Environment

Drought Conditions Spark Fires Across First Coast

Drought Conditions Spark Fires Across First Coast

PALATKA, FL,- The dry weather and breezy conditions have set the stage 2012 with an epidemic of wild fires. The fire in the video shown above was taken on HWY 19 South in Palatka today around 1:15 p.m. as a brush fire became a huge blaze in the woods near the road. In the beginning of the video you can see a Bald Eagle circling over the plume of smoke in a state of panic as the flames reached the tree tops. The fire rescue helicopter also can be seen circling the area above the fire.

St. Johns River Blue Crab Trap Closure Starts Jan. 16

St. Johns River Blue Crab Trap Closure Starts Jan. 16

 

Recreational and commercial blue crab harvesters in the St. Johns River system must remove their blue crab traps from the water before Jan. 16, the first day of a 10-day trap closure. This closure will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to gather traps the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water.

Riverkeeper, City Councilman Want State to Delay GP Pipeline

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The proposed pipeline into the St. Johns River from a plant in Palatka is facing opposition downstream.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon joined Jacksonville City Councilman Jim Love to ask the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to withhold a permit for Georgia-Pacific to build the pipeline from their plywood plant.

Love introduced the resolution to the council in September (bill 2011-0607), and Armingeon joined him in a news conference to discuss dioxin, among other potential pollutants.