As temperatures soar well into the 90’s and with summer coming, alligators are becoming more active. But along with the heat, persistent dry conditions aren’t helping the extremely low water levels in nearby lakes, which are also home to gators. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Peck reports how low water levels aren’t just affecting humans but also the reptile itself.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/AlligatorandWaterWrap.mp3]
New research finds that human pollution influences the severity of red tides more directly than scientists previously understood. The connection sheds light on the need for better water-quality monitoring statewide — and ultimately, to reduce the nutrient pollution flowing into Florida’s waterways.