Category: Articles

North Carolina, Warned of Rising Seas, Chose to favor Development

John Schwartz, New York Times, Sept. 12, 2018 As Hurricane Florence bears down on North Carolina, the state may face the consequences of policies minimizing the impact of climate change and allowing extensive development in vulnerable coastal areas. The approaching storm almost certainly gained destructive power from a warming climate, but a 2012 law, and subsequent […]

30,000 Tons of Sand Being Used for Beach Re-nourishment in Longboat

Suzanne Elliot, Your Observer, Sept. 4, 2018 Large trucks hauling earth-moving equipment and 30,000 tons of sand will begin appearing on Longboat Key streets this week as part of the town’s monthlong North End Interim Renourishment project. The $1.1 million project, which will improve a 600-foot stretch of beach around North Shore Road, became necessary because of […]

Okaloosa Commission Approves Sand Study

Tony Judnich, The Destin Log, Sept. 4, 2018 CRESTVIEW — Okaloosa County officials expect an upcoming study to provide details on a possible new source of sand to help restore local beaches and provide other benefits. The County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved paying Taylor Engineering $425,571 to perform the study, which will investigate the feasibility […]

SRWMD Releases Aquifer Alert System

Staff, Suwannee Democrat, Sept. 4, 2018 LIVE OAK — With aquifer levels reaching record-breaking highs in some areas, the Suwannee River Water Management District has released a new alert system to keep local governments, residents and stakeholders informed on the changing groundwater conditions. “In some areas of the District we continue to see flooding that began in […]

We Have the Resources to Save Florida’s Dying Coral Reefs. Now, We Just Need the Will.

Op-Ed By Dr. Michael P. Crosby & Marco Rubio, Miami Herald, Sept. 5, 2018 Florida’s coral reef system is the third-largest living reef on the planet and the only barrier reef system in the continental United States. It supports more than 70,000 local jobs, draws $6.3 billion into Florida’s economy and buffers our coasts from wave […]

SBA Issues Disaster Declaration for SWFL Businesses Affected by Algae, Red Tide

Rachel Ravina, Wink News, Sept. 6, 2018 A disaster declaration was issued for red tide and algal blooms plaguing Southwest Florida waterways, according to a statement from Gov. Rick Scott. The U.S. Small Business Administration issued the declarations, according to the statement. The declaration for the blue-green algal blooms refers the releases from Lake Okeechobee as the cause. […]

Not Just Sea-Level Rise: Septic Tanks and Superfund Sites Threaten South Florida’s Drinking Water

Interview with Christopher Flavelle, WJCT, Sept. 4, 2018 Saltwater intrusion is just one of the risks facing South Florida’s drinking water. The Biscayne Aquifer, a 4,000-mile sponge-like rock formation that filters and stores the region’s clean groundwater, is also being polluted by sewage runoff and other contaminants. Christopher Flavelle, who covers climate change and adaptation policy for […]