Environment

 Wells Fargo has awarded the University of Miami’s R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program a grant for $40,000 in support of marine conservation science. The grant will address two major needs: the lack of engaging science education opportunities that inspire youth to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills and adopt conservation attitudes and behaviors, and a lack of knowledge and awareness about marine ecology and conservation, particularly in relation to shark species.The program will impact a local audience through hands-on trips, as well as people across the globe via online education tools, including virtual expeditions, webinars, pod-casts, blogs, online curricula and social media. Students are lead through a series of field research activities and assignments that give them the feeling of actually being in the field. Interactive Twitter “teach-Ins” every month provide teachers nationwide with knowledge and feedback on scientific topics of interest.
Broward County's rainy season is upon us and each day the humidity increases as well - making a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. The Mosquito Control Section of Broward County's Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division offers these tips to residents to help reduce the local mosquito population:
Boil Your Water Before Using. Broward County WWS Well Tested Positive for Fecal Indicator Our water plant which serves Broward County Water and Wastewater Services (WWS) customers in Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Lighthouse Point, and the City of Coconut Creek, detected fecal indicators (E. coli) in one of the County’s wells - this well has been removed from service. However as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are further doing to correct this situation. One process control sample in our treatment plant well was positive for Total Coliform and E. coli. One of our follow up steps is to collect additional samples from this well, and from the distribution system, within 24 hours to determine the extent of the problem. This sampling began on May 26.
Adults and children can learn all about the Sea Turtle species and their life cycle through the Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventuresâ„¢ Sea Turtle Awareness Program. After a 45 minute educational PowerPoint presentation, participants will be guided to the beach where the Crandon Park Naturalist Staff will release Loggerhead hatchlings. The group will be able to watch the hatchlings begin their journey out to sea. Due to all sea turtles being protected by the Endangered Species Act, no one besides the permitted staff are allowed to handle the hatchlings. The cost is $10 per person (all ages). The program is offered on select dates in the end of July, August and beginning of September from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
Much of the discussion surrounding sea level rise has focused on the practical – is it happening, what’s causing it, how much rise can we expect, what needs to be done about it? This has kept the scientists and policymakers busy, and given the pundits and pols plenty to talk about.Well, it appears, the lawyers will soon have their turn. As is often the case when the law is involved, the consequences could be widespread in their own unique way.First, there’s the question of property rights – what happens if rising tides submerge the public shore and encroach on private property? This has always been an issue in the fight against erosion, and it should accelerate if the level of the seas picks up its pace of rise.
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