Environment

The Fenholloway River estuary thrives with life. This water is already mixing with wastewater from the plant.
LHatter / WFSUNews

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.

firefighter
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.

RCragun / By Rcragun - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7904193

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.

boat on Apalachicola Bay
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

A trial over a 26-year water fight between Florida and Georgia is underway before the U.S. Supreme Court.  A special master appointed by the court began hearing arguments Monday. 

Leon County is considering installing sidewalks along a heavily traffic segment of Old St. Augustine Road, but not before giving the Canopy Roads Citizens Committee a chance to weigh in.

Hurricane Matthew as of 12:45 pm 10/04/16.
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Hurricane conditions are possible along the Treasure Coast as early as Thursday afternoon. Tropical Storm conditions are also possible in the watch areas at some point Thursday or Friday as Hurricane Matthew nears the coast. Whether or not the eye come ashore in Florida is still highly uncertain.

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