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St. Johns River Cleanup

Registration is open for the 2019 St. Johns River Cleanup! Volunteers are needed for the St. Johns River Cleanup, which will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019. Boaters, scouts, civic organizations, environmental groups, businesses and individual volunteers are encouraged to join in the effort to remove trash and debris from the St. Johns River. Participants should bring water and wear … Continue reading St. Johns River Cleanup

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Manatee Watch Training

Volunteers Needed for Manatee Protection Volusia County is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to participate in Manatee Watch, a program that identifies the presence of manatees in local waterways. Residents who live on the water, spend a lot of time near the water, or are avid boaters are encouraged to become manatee watchers. Responsibilities of Volunteers Manatee Watch coordinators will host two training sessions: 10:30 a.m. … Continue reading Manatee Watch Training

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County Plans Save Our Springs and Rivers Academy

What Can We do to Protect Our Waterways? Would you like to become a Blue Spring advocate and help environmentalists spread the word about solutions to water pollution? If so, plan on attending the Save Our Springs and Rivers Academy. The academy will include classroom and field trip experiences, guest speakers and hands-on, feet-wet learning to provide an in-depth citizen engagement experience. Those participating in … Continue reading County Plans Save Our Springs and Rivers Academy

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Environmental Health

What We Do Can Have Negative Effects on the Environment We are a product of our environment and our environment is a product of us. This applies both locally and globally on micro and macro levels. The bubonic plague ravaged Europe in the 14th century, killing an estimated 50 million people. The disease and its rapid spread has been directly attributed to unsanitary conditions such … Continue reading Environmental Health

Florida’s Toxic Algae Blooms

The Shameful Truth Behind Florida’s Algae Blooms If you’re someone with at least two of your five senses, you’ve likely been made aware of Florida’s algae bloom crises. Along both coasts of our state, marine ecosystems are being laid to waste by toxic algae. The algae is so prolific this year because it is fed by nutrient-rich runoff from our agricultural industries, golf courses and … Continue reading Florida’s Toxic Algae Blooms

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Pool Safety for Your Pet

Pet Safety Around the Water Last month we had a great question regarding safety for dogs at the beach. As a follow up this month we will delve deeper into overall swimming and pool safety for our canine friends. Being aware of potential dangers and setting up for a fun experience will help make outdoor water activities an enjoyable time for all involved. Can Your … Continue reading Pool Safety for Your Pet

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Pet Swimming Safety

Pets and Water Safety Q: “My dog, Grady James, loves coming to the beach with us every weekend. Sometimes he has diarrhea and acts sick afterward. I heard that the water can be bad for dogs. Is this something I should be concerned with?” Caitie – dog parent, NSB A: We are incredibly lucky to live in an area that allows us to enjoy the … Continue reading Pet Swimming Safety