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USDA Invests $256 Million in Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities

Dan Industry News Release, Water

Investments Will Support 81 Projects in 35 States Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $256 million in 81 projects (PDF, 233 KB) to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 35 states. “No matter what zip code you live in, infrastructure is a foundation for quality of …

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Earth Day, UF Researchers Say Conserve Water Now or Pay the Price Later

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Water

Florida residents are using more and more water every day, leaving future Floridians with more expensive options to meet anticipated needs, according to University of Florida researchers. Earth Day, April 22, is a great time to start conserving water. “Water is a natural resource, and if we don’t take care of it we will really struggle to leave something for …

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NRCS Earth Team Volunteer Services Valued Over $7.8 Million

Dan Florida, Soil, USDA-NRCS, Water

This week, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service hails Earth Team Volunteer efforts throughout the nation during National Volunteer Week. Our theme, “Volunteers Improve Today for Tomorrow,” uses April 15-21, 2018, to show gratitude to Earth Team volunteers for their superb service to conservation. The Earth Team is the agency’s volunteer workforce. This past fiscal year, more than 34,309 people donated …

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Florida Forest Service BMP Survey Shows High Implementation Rate

Dan Florida, Forestry, Water

According to recent figures from the Florida Forest Service, the 2017 Florida Silviculture Best Management Practices (BMPs) implementation survey shows a 99.6% implementation rate among forestry operations. This indicates that water quality protection remains a high priority for Florida’s foresters, land managers, loggers, and silviculture contractors. (See below News Release from Florida Forest Service) Florida’s Silviculture Best Management Practices (BMPs) …


Florida-Georgia ‘Water War’ Could Keep Rolling Along

Dan Florida, Georgia, Industry Videos-Promoting Agriculture, Water

Even if the U.S. Supreme Court gives Florida a favorable ruling in its lawsuit against Georgia over water flow into the Apalachicola River, the decision likely would result in more litigation and new legal challenges involving the decades-old water war between the states. Those were the observations of five legal experts who on Thursday addressed a conference at Florida State …

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UF Study: To Help Prevent Harmful Algal Blooms, Limit Nitrogen and Phosphorus

Dan Environment, Florida, Water

Algal blooms can kill fish and harm a lake’s ecosystem, but by reducing two nutrients together such as nitrogen and phosphorus – not just one or the other — water managers might limit the blooms in lakes and rivers, a new University of Florida study shows. To come to this conclusion, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers used …

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UF/IFAS Research: Tiny Insect May Help Reduce Hydrilla Presence in Florida Waters

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Water

A tiny insect with a big appetite for hydrilla could help reduce the presence of this troublesome invasive water weed in lakes, springs and rivers, says an entomologist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. During National Invasive Species Awareness Week (Feb. 26 to March 2), researchers with UF/IFAS want to make residents aware of this …