water http://wlrn.org en Florida Gets Lion's Share Of Water Bill For Port Expansion, Everglades Restoration http://wlrn.org/post/florida-gets-lions-share-water-bill-port-expansion-everglades-restoration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida is the big winner under the new </span><a href="http://transportation.house.gov/wrrda/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Water Resources Reform and Development Act</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which President Obama signed last week. The bill carries $12.3 billion in infrastructure spending for the entire nation and $3 billion of that is coming to the Sunshine State.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:22:56 +0000 Rick Stone 34125 at http://wlrn.org Florida Gets Lion's Share Of Water Bill For Port Expansion, Everglades Restoration Listen: Does South Florida's Water Taste Funny? http://wlrn.org/post/listen-does-south-floridas-water-taste-funny <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;">How would you describe the flavor of water? The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle said it "tends to be tasteless." But you probably didn't feel that way when you tried the tap water outside your hometown. Why does water taste so different within the U.S., even within your own state?</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:43:07 +0000 Elaine Chen 33664 at http://wlrn.org Listen: Does South Florida's Water Taste Funny? New Map Helps Water Managers Battle Salt http://wlrn.org/post/new-map-helps-water-managers-battle-salt <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Geological Survey and Miami-Dade County have mapped out the extent of saltwater seepage into our groundwater. The last comprehensive look was in 1995, and the good news is it hasn’t moved much since then.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">South Florida is constantly battling against salt: keeping salty ocean water from getting into our groundwater.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:05:31 +0000 Elaine Chen 33631 at http://wlrn.org New Map Helps Water Managers Battle Salt Florida-Georgia Water Dispute Goes To U.S. High Court As Seafood Industry Suffers http://wlrn.org/post/florida-georgia-water-dispute-goes-us-high-court-seafood-industry-suffers <p>Florida filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. Supreme Court in a long-running battle with Georgia over water withdrawals that have damaged Apalachicola Bay, but it may be too late to help the Franklin County seafood workers who were already struggling to survive.</p><p>Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi followed through on an August announcement that Florida would seek injunctive relief so more water would flow to the bay, which collapsed last year in the face of a historic drought and dwindling releases of freshwater from Georgia.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:43:21 +0000 Margie Menzel & News Service Of Florida 21518 at http://wlrn.org Florida-Georgia Water Dispute Goes To U.S. High Court As Seafood Industry Suffers U.S. House Panel Rejects Proposal To Federalize Florida-Georgia Water Dispute http://wlrn.org/post/us-house-panel-rejects-proposal-federalize-florida-georgia-water-dispute <p></p><p>Oysters in Northwest Florida are dying off from a lack of fresh water and the oyster industry is struggling because of it.</p><p>Much of the freshwater that would normally flow from Georgia into Apalachicola Bay is being cut off and redirected to Atlanta where the growing population needs more water.</p><p>Steve Southerland, a congressman who represents the North Florida district heavily hit by the water shortage, proposed a change to the way water management works between Florida and Georgia.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:11:14 +0000 Jordan Michael 21041 at http://wlrn.org U.S. House Panel Rejects Proposal To Federalize Florida-Georgia Water Dispute Gov. Scott Announces $90 Million Everglades Plan In Ft. Myers http://wlrn.org/post/gov-scott-announces-90-million-everglades-plan-ft-myers <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wgcu/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201308/photo_%2812%29.JPG" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wgcu/audio/2013/08/SP0198.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott was in Fort Myers Wednesday surrounded by state, local and federal officials to discuss his plan to deal with the escalating water quality problems in Southwest and Southeast Florida due to ongoing water releases from Lake Okeechobee.</span><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:33:20 +0000 Ashley Lopez 19821 at http://wlrn.org Gov. Scott Announces $90 Million Everglades Plan In Ft. Myers Who Controls Water Standard Levels In Florida? http://wlrn.org/post/who-controls-water-standard-levels-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Behind a Florida waterway, a seemingly untroubled scene – behind the turtle sunbathing atop the limestone rock, the water control structure and layers of&nbsp;sawgrass&nbsp;– there’s a political backstage.</span></p><p>The actors: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which currently holds control over water standard levels in Florida, and the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which wants it.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Allison Goodman 11046 at http://wlrn.org Who Controls Water Standard Levels In Florida? What Florida Homeowners Should Know About Sinkholes http://wlrn.org/post/what-florida-homeowners-should-know-about-sinkholes <p>The recent spate of sinkhole activity in Southwest Florida -- including a <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/tragic-sinkhole-tampa-sheds-light-floridas-geological-predicament" target="_blank">fatal sinkhole in Tampa</a> earlier this month -- has shed light on the state's geologic anomaly. But how do sinkholes impact state economic factors like property insurance and home sales? &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 10786 at http://wlrn.org What Florida Homeowners Should Know About Sinkholes Got Opinions On Florida's Environmental Future? State Agencies Want To Hear From You http://wlrn.org/post/got-opinions-floridas-environmental-future-state-agencies-want-hear-you-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Citizen scientists and environmental stewards take note: Two state agencies are in the process of soliciting public comment on issues that could impact Florida's overall ecological outlook.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 8954 at http://wlrn.org Got Opinions On Florida's Environmental Future? State Agencies Want To Hear From You Florida's Current Aquifer Models Paint Inaccurate Picture Of State's Water Supply http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-current-aquifer-models-paint-inaccurate-picture-states-water-supply <p>Understanding how water flows through Florida's aquifers is integral to maintaining &nbsp;a safe and sufficient supply of fresh water, but current computer models used to monitor&nbsp;the state's aquifers and springs are "full of holes," according to some critics.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 8510 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Current Aquifer Models Paint Inaccurate Picture Of State's Water Supply How Florida's Aquifer Models Are Inaccurate, And Why That Might Be A Problem For Our Water Supply http://wlrn.org/post/how-floridas-aquifer-models-are-inaccurate-and-why-might-be-problem-our-water-supply <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Understanding how water flows through Florida's aquifer is integral to maintaining &nbsp;safe and sufficient supply of fresh water, but current computer models used to monitor&nbsp;the state's aquifers and springs are "</span><a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/water/floridas-aquifer-models-full-of-holes-allowing-more-water-permits-and/1272555" style="line-height: 1.5;">full of holes</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">" according to some critics.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:16:37 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 8511 at http://wlrn.org How Florida's Aquifer Models Are Inaccurate, And Why That Might Be A Problem For Our Water Supply Water Pollution Costs Florida More Than $10 Billion A Year http://wlrn.org/post/water-pollution-costs-florida-more-10-billion-year <p>Local officials around the coast in Florida have already started to deal with the price of sea level rise. Now, another&nbsp;report has put a price tag on the cost of water pollution throughout the state-- the verdict: it's about $10.5 billion a year.</p><p><a href="http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/ValuingFloridasCleanWaters.pdf" target="_blank">According to the&nbsp;Stockholm Environment Institute</a>, which conducted the study, a lot of the pollution we are dealing with in our water comes from human activities.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:47:52 +0000 Ashley Lopez 5482 at http://wlrn.org Water Pollution Costs Florida More Than $10 Billion A Year