water quality

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A group of activists want no trace of lead in Florida’s drinking water – whether it be in schools or government buildings. The group found elevated lead levels in drinking fountains in Florida’s Capitol.

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Leon County Schools

Nearly a year and a half into performing its new water quality program, Leon County Schools is considering a change in what triggers corrective measures against lead.


A small town in Gadsden County is touting the outcome of a grant to improve water quality.

Fonville, Lewis, Foote & Messer law firm

Florida’s Environmental Regulation Commission has approved increasing the number of allowable toxins in rivers and streams. This proposal allows the number of chemicals in drinking water to increase from 54 to 92. But Jim Messer - the lone Republican in the race for Florida House District Nine - has some reservations on the vote.

Nick Evans

After a major fish kill in Brevard County, Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Graham is raising awareness about water quality in north Florida.   Graham hosted a “work day” Tuesday at Wakulla Springs.

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North Florida’s Lake Talquin is getting a house call from the state’s environmental doctors. Officials are targeting the lake as part of ongoing efforts to clean up polluted water bodies.

Lake Talquin is not a natural formation; it’s man- made. And the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Greg DeAngelo  says that makes addressing pollution a little harder. A big part of fixing Talquin’s problems is determining total maximum daily loads, or TMDL’s—that's the maximum amount of pollution a water body can handle while still meeting water quality standards.

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Tomorrow the Florida Department of Environmental Protection holds the first of six meetings to gather public input on proposed surface-water cleanup plans. At least one group plans to use the meetings to complain the state isn’t tough enough on polluters.

The environmental department will take feedback on plans for monitoring water quality and restoring impaired waters. DEP Environmental Assessment and Restoration Director Tom Frick says this is the first year the state has the ability to prioritize water cleanup based partly on input from people who are affected locally.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Customers of privately owned water companies could see their rates drop, if one state senator gets his bill passed in the 2014 legislative session. Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby) wants to make it illegal for private water utilities to charge a higher rate than government-owned utilities in the same county.

On Thursday afternoon in the city of Tallahassee’s water quality laboratory, small vials were rotating around a machine that looks like an old slide projector.

Pam Broviak

It would be illegal for a private water utility to charge higher rates than a government-owned utility in the same Florida county—if a bill making that change passes the state Legislature this year. The bill would also require the state utility regulator to punish utilities that don’t meet minimum water quality standards.

State Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby) calls his bill the Consumer Water Protection Act. He says when the Public Service Commission decides whether a utility can raise rates, it should have to consider whether water meets standards for taste, odor and color.

Andrea Westmoreland

Toxic Slime. That’s what environmentalists say is filling delicate water bodies like the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary since the Army Corps of Engineers began releasing water from Lake Okeechobee to the East and West. Members of a Senate Committee held a meeting Thursday in an effort to find solutions as quickly as possible.

Apalachicola oysters
Thomas Andrew Gustafson

About a dozen people have been arrested in Apalachicola Bay over the past few months for harvesting oysters illegally. State officials say the oyster industry’s survival is at stake when people break the rules.

The two most recent arrests came last week when Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers caught two Franklin County residents oystering behind an area roped off because of poor water quality. It’s also illegal to harvest oysters between sundown and sunup.

Fla. Steps Closer Toward Controlling Water Quality

Mar 20, 2013

Regulating the nutrient levels in waterways across Florida may finally come back into the hands of the State. Since 2009 the federal Environmental Protection Agency has been debating with the state over water quality standards. The bill could mean the final agreement between Florida and the Feds with the EPA backing out by the end of 2013.

After complaints about toxic algae in Florida’s water bodies, and an attempt at imposing Federal water quality standards, the Environmental Protection Agency is giving the state a chance to make its own rules. Regan McCarthy reports U.S. Representative Steve Southerland came to Florida Monday to tout the state’s proposed water quality standards.