Balancing Nature and Sporting Activities on Florida’s Waterways

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One of the greatest natural resources in the state of Florida is its waterways. Florida’s numerous lakes, streams, rivers and especially its swamplands are home to thousands of kinds of animal and plant life that do not live anywhere else. While partaking in water sports can certainly be a fun and rewarding hobby, it must also be done in a way that shows respect to well being of the plants and animals that live in those bodies of water.

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Choose Green Energy to Stop Power Plant Pollution of Waterways

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Education and awareness are essential when it comes to protecting the delicate balance of water ecosystems and maintaining healthy waterways. Pollution from power plants and other human technologies and behaviors have a direct negative impact on the health of these vital natural resources. You can play a part in the preservation of these resources by exploring alternative energy solutions through websites such as Electric Company rates, where you can find resources for green energy in your area.

Waterway ecosystems are a beautiful and vital part of the larger ecosystem in which humans live. These are the places where water flows, whether a meandering stream or a raging river, transporting essential nutrients, elements and organic matters necessary for the habitats of the plants and creatures that call our forests, beaches, and bodies of water home. Lakes, rivers, marshes, wetlands, and streams house unique and complex ecosystems with a delicate balance that is easily and often upset by human disregard.

Human impacts on these ecosystems can be devastating, and may irreparably destroy the natural balance. Power plants, for example, dump heated water into water environments, raising the water temperatures far above normal and wreaking havoc on the ecosystems in and around waterways. Not only do power plants throw off the balance by tampering with water temperature, but they also discharge large quantities of pollutants into lakes, rivers and streams. Nuclear power plants store radioactive and other toxic wastes. Those pollutants eventually leak into the natural water tables and waterways. Coal power plants expel huge amounts of ash, spewing toxic chemicals into the air, which find their way into waterways through rainwater runoffs, poisoning the aquatic wildlife, and eventually ending up in the human food supply in fish and drinking water.

Reducing pollution from power plants plays an important role in the preservation of our waterways. By exploring alternative energy, we can help to preserve the natural beauty and health of our nation’s waterways.


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Living with Alligators in Florida’s Wetlands

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Living with alligators in Florida calls for common sense to avoid confrontations between people and alligators.

Recently two teenagers were attacked in Florida while swimming. An alligator attacked a 15-year-old teen while he was spearfishing with his grandfather. The 10-foot alligator came out of the water and clamped its jaws around the boy’s chest before the teen escaped the attack. He was standing in three-feet of water at Tallahassee’s Keaton Beach. Another boy lost his arm in Read the rest of this entry »


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Environmental Protection Agency’s Anti-Pollution Standards Protect Florida Waterways

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Florida had been resistant to protecting its water for about 14 years. The Environmental Protection Agency ordered Florida to develop water-quality standards in 1998 and set a deadline for 2004. Farm and urban runoff had severely polluted the waterways. The canals in Martin County had turned green from the filth and toxins. The situation was so bad that the health department posted swimming warnings. This type of pollution is caused by different types of contamination. The EPA investigated the environment and determined that thousands of miles of Read the rest of this entry »


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On the Water: Stories from Florida’s Waterways

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Florida has a wealth of waterside areas and activities for the recreational traveler or outdoor enthusiast to enjoy. Wetland and marine habitats in Florida include rivers and streams, tidal marshes and estuaries, lakes, and coastal stretches along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. A Florida experience that misses these beautiful and varied ecosystems is incomplete.

Recreational and commercial boating and fishing are significant industries that thrive on the overall health and attractiveness of Florida’s waterways. Careful stewardship of our Read the rest of this entry »


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Following Boating Speed and Access Rules Helps Manatee Safety

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As far back as the 1700s, Florida manatees have been protected in some way from humans and irresponsible human behavior. Unfortunately, the efforts to protect these gentle sea mammals have not proven effective enough to prevent their numbers from steadily declining.

One of the biggest threats to manatees today are boat collisions. As they grazed on aquatic vegetation and slowly move around the shallow bays and rivers of Florida, they are not able to move quickly enough out Read the rest of this entry »


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380 Miles: Cruising Florida’s Amazing Intracoastal Waterways

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The Florida Intracoastal Waterway is just one portion of an intracoastal waterway system that runs down the Atlantic coast beginning at Norfolk, Virginia and going down through southern Florida. The entire system is just under 1,100 miles with 380 miles of the route located in the state of Flordia.

One great way to enjoy the natural and man-made beauty of the Sunshine State is to travel up or down the Florida Intracoastal Waterway in a boat. Along the waterway’s path, boaters will see some exquisite Florida mansions surrounded by lush landscaping. There are also many animals to see along the Read the rest of this entry »


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Education Vital to Protect Florida’s Marine Environment

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The state of Florida has been blessed with abundant natural beauty. From the gorgeous tropical beaches to the wide variety of wildlife, Florida is a nature lover’s paradise.
However, the nature beauty of Florida’s marine environments is threatened. Pollution, tourism and global warming all play a factor in the destruction of some of these beautiful habitats.
Education a vital part of protecting Florida’s marine environment. Many tourists and residents inadvertently cause damage out of ignorance. It is important for people to Read the rest of this entry »


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