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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released preliminary mortality rates for manatees. The Commission has found that 505 manatees died between January 1, 2023 to November 24, 2023. The last estimate of statewide numbers for the 2021-2022 period is 8,350–11,730 manatees, with 3,960–5,420 on the west coast and 3,940–6,980 on the east coast. [...]

All our environmentally concerned readers should be sure to register for next month’s Eco Summit here in Sarasota featuring solution-oriented presentations and panel discussions with national and regional experts on innovative ways we can sustain our quality of life along the Suncoast. The Eco Summit kicks off on Monday, December 4th at 5:00 PM at [...]

El Nino and La Nina are climate patterns in the Pacific Ocean that can affect weather worldwide. During normal conditions in the Pacific Ocean, trade winds blow west along the equator, taking warm water from South America towards Asia. To replace that warm water, cold water rises from the depths, a process called upwelling. El [...]

Extensive algal growth is a key sign that your stormwater ponds are not healthy. You have excess nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) in the water that sustains ever-expanding algae. Unsightly algal blooms reduce the efficiency of your ponds to filter stormwater as it flows downstream to the Bay and the Gulf providing a food source for [...]

Some of your ponds may even show signs of costly erosion as shown above. Bank erosion will fill up your pond with soil limiting its capacity to hold stormwater requiring costly bank remediation or even dredging. If your community is facing these problems with your ponds, you should contact our Healthy Pond Collaborative (HPC) for [...]

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