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Gopher Tortoise Recipient Sites Are Getting Full

            The gopher tortoise is a threatened species in Florida. If there are tortoises on your property you will need a survey to determine the approximate number of tortoises.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires that all tortoises be relocated to an offsite location. It is best that the...

Extending Corps of Engineers Permits

It has come to our attention that the Army Corps of Engineers  (ACOE) is attempting to make modifications to permits when the permittee requests an extension to the expiration date. Extending an ACOE permit could be costly  in Florida.  ACOE has required modification of mitigation plans as a condition of permit extensions.  In order to extend a ACOE permit...

EPA Proposes to Change Definition of Waters of the United States

The United States EPA has proposed significant changes to the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOUS) in the Clean Water Act.  EPA will tell you that these changes will not expand their jurisdiction or add significant cost to doing business.  You be the judge. Here are some of the major proposed changes. Tributaries defined in this...

Does Florida Have Four Seasons?

We certainly do have four seasons not just one long summer and a short spring! The visual cues of the seasons will depend upon where you are in the state.  If you are on the gulf coast most of the trees and shrubs you will see are evergreen e.g. live oak, laurel oak, palm trees, mangroves etc.  These plants/trees can tolerate the effects of sea spray....

Did You Know The Bays Change Color?

Did you know most aerials are flown and taken in the winter months after a cold front during a cloudless day? The color of the water in an estuary will changewith the season and depending upon how much rain has fallen in the drainage basin. I was at the boat basin on Davis Islands in Tampa Florida and a mother did notwant her toddler to get the water in his...

Phase I ESA Getting a Facelift

The new Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments is ASTM E1527-13 which will qualify with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as All Appropriate Inquiry.  Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (PIESA) could be going through the most significant change in years. Let’s go over some definitions first.  If your site is contaminated or a...