Environment

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It used to be Florida had more water than it knew what to do with. No more. Now Floridians are worried they could run out of water.

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In a departure from past responses to violations of the Clean Water Act, Congress is looking to disperse fines from BP in a way that will benefit the economies most affected by the spill.

Surplus State Park Land Sale Program 'A Disaster'

Jan 13, 2014
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — A legislatively approved initiative to sell surplus park lands to raise money to buy more environmentally sensitive sites has been a "disaster," according to Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater.

The Department of Environmental Protection effort was created with the intent of generating $50 million, but so far no money has been raised and what has become a shortened list continues to draw criticism for sites remaining under consideration.

As the world's climate continues to get warmer, Florida mangroves are growing further north and displacing salt marshes. Both ecosystems are environmentally significant and threatened by shoreline development.

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Good news for some of Florida’s oldest residents: The number of endangered green sea-turtle nests across the state this year more than doubled the previous record high.

There were more than 25,000 nests located in 2013, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says a majority of them had eggs that hatched. 

Twenty-five years ago, less than 500 nests were found in the entire state.

FWC Biologist Robbin Trindell credits conservation efforts by Floridians for much of the success.

Greenpeace reports that its vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, has been boarded by the Russian Coast Guard after a protest against oil and gas drilling in the Russian Arctic.

The crew of the vessel tweeted throughout the drama. A tweet by Greenpeace HQ indicated that everyone was safe but that the crew was not "in control of the ship at this point."

Conservationists around Florida are paying close attention to a plan to sell thousands of acres of state property, including beaches, forests and wetlands. The lands were originally acquired to protect them from development. 

Here on the First Coast, parts of Anastasia State Park in St. Johns County and Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park in Duval County would be included in the proposal.

The State Department of Environmental Protection has released a list of roughly 160 properties that could be sold. 

Jacksonville University

Sustainability is becoming an imperative for business, government, and college campuses.

That’s especially true at Jacksonville University, where everything from a sustainable dorm, to rooftop gardens, to even a degree in sustainability is now in the mix. 

According to JU Sustainability Coordinator Marcel Dulay, students are working with Jacksonville’s Clara White Mission to train homeless veterans in gardening as part of their rooftop garden initiative. The program was made possible through a grant from Siemens.

At a public workshop Wednesday evening in Tallahassee, environmentalists expressed serious doubts about a list of conservation lands the state of Florida proposes to sell. The state is seeking public input as it looks to unload up to $50 million dollars’ worth of land.

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An upcoming all-day event at the University of North Florida will focus on environmental issues.

The 2013 EPB/UNF Environmental Symposium, titled "Innovation, Conservation and Sustainability," is a collaboration between the City of Jacksonville's Environmental Protection Board and the university.

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JEA has partnered with Keep Jacksonville Beautiful to supply rain barrels to Duval County Public Schools.

On Thursday, officials from the city and school district paid a visit to Palm Avenue Exceptional Student Center. The school serves students with special needs. They learn the skills they need to graduate high school and join the workforce.

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