Gulf Coast Live

Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation

Before we got involved, water collected in the Kissimmee River Basin north of Lake Okeechobee and flowed south into the lake. It then spilled over the lake’s south shore and flowed slowly south through the Everglades, eventually into Florida Bay. But, that’s no longer how the system works, and ecosystems are suffering because of that, so we’re getting a big picture view of how we wound up where we are today, and what solutions might be found as we move forward. We're joined by Rae Ann Wessell, she’s Natural Resource Policy Director for the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, and Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Foundation. Click HERE to download a PDF that provides an overview of the south Florida water system.


South Florida Water Management District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is tasked with managing the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, and the water release schedule that is determined by the lake’s water level, and the rainfall outlook. The Corps resumed water releases on Friday after a short break -- this time they’re doing what are called ‘pulse releases’ which are intended to more closely mimic how water would flow from the lake following a big rain event. The idea is to start slow, speed up over time, and then slow down again before stopping. We’re joined by John Campbell, he’s Acting Chief for the Corps' Communications office in Jacksonville.

Time spent studying abroad, immersed in another culture, can be a defining experience in a person’s life journey. We’re sitting down today with a group of students from Florida Southwestern State College who recently studied abroad in Florence, Italy at Lorenzo de Medici. They are going to be talking about their time over there during the next session of FSW’s Critical Thinking Lecture Series called "Gaining a New Perspective: Italy Through Our Eyes."

Krista Kennedy via Flickr

This weekend saw protests around the state over water quality issues. With a thick mat of blue-green algae creeping along the Caloosahatchee River and a persistent red tide bloom of the coast, people are taking signs in hand to say enough is enough. Today on Gulf Coast Live we continue our special coverage of summer time water problems.

A big juicy ribeye was once the anathema of 1980s low-fat dieters. People were told that fat was the culprit behind weight gain, heart disease, and all manner of health issues. But, fast forward to today, and we are embracing fat -- but not all of it -- just the good fats. Things like olive oil and avocados. But, is there good fat to be found in that ribeye? And is there more good fat or bad fat in a black Angus cow?  How about a Holstein? A Charolais?


We’re talking with Dr. Raluca Mateescu, she leads a team of researchers in the Animal Genetics and Genomics lab at the University of Florida. She and her team recently presented their latest research findings to the Florida Cattleman’s Association, and we're going to explore she’s been studying.