Environment

Removing Lyngbya from Weeki Wachee

Spring Hill Central Rotary and Brooksville Rotary started a program at Weeki Wachee to keep an algae called lyngbya under control. The algae has the potential to actually restrict water flow in a spring essentially stifling it. They work with SWFWMD for guidance on which areas to remove the harmful algae from. Not only could it potentially clog the spring, it also forms floating mats which prevent light from reaching the beneficial eel grass below. It frequently entangles within and directly over the grass, smothering it.

Raptor of Love

Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Traveling from Hillsborough County, Rick Foley gave a presentation for the visitors at Chinsegut Nature Conservation Center on July 11, 2015. His presentation was about Birds of Prey also known as Raptors. Foley has been involved with Falconry since 2009 and after two years of training in rehabilitation, he is now certified as a rehabilitator. “My love of falconry is what inspired my rehabilitation. I became aware of the birds that were out there that needed help and I had the training and know-how to take care of them [raptors]” Foley said.

Mapping the Withlacoochee River Watershed

Imagine tromping through 40 miles of the densest portion of the Withlacoochee River, the roughly one mile wide slow moving Green Swamp. Dr. Mark Fulkerson, Senior Professional Engineer with the Water Management District did so with a small team, in order to map out the bottom and acquire elevations of the river bed. According to Dr. Fulkerson, it took a couple summers to finally get to the Hernando County line, where a surveying company took over. Being so dense, “The survey company would not touch the Green Swamp,” said Dr. Fulkerson at a recent lecture.

Mosquito Control in Hernando County

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Sandra Fisher, Hernando County Mosquito Control Director spoke to the Brooksville City Council about the upcoming mosquito season and what types of control methods are being used.

Fisher stated that the mission of Hernando County’s Mosquito control is to enhance quality of life for residents throughout the county by reducing mosquito populations through integrated pest management. She explained that surveillance, control, source reduction, and public education are essential parts of integrated pest management.

The Real Scoop on Fertilizer

Spring is in the air, and many of us want to give our lawns a boost by applying fertilizer. Florida-Friendly Landscaping principle number #3 is “Fertilize Appropriately.”

Let’s discuss how one can accomplish the task of fertilizing appropriately. I must warn you – there will be math! I know, that thought makes me pause as well. Math and I are not friends, but this math is fairly simple, once you’ve got it figured out.

Karst Underwater Research: Exploring the Sanctums Beneath Us

How many people driving down US 19 are aware of the vast cavern system beneath them? Brett Hemphill and the Karst Underwater Research (KUR) Team know the system very well. Mr. Hemphill jokes that every time he drives a certain portion of US19, he holds his breath because he knows that the only thing between the car and a vast underwater cavern hundreds of feet deep and large enough to hold a jumbo airliner is just feet of limestone rock.

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