Cedar Key residents lined up on Wednesday to receive jugs of fresh drinking water. Saltwater intrusion into the city’s wellfield caused by the drought has city and health officials working for a solution. Meanwhile, the key industry that fuels the Cedar Key community is thriving. Clam farming has had a 45-million dollar impact on the coastal communities around Cedar Key. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend talked with aquaculture extension agent Leslie Sturmer about how the saltier conditions are giving clam farmers a bumper crop.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPCedarKeyQAwithSturmer.mp3]
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said for the first time Monday that he supports having the state acquire thousands of acres to build a reservoir system south of Lake Okeechobee to help battle toxic algal blooms.