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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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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

FL DEP Proposal to use State Parks to Generate Revenue


On Feb. 13, a group of activists, concerned citizens and speakers gathered at Wekiwa Springs State Park to protest a Florida Department of Environmental Protection proposal to use state parks to generate revenue. It was one of many similar protests held in state parks around the state. There’s currently a plan on the table to allow hunting, as well as increased cattle grazing and timbering in state parks because, according to DEP secretary Jon Steverson, the parks could be doing more to earn their keep. According to Gov. Rick Scott’s office, state parks attracted about 27.1 million visitors in 2014 and they generate “nearly $2.1 billion in direct economic impact” for the state. But that’s not enough. Now the state …
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