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February 17, 2004

   Mondays 7:35-9:30 pm

   Harvard Hall 202
   Harvard University - Spring Term 2004

   MARINE BIOLOGY - An Ecological Approach
   by: James Nybakken
   5th Edition - Harper & Row Publishers

   George D. Buckley • Voice: (617) 495-5024
   Program Coordinator, Certificate in Environmental Management
   Harvard University Extension School
   51 Brattle Street - Cambridge, MA 02138
   Coordinator of Science - Watertown Public Schools - Watertown, MA
   Director - Marine Ecology Project - Bonaire, Netherlands Antillies


8 March 2004
      Buckley / Cousteau


Philippe Cousteau Foundation



A Historical Overview of Artificial Recharge Studies in the U.S. Geological Survey

an NPR Lecture by Ed Weeks

Ed Weeks' NRP Lecture is scheduled for May 14 at 10 a.m. in the CWRS conference room (Federal Reserve Bank).

The Survey currently has several aprojects that investigate the use of artificial recharge to manage ground-water resources and the use of brackish or saline aquifers for storage and recovery of fresh water. During the 1960s-1980s, the USGS conducted many similar studies investigating aquifer storage of imported water or treated sewage effluent supplied by major engineering projects in several states. These studies indicated that artificial recharge of fresh-water aquifers can be successful when sediment is removed and microbial treatment is practiced.


Students soak up lessons on water issues
A hands-on exhibit teaches children about conserving and protecting the state's water resources
Gerard DeChristofaro marched over to two large rocks sitting on a pedestal and gave a mini-dissertation. "This is limestone from the Floridan aquifer," Gerard, 9, said as he lifted an oversized magnifying glass to give a closer look. "In some of the parts, you can see fossils. There's leaves in there, and some shells. If you look real close, it has real small holes." His fourth-grade classmates at Suncoast Elementary School, near Seven Hills in south-central Hernando County, were equally well-versed on other aspects of water conservation and environmental protection. Emily Kling, 10, walked over to an aquarium filled with sand, clay and gravel. "This is a model of the aquifer," Emily said. "We learned how the water percolates through each layer. Read more...
Copyright  © 2003  St. Petersburg Times  All rights reserved.

                Related Links,

                Florida Department of Environmental Protection

                "Beyond Drought" Information sheet (4 pages, PDF) *

                Southwest Florida Water Management District information and education

                * pdf file (must have Acrobat Reader to open)



UM hosts January colloquia      
to mark launch of new center for ecosystem science and policy
 “Academics in the Environment Colloquium 2003” will be held in Coral Gables on January 21 and 22, 2003, to mark the launch of the University of Miami’s new Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy (CESP).  The mission of the CESP is to create innovative, inter-disciplinary initiatives designed to bridge the gap between science and environmental policy.   The  Academics Colloquium will bring to campus a number of prominent academics who have been leaders in creating inter-disciplinary approaches to environmental teaching and research.    Read more...

Related Links      

UM Colloquia Participants
Colloquium schedule

Relevant Links



FGCU, Edison to partner on environmental studies degree           
"The purpose of this is to train people to conduct biological and hydrological monitoring, which can be done with a two-year degree.  They can perform biological and water monitoring for the Everglades Restoration Project while they pursue higher education."       — Bill Wilcox   
It's what state and regional agencies have wanted for a long time.  And although it's received just a fraction of its original funding, a new environmental technology program will provide skilled workers who can earn while they learn — and give agencies what they've been looking for.  The joint venture involves partnerships among Florida Gulf Coast University, Edison Community College, the Lee County school system's environmental education division, the South Florida Water Management District and several other agencies and institutions.  Basically, the two-plus-two program will offer students an associate of arts degree in environmental technology with the first two years at Edison, and the final two years at FGCU, which will eventually confer a bachelor's degree in environmental studies. It was developed as an associate of arts rather than an associate of science so it could transfer into the upper-level baccalaureate program at FGCU.  Read more . . .
Copyright  © 2002  Bonita Daily News All rights reserved.



Students explore wildlife in the Everglades         
Senior Brooke Davidson has been a member of the Life Sciences Club for more than four years, but last weekend was the first time she visited the Everglades.  "I think it's amazing," Davidson said. "It's good that they preserve a part of Florida, and that it's not going to change ... well, at least not so fast, because that's how all of Florida used to look."  Members of the USF Life Sciences Club spent last weekend at the Everglades National Park to see what they are trying to protect. They saw endless grass areas with islands of cypress trees and mangroves. They also saw alligators, crocodiles, raccoons and hundreds of birds. Club members took a boat excursion during which they listened to a lecture about the Everglades wildlife and its history. They also walked several trails.       Read more . . .
Copyright  © 200USF Oracle All rights reserved.

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                University of South Florida
                Life Sciences Club


FGCU instructor seeks to expedite approval for marine lab site     
Florida Gulf Coast University instructor and longtime local environmentalist Bill Hammond told Lee County commissioners Tuesday that time could be running out on finding a home for the university's marine lab, and asked them to host a meeting with state park officials to try to get approval for the Lover's Key site.  "We need to finalize a site proposal before the Christmas break," said Hammond, who is co-chairman of the county's Smart Growth Committee and whose fingerprints are on many of the other environmental programs to appear locally in the past four decades.  Commissioners agreed to invite state Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Director Robert Ballard and DEP's Parks and Recreation Director Wendy Spencer, as well as officials from the cities of Bonita Springs and Fort Myers Beach, to an early December meeting.     Read more . . . 
Copyright  © 2002  Naples News  All rights reserved.




Education: New Program Offers Adventurous Classes
No student wants to spend his winter break in class, right? What if the class were entitled “Downhill Skiing” or “Intro to Whitewater Canoeing?” If rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking, snow skiing, hot air ballooning and scuba diving sound like a great way to spend winter break, then George Mason University’s Department of Health, Fitness and Recreation Resources has the perfect winter programs for Mason students.  The department will sponsor an intersession Everglades canoe expedition entitled “Florida Everglades: Studying the Ecosystem by Canoe” Jan. 3-17, 2003. This 12-day trip, which is worth three credits, will combine a multi-day canoe expedition with the environmental study of what is hailed as the largest and most unique sub-tropical ecosystem in the U.S. Students interested in these programs may find specific dates and times of course offerings by checking the course listing on the Registrar’s Web site:
2002 George Mason University              



Florida Earth Project 
Academic Course 
The FEP Academic course, SOS 6932 will be held July 23 through August 3, 2001.  The first week will consist of lectures in Gainesville and the second week will be field work in South Florida.  Students will stay on the campus of the University of Florida during the lecture series and will then be at different locations the next week. Transportation during the second week will be provided.


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Expedition Everglades   
A Journey into the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration: Learn how we are rescuing our "River of Grass." Discover our plan to preserve this wondrous place   (Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science educational program, 3/01)       

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  IN375 - Economics of Development and Environment

  FSS199 -  A Freshman Seminar on the Everglades Economic Problems

The Everglades Economics Program
A research and teaching effort which focuses on the interaction of the ecology and economy in South Florida. Our research tools are the latest nationally-available computer models, adapted and modified for the 16 counties that cover the greater Everglades ecosystem, plus our own leg-work, on-site observation, and common sense.

  Prof. Richard Weisskoff
An Associate Professor in the School of International Studies at the University of Miami. He computed the regional economic impacts for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Restudy, and he is a member of the Full Cost Accounting Committee of the Governor's Council for a Sustainable South Florida...


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  Expedition Everglades   
A Journey into the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration: Learn how we are rescuing our "River of Grass." Discover our plan to preserve this wondrous place   (Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science educational program, 3/01)       


  The Florida Environment radio program
A resource for citizens, students and teachers.  Produced at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Funded by the Southwest Florida Council for Environment Education, Inc.

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Litigation timeline  

  Central and Southern Florida Project

House Document 643Establishment of CSFP Project

  Environmental Problems Arise

Ron Jones' Declaration.  Scientist's testimony re nutrient cycling 

Mark Maffei's Declaration
Scientist's testimony re ecosystem habitat destruction in LNWR 

William Walker's Declaration
Scientist's testimony re analysis of water quality data 

  Federal lawsuit

Federal case.  USDC 88-1886

United States complaint. 
The plaintiff's first pleading

U.S. motion for summary judgment
The government's summary of the case

SWIM Plan. 
The state's environmental plan for the everglades

Majory Stoneman Douglas Act
The state's legal basis for its environmental plan

Settlement Agreement.  Settlement between federal and state parties

Form of the Settlement Agreement.  Outline of the major provisions and issues in the Settlement 

Consent Decree.  Judge's approval of settlement agreement with proviso that affected parties may challenge administrative remedy implementation


  SWIM Challenge

SWIM Challenge cases.  Cooperative v. SFWMD, DOAH 92-3038

Petitioner's challenge.
Affected parties challenge of administrative remedy

Statement of Principles.  Agreement between and federal and state parties

Everglades Forever Act.  Legal codification of settlement in SWIM challenge


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