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Environment
6:43 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Some Indian River Lagoon Funding Requests May Pit Researchers Against Each Other

FAU Harbor Branch Institute researchers are using a LOBO, or Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatories, to help measure water quality in real-time in the Indian River Lagoon. FAU has so far purchased two. They'd like funds for more.
FAU Harbor Branch Institute

A group of Florida lawmakers is deciding how much money to spend cleaning Florida waterways polluted by Lake Okeechobee runoff. A Wednesday committee hearing focused largely on helping the Indian River Lagoon, but some presenters differed over funding requests.

Before listening to presenters stating why the funds were needed, Umatilla Republican Senator Alan Hays set the tone of the meeting by describing how his Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on General Government could be swayed.

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Environment
5:45 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Environmental Groups Consider Appeal After Judge OKs Florida Water Pollution Limits

Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

A federal judge has sided with the state and federal governments by saying Florida should set pollution standards for its waterways. Environmental groups are considering an appeal of the ruling letting Florida manage its own water.

This week’s ruling is the latest in a lawsuit the environmental groups brought six years ago saying the state didn’t comply with the federal Clean Water Act. Federal judge Robert Hinkle agreed with state and federal assertions that Florida should set its own acceptable pollution standards.

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Environment
5:50 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Central Florida's Toxic Algae Blooms Have Some Calling 2013 The 'Lost Summer'

This collage sits outside the Everglades Foundation and shows a sampling of headlines from newspapers across the state about toxic algae booms
LHatter WFSU News

What happens when it rains nearly every day for more than a month during the hot, summer months?

Last July in Central Florida it meant an overflowing Lake Okeechobee and the dumping of millions of gallons of polluted freshwater into the region’s rivers and estuaries. The rain also helped spark toxic algae blooms that have some calling for a $220 million water conservation and clean-up plan Florida lawmakers could take up next session.

What Happens In 'Lake-O' Doesn't Stay In 'Lake-O'

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Environment
9:23 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Finding Clues Into Mass Animal Die-Off May Play Out Like 'CSI: Indian River Lagoon'

A couple of dolphins that died in the mysterious die-off in the Indian River Lagoon.
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute

Finding out the source of a mysterious animal die off in the Indian River Lagoon is the goal of many researchers and scientists across the state. They’re searching for clues into the massive amount of unusual deaths of manatees, dolphins, and pelicans in what’s known as one of the nation’s most biologically diverse estuaries.

CSI: Indian River Lagoon

Taking a tour of the Southern part of Indian River Lagoon, Its Riverkeeper Marty Baum points out a small pod of dolphins frolicking in one part of the 156-mile estuary.

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Environment
5:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Too Much Water Use and Pollution Threaten Florida’s Springs And The Economies That Go With Them

Credit Regan McCarthy

Before Disney World and Sea World, visitors flocked to Florida for a different kind of tourist experience. But as the state’s springs face pollution and over pumping, that legacy is fading along with the local economies that depend on it.

Each summer, visitors flood Wakulla Springs State park to swim through the deep cool water, spot the manatees and watch the Anhinga fish. But Luis Poppelreiter, who drove with his family from Panama City Beach, said the park has changed over the years.

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