water quality

Navarre Beach waters safe despite Facebook scare

Navarre Beach waters safe despite Facebook scare

The Navarre Beach Lifeguard Program apologized Sept. 4 for posting a faulty water quality advisory telling swimmers the beach was unsafe and closing the water to visitors.   Following the initial Facebook post, Beach Safety Director Austin Turnbull announced that the post was a false alarm and that the waters were safe, but the initial post […]

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa County Commissioners spent their Monday meeting balancing potential projects against infrastructure needs. Discovery Center dream dashed? Concerns over water quality trumped conservation education efforts Monday as commissioners weighed how to spend millions of RESTORE dollars over the next 12 years. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Citizen group tackles issues

Citizen group tackles issues

A group calling themselves the “District 4 Task Force” met recently at the Navarre Tourist Information Center with District 4 County Commissioner, Dave Piech, in a round table session to review extensive work they’d been pursuing for months regarding the state of Navarre. Major concerns and initiatives for the task force revolve around three central […]

Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk

Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk

East Bay is a standout in terms of water quality, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, but local Dave Roberts said that has changed over the years. Cutting a divide between Holley and Navarre, East Bay runs along the northern edge of Navarre before hooking up with other bays including Pensacola, Escambia and […]

Volunteers press on with Great Scallop Search

Volunteers press on with Great Scallop Search

While severe weather conditions have canceled parts of this year’s Great Scallop Search in Santa Rosa Sound, volunteers with the UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension Santa Rosa County office will take to the surf again Saturday in hopes of finding seagrass-dwelling bay scallops. The Great Scallop Search is an annual event put on by the […]

Thank you for reporting the truth

Letter to the editor: Congratulations and thank you for the very powerful reporting and factually accurate article on the health of our Sound today. All of my neighbors speak to their concerns over the smell of sewage in the sound on a constant basis and the negative effect it has on their homes and investment. […]

Will a pass improve water quality?

Will a pass improve water quality?

  Editor’s Note: This is part four of four in a series taking a look at the possibility of a Santa Rosa Sound pass, a historical view, the challenges and legislation. Santa Rosa Sound is impaired, and it has been for years. Through the dumping of effluent from the Navarre Beach Wastewater Treatment Facility, runoff of […]

Holley-Navarre Water sewage leak

Holley-Navarre Water sewage leak

State-mandated monitoring by Holley-Navarre Water System of the William’s Creek sewage spill revealed fecal bacteria levels reached nearly 35 times the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) recommended maximum days after the initial spill. After more than a week of elevated fecal bacteria levels, required monitoring ceased Monday, Oct. 24 after colony numbers returned to […]

County commits BP dollars to clean up Santa Rosa Sound

County commits BP dollars to clean up Santa Rosa Sound

The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners voted Thursday, Aug. 25, to allocate the county’s portion of Pot 3 of the RESTORE funds toward five projects to improve the water quality of Santa Rosa Sound. Applications for the county’s $12.3 million portion of the fund must be approved by the RESTORE Council, the Department […]

Sewage leak at Williams Creek

Sewage leak at Williams Creek

A break in a Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS) wastewater main was discovered Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the culvert at William’s Creek and U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre.  HNWS staff discovered the break at 2:30 p.m. where the main crosses underneath the culvert.  The pipe was shut down by HNWS. Since Wednesday, repairs were made to […]

Scallop search comes up empty handed

Scallop search comes up empty handed

The creatures appear as something out of a science fiction movie. Their outer shell is hard and rounded with scaly groves. A mouth stretches along the entire diameter of the body with hundreds of fringe-like tentacles. A ring of bright royal blue eyes sweep around each edge of the mouth. But this bivalve mollusk is […]

Commission focuses on cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound

Commission focuses on cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound

The county’s commitment to cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound where unhealthy levels of bacteria have been discovered will include pursuing the sources of that pollution, commissioners have declared. Their decision came while setting priorities to spend roughly $28 million in BP oil spill compensation monies that the county is expected to receive in the next […]

Water system seeks approval for conditional land use

Water system seeks approval for conditional land use

The Holley-Navarre Water System is seeking conditional-use of land that it has owned for 10 years to build two Rapid Infiltration Basin Systems (RIBS) to effectively eliminate treated waste water otherwise known as reclaimed water or effluent.  There will be no mechanical building or equipment on the site of the RIBS and the entire site […]

Drinking water in Holley-Navarre is better than most areas in the country

Drinking water in Holley-Navarre is better than most areas in the country

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., began in April of 2014. Following a switchover to the Flint River as the city’s main water source, corrosive water conditions from the Flint River caused heavy metal leaching from the lead service pipes in the region. Read the full article in the Mar. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]