Stephanie Byrne

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Former DEP secretary offers expertise as a presidential fellow at FGCU

From leading the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards, former DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein now offers his...
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Mangroves crucial to SWFL ecosystem, protect shorelines and reduce carbon

Mangroves are not only iconic to Southwest Florida's coastal beauty but they're also the first line of defense against sea level rise and storms. FGCU's...
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Florida Senate passes controversial water bill

A group of clean water activists is upset after Florida Senators overwhelmingly approved a controversial water bill. More than a hundred environmentalists, fishermen and others...
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Into the wild: Inspiring Collier County students to become environmental stewards

Collier County students are stepping into the outdoors as their classroom, to learn about the unique ecosystems here in Southwest Florida. Under the canopy of...
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Army Corps of Engineers complete Clewiston section rehab of Herbert Hoover Dike

To protect life and property around Lake Okeechobee, crews have been strengthening the Herbert Hoover Dike for more than a decade. Just this month,...
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Down to earth researching: FGCU study’s the storage of water deep underground

Getting down to the core of managing our state's water.
 One duo at Florida Gulf Coast University is studying the rock beneath the surface...
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Lake Okeechobee: How the Florida’s largest lake has transformed since the 1940s

Water is the lifeblood of Southwest Florida. It's the heartbeat of our economy, the soul of our ecosystem, and the reason many of us...
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Water quality advocates worried about a proposed bill’s impact on the future of SWFL...

A fight for clean water in Florida is underway with advocates saying suspicious legislation is moving forward that could destroy our water quality. They are...
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Florida senator introduces bill to allow seagrass to be removed for development with mitigation

A new bill would allow mitigation to happen not only on land but below the water. Mitigation refers to the restoration, creation, or enhancement of...
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FGCU research at Lake Okeechobee could help protect against algal blooms in SWFL

Samples taken on the other side of the state could help solve the algae problem in places like Cape Coral and other parts of...

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