4:38 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Valdosta Wastewater Spill Not An Isolated Incident

The Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers flow south to Florida from Georgia.
Wikimedia Commons

The Florid Department of Health is warning residents in North Florida’s Live Oak area to stay clear of the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers. A 9-million gallon spill of partially treated wastewater in Valdosta, Georgia is contaminating the area surrounding the two North Florida rivers.

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4:12 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Feds Want Invasive-Snake-Ban Lawsuit Tossed

Boa constrictors are one of the five species the government is considering adding to the existing snake ban.
Credit Scott Markowitz

The federal government asked a judge Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn a nationwide trade ban on four giant snake species—including snakes invading the Florida Everglades. The action comes amidst calls for the feds to ban five additional snake species.

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3:32 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

What The Water 'Declaration' Actually Does

The tone and participants of Wednesday’s clean water events varied but, they all had one thing in common – a call for citizens and politicians alike to sign the environmental coalition’s “declaration of water rights.”
Gaz Haywood Flickr Creative Commons

Water issues are taking center stage in the run up to Florida’s 2014 legislative session, and this week environmental activists joined together to declare that every Floridian has the right to clean water. They’re pressuring politicians to sign a recently-drafted “declaration” of water rights that was the subject of statewide rallies this week. But, since the declaration is neither petition, nor legislation, some wonder: to what end?

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4:38 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Environmental Coalition Drafts 'Declaration' Of Water Rights, Asks For Governor's Signature

Representative Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) joined environmentalists in Waller Park to call for water restoration.
R.Benk WFSU-News

The same day Governor Rick Scott announced he’d be asking for $130 million in Everglades restoration funding for the coming year, members of more than 100 environmental groups held rallies in 16 Florida cities to raise awareness of Florida’s water issues. Tallahassee’s conservationists are demanding Scott do more than just “throw money” at the problem.

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Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Rising Sea Adds Urgency To South Florida Archeological Digs

Southeast Archeological Center archeologist Jayce Hill works a test site on the Totten Key midden
Jessica Palombo WFSU News

Archeologists working on an island just off Miami believe they’ve found a unique stone Indian burial mound. But with part of the site underwater, the team is battling a rising sea that threatens to cover the East Coast’s low-lying areas within the century.

It’s not easy to get to the dig site.

First, a 40-minute ride in a National Park Service boat ironically nicknamed Speedy.

Then, just off Totten Key, archeologist Josh Marano navigates the boat through a manmade channel cut from rocks that have shipwrecked lesser captains.

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