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Environmental issues in Florida

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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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Several organizations band to advise candidates about water pollution, sea level rise and other issues. Coalition Of Environmental And Other Organizations Is Distributing Sternly Word Report To All Candidates In Florida For Federal And State Offices About Worsening Threats To State Natural Resources. On Wednesday, alliance publicly released Trouble in Paradise, initiative started by Nathaniel Pryor conservationist and co - founder of 1 000 Friends of Florida who died recently. Tragically, he did not live to see this report to fruition, Paul Owens, president of 1 000 Friends of Florida, said during media conference. To complete Reeds ' initiative, 1 000 Friends organization partnered with Apalachicola Riverkeeper, Defenders of Wildlife, Florida Defenders of Environment, Florida Springs Council, Florida Wildlife Corridor, Florida Wildlife Federation, Howard T. Odom Florida Springs Institute and League of Women Voters of Florida. Result Is Document Intended To Educate This State's Potential Elected Officials About What Owens Calls Greatest Challenges Facing Florida's Environment. Although organizations are making sure paper or email editions of reports reach candidates in upcoming state and federal Owens said they encourage voters to make sure contenders in local races are also aware of findings and recommendations. These are critical issues every level of government in Florida, Owens say. Study Outlines Six Priorities That Partnership Contends Need Urgent Attention As Well As Specific Geographic Areas It Considers Especially Endanger, Including Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, Indian River Lagoon, Apalachicola River And Bay And Several Natural Springs. Throughout report, authors call for enforcing environmental protections already in place, sufficiently funding agencies responsible for overseeing those duties, appointing strong and effective agency leaders and passing legislation to restore and improve workable programs and address current and future challenges. Organizations say Florida could boast about being leader in State funding for Land Conservation with programs such as CARL, Florida Forever Act and Preservation 2000 Act. Frustrate with Legislatures failure to continue that tradition, 75 percent of Florida Voters in 2014 approved constitutional Amendment dedicating 33 percent of documentary stamp tax revenue to Land Conservation, Management and restoration for 20 years. Yet Legislature appropriates millions of those dollars toward other purposes. Report Calls For Fully Funding 2014 Water And Land Conservation Amendment, Which Will Result In Better Water Quality And Flood Control, Protect Wildlife Habitats And Support State Economy Where Outdoor Recreation Generates $58. 6 billion in spending each year. Since 2011, report states, Florida's six Water Management districts have experienced cuts in revenue and staffing and seen diversity and autonomy of governing boards curtail. Group Wants Stakeholders Such As Agriculture Commissioner, Department Of Environmental Protection Secretary, Local Governments, Regional Planning Councils And Environmental Community To Have Greater Input Regarding Appointments To Water Management District Boards.

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Everglades

Most visitors expect clean air clear views in parks. Everglades National Park, Florida, River of Grass and home to only subtropical preserve in North America, often experiences relatively poor air quality. Park Is Affected By Many Sources Of Air Pollution, Including Power Plants, Urban Areas, Agriculture, And Industry. Pollutants from these sources can harm parks natural and scenic resources such as surface waters, vegetation, birds, fish, and visibility. National Park Service Works To Address Air Pollution Effects At Everglades NP, And In Parks Across US, Through Science, Policy And Planning, And By Doing Our Part.

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Biodiversity

North American Coastal Plain - Low - Lying Land Stretching From Texas To Florida To New England - Was Recently Named 36 Biodiversity Hotspot In World, Highlighting Importance Of This Region, But Signaling Concerns Over Threats To Plant And Animal Life There. To be recognized as global biodiversity hotspot, region must contain at least 1 500 endemic plant species found nowhere else in world and have experienced more than 70 percent habitat loss. Coastal Plain Has 1 816 Endemic Plants And Has Suffered 85. 5 percent of natural habitat. Loss Of Habitat Shows No Sign Of Slowing, According To Several Studies. Florida is entirely within Coastal Plain and is richest area biologically, but also most threatened. We are suffering highest rate of habitat loss because we have highest rate of human population growth within region, said Reed Noss, University of Central Florida biology professor who was lead author of scientific study that put Florida and rest of North American Coastal Plain on list. Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund Created Biodiversity Hotspot List Based On Scientific Study. List represents some of world's most remarkable places that are also most threatened. These places are reservoirs of plant and animal life and highest for conservation. Florida, in terms of endemic species, is hottest spot on Coastal Plain, Noss say. Among one - of - akind in danger are species of turtles, frogs, freshwater fish, mice, birds and many types of plants and invertebrates. Noss, who has been studying biodiversity conservation for more than 40 years, says it is critical to protect hotspots within hotspots that have highest biological values. We need more funding for Florida Forever Conservation Fund, continuation of which voters approved in 2014, Noss say. It designates billions of dollars for land and water conservation over next 20 years, but Florida Legislature has ignored this mandate by diverting vast majority of funding to routine operating expenses. Also important is to manage growth and stop sprawl, he say. Noss directs SPICE lab at of Central Florida. His research group is diverse, ongoing projects including avian conservation, studies of impacts of road and animal crossings, fire ecology, large carnivore conservation, and effects of sea - level rise and climate change on Florida biodiversity. Noss is also president of Florida Institute for Conservation Science and has directed ecological and conservation studies in Florida, throughout Southeastern United States, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains and Canada. Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund Is Joint Initiative Of LAgence Francaise De Developpement, Conservation International, European Union, Global Environment Facility, Japan, MacArthur Foundation And World Bank.

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