In this Issue:
  • Florida’s Water Quality Woes
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – A Florida Friendly Yard
  • The Benefits of a Living Shoreline
  • Have a “Tree-mendous” Arbor Day!
  • Do Your Part to Stop the Spread
  • National Estuaries Week! – What We Can Do
  • National Estuaries Week! – Problems in Our Bays
  • Looks like a Typical Year for the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
  • 3 Ways You Can Help Keep Our Bays Healthy
  • Stormwater

    Florida’s Water Quality Woes

    Being in the panhandle of Florida you may, or may not, have heard about the water quality issues hindering the southern part of the state. Water discharged from Lake Okeechobee is full of nutrients.  These nutrients are coming from agriculture, unmaintained septic tanks, and developed landscaping – among other things.  The discharges that head east …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – A Florida Friendly Yard

    We have been posting articles discussing some of the issues our estuaries are facing; this post will focus on one of the things you can do to help reduce the problem – a Florida Friendly Yard. The University of Florida IFAS developed the Florida Friendly Landscaping Program. It was developed to be included in the …

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    The Benefits of a Living Shoreline

    Imagine this… You are a sailor on a 16th century Spanish galleon anchored in a Florida Bay south of Tampa. You, along with others, are ordered to go ashore for a scouting trip to set up a base camp.  You transfer over to a small skiff and row ashore to find a forest of root …

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    Have a “Tree-mendous” Arbor Day!

    Arbor Day has a 145-year history, started in Nebraska by a nature-loving newspaper editor who recognized the many valuable services trees provide. We humans often form emotional attachments to trees, planting them at the beginning of a marriage, birth of a child, or death of a loved one, and trees have tremendous symbolic value within …

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    Do Your Part to Stop the Spread

    With all the news about the Zika virus spread in Florida, now is the time to start thinking about mosquito protection. As the weather warms, they will be hatching.  Check out where the water is collecting in your yard.  The female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes lay their eggs in temporary flood water pools; even very small …

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    National Estuaries Week! – What We Can Do

    In the last edition in this series we discussed some of the issues and problems our estuaries are facing. For the final edition for National Estuaries Week we want to leave you with some ideas on you can help improve things.   The first issue we dealt with was eutrophication – or nutrient overloading. The …

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    National Estuaries Week! – Problems in Our Bays

    I don’t want this to sound like a “Debbie Downer”… but there are problems with our estuaries and panhandle residents should be aware of them. There are things you can do to correct them – which we will discuss in the final issues of this series – but you need to understand the problem to …

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    Looks like a Typical Year for the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

    What is the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone you ask? Well…it’s a layer of hypoxic water (low in dissolved oxygen) on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. It was first detected in the 1970’s but reached its peak in size in the 1990’s. The low levels of dissolved oxygen decrease the amount of marine …

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    3 Ways You Can Help Keep Our Bays Healthy

    Following a previous article on the number of ways you can help sea turtles, this week we will look at ways that local residents can help keep our waterways clean. Poor water quality is a concern all over the country, and so it is locally as well. When we have heavy rain all sorts of …

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