Environment

Audubon, Challenger K-8 program insuring future pollination of native plants

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

 

We caught up with Hernando Audubon Society President Marcie Clutter.  Clutter and a group of volunteers which included members of the Hernando Native Plant Society, Hernando Master Gardeners, and the Hernando Audubon Society planted 8 cubic feet of native Florida plants during an Audubon Day event at Challenger K8. 

Scharf Virtual Cleanup

Brittany Scharf, Florida Sea Grant Agent with UF/IFAS Hernando County

Due to the national situation, we are unable to host our annual coastal cleanup in Hernando County. But we aren't going to let that stop us! Participate in our virtual coastal cleanup and help keep out coastal and marine waterways clean! 

Conservation of Mud Springs Property through DEP Partnership

By LISA MACNEIL
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At the September 8, 2020 regular meeting, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved the submission of the Mud Springs Management Prospectus to the Department of Environmental Protection Division of State Lands.

Mud Springs is the head spring of the Mud River located just north of the Weeki Wachee River.  The Mud River joins with the Weeki Wachee and then flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

“Show Me Your Trash”

World Water Monitoring Day will be celebrated on September 18th.  A local girl by the name of Emma Bolton has started a social media project called “Show Me Your Trash” to take place on September 18th in honor of World Water Monitoring Day.  The purpose of the project is to help clean up the environment and our waterways.   Under normal circumstances she would have loved to put together a live event but due to COVID she needs to think outside the box to obtain participation in this project.

The Big Shift

In the coming weeks, a giant shift will occur in the deer world.  Both food, and cover, will be changing which will surely affect the feeding and travel patterns amongst the herd.  Mostly though, amongst the buck population, physical changes are taking place.  The velvet they’ve worn, covering their antlers is now shed out and each buck is sporting brand spanking new antlers.  Along with that change, a major shift takes place in how these newly shed bucks interact with other deer.  

A Much Needed Road Repair for Safety and Environmental Protection

Bayport, FL--On June 16, 2020 Hernando County Government published a notice stating that the Hernando County Department of Public Works (DPW) has begun work on the reconstruction of Bayou Drive, located near Hernando Beach, for a 90-day work period. Bayou Drive will reopen for public access on September 15, 2020.

License agreement approved for Weeki Wachee dredging project

By LISA MACNEIL
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At the Jan. 28, 2020 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the county voted 4-0 to approve the license agreement between the county and Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD)  for the Weeki Wachee River dredging project. If funding is approved, dredging could begin in the spring of 2021. Commissioner Jeff Holcomb was absent during this meeting.