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  1. Residents near Mosaic sinkhole spill say they aren't going anywhere (w/video)

    Water

    LITHIA - Once families come to Keysville Road they never seem to leave.

    Bob Harrison collects water from a well near a home in Lithia on Tuesday. Harrison works for Environmental Consulting and Technology Inc., a contractor hired by Mosaic to gather samples near a phosphate plant.
  2. West St. Petersburg spill wasn't as clean as previously claimed, Kriseman says

    Water

    ST. PETERSBURG — For more than a week, Mayor Rick Kriseman insisted that 58 million gallons of sewage that spilled into west St. Petersburg neighborhoods was essentially the same thing residents sprinkle on their lawns: reclaimed water.

                         St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman speaks about sewage crisis as he addresses the St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday.
  3. USF scientists comparing Deepwater Horizon oil spill and a Mexican disaster in 1979 (w/video)

    Water

    For 40 days, scientists aboard a Florida-based research vessel trolled the Gulf of Mexico for signs of the past, hoping to discover hints of the future.

    The R/V Weatherbird II took 26 researchers on a 40-day cruise circumnavigating the entire Gulf of Mexico, taking fish, sediment and water samples along the way 

A crew of scientists from the USF College of Marine Science gathered key data that will provide a more complete understanding of the destructive effects from two significant oil spills - the 2010 Deepwater Horizon and 1979 Ixtoc oil spills. 
Photo courtesy of C-IMAGE (The Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem)
  4. Deep-sea volcano a hotspot for mysterious life

    Water

    GEOLOGIST SEAMOUNTS, Hawaii — The turquoise waters became darker and darker, and squiggly glow-in-dark marine creatures began to glide past in the inky depths like ghosts.

    Seamounts are hotspots for marine life because they carry nutrient-rich water upward from the sea floor.
  5. Gov. Scott defends environmental agency's handling of sinkhole water spill

    Environment

    TAMPA — Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday came to the defense of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection over its handling of a spill of 215 million gallons of contaminated water into a sinkhole below a Mosaic phosphate plant in Mulberry.

    Mosaic officials say water in the Floridan Aquifer beneath its New Wales phosphate plant is moving westerly at 1,000 feet per month. It has installed a pump into a backup well west of the sinkhole to draw contaminated water back to the surface.
  6. Pythons breeding, spreading in Florida Keys for the first time, biologists say

    Wildlife

    For the first time, Florida wildlife officials have found Burmese pythons breeding in the Florida Keys, bad news for disappearing Key Largo woodrats, cotton mouses and other small mammals consumed by the voracious snake.

    A Burmese python is seen on display at the registration event and press conference for the start of the 2013 Python Challenge in Davie. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and its partners launched the month long 2013 Python Challenge to harvest Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades. The contest featured prizes of $1,000 for catching the longest snake and $1,500 for catching the most. [Getty Images (2013)]
  7. Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary operating under new name, new management

    Wildlife

    INDIAN SHORES — The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a Tampa Bay institution for 45 years, no longer exists.

    The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary has reopened with a new name, Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, and new management. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times] 
  8. Honeymoon Island sand survives Hurricane Hermine

    Environment

    DUNEDIN — To sun-seeking visitors, it is a paradise. But to those who have fought for decades to keep sand on its shores, Honeymoon Island is a battleground.

    Betsy Martell of Tarpon Springs, left, Paul Kofler of Palm Harbor and John Young of Holiday relax with their seagull fan club on a stretch of Honeymoon Island’s main beach last week.
  9. Dunedin reports sewage spill

    Environment

    DUNEDIN — The city staff says the city spilled between 160,000 and 180,000 gallons of untreated sewage during Hurricane Hermine, much of it making its way to Curlew Creek and Jerry Lake.

  10. New manager at Weeki Wachee wants to build on park's history

    Environment

    WEEKI WACHEE

    Barbara Roberts didn't come from her native Miami as a day-tripper to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. She came from career sojourns at 17 sites within the Florida State Parks system over the past 30 years. And she came to stay.

    Barbara Roberts, center, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park’s new manager, takes in the sights on a river cruise.