water quality

Florida Gulf Coast University

Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced the formation of a Blue-Green Algae Task Force that’s charged with reducing adverse impacts of the toxic algae blooms over the next five years. The task force is comprised of five researchers: Dr. Wendy Graham from the University of Florida, Dr. Evelyn Gaiser from Florida International University, Dr. James Sullivan from Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Valerie Paul from the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, and Florida Gulf Coast University Professor of Marine Science, Dr. Mike Parsons, who joins us to give us sense of what the task force will be doing in the coming years.

John Davis, WGCU

Following a closed-door meeting with federal, state and local agencies on harmful algal blooms, Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney held a second roundtable meeting Friday that was open to the media and the public.

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The persistent and growing problem of plastics in our environment is becoming increasingly clear. We're sitting down with a local who man who has spent his career in the world of plastics and packaging to get his insights into where we are, and where the industry is heading. Warren Schirado is a Packaging Development and Design Engineer who has spent his life researching plastics, and the never ending efforts to use less of them, or discover more environmentally friendly ways to make them.

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Last September, the Director of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve in Port Aransas, Texas was walking along the beach when he came across a disturbing find -- millions of tiny, plastic pellets had washed ashore -- he’d stumbled across an apparent nurdle spill. Nurdles are tiny, plastic pellets that are used as the base material for the manufacture of other plastic products.

Tara Calligan / WGCU

U.S. Congressman Francis Rooney held a closed-door meeting with federal, state and local agencies and community leaders at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Emergent Technologies Institute on Tuesday. The stated purpose of the meeting was to talk about the health impacts of harmful algae blooms.

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