Sustainable Coastlines

National Estuaries Week! – What We Can Do

In the last edition in this series we discussed some of the issues and problems our estuaries are facing. For the final edition for National Estuaries Week we want to leave you with some ideas on you can help improve things.   The first issue we dealt with was eutrophication – or nutrient overloading. The …

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2014 Agritourism & Ecotourism Business Development Conference

The University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and Naturally EscaRosa are pleased to announce that the 2014 Gulf Coast Agritourism & Ecotourism Business Development Conference will be held at Adventures Unlimited in Milton, Florida November 5-6. The conference will be an exciting blend of …

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UF Study Shows Pristine Ecosystems Reduce Nitrogen in Water

Environmental scientists have known for years that excessive organic matter in a system can contribute to excessive nitrogen loads.  Though aquatic plants need nitrogen excessive amounts can lead to algal blooms which in turn lead to reduce light for submerged plants and low dissolved oxygen, which can lead to fish kills.  In heavily vegetated areas …

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The New Invader… Beach Vitex

Last year we introduced the issue of beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia) to residents of Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key.  This plant was introduced to the Carolina coast in the 1980’s to restore dunes after a bad hurricane period.  The plant quickly became invasive and has forced the state to form a task force to remove …

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Another New Invader is in Town – Beach Vitex

Beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia) is a plant native to the western shores of the Pacific Ocean. It was first brought to the United States in the 1980’s to help stabilize and restore dunes in the Carolina’s after a heavy hurricane season. The plant quickly began to take over and crowd out natives within their dune …

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Reducing Sanitary Sewage Overflows

  As we continue to try and improve recreational water quality around the state we are constantly looking for the sources and solutions for the problem.  Many environmental scientists would agree that the number one issue our surface waters are combating are excessive nutrients.  These nutrients spawn algal blooms which can decrease water clarity and …

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Searching for Derelict Crab Traps

One of the program areas Sea Grant intends to focus on in Escambia County during 2014 is the reduction of marine debris.  Most citizens in our county are aware of the problem and the harm monofilament fishing line can cause.  Another issue are derelict (or ghost) crab traps.  These are traps, for whatever reason, have …

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Improving Water Quality: Part 5 of 5 – Monitoring

In our five part series on improving water quality in Pensacola Bay we have discussed the problems our bay is facing, how you can re-landscape your yard to reduce runoff, how to develop a living shoreline if you are a waterfront property owner, and how boaters and marinas can reduce their impact.  The last installment …

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Improving Water Quality: Part 4 of 5 – Clean Marina

We do not typically think of marinas when we are thinking water quality but everyone can think of issues at these facilities that could degrade the bodies of water on which they sit.  Motor oil and fuel come to mind first, bottom paint, solid waste, and the discarded parts of cleaned fish can all lower …

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Heavy Rain Brings Water Quality Concerns; Part 3 of 5 – Living Shorelines

Since the early days of statehood humans in Florida have been altering shorelines to suffice their economic or domestic concerns.  Like so many who came after them, the idea that waste could be diluted by discharging into waterways was common thought.  The removal of vegetated buffers along shorelines significant increased point and nonpoint discharge in …

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