Environment

Environment
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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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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