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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Go with the flow: Paddle Florida coming soon

Published February 14, 2009 - Suwannee Democrat
Kayak and canoe enthusiasts from throughout the Southeast are expected to be on hand for the second edition of "Paddle Florida" which will be held over a 123-mile stretch of the Suwannee River March 19-26.

For more information on the event go to paddleflorida.org
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Updated: Plans on track to reduce pollution at Wakulla Springs

Published February 14, 2009 Tallahassee Democrat
Now, advocates say, it’s time to keep pushing forward. On Feb. 25, scientists, planners, politicians and regular citizens will get together for a two-day conference to hear the latest scientific findings about the spring, learn about continuing efforts to improve its health and set goals for the future.
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County agrees to pay for river plan

Published February 13, 2009 - Jackson County Floridan
Jackson County Commissioners this week agreed to spend $5,000 to help pay for a regional plan to develop and enhance recreational opportunities on the Apalachicola River.
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Citing Sinkhole Threat, State Turns Down Pasco Landfill

Published: February 13, 2009 - Tampa Bay Online
State regulators on Thursday denied a company's request to build a landfill near the environmentally sensitive Green Swamp.

Thomas Farkas, a consultant hired by Tampa Bay Water to assess the potential impact on water supplies, wrote in a January 2009 report that if the landfill leaks, the sinkholes beneath could provide a direct pathway for contaminants to reach the Floridan Aquifer.

According to Farkas, that would likely carry contamination to Crystal Spring and municipal production wells that belong to Zephyrhills. Crystal Spring also feeds into the Hillsborough River.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Acquisition and Restoration Council to Convene

Published 02-11-2009
The Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) will convene on Thursday and Friday in Tallahassee at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building. On Thursday, the council will hear public testimony on new proposals for the 2009 Florida Forever priority list, as well as other state land projects. The council meeting will take place on Friday.

The 11-member group is comprised of representatives from five state agencies, four Governor appointments, one appointee by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and one appointee by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. ARC has the responsibility for the evaluation, selection and ranking of state land acquisition projects on the Florida Forever priority list, as well as the review of management plans and land uses for all state-owned conservation lands.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Use less water or suffer, regional review warns

Published Feb. 10, 2009 - The Florida Times-Union.
Aquifer levels will drop seriously in Northeast Florida within 20 years if a growing population doesn’t waste less water, new estimates by water managers warn.

Located under heavy rock, the aquifer is under enough pressure that a well bored through the rock in much of Northeast Florida will fill with water 25 to 35 feet above the aquifer’s normal level.

But the management district projects that could change as wells siphon away more and more water. By 2030, levels in parts of Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties could fall more than 10 feet below 1995 levels, according to those projections.
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Monday, February 02, 2009

There’s more to Florida than just big attractions and beaches

Published Feb. 1, 2009 - The Sentinel, a division of Lee Enterprises
Spewing millions of gallons of fresh 72-degree water into the Homosassa River, the spring provides warm water that supports a few state park pet manatees and about fifty live there in winter waiting for warmer gulf temperatures to scatter up and down the coast.

Homosassa Springs State Park is a wildlife park providing rehabilitating facilities for injured birds of prey and water birds. Those birds that can be rehabilitated are returned to the wild, while those that can’t remain at the facility — bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, kestrels, barn owls and great horned owls reside in the park permanently because of injuries.
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