Science/Environment

Un-Muddying the Clean Water Act

Un-Muddying the Clean Water Act

Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972 and, more than 40 years later, administrators are still grappling with the scope of the law. James Giattina, Director of Water Protection Division for the southeast branch of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was in Navarre Friday, Oct. 3, and discussed how far upstream the EPA’s jurisdiction goes. “For so many years we have been so water rich in the Southeast […]

Outreach Octobus on station

Outreach Octobus on station

The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) Outreach Octobus has arrived on station. The bus will allow members of the NBMSS to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education to groups that may not otherwise be able to visit the station. The vintage 1972 Volkswagen will feature a touch tank that will allow students to get “up close and personal” with sea stars, […]

Realignment proposed for Fort Pickens Road

Realignment proposed for Fort Pickens Road

Portions of Fort Pickens Road are prone to be covered by water and sand, and the National Park Service is proposing a new road alignment that is designed to lessen the frequency of those events. The proposed project would also provide another entrance lane and fee station to better move visitors into the park during busy times of the year. […]

West Nile Virus case suspected in Escambia County

West Nile Virus case suspected in Escambia County

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County has received notification of a probable case of West Nile virus infection in an Escambia County resident. According to the Department of Health, there is a heightened concern that other county residents and visitors may become ill from being bitten by an infected mosquito. The Escambia County, […]

US Treasury announces RESTORE rule

US Treasury announces RESTORE rule

The U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday a new rule that outlines grant programs established by the RESTORE Act as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The rule accepts the funding allocation proposal submitted by Florida’s Gulf Consortium, which was formed by 23 counties. Under the proposal, the eight disproportionately impacted counties, from Escambia through Wakulla, will […]

Mauro receives presidential award

Mauro receives presidential award

Navarre High School science teacher Charlene Mauro was at the White House Aug. 12 to accept the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educator. Mauro, Project Director for the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, joined 16 other teachers and 60 students from across the country who were recognized for their contributions to environmental education and stewardship. Read more in […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomes new director

Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomes new director

Not every zoo in the country has a director that holds a degree in landscape architecture, as well as has the credentials to run a zoo, but Gulf Breeze does. And that combination has been extremely useful since new zoo director Steve Jagielski arrived about six weeks ago. “I’m a ‘hands on guy.’ I don’t […]

Turtles hooked, saved at pier

Turtles hooked, saved at pier

Folks on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier (NBFP) jumped into action Aug. 12 as two sea turtle were rescued after being accidentally hooked. Snappy, the larger of the two turtles at 15 inches and 12.5 pounds, was snagged and swallowed a fishing hook. As soon as fishing pier staff got word, the Responsible Pier Initiative […]

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