Water management districts in North Florida are in the hot seat over the way they distribute water permits. The current dry conditions are pitting agriculture against residents in a number of north central florida communities. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chrissy McLarty reports many people says the agency needs to rethink just how much water everyone can pump.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/waterfinal.mp3]
The Florida Department of Health this month issued a mosquito-borne illnesses advisory in Alachua County. It warned of an increase in the risk of human transmission for diseases like West Nile virus, dengue fever and malaria – and came after two chickens in the county’s sentinel flock, which is monitored for diseases through routine blood tests, tested positive for West Nile.