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Mulberry, Fla., that opened up underneath a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant. Tens of millions of gallons of reprocessed water from the fertilizer plant in central Florida are likely to have seeped into the Floridan aquifer after the massive sinkhole…

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21 Sep: Giant sinkhole dumps fertilizer plant’s water into Florida aquifer

More than 200 million gallons of contaminated waste water from a fertilizer plant in central Florida leaked into one of the state’s main underground sources of drinking water after a massive sinkhole opened up beneath a storage pond, a phosphate company said Friday. Mosaic, the world’s largest supplier of phosphate, said the hole opened up…

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08 Sep: Feds will weigh if alligator snapping turtle is in peril

What do a prehistoric snapping turtle, the Key Largo woodrat and a Georgia snail have in common? They nearly vanished from the planet and could get more, or less, protection from the U.S. government. On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced plans to conduct a periodic review of 22 endangered and threatened species…

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02 Sep: Water managers send message: Don’t make us mad

TALLAHASSEE – If you want to keep a low profile, don’t disagree with the South Florida Water Management District, or ask for its email list. That’s what Lisa Interlandi, a lawyer with the nonprofit Everglades Law Center, and other environmental advocates have learned in the last few months as they have become the target of email…

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30 Aug: Toxic water rule delayed after Seminole Tribe sues

TALLAHASSEE Florida environmentalists are hoping that a legal challenge by the Seminole Tribe of Florida will provide the catalyst to force state regulators to redo a controversial rule that raises the levels of some of the toxins allowed to be dumped into Florida’s drinking waters. The Seminole Tribe filed the challenge Monday with the state…

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29 Aug: County invites candidates: Tour our deteriorating waterways

Martin County officials are inviting Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to do something residents and tourists have been warned to avoid: Tour deteriorating waterways known for “guacamole-thick” algae blooms. According to a statement Friday, the Martin County Board of Commissioners is still waiting for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees to respond. The board sent…