Environment

Cascades Park in Tallahassee
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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.

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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.

City of Valdosta's facebook page

Valdosta Public Works is using its Mosquito Control Outreach program to remind citizens they can help fight mosquitos too. 

Tim Donovan / FWC's Flickr

The number of boating accidents in Florida has been on the rise since 2016.

Lance Cheung

With the state’s energy portfolio surpassing 60 percent natural gas, Florida’s utility regulators are pushing for greater diversity.

Manatee
National Geographic

The most recent data on manatee deaths has been released by The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

Canopy road
Freestone Wilson via Flickr

An upcoming workshop by the City Commission will address concerns over Tallahassee’s urban planning. The Urban Forest Master Plan will provide ways to balance the city’s need for infrastructure and trees. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Springtime in North Florida means blooming flowers, trips to the beach and more active black bears. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are encouraging residents to take precautions as bears come out of hibernation. To keep bears out of neighborhoods, Dave Telesco, who directs the FWC’s Bear Management Program recommends ensuring bears can’t get into the garbage.

Sea turtles on beach
Isabella Jusková

Sea turtle nesting season is officially underway. Officials are advising beachgoers to take precautions to help keep turtles safe.

Oil Rig
Zukiman Mohamad / Pexels

Money from the BP oil spill settlement is headed to the Panhandle. The dollars will fund water and sewer lines for an industrial park, technical-education programs and an expansion of the Port of Panama City.

Amanda Nalley / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced new recreational fishing dates for the greater amberjack due to reports of overfishing. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission wants more research for approving the harvest of previously endangered goliath groupers. But, many against the decision say the science does not back up the reasoning.

A snowy plover on its nest
FWC's Flickr

It’s Nesting season for Florida’s waterbirds. And, Florida wildlife officials say it’s important the public keeps its distance, while on the beach or boating on the state’s waterways.

Photo of a water passage cutting through green brush in the Everglades
Erich Martin

Florida Wildlife Officials are considering an executive order to keep so called “Injurious wildlife species” from being brought into the state. Paul Grey works with Audubon Florida. He says the order is important since Florida is especially susceptible to the negative impact of invasive species.

Wildfire burning in Florida forest
Florida Forest Service Facebook

The 2018 prescribed burning season has contained dozens of fires across the state of Florida, and the most recent one will take place in Leon County. 

A manatee mating herd at Coquina Beach in Manatee County
FWC Screenshot

Florida wildlife officials say they’ve received many calls of manatees in distress all over the state. But, officials say a lot of times, the sea cows are just mating.

Bison walking down Buck Lake road in Tallahassee
Jennie Harrison Kroeger

Leon County residents are reporting a loose bison on Buck Lake Road. The Leon County Sheriff's office is working to wrangle the animal.

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