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City Council Passes Important Ban on Glyphosate-based Herbicides

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(CityofCapeCanaveral.org, Feb. 21, 2021) “At the February 16, 2021 City Council Meeting, Resolution 2021-03 unanimously passed, which henceforth bans all applications of glyphosate-based herbicides in favor of less impactful non-glyphosate alternatives at all City of Cape Canaveral-owned facilities and properties by both Staff and contractors. This amounts to about 50 acres of land area, much of…

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A State of Emergency for Manatees in the Indian River Lagoon and Beyond

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(Savethemanatee.org, Patrick Rose, Feb. 17, 2021) This article states that massive losses in seagrass coverage resulted in manatee deaths the Indian River Lagoon.  The Fish and Wildlife federally managed Manatee Recovery Program is underfunded and neglected, leaving manatees and manatee habitat to suffer the effects of habitat overdevelopment. This resulted in staffing reductions and no…

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Melbourne installs Baffle Boxes to help clean Lagoon

(HometownNewsBrevard.com, Wendy Scheuring, Feb. 12, 2021) Baffle boxes are underground structures made up of chambers that trap debris, trash, and other pollutants from storm water that flows off of streets and into storm drains after heavy rains.   They “remove between 60-75% of nitrogen and phosphorus out of the water column, depending on the site location.”…

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Initiative in the Water

(News.fit.edu, Ryan Randall, Feb. 15, 2021) What are the possible effects of enhanced seawater exchange between the IRL and coastal ocean? Florida Tech’s Restore Lagoon Inflow research project is a multi- year study funded by the State of Florida to answer this question and others.  The project will provide important data analysis to help local…

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Gov. DeSantis pushing $100M for matching septic tank conversion projects to improve water quality

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(News-press.com, Chad Gillis, Feb. 10, 2021) Septic tank conversion will help water quality. Damaging nutrients, nitrogen and phosphorous, have greatly polluted Florida waterways over the years.  These nutrients cause blue-green algae blooms.  The blooms cause aquatic life and grasses to die.   Water runoff containing these damaging nutrients from farms and urban areas flow into the…

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Indian River Lagoon report card: Seagrass still suffers from 2016 Lake O discharges

(TCPalm.com, Max Chesnes, Feb. 5, 2021) The Marine Resources Council published this year’s Indian River Lagoon report card.  The report describes both water and habitat quality as compared to previous years.  The results showed that the seagrass habitat quality was “extremely poor”, and “attributed much of the problem to the Lake Okeechobee discharges in 2016”. …

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Earthjustice sues on behalf of conservation groups to stop EPA rubber-stamping Florida wetlands destruction

(StJohnsRiverkeeper.org, Jan. 14, 2021) Earthjustice is a nonprofit public interest environmental law organization representing the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, the Florida Wildlife Federation, Miami Waterkeeper, and St. Johns Riverkeeper in the case filed Jan. 14, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the District…

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