April 18, 2017
"Snooty’s age was remarkably prodigious, given manatees have a biological life expectancy of roughly 40 years in the wild. In practice they often perish at much younger ages due to all the bad things some humans do to them, like degrading their habitats or hitting them repeatedly with boats. The IUCN Red List estimates fewer than 10,000 mature West Indian manatees remain in the wild." ... See more
We have all been robbed of one Snooty, the beautiful, beloved 69-year-old manatee believed to be not only the world’s oldest manatee living in captivity, but the oldest in the world.
Corporate conglomerates (namely, Big Sugar) have contributed to the demise of this national treasure for decades, using the system as a giant septic tank and blocking the flow of water from Lake O into the Everglades. To save her and all who call her home, we need to reconnect the flow south and get clean freshwater to the right place at the right time. ... See more
"The DEP is conducting further tests on the algae to determine its toxicity level, and it’s also testing a suspicious-looking sample from a canal near Bolado Parkway and Southeast 18th Street. For clean water activists like John Cassani, it’s a grim feeling of deja vu after similar problems last year led Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency." ... See more
CAPE CORAL, Fla. Harmful algae has emerged in Lake Okeechobee, and muck spotted in a southeast Cape Coral canal is being tested to find out if it also poses a danger. A significant algae bloom was discovered July 12 in Lake Okeechobee, and tests on a sample collected Tuesday revealed it to be Dolich... ... See more
"The project, titled “Agricultural Water Security through Sustainable Use of the Floridan Aquifer” is being worked on by 14 faculty members from the University of Florida, University of Georgia, Albany State University and Auburn University. The objectives of the team, according to Graham, are to build modeling platforms detailing the impacts of alternative land use and production practices and to develop and deliver demonstrations for stakeholders to bring about changes in production systems and incentive programs. " ... See more
Auburn is one of four research universities in the southeast receiving a $5 million grant for a project to preserve the Upper Floridian Aquifer.
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