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Category: Water

The Causes of Harmful Algal Blooms: What We Know

Florida’s Big Questions As Floridians look for solutions to the state’s growing harmful algal bloom problem, a few major questions regarding the causes of these blooms can arise: What are the current sources, fate and transport of nutrients… Read More

Improving Our Understanding of Stormwater Ponds

You have likely noticed the ponds and small lakes in your community that are often paired with a newer residential or commercial development. Maybe you fished in them, canoed across them, or go to them to spot wildlife… Read More

Northeast Florida Farms Test ‘Eyes in the Ground’ Through UF Program

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Farming is a business of uncertainty. Through droughts and downpours, generations of Florida farmers have continued to till the land and contribute to a multibillion-dollar industry for the state. But agricultural innovations aim to minimize… Read More

More microorganisms than first thought may contribute to process of increasing mercury toxicity

New research published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology indicates the types of microorganisms that could transform mercury into methylmercury is higher than previously thought. The study took samples from four sites in the Florida Everglades. Drs…. Read More

Green Industries Best Management Practices

The Law Florida law SB494 requires all commercial or for hire fertilizer applicators, or anyone supervising fertilizer applications to have a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) fertilizer license. The license is called the Limited Certification… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping: Adopting Water-Conservation Practices with Rain Barrels

The article was written by UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Horticulture Extension Agent: Lorna Bravo South Florida receives an average of 62 inches of rainfall per year. Most of this water washes off green lawns and pavements carrying fertilizers… Read More

Pioneer Snook in the Nature Coast

What are pioneer snook? Common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) are a highly sought-after sport fish found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  Lately, anglers are catching many more snook in the Nature… Read More

Fish that hang out in surface waters

Surface waters provide a huge, but nearly featureless place for fish to live. In bottom waters there’s vegetation like seagrass and mangrove roots, there’s rock outcrops, oyster reefs, docks and pilings, and even artificial reefs. But up at… Read More