Environment

Hunters Lake tussock removal anticipated to begin Spring 2017

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Hunters Lake, photography by Elizabeth Dentato

Plans are underway to remove 19 acres of tussock from Hunters Lake which is located between Spring Hill Drive and County Line Rd, just east of Commercial Way. In 2015, the lake was estimated to cover 429 acres. It has grown over the years. In 1954, the lake covered 302 acres. A 2009 report indicated 100 acres of invasive tussock which poses a threat to native fish, birds and plants.

Project nominations for RESTORE Act funding

Oyster reef in South Carolina by JStuby

It has been six years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and while many improvements have been seen, the effects on the Gulf states continue to be felt. Under the RESTORE Act signed by President Obama in July 2012, money from the trust fund set up by BP is dispersed through five avenues, or “pots” of money. Florida’s Gulf Coast counties can obtain funding through direct funding to the county (Pot 1) via the treasury department, or through the Gulf Consortium (Pot 3) to the Gulf Council.

Dukes Proposes ESL Funds to Remove Invasive Plants in Hernando Beach

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

Hernando Beach, invasive plants

Commissioner Wayne Dukes shared photos with the Board of County Commissioners of lead trees and other invasive plants along canals and marshland in Hernando Beach. The trees are all on county property, growing along the right of way and obscuring the water. Commissioner Dukes stated that property owners usually keep their yards mowed, preventing the trees from taking hold.

Hernando County Concerned Over Pasco Mine Proposed by Trinity Developer

Julie Maglio contributed to this story.

Location of proposed Seven Diamonds Mine 16303 US Hwy 41, Spring Hill

At the February 9, 2016 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, Environmental Services Director Susan Goebel-Canning answered questions relating to Pasco County’s proposed mine which would be located just south of County Line Road (about 5.5 miles north of S.R. 52) and how aquifer water quality in the Weeki Wachee spring shed area might become affected.

Harvest in November

Camille Pisarro's "The Harvest"

November is a time when we think about harvesting. Some of us have been lucky enough to have planted a great fall garden, and we are harvesting some fresh veggies for our dinner plates. But there are other resources in our yard we often overlook. Here are some of the treasures we can collect from our own yard:

Harvest branches and leaves: What? Don’t you mean throw them away? Absolutely not! Leaves, twigs, and other yard debris make great compost and mulch material. Don’t send them to the landfill, use them!

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.

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