Environment

A wildfire in Franklin County burns more than 800 acres.
Franklin County Sheriffs Office / facebook

By the end of the week, all of the families displaced by last month’s fire in Eastpoint, Florida will be in housing.

Kaleigh Wright

A survey by the Food Marketing Institute says the U.S. sees an 18 percent increase in consumers choosing to purchase meat locally rather than from a supermarket. North Florida farms and butcher shops take thoughtful preparation and service when it comes to distributing meat in the local community. 

Courtesy Harbor Branch Oceanic Institute

Images of bright-green water caused by harmful algal blooms have taken center stage in ecological and political conversations in Florida. This week, the federal government approved more than $1.5 billion to help fund a reservoir that will take overflow from Lake Okeechobee elsewhere in an effort to mitigate the algae’s effects. Ryan Dailey recently spoke with Florida Atlantic University’s interim director of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Dr. Jim Sullivan, to talk algae and what the reservoir stands to do to help.

Blue Green Algae on St. Johns River, Satsuma, Putnam County, May 26, 2010
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Flickr

On the heels of a toxic algae bloom spreading across South Florida, Bay County health officials are reminding residents and visitors to be careful in area waters through a health campaign.

Someone giving an oral presentation during the 2013 Lionfish Summit hosted by FWC in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Tim Donovan / FWC Flickr

Florida’s wildlife agency will be holding a lionfish summit in the Fall. The goal is to find more ways to get rid of the spiny invasive species plaguing state waters.

Pictured is a wetland area
Ryan Benk / WFSU-FM

Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection is applying to take over duties from the federal government related to protecting its wetlands. But some environmental advocates are hoping the agency will pump the breaks.

City crews will leave on Monday to help the Eastpoint community.
City of Tallahassee Twitter

City of Tallahassee crews are bringing equipment and supplies to help the Eastpoint community following the fire that burned more than 950 acres last month. 

A mountain of oyster shells is a feature of Apalachicola, where the prized bivalves are a local delicacy.   2015
Jason Tereska / WFSU News

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to keep a decades long legal fight over water use alive is boosting hopes in North Florida. The state and its northern neighbor Georgia have been locked in a three-decade long fight over how much water each should get from a shared system.

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

Coastal Franklin County’s small Eastpoint community is picking up the pieces after a wildfire ravaged about 820 acres of land, destroying 36 homes. But for the hundreds displaced, there are more question marks in the aftermath than there are answers.

FWC / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee

Beginning July 1st, Florida’s state waters will be open for bay scallop harvest. This scalloping season will be twelve times as long as 2017’s, thanks to healthier scallops in the Gulf.

A shrimp boat heads out into the Apalachicola Bay.
Jason Tereska / WFSU News

The people and businesses that depend on the Apalachicola Bay just got a break from the U.S. Supreme Court—keeping a long running lawsuit over water use alive.

A wildfire in Franklin County burns more than 800 acres.
Franklin County Sheriffs Office / facebook

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says a prescribed burn is the cause of a fire in Eastpoint that has destroyed more than 800 acres and burned more than 30 homes. 

Raquel Raclette / Unsplash

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is asking victims to be safe and patient as they respond to every call after a wildfire tore through the County Sunday. Hundreds of acres were set ablaze, 36 homes were destroyed, but no deaths have been reported. 

Josh O'Connor WSFWF

A weekend fire at Eastpoint has destroyed homes and displaced hundreds. Franklin County Sheriff Tony Smith calls the fire one of the "most intense" he's seen in his career.

A lionfish in Florida Bay
Robert Ellis / FWC Flickr

From “smart traps” to underwater drones, Florida’s wildlife agency hopes five organizations will spend thousands of dollars in grant funding to find new ways to further target lionfish. The spiny invasive species eat fish native to Florida, have no natural predators, and can lay thousands of eggs over a short period of time.

Cascades Park in Tallahassee
WFSUNews

The Environmental Protection Agency has completed a more than decade-long cleanup at Cascades Park. A manufactured gas plant closed more than 50 years ago had contaminated the area’s soil with chemicals.

Turkle Tom via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/turkletom/

Valdosta State University has found several mosquitoes tested in their labs to be positive with West Nile Virus. With no human infection yet reported, Courtney Sheeley tells us how we can take defense against a mosquito heavy summer.

FWC Photo

Monday marks the beginning of the recreational Red Snapper Season in Florida. Lasting until July 20th in Gulf and Federal waters, this season is unique to its predecessors. 

Zukiman Mohamad / Pexels

The American Petroleum Institute wants to expand oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast.  API says safety isn’t a concern this time. 

Florida Forest Service

The Florida Forest Service is offering money incentives to private landowners in exchange for growing and creating a friendly ecosystem for the Long Leaf Pine. Those with non-industrial land of at least five, but no more than 5,000 acres of forest land are eligible.

Hurricane
NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a 70 percent chance of Florida receiving between 5 to 9 hurricanes this season. The forecast is predicted with the help of the National Hurricane Center, whose primary hurricane data comes from Florida State University’s Superensemble system.

Noah Hertz / WFSU - Florida Public Radio

Hurricane season has officially begun. To kick things off, Leon County officials are pairing with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, or FLASH, to set an example of preparation. 

NOAA

Climate change could impact the strength of hurricanes in the Atlantic. That’s according to Senior NASA Scientist, Timothy Hall. 

A stack of lionfish from 2018 Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day
Bekah Nelson / FWC's Flickr

The Lionfish Challenge is underway, and it’s one of several efforts to rid Florida of the invasive species that has no natural predators and negatively impacts wildlife.

Governor Rick Scott in his office in front of a Florida flag
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties in the state. The declaration comes as Subtropical Storm Alberto churns toward the Gulf Coast.

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