Rick O'Connor Sea Grant Extension Agent

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Name: Rick O'Connor
Date registered: March 19, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Health Advisory Issued for Sanders Beach — June 23, 2017
  2. Big Lagoon and Santa Rosa Sound Scallop Search Postponed Due to Bad Water Conditions — June 22, 2017
  3. It is Scallop Season… to the east of us — June 17, 2017
  4. Health Advisories Issued for Bayou Texar and Sanders Beach — June 9, 2017
  5. Health Advisory Issued For Bayou’s Texar and Chico — June 2, 2017

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Health Advisory Issued for Sanders Beach

As you can imagine with all of this rain, the bacteria levels are probably high in local waters.  However, because of the bad weather agencies were not able to sample most locations.  Bayou Texar was sampled by the Department of Health on Monday June 19 and all was well.  The same day Sanders Beach (at …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/06/23/health-advisory-issued-for-sanders-beach/

Big Lagoon and Santa Rosa Sound Scallop Search Postponed Due to Bad Water Conditions

The first of two bay scallop searches set up by Florida Sea Grant in Big Lagoon and Santa Rosa Sound will be postponed.  The first was scheduled for this Saturday – June 24 – but water conditions as result of the recent weather have made snorkeling for scallops almost impossible; the water visibility is zero.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/06/22/big-lagoon-and-santa-rosa-sound-scallop-search-postponed-due-to-bad-water-conditions/

It is Scallop Season… to the east of us

It’s that time of year. Time to load up the mask and snorkels and head to the Big Bend for scallop season.  This is a great family activity.  The waters are relatively shallow and close to shore – pretty safe swimming.  The seagrass is lush and full of marine life other than scallops – cool …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/06/17/it-is-scallop-season-to-the-east-of-us/

Health Advisories Issued for Bayou Texar and Sanders Beach

The Department of Health sampled both Bayou Texar and Sanders Beach and found bacteria levels high enough to issue a health advisory.  No data was submitted for other bodies of water in the area. Date Location Water Temp (F) Salinity (ppt) Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L) Enterococcus levels (colonies/100ml) Bacteria Levels Advisory Issued Jun 5 Bayou Texar …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/06/09/health-advisories-issued-for-bayou-texar-and-sanders-beach/

Health Advisory Issued For Bayou’s Texar and Chico

With this steady rain, samples were collected from 13 locations this week.  Only Bayou’s Texar and Chico had high enough bacteria levels to issue an health advisory. 2017 Date Location Water Temp (F) Salinity (ppt) Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L) Enterococcus levels (colonies/100ml) Bacteria Levels Advisory Issued May 30 Bayou Texar 82 11.0 7.2 160 Poor YES …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/06/02/health-advisory-issued-for-bayous-texar-and-chico-2/

Environmental Quality of the Pensacola Bay System – Introduction

In 2016, Dr. Mike Lewis (U.S. EPA), Taylor Kirschenfeld (Escambia County Division of Water Quality and Land Management), and Traci Goodhart (West Florida Regional Planning Council) published an EPA document (EPA/600/R-16/169) entitled Environmental Quality of the Pensacola Bay System: Retrospective Review for Future Resource Management and Rehabilitation. This 145 page technical report is an excellent …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/05/30/environmental-quality-of-the-pensacola-bay-system-introduction/

Manatee Seen in Big Lagoon

Yep, on May 7, 2017 Marsha Stanton spotted a manatee swimming by her pier in Big Lagoon. I am sure this was an exciting moment and Marsha was interested in letting someone know so that the unusual encounter could be logged. There are four species of manatee in the world; the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/05/22/manatee-seen-in-big-lagoon/

The Gulf of Mexico

In this post we will begin a series of articles on the natural history of our marine environment. Many reading this are visiting the Gulf for the first time, others have been swimming in it since they could swim, but many from both groups know very little about the natural history of the Gulf region, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/05/07/the-gulf-of-mexico/

Health Advisories Issued for Bayou’s Texar, Chico, and Grande

As expected after a heavy rain, the bacteria levels have increased in the local bayous.  Bayou’s Chico, Texar, and Grande all had levels high enough to have health advisories issued. Enterococcus bacteria are found in the digestive tracts of birds and mammals and are used to monitor sewage in brackish and marine waterways.  Levels should …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/05/05/health-advisories-issued-for-bayous-texar-chico-and-grande/

It’s May… and the Official Beginning of Turtle Season

Almost everyone who lives along the beaches of Escambia County is aware that May is the beginning of sea turtle season – but it is actually the beginning of nesting season for most of Florida’s turtles. Florida is one of the most turtle species rich locations on the planet.  25 species call Florida home, 22 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/05/04/its-may-and-the-official-beginning-of-turtle-season/

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