Saving Florida’s Corals

Saving Florida’s Corals

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Seven years ago, Florida’s corals started dying. The mysterious illness, called stony coral tissue loss disease, quickly decimated almost half of the state’s hard coral. Florida’s reefs are the only coral reef system in the continental US, running up the state’s Atlantic coast from the Keys to West Palm Beach. […]

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Orlando Water Restrictions Driven by COVID Cases

Orlando Water Restrictions Driven by COVID Cases

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Orlando’s mayor is asking residents to cut back their personal water use so the liquid oxygen used to treat the water can be diverted to treat the area’s hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Orlando and nearby Winter Park mayors have asked residents to refrain from watering lawns, washing cars, or pressure […]

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Data Show Americans Moving to Areas Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

Data Show Americans Moving to Areas Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer   Predictions have painted a picture of which places in America will be most affected by climate change and which will be spared from its worst effects. But the Census Bureau’s new map of population flows from the last decade shows Americans flocking to the southwest and the coasts—areas that are particularly […]

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Florida Sues HRK Holdings for Piney Point Spill

Florida Sues HRK Holdings for Piney Point Spill

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer After the Piney Point wastewater reservoir dumped 215 million gallons of contaminated water into Tampa Bay in March, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has filed a lawsuit against the reservoir’s owner, HRK Holdings. The state agency alleges environmental negligence at the former phosphate processing plant, making a case against […]

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Interview of the Week: Anne Birch click button

Interview of the Week: Anne Birch

Oysters are the unsung heroes of our oceans and estuaries. A single oyster can filter 50 gallons of water each day, while oyster reefs help protect coastal communities from erosion and storm surges and provide other marine species with habitat. In Pensacola, FL, The Nature Conservancy is leading the effort to place 33 oyster reefs […]

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Florida Gulf Coast Facing Prolonged Algae Bloom, Threatening Ecosystems and Fisheries

Florida Gulf Coast Facing Prolonged Algae Bloom, Threatening Ecosystems and Fisheries

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer St. Petersburg, Florida, has fallen victim to what could be one of the most prolonged red tides in recent history. Hundreds of tons of dead sea life have washed up on shores as the ecological disaster takes root, and experts say the end isn’t yet in sight. Officials are trying to pinpoint […]

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