We are switching it up a bit to focus on grassroots conservation projects. I hope you like it.
Ocean Talk Friday is usually about two people (myself and Nathan Johnson) talking about 4 to 5 articles covering Ocean News that we think you should know about; however, Nathan was a bit busy this week and I decided to switch things up. I wanted to continue covering the theme of grassroots marine conservation since I think it is going to become one of the focuses on Speak Up For Blue.
Here are 3 American Grassroots Conservation Projects I covered in this episode (I will cover more international projects as I find them: please email me if you have a project in mind – firstname.lastname@example.org).
1) Save Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge;
2) How you can ensure Climate Change remains a priority for the new US federal administration; and,
3) Stop Killing Fish by stop fertilizing so much!
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Today we discussed the following:
- The state of Florida is attempting to close down the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge near Palm Beach. The Refuge was created to stop the sugar industry dumping dirty water. The U.S. Department of Justice has enforced water quality laws and ordered sugar industries to clean up their act.
- When implementing the Paris Agreement, the biggest obstacle to success is the U.S. Congress. The Ocean River Institute is uniquely capable of surmounting the obstinacy in DC because we have built relationships and are known for bringing the voices of constituents from all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands to the attention of Congressional Representatives.
- In Falmouth Massachusetts, 16 striped bass were found dead from an algal bloom (pictured above). The town responded with a lawn care ordinance to spread fertilizer once in the spring and not the state standard of five times. They went from 5 pounds nitrogen per 1,000 square feet to 1 pound nitrogen per 1,000 square feet on healthy lawns two year ago. Today, the lawns of Falmouth are just as green as lawns of adjacent towns. With your help we can do better.
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