Environment

Florida Clean Water Network

Activists are abandoning a federal challenge of Florida’s water quality standards after the Trump Administration refused to step in.

Chris73 via wikimedia commons

Summer’s here and that means oyster season in Apalachicola Bay.

Black Skimmer with chicks
Jim Gray / Audubon of Florida

Environmental groups are encouraging Floridians to be careful of shorebirds when they head to the beach for the holiday weekend.  Nick Evans has more.

firefighter
Florida Forest Service

Officials with the Florida Forest Service say recent rains are not enough to tamp down the hundreds of wildfires raging across the state. Parts of the state are still in a drought.

James Clarke Ash

Conservation groups, Governor Rick Scott and Cabinet members are praising Florida’s newest top environmental regulator, Noah Valenstein, as a consensus builder dedicated to public service.

(L-R) Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee), Sen. Oscar Braynon (D-Miami), Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) and Sen. Joe Negron (R-Stuart).
Nick Evans

Gov. Rick Scott has about 10 days to sign legislation appropriating money to counties hit by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A settlement deal gives the state about $2 billion over several years.

Tim Donovan / FWC's Flickr

This week is National Safe Boating Week, and with Florida wildlife officials expecting increased turnout on the water for the Memorial Day weekend, they’re hoping boaters will wear life jackets.

Apalachicola River
USDA

The Florida legislature directed funding toward water projects instead of land conservation this year. But environmental groups complain that the state has still not fully implemented the land conservation constitutional amendment passed in 2014.

DXR via wikimedia commons

Florida Governor Rick Scott is tapping a former aide and water management district chief to head up the state’s environmental agency.

University of South Florida

A bill creating memorials to remember the boys who died and were buried in unmarked graves on the Dozier School for Boys’ grounds is now heading to Governor Rick Scott. It’s part two of what the Florida legislature’s doing to help address the abuses that occurred at the school decades ago.

Sen. Joe Negron (R-Stuart) speaks to members of the Florida Board of Governors Tuesday, 6/21/16
Florida Channel

Florida Senate President Joe Negron said he appreciates Governor Rick Scott’s support for water storage south of Lake Okeechobee. But he’s concerned about Scott’s request to include $200 million to fix the Herbert Hoover dike. Negron said he doesn’t trust the federal government to reimburse the state for repairs to the federally-operated levee.

CNN.com

Environmentalists are giving Florida and Georgia failing grades when it comes to policing schools for lead contaminated water.

Matt gaetz via twitter / https://twitter.com/mattgaetz/media

Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz is reportedly drafting a bill to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.

The nation’s largest solar panel installer is setting up shop in Orlando, but activists say Florida has a way to go before earning the nickname “Sunshine State.” 

The Department of Environmental Protection is tinkering with new regulations that would expedite public notification for pollution.   But many industrial interests are pushing back.

wfla.com

Proposed notification guidelines for pollution are raising hackles among the state’s major industries.  The rule changes come after millions of gallons of contaminated water were spilled at a Mosaic phosphate plant.

From the local soil and water conservation district to the U.S. House of Representatives, candidates vowed to protect the environment at a recent forum at Tallahassee City Hall. 

The aroma of artisan coffee clings to the air as local businessmen and women in chinos, and oystermen and women in blue jeans and T-shirts, stare intently at power point projection.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has lost an initial legal challenge to Florida’s controversial new water quality standards, but now the Clean Water Network is about to wade into the fray.

Center for Biological Diversity

417 potentially endangered species are going unprotected, according to a national environmental organization. The organization is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Tallahassee residents will get a chance to voice their concerns next week when office seekers gather for the Candidates Environmental Forum. 

Florida Memory / https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/120780

While a foul-smelling green algae chokes Florida’s Treasure Coast, local and state officials are debating how to cut down on pollution in Wakulla Springs.

St. Marks Trail To Meet Gaines Street

Jun 27, 2016
Florida State Parks

The 16 mile St. Marks Trail is getting a long awaited extension. The City of Tallahassee is collaborating with Zimmer Development Company.

Tallahassee Kicks Off Sustainability Conference

Mar 22, 2016
Stephen Nakatani/ flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/snakphotography/5037094847/

Community leaders, researchers and business owners are converging on Tallahassee this week for a conference on sustainable living.

Secretary Jon Steverson gained confirmation in the Senate Thursday.
US Department of Agriculture

The Florida Senate confirmed a raft of agency heads during its last floor session.  Most passed without comment, but one secretary raised opposition among Democrats.

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