Tag Archive: Water

Say it Ain’t So: Important Apalachicola River Water Dispute Ruling Goes Against Florida

In his 137-page report to the U.S. Supreme Court published on Valentine’s Day, a Special Master appointed to oversee the case has stated, “Because Florida has not met its burden, I recommend that the court deny Florida’s request for relief.” This may not be the final word on the matter but it does sound like …

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Water Wars… Can We Avoid It in the Panhandle?

On a recent camping trip out west I was made aware of just how valuable water is. The American west has been battling water issues for a few years now.  Some camp showers had buttons that would provide you water for a couple of minutes, others charged $ .50 for four minutes, some charged $ 1.00 …

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Sawfish need our help

  A True Rarity in the Northern Gulf: Sawfish Need our Help Two species of sawfish (largetooth and smalltooth) historically inhabited the Gulf of Mexico as part of their range. The largetooth sawfish has a fairly broad range worldwide but is considered extremely rare in the Gulf now (infrequent reports on the Texas coast). The …

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Water Conservation in the Landscape

  Extension agent Janet Bargar checks the water flow and direction of a pop-up irrigation system at a home. (AP photo/University of Florida/Josh Wickham) Early spring is a great time of year to reevaluate your lawn and landscape water needs. University of Florida studies have shown that in homes utilizing automatic sprinkler systems, 50% of …

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NISAW 2016 – Controlling Weeds in Your Pond: Water Hyacinth

Libbie Johnson UF IFAS Escambia County Extension Northwest Florida can be a pond owner’s paradise. There is usually enough rainfall to keep ponds filled, catfish, bass, and brim are well adapted to the environmental conditions, and there is a long season to catch fish. One of the biggest problems pond owners face is the constant …

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Invasive Species of the Day (March 4th): Benghal Dayflower, Chinese Tallow, Water Hyacinth

March 4th: Benghal Dayflower (Commelina benghalensis), Chinese Tallow (Sapium sebiferum), & Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes):   Benghal Dayflower Photo by Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia Benghal Dayflower (Commelina benghalensis): Also called Tropical spiderwort, is an invasive weed that creeps into nurseries, lawns, pastures and crop fields.  It was first observed in the early 1990’s in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/03/04/invasive-species-of-the-day-march-4th-benghal-dayflower-chinese-tallow-water-hyacinth/

Improving Water Quality and Bringing Back the Bayous

Those who have lived in the Panhandle area for many years will remember the days when our local bayous were places people water skied, kids learned to swim, and fishermen brought home plenty of speckled trout.  But today we see little of this.  Water quality within our bayous has declined to a point that the …

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