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Ammonia in Aquatic Systems

Program Area: Aquaculture

Management of ammonia, the primary waste product of fish, is critical to fish health, especially in intensive systems. At low concentrations, ammonia causes stress and damages gills and other tissues. Fish exposed to low levels of ammonia over time are more susceptible to bacterial infections, have poor growth, and do not tolerate routine handling well. At higher concentrations, it will kill fish. Many unexplained production losses have likely been caused by ammonia.
Released On: 06-30-2022

Private Well 101: Drinking Water Standards

Program Area: Urban Water

Drinking water comes from a variety of sources, including public water systems, private wells, or bottled water. While public water systems are monitored under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, private wells are not regulated. Private well users are responsible for the management and protection of their wells and water quality. This publication of the Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences is for Florida homeowners who are interested in learning more about drinking water standards. It also serves as a reference for well owners to understand their drinking water quality. Major revision by Yilin Zhuang, Andrea Albertin, and Arthur G. Hornsby; 10 pages.
Released On: 06-29-2022

A 2021 Snapshot of Citizens’ Awareness and Understanding of Florida’s Irrigation Restrictions

Program Area: Urban Water

A new 5-page UF/IFAS numbered publication of the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication. The information presented here is intended to inform water management district personnel, utility staff, public employees, and other educators and communicators who are charged with developing policies, promoting water use efficiency, and enforcing irrigation restrictions as a water conservation tool. Written by Laura A. Warner, Michael D. Dukes, Nicholas Taylor, Deirdre Irwin, and James Harmon.
Released On: 06-28-2022

“Las Serpientes Negras”: Identificación y Ecología

Program Area: Environmental Literacy and Sustainability

En el sudeste de los Estados Unidos habitan alrededor de 50 especies de serpientes (seis de las cuales son venenosas) que viven en los estados costeros del Atlántico y el Golfo, desde Luisiana hasta Carolina del Norte. Estas serpientes utilizan una variedad de hábitats desde tierras altas hasta humedales, y tienen un gran impacto en la ecología de la región. Son depredadores, pero también presas y forman conexiones importantes en las redes tróficas.
Released On: 06-26-2022

Reconociendo las Serpientes Venenosas de Florida

Program Area: Environmental Literacy and Sustainability

En Florida habitan más de 50 especies de serpientes nativas, de las cuales sólo seis son venenosas. Las especies venenosas incluyen cinco víboras crotalinas (la serpiente oriental de cascabel de dorso de diamante, el crótalo de los cañaverales, el crótalo pigmeo, la cabeza cobriza, la boca de algodón) y la serpiente coral. Las cabezas cobrizas y las serpientes crótalo de los cañaverales tienen un rango de distribución limitado en Florida. Esto incluye una área pequeña al oeste de Tallahassee y algunos condados al Noroeste de la Florida para las cabezas cobrizas, y el norte de Florida cerca de la ciudad de Gainesville para las serpientes crótalo de los cañaverales. Las otras cuatro especies venenosas son comunes en todo el estado. Las serpientes venenosas de Florida viven en una variedad de hábitats naturales, que incluyen desde los humedales hasta los bosques secos.
Released On: 06-26-2022

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