Florida legislators signed off Wednesday on $25 million worth of funding for nearly 30 projects intended to improve water quality in the state's springs.
The legislature required the state environmental protection agency to come up with a plan before releasing the dollars. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s says the proposal will impact hundreds of Springs around the state.
Researchers in South Florida say an effort to rebuild coral reefs using coral transplanted from offshore nurseries is looking like a success. Scientists are seeing the first signs of growth from the new coral.
In 2009 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spearheaded a project to rebuild reefs in Florida’s Keys using coral grown in a nursery. But setbacks hampered the nursery’s progress so officials reached out to offshore nurseries around the state, to cultivate a new population of coral.
Florida biologists say thousands of reported public sightings of panthers and black bears are helping them with ongoing research into locating the large mammals. They’re hoping residents will continue to do their part in helping to contribute to the animals’ conservation.
After weeks of not knowing whether Governor Rick Scott would meet with them, several scientists say they’re happy the Governor did meet with them Tuesday to talk to about climate change and its ongoing threat to Florida. But, they’re not too sure they got their point across.
Months ago, when reporters asked Governor Scott about his position on climate change, he told them “I am not a scientist.”
U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL 2) is using the congressional recess to promote a bill he’s sponsored to block an EPA proposal. Southerland spoke Monday at the Capitol with Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
The proposal in question defines the features of water that could be subject to federal regulation. Southerland says the change, if adopted, will put almost everything under the purview of the EPA.