Ducks and turtles targeted with BP spill funds

The ducks, geese and turtles living in the pond at Navarre Park weren’t threatened by the BP oil spill that polluted the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but now the financial compensation from that tragedy may eliminate their habitat.

A Santa Rosa County Public Works Department proposal to curb the runoff of pollutants from the park into nearby Santa Rosa Sound would include “reducing” the number of animals in and around the pond, draining it, and landscaping the location for stormwater control.

“It’s an ugly hole in the ground with duck feces everywhere. It’s a health hazard,” Stephen Furman, the county’s assistant director of public works, told the Navarre Press. “We want to remove that habitat…the ducks poop all over the place.”

For more on this story, please read the Sept. 17 issue of Navarre Press.  Click HERE to subscribe.


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