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Environment
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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Environment
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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Environment
8:03 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

National Park Service Prepares To Search Everglades For 'Lost' Ancient Settlements

The Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park
Credit nps.gov / National Park Service

Archeologists are heading to the Everglades this week to look for the remnants of a Native American settlement. The National Park Service is trying to find the location of a settlement discovered back in the late 1960’s and then lost.

The Anhinga Trail is located closer to the main entrance of Everglades National Park, where tourists flock each year.

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Environment
6:22 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Putnam Calls For Support If Apalachicola Bay Closes

Apalachicola Bay used to supply 90% of the state's oysters - and 10% of the nation's. But with freshwater inflow declining, oyster populations have plummeted.
Credit Farrukh Younus via Flickr

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has put restrictions on the Apalachicola Bay oyster harvest this winter, but it’s also mulling plans to ban harvesting altogether if stocks don’t improve.  Government officials are now calling for financial and educational support if the Commission closes the bay.

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Environment
9:24 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Wakulla Springs Included In $25M Restoration Plan Approved By Legislative Panel

A moorhen chick makes its way across a mat of hydrilla at Wakulla Springs.
Credit wfsu ecology blog

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.

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