Environment

WMFE, Amy Green

Florida is the nation’s largest producer of sugar cane, responsible for half of the country’s crop. Sugar’s environmental impact here is bitterly debated as work now begins among the sprawling fields south of Lake Okeechobee on a reservoir aimed at Everglades restoration.

A quarter of the nation’s sugar comes from Florida’s Everglades Agricultural Area. Here where the river of grass once flowed cane fields stretch to every horizon, green and swaying.

Proposal Would Fund, Revamp Beach Projects

Aug 21, 2017

Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, proposed a measure Friday that would set aside at least $50 million a year to help address issues such as beach erosion.

Placards Posted To Save Indian River Dolphins

Aug 21, 2017

Biologists are posting hundreds of signs on the seawalls of the Indian River Lagoon in an effort to save dolphins. The placards caution visitors not to feed the dolphins or discard fishing gear in the lagoon.


Photo: Forest Wander via Flicker Creative Commons / https://www.flickr.com/photos/forestwander-nature-pictures/7224224332

Fundraising effort are underway for the humble honey bee, as the University of Florida’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory reaches toward just shy of its $3.5 million goal to build a state-of the-art facility for scholars and Florida beekeepers to study the behavior, husbandry, ecology, biodiversity, and conservation of the honey bee.

State Program Records 500th Python Kill

Aug 18, 2017

With the state trying to reduce invasive species in areas such as the Everglades, a hunter Thursday killed the 500th Burmese python in less than five months under a South Florida Water Management District program.

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