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New Chief Science Officer Tackles Florida’s Troubled Waterways


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Pineda Causeway, Indian River Lagoon. Photo: Matthew Peddie. WMFE

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Florida has a chief science officer — Thomas Frazer, director of the University of Florida’s School of Natural Resources. In this brand new role, Frazer will oversee the newly established Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency.

90.7’s environmental reporter Amy Green and spoke with Frazer about his priorities for the office — among them, tackling Florida’s troubled waterways. But first, Green brings us up to speed on a water issue that affects Melbourne residents.


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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