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St. Johns River Health Improving, But Concerns Remain

Leonard J. DeFrancisci
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Despite a recent case of flesh-eating bacteria in the St. Johns River, the seventh annual State of the River report shows reason for optimism.

According to the report, the levels of nutrients and metals have continued to decline, something researchers have been working for.

Overall, they say the health of the St. Johns River is improving. But the news isn’t all good. Higher salinity levels in the waterway could lead to those dreaded algae blooms we’ve grown accustomed to seeing.

This morning we’re beginning the hour with a closer look at the state of the river report.

Dr. Radha Pyati, chair and associate professor of chemistry at the University of North Florida and Dr. Lucinda Sonnenberg, director of the Millar Wilson Laboratory for Chemical Research and research professor of chemistry at Jacksonville University joined Melissa Ross for more on the 2014 report.

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