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Environment

Local and State Leaders planning to organize around climate change


For the first time, local leaders from across the region are joining in on an effort to plan for climate change. The East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative is the third in the state and the nineteenth in the nation. WMFE’s environmental reporter Amy Green joined Matthew Peddie on Intersection to talk more about environmental efforts from all over the region.
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Muck pours from a pipe into a seven-acre island retention site in the Indian River Lagoon. Photo by Amy Green
Environment

Muckrakers: 40,000 Dump Trucks Of Muck Removed From Indian River Lagoon


The St. Johns River Water Management District collaborated with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to remove more than 600,000 cubic yards of muck from the Indian River Lagoon. Muck is a result of untreated storm-water runoff, that flows into the canals and tributaries of the lagoon. It kills sea-grasses and organisms that are vital to the lagoon’s ecosystem. The state is currently working on a broader restoration plan with long-term funding sources for the entire Indian River Lagoon and its tributaries.
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