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Friday, June 22, 2012

 

Potatoes are harvested for the Frito-Lay plant. ORLANDO SENTINEL  
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Crunch time

The throaty roar of Central Florida's water wars was audible a few weeks ago as tractors that had planted 440 acres of potatoes back in January dug up their freshly grown crop from fields some 30 miles southeast of Orlando. This particular conflict, waged in court for the past year, is between water for crops such as the potatoes, which were shipped to a local potato-chip plant, versus water for suburban homes and thirsty lawns that don't even exist yet in Central Florida. Orlando Sentinel

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Photo courtesy National Park Service  
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Progress report

Keep working – but faster. That roughly sums up a major Everglades restoration progress report released Thursday. The report, from the National Resource Council, finds much to both praise and question in the $13.5 billion state-federal effort to save the shrunken and struggling Everglades. Miami Herald   READ THE REPORT

Photo courtesy NOAA  
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Going swimmingly

Focused and collaborative conservation efforts can pay off in coral reef ecosystems, federal biologists say, reporting that they’ve documented a resurgence of reef fish and corals in the Dry Tortugas National Park, located about 70 miles west of Key West. Summit Voice


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Brown and Caldwell Vice President Steve Koenigsberg talks about the three pillars of remediation — design, management and closure — at the Eighth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, presented by Battelle May 21-24 in Monterey, Calif.

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