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Category: Water

An Urbanized Florida Means More Stormwater Ponds, Invasive Plants

As Florida becomes increasingly urbanized, more than half the state’s stormwater ponds appear in two metropolitan areas — Orlando and Tampa Bay, new research from the University of Florida shows. In their first attempt to quantify stormwater ponds,… Read More

Brazilian Peppertree, Hemp Among Top UF/IFAS Stories for 2019

A year of impactful teaching, research and outreach meant UF/IFAS was frequently in the headlines in 2019. Here is a round-up of some of the biggest stories from this year. Brazilian peppertree Brazilian peppertree is an invasive plant… Read More

Late Florida Sea Grant Director’s Art to Support Students and Research

By Rhett Register GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Karl Havens’ day job as the Florida Sea Grant director, which he led from 2007 until his unexpected passing in April 2019, often blended with his other passions, photography and painting. Havens,… Read More

Ruppert Receives Florida Climate Institute Award

By Rhett Register GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thomas Ruppert, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant coastal planning specialist, was recently named a 2019 Florida Climate Institute Faculty Fellow for his work helping coastal communities understand the legal and financial implications of… Read More

UF Study: Wildflowers on Golf Courses Help Pollinators, Save Resources

A new study from the University of Florida/IFAS shows that planting wildflowers on golf courses not only benefits pollinating insects but also saves time and resources. “Putting wildflowers on golf courses to help pollinators isn’t a new idea…. Read More

2020 Plant Trends Head Off the Beaten Garden Path

Expect to see more eco-conscious and unconventional plants in homes and gardens for 2020, according to horticultural experts with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Below are some of the hottest trends to look… Read More

Fishing Guides Can Now Be Certified as Environmentally Friendly

Fishing is big business in Florida, contributing several billion dollars each year to the state’s economy. Fishing guides are an important part of that industry, providing locals and tourists with authentic Florida fishing experiences. Anglers who want to… Read More

UF Honors Veterans at Free Family Fishing Event

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) will host its final Family Fishing Day of the year on Saturday, Nov. 16. This month’s free event celebrates both Veterans Day and… Read More

Fertilizer education creates behavior change and protects local waterways

UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County Fertilizing Effectively in Sandy Florida Soils workshops bring a change in behavior to homeowners, protecting the Wekiva River Basin and other local waterways. The workshops are hosted several times a month throughout Seminole County… Read More

As Florida grows, Low-Impact Development could offer protection for waterways

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension is working with local communities to educate and encourage sustainable water runoff solutions amidst Florida’s rapid growth. Low-impact development (LID) is a design approach for real… Read More