In this Issue:
  • Florida’s Water Quality Woes
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Fecal Bacteria
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Mercury and Public Health
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Bioaccumulation of Toxins
  • Hurricanes and floods: Meeting the resource needs of private well owners
  • Septic systems: What should you do when a flood occurs?
  • Test your well water at least once a year: Keep your water and your family well
  • Summer Rain in the Florida Panhandle
  • Maintain Your Septic System to Save Money and Reduce Water Pollution
  • Sea Grant Publications on the Impacts of the BP Oil Spill
  • Water Quality

    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? – Fecal Bacteria

    Of all the issues facing our local estuaries, high levels of fecal bacteria is the one that hinders commercial and recreational use the most. When bacteria levels increase and health advisories are issued, people become leery of swimming, paddling, or consuming seafood from these waterways. I have been following the fecal bacteria situation in the …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Mercury and Public Health

    Shrimp, oysters, blue crab and fish have been harvested from the Pensacola Bay System (PBS) for decades, although there has been a decline in all in recent years. Annual landings (in pounds) have ranged from Fish                        66,000 – 4,600,000   (most are scaienids) Brown shrimp    43,000 – 906,000 Oysters                0 – 492,000 Blue crab             400 – …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Bioaccumulation of Toxins

    What is bioaccumulation of toxins?   Our bodies come in contact, and produce, toxins every day. The production of toxins can result during simple metabolism of food.  However, our bodies are designed with a system to rid us of these toxins.  Toxins are processed by our immune system and removed via our kidneys.  Some chemical …

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    Hurricanes and floods: Meeting the resource needs of private well owners

    As hurricane season is upon us again, I wanted to share the results of work that UF/IFAS Extension staff did with collaborators from Virginia Tech and Texas A&M University to help private well owners impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey last year. This work highlights just how important it is to be prepared for this …

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    Septic systems: What should you do when a flood occurs?

    Approximately 30% of Florida’s population relies on septic systems, or onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS), to treat and dispose of household wastewater. This includes all water from bathrooms and kitchens, and laundry machines. When properly maintained, septic systems can last 25-30 years, and maintenance costs are relatively low. In a nutshell, the most …

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    Test your well water at least once a year: Keep your water and your family well

    An estimated 2.5 million Floridians (approximately 12% of the population) rely on private wells for home consumption, which includes water for drinking, cooking, bathing, washing, toilet flushing and other needs. While public water systems are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure safe drinking water, private wells are not regulated. Private well …

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    Summer Rain in the Florida Panhandle

    ARTICLE BY DR. MATT DEITCH; water quality specialist – University of Florida Milton Summer is a great time for weather-watching in the Florida panhandle. Powerful thunderstorms appear out of nowhere, and can pour inches of rain in an area in a single afternoon. Our bridges, bluffs, and coastline allow us to watch them develop from …

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    Maintain Your Septic System to Save Money and Reduce Water Pollution

    One third of homes in Florida rely on septic systems, or onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS), to treat and dispose of household wastewater, which includes wastewater from bathrooms, kitchen sinks and laundry machines. When properly maintained, septic systems can last 25-30 years, and maintenance costs are relatively low. A general rule of thumb …

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    Sea Grant Publications on the Impacts of the BP Oil Spill

      We are pleased to announce the release of a pair of new bulletins outlining how the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted the popular marine animals dolphins and sea turtles. To read these and other oil spill science publications, go to http://gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach/publications/.    The Deepwater Horizon’s impact on bottlenose dolphins – In 2010, scientists …

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