Environment

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Some Florida environmental activists are hoping to channel public interest from one pipeline to another, by organizing a series of protests across the state. This year Native American leaders, activists and celebrities staged a months-long protest at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline, spurring the Obama Administration to ultimately halt the project. Some Florida environmentalists are taking inspiration from the Dakota Access protests in their own fight against the Sabal Trail Pipeline

fishing boats
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Federal regulators plan to divert more water from the Apalachicola - Chattahoochee - Flint River System to the state of Georgia.

Boats rest on a dock in the Apalachicola Bay
Jason Tereska / WFSU News

Georgia is wrapping up its case this week in a nearly 30-year-old water fight with Florida and Alabama. The so-called water wars centers on consumption in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system shared by the states.

The Fenholloway River estuary thrives with life. This water is already mixing with wastewater from the plant.
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The Fenholloway River runs 36 miles through rural Taylor County before flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. But it’s not found on most maps. For years, it was used for industrial dumping—a designation granted by the state in order to lure manufacturers to the area. Today, the Foley Cellulose Mill is the largest of those businesses. For many, the plant and the county are part of one communal identity, and when it comes to a fight over an impending wastewater pipeline, Taylor residents are siding with the company.

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Florida Forest Service

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting prescribed burning workshops for private landowners in North Florida.

UF/IFAS / http://www.wec.ufl.edu/oysterproject/

A decade of work is paying off for a team of coastal conservationists in Florida. A team of researchers won an $8.3 million grant to restore shrinking oyster reefs.

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One of Florida’s largest landowners may reducing its citrus output but it’s planning to keep its North Florida holdings agricultural.

The Sabal Trail drilling mud leak in the Withlacoochee River surrounded by a turbidity curtain.
Deanna Mericle via wwals.net

Drilling mud from the Sabal Trail pipeline is leaking into the Withlacoochee River in Georgia.  The spill in the Suwannee River tributary could impact the Floridan aquifer. 

Terry Ross via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/qnr/

Sea turtle conservation efforts in the Florida Panhandle are getting a million dollar boost to install sea turtle-friendly lighting.

United State Geological Survey / https://www.usgs.gov/news/and-after-photos-se-beach-dunes-lost-hurricane-matthew

New photos from the United States Geological Survey illustrate the damage Hurricane Matthew dealt to Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

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