11:36 am
Mon January 26, 2015

New Funds Bolster Gulf Coast Cleanup Efforts

Credit Florida Association of Counties

Escambia County is right in the not-so-sweet spot of Florida counties hardest hit by 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The spill will cost tens of billions of dollars in cleanup charges, fines and settlements, and many say it is still blighting the environment. The damage still lingers, long after BP declared its work done. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is still finding oil remnants in places like Pensacola’s Fort Pickens Beach.

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5:01 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Florida Cabinet Approves New Land Purchases To Address Flooding In Southwest Florida

A map highlighting South Florida's hydrology.
Credit LHatter / Courtesy of The Everglades Foundation

The Florida cabinet approved a pair of land purchases Tuesday that it says will aid in efforts to manage water retention in Southwest Florida.

Part of the $13 million purchase approved by the cabinet allows The Department of Environmental Protection to buy 670 acres in Charlotte County. This land will provide the public with recreational opportunities like hiking and wildlife exploration.

The agency says, this purchase along with another one in Collier County, are key to an ongoing hydrologic restoration project in the region.

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5:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

New DEP Secretary Gets Mixed Reaction From Environmentalists

Environmentalists are less than pleased with Florida Governor Rick Scott’s pick to head the Department of Environmental Protection. Jon Steverson is returning to the department as secretary after a stint at the Northwest Florida Water Management District.

Jon Steverson oversaw the restructuring of the Northwest Florida Water Management District as Executive Director. Prior to that, he served in the administration of former Gov. Charlie Crist—where he dealt with environmental issues.

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5:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

DEP Hopes Forward-Facing Cameras Can Lead To Forward-Thinking Attitudes On Recycling

Eilanwy Slyboom posted this picture in response to the DEP's recycling selfie challenge.
Credit via DEP Facebook page

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection wants you to take a selfie the next time you recycle and post it on the department's Facebook page.

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3:04 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Florida Breeds Hybrid Bass To Diversify Waters, Keep Smaller Fish In Check

Nearly half of the 3.5 million fish FWC puts in Florida waters each Spring are sunshine bass.
Credit myfwc.com

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will put more than 3 million fish into Florida’s waters this year, a good portion of which will be a special hybrid of bass. The agency says the fish is beneficial to both anglers and the environment.

There will be a little more "sunshine" in Florida, as the FWC plans to ship out its special sunshine bass breed next spring.

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