In this Issue:
  • 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
  • Slow the flow: Why should we care about stormwater runoff?
  • What Cause the Toxic Algal Bloom in South Florida and Could It Happen Here?
  • Bacteria at the Beach
  • Oil Spill Science: Five years later, what have we learned?
  • NISAW 2016 – Working together to remove Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta) from Northwest Florida
  • Water Quality

    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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    Slow the flow: Why should we care about stormwater runoff?

    Stormwater runoff is water from rainfall that flows along the land surface. This runoff usually finds its way into the nearest ditch or water body, such as a river, stream, lake or pond. Generally speaking, in natural undeveloped areas only 10% of rainfall is runoff. About 40% returns to the atmosphere though evapotranspiration, which is …

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    What Cause the Toxic Algal Bloom in South Florida and Could It Happen Here?

    Most of us have heard about the toxic algal blooms plaguing south Florida waters. If not, check out http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/05/.  This bloom has caused several major fish kills, bad odors, and has kept tourist away from the area.  What happen? and could it happen in the panhandle? First we have to understand what happened in south …

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    Bacteria at the Beach

    The threat of bacteria in coastal waters can be scary and a challenge to understand. Here is information that helps clarify the threat to beach visitors and recreational users of marine waters. This is a good opportunity to think about bacteria exposure risks related to the coastal environment that we can control. It is important …

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    Oil Spill Science: Five years later, what have we learned?

    The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill occurred about 50 miles offshore of Louisiana in April 2010. Approximately 172 million gallons of oil entered the Gulf of Mexico. Five years after the incident, locals and tourists still have questions. This article addresses the five most common questions. QUESTION #1: Is Gulf seafood safe to eat? Ongoing …

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    NISAW 2016 – Working together to remove Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta) from Northwest Florida

        Matthew Phillips and Scott Jackson – UF/IFAS Extension and Research works with many partners supporting invasive species management actions and strategies across Florida. One key partner is the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conserva­tion Commission (FWC), Invasive Plant Management Section. FWC Biologists provide resources and expertise to address threats from Florida’s most disruptive invasive …

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