Joe Berg, Way Down Video Production

Mote Marine Laboratory and The Nature Conservancy recently announced a new joint venture aimed at the conservation and restoration of coral reefs in Florida and the Caribbean.  With stressors ranging from rising ocean temperatures, ocean acidification, overfishing, coastal development and waste water, coral cover in the Caribbean and Florida has decreased by 50 to 80 percent in just the last three decades. 

United States Department of Agriculture

The news that an agricultural pest has returned to the U.S. after three decades has mobilized an all-out effort to stop the infestation before it can spread to the mainland.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is concerned Hurricane Matthew could erode the Herbert Hoover Dike or even cause sinkholes. The dike surrounds Lake Okeechobee. It was completed in the 1960s and is currently undergoing repairs.

Spokesperson John Campbell said heavy rains could push water levels to "historic records." 

The Florida Sierra Club’s phosphate committee has formally objected to allowing a new Mosaic Company mine in Desoto County. Placida attorney Percy Angelo sent a letter to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on September 22.


More than 215 million gallons of contaminated and radioactive water entered the Floridan Aquifer when a sinkhole opened up at the Mosaic Company’s phosphate plant in New Wales, just 30 miles east of Tampa. The company says its been working to recover the contaminated water and is providing free water quality testing, but Mosaic and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have faced criticism for not disclosing the incident to the public for nearly three weeks. Now a class action lawsuit has been filed against the phosphate giant on behalf of nearby residents.