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Category: Water

UF study: Those who feel ‘one with water’ are more apt to conserve the precious commodity

Much of our society has become so urbanized that the closest some people feel to water is their neighborhood stormwater pond, a University of Florida researcher says. People need to feel a deeper connection to… Read More

Free family event: Family Fishing Days return Aug. 21

Family Fishing Days are free, monthly events for families to fish together in a fun, safe environment. The 2021 (abbreviated) season has events on Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13. The catch-and-release… Read More

UF economic report details select marine industry and tourism impacts from 2018 red tide event

image - FWC courtesy drone view of Red Tide along Florida's coast

A survey on the 2018 red tide event was conducted in 2020 for those in marine-dependent industries operating out of Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. Charter/for-hire businesses that responded to… Read More

UF/IFAS plants flora to try to reduce pollutants going into lakes, rivers

BRADENTON, Fla. — Now, in the middle of summer, when those afternoon or evening rains come, stormwater from lawns, driveways and roofs drains down to any of the 76,000 stormwater ponds scattered around Florida. As… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists help preserve Nature Coast, one sample at a time

This summer and fall, UF/IFAS scientists will collect data on water quality and seagrass in the recently created Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, which includes waters off Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. These data will be… Read More

A healthy lawn using less water? UF/IFAS can show you how

pop-up in-ground sprinkler head spraying mulch

This summer, UF/IFAS Extension agents across central Florida will host free weekly webinars aimed to help residents maintain a healthy lawn and conserve one of Florida’s most valuable resource, water. “The average residential irrigation cycle… Read More

Father’s Day feature: a family’s love for the water becomes an act of service

pouring water to test for quality

To the Wetzel family, a perfect day is one spent on the water fishing and enjoying each other’s company. For the past 10 years, they have added a volunteer component to their outdoors time by… Read More

Not acting like themselves: Antidepressants in environment alter crayfish behavior, study finds

Crayfish

Low levels of antidepressants are found in many water bodies, so animals like crayfish are often exposed to trace amounts of these drugs The researchers found that crayfish exposed to low levels of antidepressant medication… Read More