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Gainesville Landfill Transforms Into Floodplain

By on September 30th, 2015 | Last updated: September 30, 2015 at 5:27 pm

A decades-old Gainesville landfill will soon be transformed into a functioning floodplain. The old landfill near the Gainesville Regional Airport has caused erosion and affected the quality of the local water for humans and wildlife. The $1.88 million project to remediate the landfill has been in progress since April, but the landfill has a history dating back more than half a century ago.

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A Former Cedar Key Motel’s Biological Future

By on September 23rd, 2015 | Last updated: September 23, 2015 at 2:19 pm

The University of Florida purchased the Gulf Side Motel in Cedar Key and is transforming it into a biology research center. Students will have a chance to take courses in the heart of a recreational tourism and shellfish aquaculture area.

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Alachua County Commissioners Board Meets to Boost Recycling Percentages

By on September 16th, 2015 | Last updated: September 16, 2015 at 5:05 pm

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners met to discuss how to improve recycling programs. Although Alachua is one of top five counties, it still has a long way to go to boosts its recycling percentages.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson Talks to UF Researchers On Rising Sea Threat

By on September 1st, 2015 | Last updated: September 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson met with UF researchers to discuss the impact that rising seas will have on North Florida and to look for ways to make the public aware. He questioned whether a natural disaster would have to occur before people grasp the severity of the threat.

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Thousands Sign Petition Against Profiting From Paynes Prairie

By on September 1st, 2015 | Last updated: September 1, 2015 at 5:51 pm

A petition launched by an environmentalist to stop possible cattle grazing and tree growing in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park has more than 10,000 signatures. The environmentalist, Shirley Lasseter, started the petition in response to a proposal by the DEP secretary to allow such for-profit uses to help pay for the parks.

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The Freewheel Project Advocates for Community Cyclists

By on August 6th, 2015 | Last updated: August 7, 2015 at 4:21 pm

The Freewheel Project, set to open this August, is already collaborating with community to bring bike education and accessibility. It hopes to provide training and tools to those who would not otherwise have access in an attempt to help grow the local cycling community.

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Florida Bee Populations Growing, Not Necessarily Thriving

By on July 13th, 2015 | Last updated: July 13, 2015 at 10:34 am

While bee populations in Florida show some growth, some factors still keep them from flourishing. Land loss, overcrowding and herbicides pose problems for the bees and the beekeepers.

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Butterfly Study Calls Attention To Prescribed Burning Practices

By on July 9th, 2015 | Last updated: July 9, 2015 at 12:34 am

A recent study by a University of Florida graduate researches the effects of prescribed fires on the elfin frosted butterfly. The species requires fire to survive, but is also prone to damage from excessive burning.

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Florida Cemetery Offers Environmental Burial Options

By on May 8th, 2015 | Last updated: May 8, 2015 at 6:06 pm

North Central Florida Cemetery is the only cemetery in Florida that allows people to be buried on protected land. One of the cemetery’s focuses is being environmentally friendly.

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UF Professor Develops Fertilizer For Healthier Palms, Soil And Water

By on April 29th, 2015 | Last updated: April 29, 2015 at 10:29 am

Tim Broschat, a University of Florida environmental horticulture professor, developed a palm fertilizer suitable for Florida’s soil that could also reduce water pollution during the summer. At this time, his fertilizer is only available for commercial landscapers.

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