If you see fish kills on the Apalachicola or other waterway, report it to Florida Fish and Wildlife online or by calling their hotline at 800-636-0511. We will continue to follow the story as new information becomes available.
Riverkeeper Georgia Ackerman has been in touch with Alex Reed of the Department of Environmental Protection Division of Water Resource Management, located in Panama City. After Hurricane Michael, the Division is operating at Gulf Coast Community College with limited phone and wifi connectivity.
Per Alex Reed, DEP and FWC are working together to gather data at points upstream and downstream of the sewage spill. They’ll be sampling for a variety of contaminants, salt, and oxygen levels. While a sewage spill is a likely cause for fish kills, these events are common during hurricanes. For an explanation of how a strong storm can affect fish, continue reading.
I’m standing on a boat ramp on Dickerson Bay just two days after Hurricane Michael passed through. In the storm’s immediate aftermath, the Florida panhandle is in shambles. But it’s hard to reconcile that with what I’m seeing now. It’s a near cloudless day. A willet wanders on a sand bar, letting fiddler crabs get thick a few feet away before plunging in for a snack. Common buckeye butterflies sun on Spartina alterniflora, marsh cordgrass, and on the adjacent sand. There’s not a single human built structure in sight. Continue reading Gulf Specimen Marine Lab Recovers After Hurricane Michael→
I’m in the Florida panther enclosure at the Tallahassee Museum, and I’ve never been more scared of an animal. Here at the Museum, I’ve been in with a pack of red wolves. Last year, I spent a day in the forest with Bruce Means and an eastern diamondback rattlesnake. And like any Floridian who likes water, I’ve spent a fair amount of time in proximity to alligators. Those are all animals that could seriously hurt or kill me, but that’s nothing compared to right now. Right now, a striped skunk is running directly at me.