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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rescued manatees released back into Florida waters

Published Jan. 30, 2009
Both were suffering from cold stress and rescued a year ago during sub-freezing days from separate locations off Jacksonville’s Ortega River. When temperatures dip, manatees look for warm water where they can hang out, but often those warm waters don’t have the vegetation manatees require for their food.

The two were released about 10 a.m. into the warm waters at Salt Springs Run Marina in Marion County.
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Veto may keep Crist popular

January 30, 2009 NewsJournalOnline (Opinion)
Crist's veto canceled the first-ever freeze of the Florida Forever program that buys environmentally sensitive lands. The budget cut would have saved $20.4 million. But it also would have wiped out the state's ability to issue bonds raising 10 times that amount.
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'Cheap' water costly for environment

Published January 30, 2009 - Orlando Sentinel (Opinion)
Armed with a judge's OK, Seminole County says it will soon begin pumping millions of gallons of water per day from the St. Johns River. It's a smart move from the County Commission's perspective, as it will provide an abundant source of "cheap" water for future growth while generating revenue from new utility customers.

The dirty little secret that governments don't want us to know is this: They make money every time you turn on the tap, with excess revenues in some municipalities flowing back into general funds. As residents conserve water, those revenues fall, creating holes in local budgets. Every drop saved cuts into the bottom line, creating a disincentive to conserve.
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Monday, January 12, 2009

DEP's Environmental Education Program (LIFE) Reaches Milestone

Published 01-10-2009 - Wakulla.com
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Learning in Florida’s Environment (LIFE) Program, recently reached a major milestone, just four years after starting the program. Through the LIFE program, more than 5,000 students and teachers now have more scientific knowledge and a greater understanding of Florida’s natural environment.

LIFE program sites include:
2. Wakulla Springs State Park (Wakulla County)
3. Ichetucknee Springs State Park (Columbia County)
11. Werner Boyce Salt Spring State Park (Pasco County)
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Florida Budget Session: Florida Fore... Never Mind

Published January 11, 2009 - The Ledger
When the Legislature is in session in Tallahassee, nothing is safe - and nothing is forever. Even Florida Forever.

Many legislators evidently think that when it comes to budget cutting, all bets are off - even if it means ignoring a previous commitment to continue funding the state's highly successful, nationally recognized land-preservation program. Legislators want to end funding for the program for the remaining six months of the budget year.
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District To Host Econfina Springs Workshop

Published January 11th, 2009 - Foster Folly News
The Northwest Florida Water Management District will hold a public workshop at Pitt Spring on Saturday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. to noon, central time.

The workshop, "Econfina Springs Complex Restoration and Protection," will present project designs and invite public input. Springs users re encouraged to tour spring and creek erosion impact areas, and view and discuss proposed restoration and protection designs by the District's engineering contractor, Genesis Group.
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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Environmentalists Try To Stop Proposed Pasco Landfill

Published January 9, 2009 - The Tampa Tribune
The location of the landfill puts it in the watershed of the Withlacoochee River, which flows north and west, forming the eastern border of Hernando and Citrus counties. The river provides no public drinking water supplies.
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Friday, January 02, 2009

What lies ahead in 2009?

Published January 1, 2009 - Ocala Star-Banner
This month, the city of Ocala has plans to begin fixing the so called "monster pipe," which for more than 40 years has funneled the collected run-off from State Road 40 into Half Mile Creek, a tributary of the Silver River. The city will begin work on a $4.5 million effort to upgrade a series of retention ponds along SR 40 east of Southeast 25th Avenue. Marion County, meanwhile, will handle the output, initiating work on a nearly $3 million plan to reroute the monster pipe from Half Mile Creek to a retention pond to be built on 12 acres that sits across from Silver Springs and is owned by the state.
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