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Kennedy Space Center. Photo: NASA

Study: NASA Sites Vulnerable to Climate Change

NASA has been at the forefront of climate science, launching satellites that take the pulse of Earth’s land, oceans and atmospheric systems. But the agency is increasingly vulnerable itself to the effects of a changing climate.

by |November 3, 2014

Reclaimed Water: Safe to Drink?

People often cringe at the thought of water that was once wastewater being treated and used as drinking water. However, in Tampa, Florida, voters will be deciding next year on whether to use reclaimed water as part of the city’s drinking water. Reclaimed water, also known as recycled water, is highly treated wastewater that is… read more

by |June 23, 2009

Tampa Bay Water has Bleak Outlook

Tampa Bay is probably most known in the water community for having one of the largest desalinization plants in the nation, and is looked upon by many as the model to see if desal is a feasible alternative for the future. So far, the plant has been full of issues, such as costing $40 million… read more

by |April 22, 2009

What is the future of the Everglades?

At the beginning of April, Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced a dramatic change to the proposed plan to buy and restore a significant section of the Florida Everglades. Originially, the plan was to purchase 180,000 acres of the Everglades that is currently farmed by the United States Sugar Corporation for $1.34 billion. This was actually the follow up plan to the original plan of purchasing United States Sugar for $1.7 billion and taking over all the land they currently own. The new plan has cut back dramatically to 72,500 acres for $530 million. This huge cut in the area purchased is yet another effect of the current economic situation. The real question is what will happen to the Everglades now?

by |April 13, 2009

What Do You Pay for Water?

In the US we spend on average $3.75 for every 1,000 gallons. However, averages are misleading –  prices range from $1.30 in Phoenix to over $7.70 in Columbus Ohio. This map below shows relative pricing for the 30 largest US municipalities. Take a look at Florida (Miami $1.60) compared to the relatively water rich east… read more

by |March 6, 2009

As Economy Falters, Everglades May Lose Out

In the past months, the headlines have been dominated by news of yet another bad day for the stock market. But, there is another casualty of the recession that probably isn’t getting as much press. While stocks continue to plummet, the Everglades of South Florida may also be falling on hard times as a result… read more

by |March 4, 2009