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Hydrilla help needed from Florida LAKEWATCHers

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From the UF/IFAS Hydrilla IPM* Team & Florida LAKEWATCH

Florida LAKEWATCHERs, your help is needed!

Did you attend a Florida LAKEWATCH regional meeting last year (2014) and receive educational materials on hydrilla management? The UF/IFAS Hydrilla IPM Team in partnership with Florida LAKEWATCH would like your input on the materials so we can improve them and produce new materials that would be useful to you!

If you did not receive the educational materials but would still like to provide input you can review the material online while doing the survey.

Please use this link to complete the survey: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2rynL0BNvJtZL4p

Please complete the survey if possible using the web link, if this is not possible you can call 352-273-3954 so that a person can record your survey answers. Please leave a message with your number and someone will call you back.

The survey will remain open for 6 weeks, closing on August 12th 2015.

* IPM=Integrated Pest Management

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Contact Information
Dr. Emma N. I. Weeks, Asst. Research Scientist, Entomology & Nematology University of Florida, eniweeks@ufl.edu, Bldg. 970, Natural Area Dr., Gainesville, FL. 32611-0620
phone: (352) 273-3954.

Polk commissioners okay two SWFWMD agreements

By Tom Palmer

BARTOW – Polk County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve two agreements with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). One is to continue working toward forming a county-wide water supply agency and the other is to seek funding to develop future water supplies.

"This is an important step," said County Manager Jim Freeman, who explained this advances an effort underway for the past 10 years to come up with a way to develop alternative water supplies to avoid over pumping the Floridan aquifer.

According to projections outlined in the recently published Central Florida Water Initiative report, Polk will need an additional 47 million gallons per day within the next 20 years just to satisfy demand by municipal utilities.

Continued in The Ledger »


Free workshop helps Polk County residents to love their lakes

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July is Lakes Appreciation Month!

We All Live in a Watershed...
Join Polk County Extension on Tuesday, July 21, for a Lakes Workshop

At this workshop, participants will learn the basics of lake water quality and the factors which influence it. The focus of the workshop will be on community solutions for water quality and actions individuals can take to help local water quality.

Who should attend? Lakefront residents, lakefront business owners, any resident who wants to help improve our lakes' water quality.
Where? Winter Haven Public Library
When? Tuesday, July 21, 5:30 - 7pm
How much does it cost? Free!

Photo: Jeff Spence, Polk County Natural Resources

Register online »


Study: Third of Big Groundwater Basins in Distress

About one third of Earth's largest groundwater basins are being rapidly depleted by human consumption, despite having little accurate data about how much water remains in them, according to two new studies led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), using data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites.

This means that significant segments of Earth's population are consuming groundwater quickly without knowing when it might run out, the researchers conclude. The findings are published today in Water Resources Research.

"Available physical and chemical measurements are simply insufficient," said UCI professor and principal investigator Jay Famiglietti, who is also the senior water scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "Given how quickly we are consuming the world's groundwater reserves, we need a coordinated global effort to determine how much is left."

The studies are the first to comprehensively characterize global groundwater losses with data from space, using readings generated by NASA's twin GRACE satellites. GRACE measures dips and bumps in Earth's gravity, which are affected by the mass of water. In the first paper, researchers found that 13 of the planet's 37 largest aquifers studied between 2003 and 2013 were being depleted while receiving little to no recharge.

Continued on NASA’s website here »


Read about all the news at Florida LAKEWATCH

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The latest issue of the Florida LAKEWATCH newsletter is now available!

  • Current Lake Management Issues of Concern
  • LAKEWATCH Volunteers Help Evaluate New Technology
  • Search for Rare Native Florida Fishes
  • Participate in the Great Secchi Dip-in
  • FWC Conservation Measures in Place for Unique American Eels
  • Volunteer Bulletin Board
  • Florida’s Ornamental Aquaculture

Read the latest issues of the Florida LAKEWATCH newsletter »


Register now for CHNEP Behavior Change Workshop

The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) invites you to a behavior change workshop on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension. We are delighted Salter>Mitchell will lead this workshop. CHNEP is a partnership working to protect the natural environment from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven. Salter>Mitchell is a marketing and communication agency focused on change — behavior change, culture change and changing public opinion.

Participants will be introduced to the concept and application of behavior change outreach in a way that will shift how they think about and conduct educational outreach efforts going forward, and will leave them feeling more confident about putting this practice into action.

The workshop will cover key steps to creating a successful behavior change effort — from determining one's target behavior and audiences, to conducting research, to developing a plan with creative components purposefully designed to influence behavior. Each participants will be given their own behavior change toolkit.

Click here for more information and to register for the event


App will show level of algae in water

WASHINGTON — The same technology that allows you to consult your phone to figure out when a big storm is moving in could soon help you decide the best places to fish and swim.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is using satellite technology for an app it’s developing that’s aimed at helping both water-quality managers and, eventually, the public, determine the level of toxic algae in their water sources.

They’re in the process now of beta-testing the app with staff at the EPA. The next step will be to send it to designated water-quality managers in Ohio and Florida to have them test it for any bugs, said Blake Schaeffer, an assistant lab director for the National Exposure Research Lab at the EPA.

It’s technology spawned by last summer’s issues in Lake Erie. For more than two days in August, Toledo residents were barred from drinking tap water because of a toxic algae contamination.

Schaeffer said while satellite data can help people determine the safety of their water, that information is “not accessible to people who need to make decisions like water quality managers."

Continued on The Columbus Dispatch »

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