The Senate Select Committee on Florida’s Inland Water Resources will hold a public hearing tomorrow morning from 8:30 to 10:30 at the Quality Inn Riverfront Hotel in Palatka. People are encouraged to attend to give their points of view on what are the best ways to protect all of Florida’s springs, rivers and other resources. As Donna Green-Townsend reports, the hearing takes place in the same location as a three-day “Rally For The Rivers” event.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/waterD.mp3]
The U.S. Association of Reptile Keepers of Florida wants the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to approve captive breeding of Diamondback terrapins. The move would combat declining populations of the species of turtle due to high demand as both low-maintenance pets and poachable commodities. The program will be discussed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting Wednesday, but FWC’s staff report, slated to be presented during discussion, recommends maintaining current rules.