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2009-06-19 13:57:32

Reductions in the flow of the Apalachicola River have far-reaching effects that could prove detrimental to grouper and other reef fish populations in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, according to a new Florida State University study that may provide new ammunition for states engaged in a nearly two-decade water war. The Florida State researchers found that in years with low river flow, the concentration of phytoplankton -- the microscopic plant-like organisms that feed into the food chain --...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Yvette C. Hammett, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 30--RUSKIN -- Environmentalists and longtime homeowners continued their call last week for a community plan south of the Little Manatee River that would keep their area rural and protect natural areas from dense development. And big land owners and their representatives continued to voice their concerns over any changes that would result in a loss of private property rights. The South Side Community Plan committee met at the SouthShore...

2008-07-25 00:00:27

By Yvette C. Hammett, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 24--RUSKIN -- Environmentalists and longtime homeowners continued their call Tuesday for a community plan for south of the Little Manatee River that would keep the area rural and protect natural areas from dense development. And big land owners and their representatives continued to voice concerns over changes that would result in a loss of private property rights. South Side Community Plan committee members met at SouthShore Regional...

2008-07-22 15:00:38

By Deborah Buckhalter, Jackson County Floridan, Marianna, Fla. Jul. 22--Three Jackson County Commissioners were among those who attended a forum on Monday in Chattahoochee to talk about water wars, water woes, and water studies that may need to be done on Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river system. Hosted by Congressman Allen Boyd, the meeting was held at the Corps of Engineers management office near Chattahoochee. Jackson County Commissioners Jeremy Branch, Ed Crutchfield...

2008-07-15 12:00:34

By Susan M. Green, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 15--RUSKIN -- Protective buffers and better public access for wilderness parks were among ideas floated last week when local residents met to discuss a growth plan for the southwest corner of Hillsborough County. About 40 people turned out for a South Side Community Plan meeting targeting environmental resources, the best turnout so far for the group's planning meetings, said Pedro Parra, principal planner with the Hillsborough County Planning...

2008-07-10 15:00:30

By Deborah Buckhalter, Jackson County Floridan, Marianna, Fla. Jul. 10--Several Jackson County residents took part in a three-day river trip this week which was arranged especially for two top commanders with the Corps of Engineers. It was a combination of water trips and discussions on land along the way. Corps Gen. Joseph Schroedel and Col. Byron Jorns were taken all over the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system basin. They started with a boat ride Monday in the...

2008-06-28 09:02:19

By Susan M. Green, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jun. 28--RUSKIN -- The idea of banning outboard motors in the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve has not gathered steam on a local task force considering the possibility of Hillsborough County designating its first pole-or-troll zone. In fact, a proposal to limit boaters to push poles or trolling motors in Little Cockroach Bay, a much smaller target, drew outcry from boaters and fishermen when county scientists broached the proposal more than a year...

2008-06-24 02:29:44

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida said it intends to sue the Army Corps of Engineers for violating the Endangered Species Act, a move which could further complicate strained regional relations over shared water resources. Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Sole said in a letter that the Corps' plans to reduce water flow in the Apalachicola River would jeopardize threatened and endangered wildlife. The seven-page letter, dated Thursday, notes concerns by...

2008-06-21 09:00:24

By Billy House, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jun. 21--WASHINGTON -- Florida officials are threatening to sue the federal government unless the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reconsiders its plan to withhold more water from federal reservoirs and lakes in Georgia. More flow is needed into the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, state officials warn, or the Gulf sturgeon fish and three varieties of federally protected mussels in the Apalachicola River and bay will be further jeopardized....


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'