Environment

Drought Nationwide Impacts Florida

Sep 4, 2012
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Despite being at the peak of tropical storm season, and getting plenty of rain during the past few months, the Floridian Aquifer is still shrinking and freshwater supply continues to be a major concern. 

Meanwhile, much of the nation is struggling through a historic drought and economic analyst Hank Fishkind says that the drought in the Midwest is impacting agriculture, and retail food prices, here in Florida.

The likelihood of heavy rainfall from Isaac could lead to toxic water overflowing from a reservoir at the now defunct Piney Point fertilizer plant in Manatee County. 

The National Harmful Algal Bloom Committee has elected Barbara Kirkpatrick, a senior scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, as co-chair.

Kirkpatrick, a leading researcher on the effects of red tide on the human respiratory system, will chair the committee alongside Raphael Kudela, a professor of ocean sciences at UC Santa Cruz. 

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