Environment

Hernando County Concerned Over Pasco Mine Proposed by Trinity Developer

March 15, 2016 - 16:06

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

November 10, 2015 - 13:39
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!

Rain, Rain Go Away!

September 01, 2015 - 20:27

Lilly Browning is the Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator

Rain, rain, go away! That chant may have been going through your head quite a bit this summer. A usual summer brings us 20-30 minute downpours every afternoon. The all-day rains we received all summer for weeks on end are atypical.

Removing Lyngbya from Weeki Wachee

July 19, 2015 - 16:26

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

July 16, 2015 - 16:13

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

June 29, 2015 - 16:09

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

June 01, 2015 - 16:26

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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

May 14, 2015 - 08:46

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.

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