Florida waters

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Conservationists are raising concerns about how the Lake Talquin dam is impacting wildlife. The comments come as federal regulators are reviewing the future of the hydroelectric plant there.

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The Sabal Trail Pipeline is up and running, pumping natural gas some 515 miles from Alabama to Central Florida. But environmental concerns and legal challenges remain.

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The Sabal Trail Pipeline is scheduled to start up this week, carrying natural gas from Alabama to Central Florida. Federal regulators approved the activation of the project earlier this summer. But environmentalists are worried about potential impacts to the state’s waterways.

BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig on fire in 2010.
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Almost seven years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Florida lawmakers are finalizing a settlement plan. There’s still some distance between the house and senate versions, but top lawmakers say a compromise is on the way.

boat on Apalachicola Bay
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North Florida Congressman Neal Dunn wants to throw out a federal plan that would reduce freshwater flowing into the struggling Apalachicola Bay. The move comes after a Supreme Court-appointed lawyer ruled against the state in the decades-long water war with Georgia. The Court has not yet made a final ruling. But Dunn and his colleagues are going back to the legislative drawing board to challenge the Army Corps of Engineers.

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State regulators are moving forward with plans to widen Crawfordville Highway, despite concerns about the impacts to nearby Wakulla Springs. Conservationists hoped the state would amend the design to reduce pollution and add animal crossings.

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Some Florida environmental activists are hoping to channel public interest from one pipeline to another, by organizing a series of protests across the state. This year Native American leaders, activists and celebrities staged a months-long protest at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline, spurring the Obama Administration to ultimately halt the project. Some Florida environmentalists are taking inspiration from the Dakota Access protests in their own fight against the Sabal Trail Pipeline

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A decade of work is paying off for a team of coastal conservationists in Florida. A team of researchers won an $8.3 million grant to restore shrinking oyster reefs.

Wakulla Springs
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A sinkhole opened up Friday underneath a fertilizer factory in central Florida, dumping millions of gallons of contaminated water into the Floridan Aquifer. This is the latest in a string of issues that has scientists worried about the health of the state’s primary water source.

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A group of local scientists and environmentalists met Friday to discuss the health and conditions of Northwest Florida’s waterway. The group is concerned about how state officials are handling water issues.

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Thursday marks the beginning of the loggerhead, leatherback and green turtle’s six month nesting season and wildlife officials are warning people to steer clear of potential nests to prevent scaring the parents back into the ocean before laying their eggs.

Gainesville’s Sea Turtle Conservancy is the largest sea turtle nonprofit in Florida. Its Policy Coordinator, Gary Appelson confirms the endangered, seafaring reptiles’ population is rebounding – mostly a result of their status under the Endangered Species Act.