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Is There A Way To Stop Floridan Aquifer Depletion?

By on November 6th, 2013 | Last updated: November 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm

As Florida’s No. 1 source of water continues to be depleted because of overuse, recently proposed legislation may offer permanent solutions to Florida’s water needs.

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Disney Conservation Funds Central Florida Restoration Project

By on November 6th, 2013 | Last updated: November 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has given a $25,000 grant to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a three-year restoration project in the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area.

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Alachua County Fuels Biodiesel Trucks With Recycled Waste Vegetable Oil

By on November 5th, 2013 | Last updated: November 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm

(Image credit: Sarah Ross / Flickr)
Alachua County uses its waste vegetable oil to fuel diesel-powered trucks, saving the county up to $2 on a gallon of fuel.

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Stephen Foster Resident Speaks Out Against the Remediation Plan

By on November 5th, 2013 | Last updated: November 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

A Stephen Foster resident said that by digging up contaminated soil caused by the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site, it could only make the pollution worse.

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Gainesville Researcher’s Python Trap Could Be Used In The Everglades

By on November 1st, 2013 | Last updated: November 1, 2013 at 11:41 am

A wildlife biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Research Center in Gainesville is conducting testing using a special trap he designed to capture pythons in Florida. The five pythons being used in the study were found wild in the Everglades.

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GREC, Gainesville Can’t Reach Biomass Plant Purchase Agreement

By on October 31st, 2013 | Last updated: October 31, 2013 at 4:51 pm

A biomass plant is causing more issues between GREC and the city commission as the commission negotiates to buy the plant.

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Envision Alachua Inches Closer With Help From Private Landowner

By and on October 31st, 2013 | Last updated: November 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm

The Envision Alachua initiative is getting closer to the end of the second phase thanks to Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.

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Alachua County Unveils Quieter, Environment-Friendly Garbage Trucks

By on October 30th, 2013 | Last updated: October 31, 2013 at 10:54 am

The latest in garbage truck innovation is quietly rolling down Alachua County’s streets. The royal-blue giants come complete with robotic arms and safety cameras — even that new car smell.

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$2 Million Project Begins To Restore Water Levels In Mallory Swamp

By on October 30th, 2013 | Last updated: October 31, 2013 at 4:43 pm

A $2 million project to help restore water levels in Mallory Swamp began Wednesday. Geologists constructed wells to control the water levels in the swamp and aquifer. The second part of the project will close ditches that cause water to flow outside the swamp’s perimeter.

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Alachua County Wants Hearing About GREC’s Operations Air Permit

By and on October 23rd, 2013 | Last updated: October 23, 2013 at 8:48 am

Commissioners agreed to request an administrative hearing with Florida Department of Environmental Protection regarding its intent to issue an air permit to GREC. The request is due Monday.

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