August 18th NOAA and their partners released the first batch of
rehabilitated sea turtles that were impacted by the Deepwater
Horizon/BP oil spill in the Gulf.
We released 23 KempÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s ridley sea turtles back into the Gulf of Mexico near Cedar Key, Fla. All had passed their health assessments and were strong enough to go back to their natural environment.
We are really pleased that the turtles weÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ve rescued, or that we found stranded since the oil spill started in April, have done well in rehabilitation so far. There are just over 300 turtles in rehabilitation at our partner facilities from Louisiana through Florida. These turtles will be released in the coming weeks.
Broward County residents can now walk, bicycle, rollerblade, jog, recreate and enjoy the first segment of the New River Greenway that parallels I-595 from 136th Avenue to University Drive in Plantation.
The Broward County Greenway system is a planned countywide network of safe and clean bicycle, pedestrian paths, nature trails and waterways. The idea was first introduced by Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs in 1999.
Fresh water isnÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢t free, and it certainly isnÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢t unlimited. ThatÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s why the Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Division is hosting a Rain Barrel & Water Conservation Workshop on Saturday, September 11. The workshop will be held at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will learn how they can use water more efficiently to conserve this important natural resource, all while saving money. There will also be an opportunity to exchange your old showerheads and light bulbs for new ones that are more energy efficient.
The Office of the CitizensÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ Independent Transportation Trust (OCITT) is going green by moving to a paperless agenda and providing agenda package materials electronically.
In the past, the department used over 15,000 sheets of paper every month to prepare the agenda packages for both committee and full trust meetings. Now, anyone can access the TrustÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s (CITT) committee and full trust meeting agenda materials on its website 3 days prior to each meeting. This new system will save the department over $1,000 per year, streamlines the distribution process and is eco-friendly.