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  1. Tampa's Riverwalk builder fined $10,000 for illegal concrete dump

    Water

    TAMPA — The contractor building an $8.8 million section of Tampa's Riverwalk will pay $10,000 in fines for dumping concrete waste into the Hillsborough River.

    A downtown worker had shot video of Johnson Bros. workers washing concrete waste into the Hillsborough River. The company fired at least one worker and disciplined others.
  2. Archaeologists sift Everglades muck for cultural artifacts

    Wetlands

    EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK — Archaeologists are poking through the muck under a boardwalk in Everglades National Park, looking for evidence of a prehistoric culture.

    National Park Service archeologists sift through sediment collected from the Anhinga Slough while doing a survey in Everglades National Park. They are looking for artifacts which were first discovered at the site when it was dredged in 1968. [Associated Press]
  3. Agriculture commissioner accepts donated ranchland that DEP didn't want

    Environment

    A 4,100-acre ranch that phosphate giant Mosaic tried to donate to the state park system last year has at last been accepted by the state — but by a different arm of the state government.

  4. Under Scott, Department of Environmental Protection undergoes drastic change

    Environment

    In January, Gov. Rick Scott stood in front of a room full of Department of Environmental Protection employees and praised their hard work.

    Gov. Rick Scott says he will push for tougher enforcement of regulations.
  5. Scott's DEP tried to change award-winning park system

    Water

    One of the Department of Environmental Protection's most important jobs is operating the state park system.

  6. Clearwater Marine Aquarium launches campaign to save near-extinct porpoise species

    Wildlife

    CLEARWATER — Seeking to harness the fame of its dolphins, Winter and Hope, for a worthy cause, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is launching a campaign to save a near-extinct species of porpoise.

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium's CEO David Yates accompanied by Bob Talbot (not pictured), world renowned photographer, film maker, and environmentalist, announced a Major Global Conservation Effort Clearwater Marine Aquarium is spearheading to try and save the Vaquita.  -  Looking to capitalize on the fame of Winter the dolphin and her companion Hope, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Friday launched a campaign to save a near-extinct porpoise species. The aquarium is spearheading an effort to save the Vaquita, a rare species of porpoise that lives in the northern part of the Gulf of California. The estimated number of Vaquita dropped below 100 this year, putting it in imminent danger of extinction. It is considered the most endangered dolphin species in the world, according to conservation experts. The Clearwater aquarium is encouraging fans of Winter and Hope to go to the aquarium's website, seewinter.com, and sign a petition that will be sent to the president of Mexico. JIM DAMASKE | Times
  7. Imported beetles consuming air potato plants in Hernando

    Environment

    It may be the happiest beetle invasion since the Beatles.

    And it's almost as hard to miss.

    More than a decade after it was found feeding on potato vines in Nepal, the leaf beetle is dining in Hernando.
  8. Pinellas County, water management to restore Mobbly Bayou

    Wetlands

    OLDSMAR — County and water management officials expect construction to start soon on restoring Mobbly Bayou, a project that has been in the works since 2006.

    The project for Mobbly Bayou in Oldsmar is expected to take about 18 months and will include filling of mosquito ditches.
  9. Stone crab season has weak opening day for Pelican Point Seafood

    Wildlife

    JIM DAMASKE | Times

    Jimmy Postma, left, and Michael Fox unload 83 pounds of stone crab claws at Pelican Point Seafood's dock from Fox's boat, Bite Me Too, on the opening Wednesday of stone crab season. Crabbers bring in their haul to Pelican Point Seafood in Tarpon Springs where the claws are weighed, …

    Jimmy Postma (left) and Michael Fox unload 83 pounds of stone crab claws at Pelican Point Seafood's dock from Fox's boat Bite Me Too on opening day of stone crab season. Crabbers bring in their haul to Pelican Point Seafood in Tarpon Springs where the claws are weighed, cooked, cooled and sorted before being sold at their market or distributed to area restaurants. Two boats came in with a total of 223 pounds of claws. "It's really not a great opening day," said the seafood house's manager Steve Reis.
  10. Whale dies on Indian Shores beach after apparent shark bite

    Wildlife

    A pygmy sperm whale died Tuesday after beaching itself in Indian shores.